^Thank you so much Noc. It was deeply moving reading this again after 12 years or so. Jhumpa is only 6 days older than I am and I too have vivid memories of that time. I cannot help myself from crying when I read this for a lot of reasons.
"O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant." (49:13)