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"ALMOST KILLED BY THE TALIBAN."

My Memoir

"KABUL TO CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA"

ALMOST KILLED BY THE TALIBAN

By

Masuda Rahmati 

Carmel~by~the~sea is the California version of the Hamptons, a luxury resort community where the only serious crime is not picking up after your dog. I was pursuing my version of the American dream, selling real estate in this playground for the rich. I had just started to prepare for another typical open house one Saturday afternoon, when I looked up and stared into the face of a nightmare I thought I had left behind years ago in my native Afghanistan.

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Masuda Rahmati was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 10, 1969. She escaped Afghanistan with her family in 1980 due to the Russian Invasion. Her father decided to take his family out of the war-torn Country for a better life and freedom. They drove to Islamabad, Pakistan with a smuggler and lived there for two years and then immigrated to America in 1982.

Her life in America was very different from Afghanistan. She had to learn the language, culture, and adapt to a very different life. After studying very hard, she became a leader and straight-A student within the first year at her junior high school and taught Algebra in her spare time.

In 1995, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Psychology from The University of Santa Cruz, California. In the last 20 years, she has been a businesswoman and investor in residential and commercial real estate.

She has been recognized by the United States Congress for her courageous efforts on influencing women about self-love, positive self-image, self-respect, self-independence, power, self-confidence, discipline, education, compassion, mental and emotional wisdom using her own life story.

In 2005, She was the first Delegate from Afghanistan to compete at the prestigious and International Mrs. World Beauty Pageant in Mumbai, India.  The  purpose of her participation was to be the voice and advocate for the Oppressed Afghan women and young girls in her beloved Motherland, Afghanistan.  The beauty of a woman resides in her Sacred self. When we honor and fall in love with our souls, we become more beautiful as we age. Every woman and young girl must have the right to the basic Human Rights.

REVIEW OF BOOK FROM SAM FARR, RETIRED U.S. CONGRESSIONAL REPRERSENTATIVE

 

I love your story. It is a Cinderella story with so many ways to describe what you have been through and accomplished.

Our lives are affected by our culture, which in turn, affects politics, which in turn makes the laws we live by.

Masuda Rahmati’s story dramatically portrays the contrasts of cultural values and the politics they create. She started with no hope, low self-esteem, and a strong bias against women to become a Beauty.

Queen, mother, and a community leader. She has a message for everyone, from young children to parents and grandparents: “Never give up hope.” She shows us, despite all obstacles, how to pursue your dreams, even if those dreams may threaten your life. A must read for every family.

Retired U.S. Congressman,

-Sam Farr-

10/27/2023

Press

Pacific Grove

Newspaper

“Letter to the Editor."

Monterey County

Hearld

"Rahmati escaped the Russian invasion with her parents and five sisters to Pakistan with little more than what they could carry. She was 11."

British Embassy 

Invite

"A invitation to the British Embassy in Washington DC for His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales Visit."

MUMBAI

Newsline

“I've seen Kasme Vaade so many times and I've cried every single time.”

Carmel Pine

Cone

“We all kissed the ground — Kissed our country for the last time.”
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