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What Forman Did For Him

Sun, 26 Feb 2012, 10:15 PM (-06:00)

1. Crossing the Border So my father decided to leave Aligarh Muslim University to study at Forman Christian College. Forman sent a him a permit that would get him across the border. “Without that, I couldn’t go,” he said. “Indian muslims were no longer allowed to cross into Pakistan.” 2. What Forman Paid He was there for […]

The Agha Khan

Sun, 26 Feb 2012, 09:53 PM (-06:00)

In his fifth and sixth years at Aligarh, my father worked on his master’s degree. After that, you could do research, but it took years to get a doctorate. My dad wanted a doctorate. Sometime near the end of his sixth year, he was offered a scholarship to study at Forman Christian College in Lahore. […]


Fri, 4 Nov 2011, 06:41 PM (-06:00)

“Oh, I got your letter,” he said. “I liked it. Thanks.” I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that and was trying to remember what I had written (as it’s been a several weeks) when he continued. “I really liked it, because it reminded me of…” Reminded him of what? “…it reminded me of […]

Alcohol and Culture

Fri, 31 Dec 2010, 11:55 PM (-06:00)

“Dad?” he called from the dining room. “Yes…?” I answered from the study. “Is it ok if I stay at college for sixteen years?” I didn’t say a thing. “… There are so many good classes.” I laughed, remembering how I used to get all dreamy and itchy as I leafed thru the course catalog […]

Silence and Words

Thu, 30 Dec 2010, 06:03 PM (-06:00)

Two college students are in the dining room now.  Back in town for at least a few more days. They’re sitting at the table playing Scrabble. One from the Pacific Northwest. One from the Midwest. Both back home from a long ways away. And it got very quiet in there all of the sudden. I […]

Winter Weather

Sun, 5 Dec 2010, 08:42 PM (-06:00)

1. Visions of Hot Chocolate Dateline: Central Texas. Yesterday we sat outside eating sandwiches and trying to find a shady spot, squinting our eyes from the blazing sun. “It’s hot!” Trudy said. Indeed it was. And she didn’t have sunblock on, which was the cause of some conversation. Not bad for early December, by my […]

Calculus Problems

Fri, 16 Apr 2010, 07:32 AM (-06:00)

“Hi Dad.” “Ben!” “Are you busy?” “No. I’m at a conference, but we just took a break.” “Should I call back later?” “No, no. Now is fine. What’s up?” “Well,” he said, “I have some calculus questions.” I thought to myself, well it this really is a call I needed to take! He explained how […]

I Was a Grad Student Once

Wed, 17 Mar 2010, 08:49 AM (-06:00)

I was a grad student once. I believe perennial is the word. Last night I had a dream about it. I was still in school, but it was becoming obvious that I needed to move on. I had flown to Los Angeles, because some people I knew out there had once offered a job interview. […]

Reporting Home

Wed, 17 Feb 2010, 12:40 AM (-06:00)

At the hotel now. Will explore campus tomorrow. More interesting info soon. So he said back in the fall when he arrived on campus for the start of his freshman year. More info soon… We looked forward to it. And two days later it arrived. So far so good. Getting settled in. Hopefully there will […]