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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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What a year it’s been!

I meant to shout out to any Christians reading this that I hoped they had a good holiday, but somehow in the busyness of the day I didn’t get a chance. I find the hub bub about whether to say Merry Christmas, vs Happy Holidays really interesting. I think it should be very simple. If […]

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The Taj Mahal…and Sticker Shock!

This is going to be a long post! I have so much to tell to wind up my trip to India–but bear with me I think you might find it pretty funny! So I went to the Taj, straight from Delhi airport on Monday, Dec. 3rd. Our flight from Pune get delayed because the system […]

Vanilla ice cream, warm gulab jamuns and …

Suhaani Raath being sung by a young Indian troubadour strumming on a guitar on the roof of our hotel in Pune…wow, pretty close to heavenly! They had the Bookaroo Pune launch dinner last night and it was smaller than the one in Delhi, had a completely different feel to it, and it came with that […]

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Bookaroo in Pune…

It’s such a treat to see some of the same faces I got acquainted with at Bookaroo in Delhi! And the wonderful thing is we’ve kind of gotten past that initial euphoria stage, if you know what I mean. One of the things I try very hard NOT to do is to hog a conversation. […]

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Today was supposed to be an in and out trip. Came into Amritsar at about 10 am, did three major presentations and two journalist interviews, and I was supposed to be out on the 8:45 pm flight. Only it got cancelled, so I’m stuck here, and my flight leaves at 3 am, back to Delhi […]

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I think it’s a few minutes past 9 pm and I’m beat. Just thinking of the schedule ahead is making me seriously reconsider my sanity in saying yes. Bangalore was amazing. Or I should say the people were amazing because I actually didn’t get to ‘see’ that much of the place. Oh, I spoke to […]

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Bangalore…

is as hot and steamy as Delhi was cool and dry! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least! Got in yesterday morning, met with the people picking me up without incident, yay!!! And took a bumpy ride into the city. People had told me that Bangalore airport is about 2 hours outside the city, […]

What an experience!

It’s never a good idea to criticize yourself. Especially if people are raving about your presentation. Don’t criticize yourself publicly, don’t diminish their exuberance or their compliments by putting yourself down, but in the privacy of your own room…yes, think of what you did wrong. Analyze, assess, and fix it for next time so it’s […]

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So last night there was a sort of cocktail party/dinner to launch the Bookaroo experience. Members of the press were there, including one of the sponsors of Bookaroo, and it was held on a rooftop veranda/restaurant with the cool night air and occasional fireworks in the area–such a contrast from the night before! All sorts […]

Oh Wow!

India is quite different from Pakistan! Mind you the Pakistan I’m thinking of is twenty years ago. I’m still getting used to being here. Delhi is beautiful! Didn’t imagine it would be so green with huge trees running down the middle of the street and flowers and hedges everywhere, and gardeners dressed in shabby clothes […]

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