^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.
"And do not curse those who call on other than GOD, lest they blaspheme and curse GOD, out of ignorance. We have adorned the works of every group in their eyes. Ultimately, they return to their Lord, then He informs them of everything they had done." (Qur'an 6:108)