My Sister’s Wedding

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At my sister’s wedding I wore four dresses, more than anyone.

The Dishonored Honor of Paghman

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“I can’t help but to imagine what the household men felt when they heard their women’s screams and crying while they were raped by thieves. Probably it’s the worst punishment for a man to see his honor get dishonored. God damn these rapists; they should be punished to death.”

My Glass Bangles Jingle on Eid

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My glass bangles sing out
To remind me that Eid is here

Ocean of Love and Death

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The blue ocean seems dark to the eyes of a disappointed heart.
The ocean bears no beauty but loss.

My Ideal Dinner Guest

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I would like to invite Ramazan Bashardost to dinner and I would serve him home-cooked manto—a most delicious pastry stuffed with meat—and the famously colorful chapli kebab.

In One Nation Two Can Lead

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The announcement of the new president elect came just hours after runner up Abdullah Abdullah agreed to a negotiated power-sharing deal.

Hello My Dear President

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This is a great time, my President, for you to become a hero for the next five years.

In One Nation Two Can Lead

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You are Afghan and our elected leaders. By working together, you both can win.

Nastaran introduction

Nastaran graduated from medical school in Kabul and has worked with Afghanistan Health and Development Services.

My Only Fault Was Falling Asleep

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I asked the patient to tell me what had happened to her. The mother-in-law replied: her daughter-in-law had injured herself in a fall on the stairs.