Category Archives: Recommended Reading

Halabja Documentary: Nasrin’s Story

I’m currently working on a documentary with John Simpson for the BBC on the 25th anniversary of the chemical attack of Halabja in 1988. John was the first Western journalist to report on the attack, ignored by many in other … Continue reading

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To Each a Season

As the Seasons change, so does my taste in reading, a taste that I developed from the early days of my boyhood, as I would lock myself in Winter to read and in Summer to be outdoor, observe. Nowadays when … Continue reading

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One World at a Time

It has been reported of Thoreau, when he lay dying, his answer to all the talk of hereafter was , “one world at a time”, it is quote that equally could apply to Leo Tolstoy, when it comes to his … Continue reading

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Hashem’s Story: A Survivor from the Anfal Campaign

For the past few weeks, I had a chance to work as an AD on a docu-fiction film, One Thousand and One Apples by Taha Karimi. The story of the film is about ten men, the only survivors alive today … Continue reading

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Leo Tolstoy’s “What is Art?”

‘The artist of the future will understand that to compose a fairy tale, a little song which will touch, a lullaby or a riddle which will entertain, a jest which will amuse, or to draw a sketch such as will … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Among of all works of Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None is my favorite, its also Christie’s best-selling book with over 100 million sales to date, which makes its the world’s … Continue reading

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One Hundreds Years Without Tolstoy

November 20th, 2010 marks one hundred year since the death of Leo Tolstoy at the age of eighty-two after leaving home in the middle of winter in the railroad stations in Astapovo, Riazan. A giant of the Russian Literature whom … Continue reading

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