My Writings

Local Hookah Bars – Washington Post September 25, 2005

"Hookah bars?" my father said incredulously, when I announced I was going to write a story on the subject. "No — women don’t go to hookah bars."

His reaction was predictable, at least to me. At 60 years old, he’s spent more than half of his life living in and traveling around United Arab Emirates, Syria and Iran, places where hookah pipes (also known as shishas , narghiles , or hubble-bubbles ) have been primarily smoked by men for hundreds of years.

"It’s different here," I countered.

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