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Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh looks like nowhere else in Vienna. Large, bulbous, coloured lampshades hang down to different depths from the ceiling. The manager, Khaled Khushdel, who designed the décor himself, calls them “Afghan tears”. The inner walls are lined with thickly plastered brown clay that gives the large single room a cosy feeling. “My partner was against […]

Book Review: Marcela Grad’s Massoud

For the Soul of the Afghans He was known as the “Lion of Panjshir.” Tall, thin and bearded, wearing mismatched fatigues and a pakol hat, he was at once majestic and fierce – wielding his Kalashnikov and commanding ragtag bands of mujahideen against invading Soviet armies. His name: Ahmad Shah Massoud. For 10 years, Massoud […]

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