On a carpeted dais, a pair of handsome brocade chairs covered in plastic stand next to a small table set with a tea service. Between the chairs a gypsy woman holding a guitar peeps from a dime-store painting. The diorama seems to be waiting for a royal couple to appear and claim their seats. Adjacent is a towering wall of rock down which water and green vines tumble into a reflecting pool. An enormous TV projects a music video of a distinguished gentleman with a salt-and-pepper goatee, crooning sadly while newsreel footage of a decimated and smoking Kabul streams by in... More >>>
By photo: Serene Ford
Chef Wali Rahim (left) and Waiter Mohammed Khan show off Ali Baba's food and room.