Zarbul Masalha is a remarkable literary work that provides deep insight into Afghan culture and language. Proverbs contain a great treasure of folk culture and wisdom, and often express an idea better and more convincingly than lengthy speeches or text. Captain Zellem's translations from Dari to English, and associations with common well known proverbs, provide outstanding insight into Afghan thought and customs. Captain Zellem's personal experiences in Kabul, his remarkable effort to include local Afghan students in the creation of Zarbul Masalha, and his ongoing efforts to introduce Afghan culture and language through the publication of this book, demonstrate his passion and insight into Afghan language and culture. This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in understanding Afghan culture and clearly demonstrates that universal, common ideas do exist among different cultures.