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

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Saw a watch advertisement today with a cocky looking Daniel Craig standing there like a fortress, his arms crossed, saying this watch was the same one as the one the new James Bond wears. So… Does that mean if you buy it and wear it, you’ll have something in common with James Bond as played […]

feels a bit like a waste of time. Sometimes the feeling of impotence in the face of global dilemmas is just excruciating. This is one of those times. It seems to crop up every so often. It’s like tensions build and build in Israel and Palestine, and they start fighting, and people start dying. And […]

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During my trip, I took along a notebook, like I did during Hajj, and filled it with my thoughts. Here’s the first entry: I’m writing this from the Nanjing Hilton which must mean it’s Tuesday, I think. (Oct.9th) Shanghai has a population of about 23 million. In a city! The whole country of Canada is […]

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The Highway of Tears…

is a stretch of highway 16 that I drove between Prince Rupert and a small town called Terrace B.C. Actually it might be further, but I specifically remember that stretch of road. One of the most beautiful areas of North America, I bet. You can see pics of it here: Today they discovered one […]

I was going to write a blog post about how as a Muslim, I try my best to counter all the negative images in the media by trying to uphold an example of what Islam really teaches us to be. I was going to talk about how hard it’s been growing up. How at first I […]

Photos uploaded!

I’ve been slowly updating my website! It’s so hard for me (I’m a klutz at website stuff!) but I managed to do it, and finally finally, I put up the photos I took in England and in Malaysia. You can see them here: The captions are self-explanatory, and I tried to have some fun–often […]

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For those of you who don’t know, Robert Falcon Scott was the British antarctic explorer who botched his bid to be the first to reach the South Pole. Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer, beat him to it by 33 days. Every once in a while, when I’m flicking channels, I come across some documentary that […]

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Home, safe and sound!

Well just reread my last post and I left off with a very brief description of Stonehenge. It was interesting. Farah and Edward had gone up to Oxford to meet some friends of theirs on Saturday, and when I got back, they asked me, quite tentatively, what did I think of Stonehenge. I told them […]

Back from Stonehenge

Ever since I got back into London, my internet access has been iffy. Had more than enough trouble trying to just download my emails and didn’t have time to blog. But now, finally, I have a moment–and more importantly internet access! The last few days have been amazing! Like I said, I have been astonished […]

until they change what is in themselves. I’ve read this phrase in the Quran a number of times and it’s funny but I always thought it only referred to the oppressed and downtrodden. But I attended a lecture a while back and a scholar made a good point. He said that no, this phrase applies […]

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