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Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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Ramadan’s last ten nights…

are upon me, and although I haven’t done much ‘writing’, not physically anyway, I’ve been rereading the Quran, immersing myself in the language that has basically defined my life. It was first revealed in Ramadan, and Ramadan is always a good time to recharge, reacquaint myself with its message. I’ve realized that much of my […]

Especially when things are really funny! Like when you had a chip on your shoulder and you made a terrible mistake, a faux pas, and then life has a way of circling around back at you, as if to nod and say, “It’s okay.” That’s what happened to me today. About twenty years ago, when […]

Intersectionality…

Never heard of this concept until I spoke to someone in the biz and she mentioned it and then I looked it up. It’s a feminist term that basically articulates the nagging feeling of condescension that many women of color feel from our white feminist colleagues. It’s the feeling that the only way they would […]

Call backs…

Sometimes I look back over the places I’ve been and the conferences and festivals I’ve had the privilege of attending and I get a bit nostalgic. Singapore, Mexico, Iran, Pakistan, India, Denmark, Sharjah, Italy! The list goes on! Wow! I’ve really been a LOT of places! I remember the trips so fondly! Although at the […]

So all that I’ve written so far is the preamble to the big event, the one that I was actually invited to keynote: Children’s Literature Festival in Karachi. The Children’s Literature Festival is an initiative begun by two very dedicated ladies: Baela Raza Jamil and Ameena Saiyid (the head of Oxford University Press) trying to […]

February 18th, A private school and the High Commissioner of Canada! I’ll never forget the presentations on this day! These kids were a lot older, I’d say close to fourteen and fifteen, and they understood English!!! You could see it on their faces! I first met this girl, so pretty masha Allah, with such a […]

My tour of Pakistan…

First I must apologize for not blogging for so long. It was due to health issues and circumstances beyond my control. Here’s what I wrote while on tour:   February 16, Islamabad, Pakistan I think the most singular advantage I might have is the storytelling background. There’s something about my training as a storyteller that […]

Getting Ready for Pakistan…

I can’t help getting nervous before a big trip! There’s worrying about the physical toll the travel will have on me! (I’m not getting any younger!) And then when I arrive, it’s only natural that I’m worried a little about my safety. Just a few weeks ago there was an attack in the North western […]

One of the things I’ve been worried about with the Syrian crisis and everything is what if, as happened in Sweden, a refugee commits a crime or even expresses an ‘ungrateful’ sentiment. People are very fickle. And sometimes people in difficult circumstances are at the end of their patience and might not express themselves in […]

It’s the last week of the residency…

And I’m already feeling nostalgic. I’ve come to know so many of the people, the kids, the teens, the adults, the seniors. In each program there are a few people that have really stood out! I look at the progress I’ve seen in the teenagers from the time they first started the public speaking program. […]