Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* WHAT? NO AFGHAN HOSPITALITY? Correspondent Ilene Prusher has experienced her fair share of nomad hospitality from the Bedouin of the Middle East, so she was surprised when the Afghan nomads she talked to for today's story failed to offer her tea or food during the course of a 90-minute interview.

Although the families she interviewed were very friendly, she was curious enough about the absence of tea to ask about it as the discussion wound down. "They said, 'It's our custom to offer tea, but we know that foreigners and other Afghans think that we're dirty. We didn't offer so you wouldn't be put in a position to refuse our offer." Ilene, who has no aversion to a bit of grit, says she was sad to have missed out on authentic Kuchi hospitality. But she promised the Afghan nomads that she would stop back some time for a more casual get-together - over tea.

* LESS THAN CHARMED, I'M SURE: When the Indian snake charmers brought out their little beasts, the Monitor's Scott Baldauf kept his distance, but the villagers kept moving in closer. "Within minutes I was in striking distance. Fortunately, the cobras were so doped up on 'herbal medicine' that they kept sinking back into their baskets for a quick nap," he says. …

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