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When Baghdad was the Centre of the Scientific World!

In 2011,  I published my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ a creative non fiction book about my two decades life in Baghdad, where I was born. What prompted me to write my book at the time, were the many questions from my European and American friends. Was I a Moslem, did we also walk around covered from head to foot, were we also poor, and more such ignorant questions. Many were surprised to hear that Baghdad during the time I grew up there, was a cosmopolitan multi cultural buzzing town, that Christians Moslems and Jews and others lived and worked side by side, that I drove a car at the age of 16, that I attended a French Convent and learned 3 languages, that we watched the latest Hollywood movies, with Arabic subtitles, bought Vogue magazines for our fashion,  etc.  I decided to put down on paper what life was like in those years,  known as the golden decades of Baghdad, seen and experienced from a young Christian woman’s viewpoint. There were no chadors, hijab, niqab or burka, and only the illiterates and the farmer women walked around covered in a black abaya, their faces uncovered except for the very few, the very Moslem orthodox. The women were never dressed so drab and colourless in sad dark colours as they dress today and their hair was never covered. In fact, I was never even aware of these modes of Moslem dress until the past few decades when suddenly they appeared out of nowhere. They might have existed in Saudi Arabia or Yemen perhaps but these were considered backward countries. During the Moslem Feast days especially, the Moslem families, women and children, came out dressed in their most loud shiny colourful dresses of  taffetas and silks, singing and dancing happily.  We all lived respecting one another without imposing our cultures on one another. We, the non-Moslems, were all very aware that we lived in a Moslem country, but we were free to live according to our religious beliefs without fear. The local schools and businesses for example, had Fridays off, the Moslem day of rest, while the Christian community had Saturdays and Sundays off and of course the Jews their holy Sabbath. Everyone practiced their faith without any threats from anyone.

In my book, I take the reader on a journey through life in the city of Baghdad as I relate our family life. No one interested in history and who wants to know Baghdad as it was 50 years ago, should miss this. All young Arab men and women should read this to be aware that the Islam they know today was not always as they know it, namely, violent, artificial, limiting and debilitating, imposed on them by some religious fanatic leaders taking them backwards in time to ignorance and darkness rather than forward evolving to a bright future for the Arab world in this 21st century.

When I was writing my book I did a lot of research through libraries, also on the web. To my dismay only a couple of years after that, I discovered that much of the information that I had found at the time had disappeared, information changed, websites disappearing. By whom or why or to what purpose? Who knows!

Anyway I found this information today that I thought I’d like to share about the ancient history of Baghdad, the city of the One Thousand and One Nights. If you are remotely interested in history  you should read this article that appeared in 2010 in the Guardian. Read it before it disappears too by some crazies who want to change history!

Here’s the link to the article

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/sep/26/baghdad-centre-of-scientific-world

And perhaps you’d like to read my book ‘Once Upon a Time in Baghdad’ so that you have an idea of what life was really like for normal families in a famous Arab City before the Islamic movement. The invasion of Baghdad by the US removing Saddam Hussein changed it forever to it worst ever for the Iraqi people. According to them they removed a monster, but what they created is far worse for the country, they created monsters who are threatening the whole civilised world. Perhaps this was the plan all along, again who knows!  Here’s an image of a street in Baghdad from the 1950s.

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Here’s another image of my parents walking down al Rashid Street in the 1940s!

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Here’s the link to the website of my book  http://www.onceuponatimeinbaghdad.com

Also available on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Baghdad-Margo-Kirtikar/dp/1456853759/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445177159&sr=1-5&keywords=margo+kirtikar

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It literally breaks my heart to see what Baghdad and the Iraqis are going through today. Every one who I have ever known has left the country! But I have friends who have relatives who still live there and we get the real news of what goes on there and not that of the general media. It’s ironic that the people are far worse off today than they  ever were before the US, driven by greed for oil and power, invaded, killing thousands and looting the country. Of course you do not hear that from the regular media but any Iraqi living there today will tell you that. You can actually also find videos by guilt ridden US soldiers who tell the same story.

 

Harcèlement de rue

Femmes de la rue, par Sofie Peters-
Young woman with hidden camera on the streets of Brussels.

This short video is really disturbing, for me anyway! I am at a loss for words. It’s about a young woman who moved to Brussels and her experience of day to day subjected to harassment and insults by men when she is walking innocently attending to her own business. As women usually do, she blames herself at first, ‘perhaps I’m too provocative’ ‘perhaps it’s the way I’m dressed’ she thinks, but no, she discovered that only she but all young women who walk alone on the street are subjected to the same primitive behaviour by fellow men in Brussels! We’re not in Saudi Arabia here nor in Egypt or Oman or Baghdad, but in Brussels in the heart of Europe, so tell me someone what is going on here. And why do Europeans stand for this? So this young woman walked with a hidden camera to video her experiences. It is shocking. The video is in French, so those who understand French will understand the ‘names’ she’s being called as men pass her by, and the looks she gets from men, you can see clearly, no language barrier here. I am from the Middle East myself and I ran away to escape this half a century ago. Now it’s arrived on the streets of Europe. And if nothing is done about this it’ll probably get much worse. Are there no men around with brains and intelligence left in this world or is the old saying proving to be true even in 2014 – ‘that men have their brains in their penis!’ and ‘women are here only to satisfy their sexual pleasures’ I can’t believe I am writing this here on my blog but I am so upset at this. And one can see clearly also on this video its Moslem men mostly who are attacking this girl. I’ve had my fill of being politically correct and this has nothing to do with being prejudiced, it has to do with facts. Fact is also that many western men share the same disrespect for women. As I understand as of September such insults from men are going to be fined in Brussels. And about time too I say. Bad behaviour is just not acceptable no matter who from. Human rights is for everyone and not only for one part of the population! Perhaps when these people who have no respect for women and others are fined or punished enough then they will think again. To make things worse I just heard about the two girls who were gang raped and hung somewhere in India! Are men ever going to evolve to be intelligent human beings? Are they ever going to evolved to learn to control their sexuality? Or is it their God given right that they can flaunt themselves whenever they feel aroused and force themselves on whomever they happen to fancy? Again I can’t believe that I’m actually writing this but something inside me is just boiling. I recall only too well when I was seventeen walking on al Rashid Street in the centre of what once was modern cosmopolitan Baghdad, happy with myself and the world, and a young man passing me by pinched my breast! I was in shock! It happened so fast he was long gone before I realised what had happened and my whole world came crashing down on me. There were people all around us, I was to ashamed to react in any way except to freeze! In that one second I was so mad so insulted I could have killed! OK, now it’s out! I’ve kept this to myself for half a century! I have never mentioned this to anyone ever before and this video just brought it all up again – this feeling of rage – at being abused for no reason at all other than being a pretty girl. I wrote a book about my two decades born and raised in Baghdad in the 40s and 50s. Once Upon a Time in Baghdad. I did not include this little secret in my book. Why? Because I’d forgotten it, or so I thought until I saw this video and suddenly wanted to throw up as it all came back to me. It just seems like some things never change. Somehow I think women have to take some of the blame because after all, men are raised by mothers, my question is – what are the mothers teaching their boys? I strongly believe it is up to us women, each one of us, to make the necessary changes in this world and to educate the boys who will soon be men.
Here’s the video

Reunion of old Friends!

Here’s a Google ad that’s been looked at by over 8 million people around the world most of whom are moved to tears. Hopefully also moved to  long for peace ini this lifetime. I watched it three times and couldn’t stop my tears!

Most of my childhood friends, you see,  disappeared never to be seen again, before I left Baghdad during the civil war back 1958. There’s no reunion for us, only memories remain for those who survived and were scattered around the world. If interested read my book Once Upon a Time in Baghdad, the Two Golden Decades the 40s and 50s! Margo Kirtikar. Packed with historical information of that period.

 

American Soldiers Are Waking Up!

You need to see this video. These are young American men who are thinking. Finally!  They dare to think! Bless them all.

The most surprising fact is that not many more thousands are speaking up. Are they all asleep, afraid or are they void of all consciousness?

Here’s someone who recognizes who the real enemies are!

You need to read my book to understand the Arabs, Iraq, Baghdad, and the history behind it all and the role that the Western world plays in the Middle East….. otherwise you literally have no idea about anything. Western media doesn’t even give you half the story. Baghdad has been reduced to rubbles leaving a damaged broken skeleton of a society behind. The question is WHY? What was the real reason behind all this senseless bloodshed and destruction? And who has benefited from it all? And why are they able to get away with it? Why is this not considered a war crime?

Born and raised in Baghdad I was moved to write about the first two decades of my life in Baghdad in the forties and fifties when Baghdad was a modern thriving cosmopolitan city with people from all backgrounds and religions were living working socializing rubbing shoulders side by side with no problem. This was the case in all of the modern cities of the Middle East. What happened and why? To satisfy the shameless greed of some and ignorant fanaticism of others millions of families all over the world suffer senselessly.

Once Upon a Time in Baghdad  easy pleasant enriching educational informative reading giving the reader a taste of life as it used to be that not many know or remember. Most of the older generation who knew has passed away and the younger Arab generations have no idea just what they are missing.

Available also on amazon.com

http://www.margokirtikar.com

Happy and Prosperous 2013!

January 1, 2013 – Peace and Prosperity to one and all!

I wish you and all your loved ones a very happy, joyful and prosperous year and many more in the future. May you have many blessings, good health, insight and above all much love, in your life in this new age, the Golden Age. Satya Yuga as known in the ancient Indian scriptures the Vedas. The Golden Age denotes a period of peace, harmony, stability and prosperity and it is up to you to welcome that into your own private life. It is up to all of us to bring peace and prosperity to everyone on earth.

Another beginning of another new year no different from the ones that we’ve all experienced before. Yet wait a moment, there is a huge difference, if you stop a second to feel it. For one our ‘time’ is moving faster and faster as our spaceship earth spins through the universe. Another is the wealth of information that is available to us now, if we are awake, aware, open to receive, to believe, to change and to work with this new knowledge that has always been out there yet was  withheld from the majority of mankind. In the past centuries only the very few had access to this important intelligence. Now its all out in the open available to one and all and again it is up to you to assimilate it and integrate it into your own life style.

Nothing of what you’ve known so far counts any more, nothing of what you have been accustomed to is valid any more. It is a new dawn and like it or not you will have to wake up to face it. You’ll find life to be much more joyful and full of pleasant surprises if you decide to welcome and embrace the new. A life full of miracles is awaiting you.

Who in their right mind would want to continue with their life in deep slumber, oblivious to what really goes on around one, enslaved by negative emotions such as fear, hatred, envy, ignorance or sheer laziness, that holds one forever captive in heavy chains in a deep dark pit? Make a decision, this instance right now, to change all that. Shake your self free of the chains that hold you back and move onwards with the armors of love and joy.

Watch this video for a start and discover the Sumerians in Mesopotamia, the first and the most influential culture in our world. Contrary to what you have been taught, the Sumerians of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) are older than the Mayans, the Incas, the Egyptians, The Greeks, the Romans and others. Mythology begins with the Sumerians.

Read my creative non-fiction book Once Upon a Time in Baghdad. It’s about the first two decades of my life in Baghdad the 1940s and 1950s. A life in Iraq long forgotten, when Arabs and non-Arabs, Christians, Jews and Moslems lived and worked side by side in peace. Read about a modern thriving cosmopolitan city of Baghdad that existed not so long ago, now fully destroyed.

Visit my website http://www.margokirtikar.com  to download my free eBooks!

Palestine and Israel! Truth will Out!

November 17, 2012

Consciousness is at work and everyone has a deep inner urge to speak out and expose whatever muck has to be exposed. We are witnessing this on many levels. It’s the only way for us the human family to go forward towards a better future. I usually stick to spiritual and self development issues when I express myself in my blogs but with the senseless bombardments of Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East that could very well escalate to a war involving the whole of the Middle East, I feel I can’t but have have my say. I am very pleased that some taboo subjects are now being spoken about in public.

For you to understand why I feel compelled to write this, you’d have to read my book Once Upon a Time in Baghdad which is an non-fiction creative autobiography of the first two decades of my life in Baghdad. Interwoven within my personal story, you’ll find many interesting tales of other muti-cultural families and life in the city as it used to be, including some brief general history of the Middle East, going back to the beginning of the last century, including Palestine and Israel.

When I came across this video today on you tube I had to share it with whomever might be interested. And everyone should be aware of what really goes on in the world. We all know politics is a dirty business and we know no politician anywhere speaks the whole truth, they call it being diplomatic! A nice word for lying. It’s better to be called diplomatic than be called a liar. It sounds so much better.

So here is a man, a peace activist, Miko Peled, a Jew, who is speaking about how it really is/was in Israel. This is a must see video, for all who care about human rights, about peace in our world. I am for peace and freedom for all alike. I am for justice for one and all and I am for the simple truth. I do not care for fanaticism of any kind. Fanatics in my opinion are stuck, lack intelligence and, therefore, do not evolve simply because they are stuck in their small mindset.  Another man who also wrote a book about Palestine is ex President Carter. His video also on youtube is called Jimmy Carter Unveils truth about Israel. His book’s title is Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. There was a very large Christian population living in Palestine when Israel was established. Jews Christians and Moslems lived side by side without killing each other.

Send vibrations of love and peace to the Middle East when you read this blog and see the videos. Perhaps these positive vibrations will penetrate into the brains of those in power on either side and they will finally agree to live in peace. To live and let live. I am convinced the ordinary folk on both sides would have no problem to live side by side in peace and harmony, if it were not for full of hatred egoistic paranoid politicians.

Jewish Man Exposes Israel’s Lies