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I had never never imagined even in my wildest dreams that I would see samosas (traditional Indian pastry, triangular in shape and filled with spicy mince meat) in an area renowned for lobsters, shrimps and other seafood delicacies in New Brunswick. This is not Toronto or Vancouver, which has a high ethnic population and hence […]

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Nebraska is corn crazy. Corn has dominated lives of Nebraska residents for years. Everywhere you go, there is evidence of corn-mania and corn frenzy as if corn was their signature theme. As you drive into the city after arriving at airport in Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, you see acres and acres of cornfields for miles. […]

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“ I have got a lot of reflections after reading A Portrait in Pluralism. I feel I was greatly educated by my reading. Muslims were an alien world, not just to me, but also to many people whom I shared your story with. It was inwardly comforting to discover that a religion I once felt […]

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One of the most unusual and unique advertising gimmicks that I have ever encountered as a travel writer was found in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin. In 1973, the owner of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik began renovating his restaurant by importing wooden logs from Norway to make it more traditional. After the renovation […]

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Arbor Brewing Company has been a hangout for university students for a long time. It became a pioneer in the craft beer industry since its inception in 1995 by a local couple, Rene and Matt Greff, who opened the doors of their pub and eatery in downtown Ann Arbor. The company scored another first when […]

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Two burka-wearing bank robbers held up a post office near Paris in early February, using a handgun concealed beneath the face-covering Islamic-style full veil. Believing them to be Muslim women, staff allowed the burka-clad pair through the security double doors of the banking branch of the postal office. Once inside, the robbers flipped back their burkas and […]

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Shame on Africa’s leaders that they have waited this long and have done nothing in Zimbabwe while Robert Mugabe goes ahead with his tyrannical regime, ignoring the plight of his people. How long are they and the international community going to wait? I remember the days when the Organization for African Unity used to vocalize […]

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On the advice of my specialist, I had to go to the emergency department of a Calgary hospital last week for treatment. The hospital’s waiting room was full as expected when I arrived at 11 a.m. Within half an hour, I’m pleased to report, I was processed and was awaiting treatment. So far so good. […]

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I was in Zurich when the Swiss Peoples’ Party (SPP) mounted its aggressive campaign against the Muslims building a minaret. They really exploited the issue by having huge posters of a woman dressed in a black burka standing beside a minaret plastered on walls with a giant NO printed beside them. As it turned out, […]

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It was an emotional moment for me to visit my ancestral home in India for the first time at the ripe age of 68. As a third-generation Asian born in Tanzania, East Africa, our ancestors migrated to Africa from India in the 1800s and 1900s. When East African nations became independent, most of us became […]

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