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I first heard of Ayad Akhtar when he won the Pulitzer for his drama “Disgraced”. Desi, Muslim, Pulitzer not words you often hear together so I was surprised that I had no idea who he was. So I tracked, (ok ok TBH tracked down) his first novel, American Dervish about growing up Muslim in America.

Narrated by a young adolescent boy Hayat Shah, whose mundane if somewhat fraught secular family life opens up to a world of spiritual and social turmoil by the arrival of his mother’s best friend Mina, and son Imran, from Pakistan. Mina, escaping the fallout of a bad marriage, learns to breathe a bit more freely in the Midwest, falls in love with Hayat’s father’s colleague Nathan, and this sets much of the stage for telling of this coming of age story.

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Wrong stereotype Trader Joes

Taj Mahal Tahini?

Taj Mahal Tahini?

You want them other brown folk…..

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So the last time we had a leisurely two hour meal at a restaurant along with friends was maybe in 2009.  Pre-arrival era of the pint-sized food critic. Our modus operandi post PFC has been order-eat-get out, preferably in that order. So far our shortest sprint has been about 20 minutes door to door. We progressed from eat while he sleeps mode, to entertain him with shiny objects while we eat mode, to tag team while one of us eats mode  which steadily climbed to an easy one hour meal in the post the-device-that-cannot-be-named era. Although his device of distraction is fairly old school, and not the shiny inedible fruit version – for now.

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