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Kabul Diary

Kabul Diary

Kabul Intercontinental is packed with Afghan seminarists debating ‘Empowering Afghan Press for Transitional Justice’ and ‘Subnational Public Administration Reforms’. Cloud nine stuff for jirga lovers.

A Little Uxorial Wisdom

Kabul (pronounced ‘kobble’) is not safe. It’s too risky to go there, said my wife. And it’ll be freezing, she added. But I insisted on going. So she consulted her favourite Kabuliwallahs, who advised that I be careful. I just about caught the early morning Indian Airlines flight, which they said never takes off on time. On that day it did, flying over Pakistan and the snow-swathed Hindu Kush range, landing in a broad valley surrounded by brown mountains. “Welcome to Afghanistan. The outside temperature is minus 2 degrees centigrade,” announced the airhostess as the doors opened to bright sunshine.

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