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

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“How’s your Ramadan going?”

My father asked me that question when I called him this afternoon, and immediately my face lit up and I said, “Alhamdu lillah! Just wonderful!” It’s always the case, you do kind of have mixed feelings as Ramadan approaches, you both dread it and welcome it, and once you actually get into the swing of […]

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Woohoo, back on line!

Spent the last few days ironing out some glitches because I was hacked. Me! As someone said to me, ‘I don’t get it. It’s not like you’re CNN or something!’ Um…thanks Got the first indication from a friend and then from, of all places, my Australian publisher! Not fun, but alhamdu lillah, it’s all part […]

I’ve finally launched the ebook version of my first novel. And I’ve uploaded a book talk for it that pretty much explains itself. Hope you like it!  

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One more presentation left…

Phew! What a year it’s been. I’m exhausted! Doesn’t help that I started a new diet this week. I’ve been struggling along on limited rations, and it’s affected my speech patterns I swear! But then anything can affect your speech patterns. Lack of sleep, distractions like noisy special needs kids, all kinds of things can […]

Omigosh! Today I was invited to do some entertaining at the Islamic Society of North America (Canada) conference. So I dragged myself down to Mississauga. Before my gig in the children’s program I took a breath and went through the bazaar and the weirdest thing! I met Farkhanda! I’d been thinking of her for ages! […]

It’s time…

to pray that the Leafs lose. Hubby summed it up well. He said, “They’re grown men with bent sticks chasing after a piece of black rubber!” LOL. Omigosh. Why oh why do we search for these vicarious victories? Is it because real victories of a personal nature are so hard to come by? So that we […]

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The Highs and Lows of playoff season…

Last night I was laughing maniacally at the ridiculous slugfest that was the Ottawa Senators/Montreal Canadiens game. The entire benches of both teams cleared. It was hilarious! Tonight I’m not laughing any more. In fact I was so down after the fourth goal that the Bruins scored against a beleaguered Reimer, that I undid all […]

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A few days ago I was at a school talking to the librarian about some of the nominees for a local reader’s choice award and when I mentioned a particular author she said, “Oh he’s so arrogant.” Just like that. And it was a bit jarring for me. And it reminded me of a moment […]

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One of the reasons I do this…

Today I had three presentations at a school not far away and one of the teachers told me something that occurred with one of her students that left me momentarily speechless. This teacher was familiarizing the class with my work by reading Silly Chicken. She took out a map and was showing the class where […]

“You Go Girl!”

LOL, that’s what one of the speakers at the I.LEAD conference said about me when he began his speech. I was asked by the organizers to talk about youth engagement and empowerment. The whole theme of the conference was youth engagement and empowerment. And the weird thing was they contacted me a few weeks ago […]