Fish & Co, MINES

I ordered orange juice, cream of mushroom and Coriander Catch at Fish & Co. The menu says Coriander Catch is “White fish fillet grilled with a home blend of coriander sauce to give it an intense, healthy flavour.” That certainly was not the case.


The rice was bland — wouldn’t make much difference if they actually served plain white rice. The coriander sauce didn’t taste like coriander — it was almost tasteless.

I like tapioca but the baked tapioca didn’t complement the meal. It tasted odd and out of place. It would be better if instead of baked tapioca, it was served with mixed veggies or salad.

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Night School

Jack Reacher was awarded a medal for a successful mission and was sent back to school to learn about inter-agency cooperation. Not exactly a dream assignment, especially after such a successful mission. But then again, being a soldier is all about following orders.

Reacher reported to the school. In the class room was White (a CIA agent) and Waterman (an FBI agent). It was just the three of them, and they quickly figured out that they weren’t sent back to school. What ever mission they were going to be assigned to is something the top brass didn’t want anyone else knowing about.

Alfred Ratcliff (the National Security Advisor) and his senior deputy, Dr Marian Sinclair, walked in and declared, “This is not a school”.

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The Status of Women in Islam

I saw a video on Facebook — a woman in a black jilbab (so you can only see her eyes) is showing flash cards to explain how women are inferior to men in Islam. I’m not going to post the video here because I don’t want to give it more views.

I don’t know why she feels a need to hide her face. She is not saying anything many Islamophobes are not already saying. It is yet another video quoting Quran verses out of context.

According to her, verse 2:228 says that a woman is inferior and of less value than a man. Verse 4:34 puts men in charge of women. Verse 2:282 says that a woman’s testimony is worth half of a man’s. Verse 4:11 allocate to a man twice as much inheritance as a woman

Let’s look at these Quran verses in its proper context.

وَالْمُطَلَّقَاتُ يَتَرَبَّصْنَ بِأَنفُسِهِنَّ ثَلَاثَةَ قُرُوءٍ ۚ وَلَا يَحِلُّ لَهُنَّ أَن يَكْتُمْنَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ فِي أَرْحَامِهِنَّ إِن كُنَّ يُؤْمِنَّ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ وَبُعُولَتُهُنَّ أَحَقُّ بِرَدِّهِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ إِنْ أَرَادُوا إِصْلَاحًا ۚ وَلَهُنَّ مِثْلُ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ ۚ وَلِلرِّجَالِ عَلَيْهِنَّ دَرَجَةٌ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ – 2:228

Divorced women remain in waiting for three periods, and it is not lawful for them to conceal what Allah has created in their wombs if they believe in Allah and the Last Day. And their husbands have more right to take them back in this [period] if they want reconciliation. And due to the wives is similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable. But the men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority]. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.

This verse is about what a woman should do after a divorce. She is to wait for 3 menstrual cycles to be certain that she is not pregnant with a child of her ex-husband. After this waiting period is over and she is not pregnant, she is free to marry another man, if she wishes to do so.

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The Lost Symbol

Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist, received a call from his former mentor and close friend, Peter Solomon, early one morning. Could he please give a lecture that evening to replace a speaker who was suddenly taken ill? Langdon couldn’t possible deny the request of a dear old friend. So he boarded the private jet Solomon had waiting for him to Washington.

When he arrived at the National Statutory Hall, it was empty. There was no one there, no audience. It turned out that the person Langdon spoke with earlier that morning was not Solomon’s personal assistant. He spoke to a maniac who had kidnapped Solomon and now Langdon had to do his bidding if he wanted to save his friend’s life.

Langdon’s quest was to find the Mason’s ancient pyramid and solve a series of riddles to uncover a long lost treasure, a secret ancient wisdom, buried somewhere in Washington. The Masons had been guarding the secret for generations, waiting for the moment mankind is able to comprehend the powerful knowledge that will take human civilization to a new level.

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Gone Tomorrow

Out of habit, Jack Reacher observed and checked out his fellow passengers on a train in the New York subway. One woman checked all eleven bullet points of a suicide bomber checklist.

But something was not right. It was 2 a.m. Suicide bombers always try to do the most damage. There weren’t many people on the train and in the stations at that hour. Regardless, Reacher had to do something to prevent a disaster. He approached the woman to try to calm her down and reason with her. She pulled a gun and shot herself in the head.

At the police station, two government agents who refused to identify themselves asked Reacher what that woman told him and if she gave him anything. When Reacher left the police station, four men in expensive suits were waiting and asked him the same questions, and threatened him of a possibly fatal consequence if he didn’t cooperate.

That was enough to get Reacher to start digging for the truth.

As always, Lee Child doesn’t disappoint. This is another hard-to-put-down book. Get it from this store or that store.