In his candid and moving memoir, Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story ($18.95), author Atta Arghandiwal tells of his own as well as the people of Afghanistan’s turbulent journey to escape their war-torn country. Spanning a history of more than fifty years, Arghandiwal shares his personal story of growing up in a large Afghan family, the son of a prominent military officer, and eventually having to leave with the invasion of the Soviet Union, becoming a refugee in Germany before creating a life in the United States.
Atta Arghandiwal was born in Afghanistan but has spent over half his life in the West. He left Afghanistan eight months after the Russian invasion, in August of 1980, and became a refugee in Germany before immigrating to the United States where he built a successful banking career of twenty-eight years. Arghandiwal wrote his story to increase awareness about his country’s political upheaval and the innocent people who have been caught in the chaos. Arghandiwal is married and lives with his wife and two children in Northern California.