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[~S^cB Rcqv @ Z sha T ASAv cq U : 4 Sgc 2000 - @U@ɩ U (FABl ), q T (SfU woF), @Bw (cXoc ); 24r Sgc, 2001 -- U (FABl), 10Av SFɮ (cXoc ), T ~U (SfU), jce 9 Sgc 2002 -- @U@ɩ U, T ~U, R To@f (cXoc ) | ]


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Like great migratory birds.

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c ^ A@rS FAB UZ@ T mSAv a A c | J TTA@ ~S@ AAF@ ^ A@rS AUZaS Ai@q, c خ rߨ T j@Av mf OAn @شq pA @ SAS | FABl qeAB ^ A@rS Acm AaUS; @\AcSAgA@ OS AXom i J cArAS UwAS |

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It is an integral part of my homage to Ray the writer and thinker.


Published November 15, 2002

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