“No matter where I go in the world, the emotions of a mother for her child are not any different.”
The obsessively curious Vijay Mahajan (author of Africa Rising) recently returned from another round of research for his book The Arab World Unbound, where among other adventures he was detained for a time by authorities in Libya, suspicious of the intentions of this Indian with a U.S. passport and an odd itinerary.
A taste of his wanderings and subsequent market discoveries from my post at McCombs TODAY:
Vijay Mahajan stands on a street corner in Jordan and points out what he has found to be the common heartbeat of marketplaces from Dubai to Des Moines. A young woman and a small child are walking up the street looking at colorful wares displayed in open storefronts.
“No matter where I go in the world, the emotions of a mother for her child are not any different,” he explains. “Be she Christian or Hindu or Muslim or Jew, when a festival comes, she wants to be sure there’s a gift for everyone. She wants education for her child, some entertainment, and a way to communicate. Sometimes she wants her family to be able to go out to eat.”