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It’s that time of the year when most folks look forward to holidays, home and hearth. That’s most folks. We looked East (or East with a West hangover if you are going to be picky) – towards Turkey. As in the country, not the bird which I decree to be the most tasteless bird I have had the (dis) pleasure of eating. I guess size isn’t everything. So onward or east ward as they say.

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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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What makes a good desi restaurant? Here’s a little insider tip. (Little because I’m five foot four and insider because I’m desi.) Look for the vital stats: strip mall, self service and dining desis. They are all good signs. It means that the focus is on the food.

And speaking of food, the promise of melt-in-your mouth kababs (so swore a friend) and a trip to the South Bay saw us face to face with Shan restaurant. Strip mall? Check. Self service? Check. Dining desis? Check. Check. Check.

The décor is geared towards atmospherelessness so its tables, chairs and television. Let me rephrase that tables, chairs and Pakistani soap operas. Sitting within eavesdropping distance of the other tables and strategically placed in front of the TV, my elephant ears were all ready to wiggle and waggle but first to matters at hand. Khana.

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