Concern for the truth, combined with a personal loyalty to one's faith, tends to keep the believers of one religion at a distance from those who adhere to another.
During the last 20 years in my regular visits to Cairo, my birth place, I was keen to buy my supply of New Year calendars, to give as gifts to family and friends back in Canada, from Carmen Weinstein. But no more, she died last week.
In life, you meet few people for brief times but you wish you had known them for years. At the top of my list is the late Sheikah Ghanima Al-Marzouq of Kuwait. Although she was not from the royal family, everyone called her Sheikah as she was a great philanthropist.
As much as it was inevitable the sad end of the landing of Luxor's hot balloon, killing 19 innocent people, it is also inevitable the disastrous result of the leadership of President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood; innocent men, women and children killed and being killed or injured and the hope for a better future for next generation Egyptians dashed away.
President Mohamed Morsi used his last Sunday two hour long TV interview to defend his first seven month record. But he failed with flying colors.
November 22, 2012 was a black day in the short history of the two year old Egyptian revolution. It was the day when Morsi gave himself absolute powers and turned into a dictator.
Why can't the Obama administration call Egypt's Mohamed Morsi out for what he is: an elected-president-turned-a-dictator?
In the 1950s as a young boy growing up in Egypt I admired the leadership of Nehru of India and Nasser of Egypt. Both men were instrumental in building up their countries after years of British occupation and exploitation.
During my recent visit to India I was pleased to learn that Cyberabad is the name appropriately given to the new high-tech area of the historical city of Hyderabad.
One of the major festivities of Ahmedabad is the international kite festival that is celebrated every year on the 14th of January. I was there.