The Folks of Dushanbe

Bookends: Summerfest and Book Fair 


Republic of Tajikistan

September 4, 2019


On my first day in Dushanbe, Nigora, my Tajik friend, invited me to join her to celebrate Summerfest.

On my last day in Dushanbe, Sudat, a Kurdish man, a fellow guest at my hotel, invited me to accompany him to the Annual International Book Exhibition at the National Library.

The Watermelon Man


Republic of Tajikistan

September 5, 2019


In a previous letter I declared that “The Tajiks are the most kind and generous people I have ever met.”  I stand by my description.  But I neglected to provide any examples.

In another letter, I asked you to “Remind me to tell you the story about the Watermelon Man.”

So please allow me to explain.

My very first experience in Tajikistan is unique: