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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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Oh the anxiety and the conceit!

Waiting…waiting…waiting! To hear from my agent about the hajj novel. I don’t know, that last revision really took it out of me. I feel like I’ve been wrung out like a dish rag and someone’s using me to sop up a spill. In the meantime I’ve been starting a new novel–began the first chapter today. […]

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The Bright Lights of Times Square…

Somehow I can’t stop thinking about the moment I stood in front of Times Square, a few weeks ago, when hubby son, and I went on our whirlwind bus tour/vacation. Talk about electronic billboards! The whole place is plastered with them, each flashing and vying for your attention. I particularly remember the theatre billboard sign […]

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Frankly I never thought this would be a problem. Never anticipated that there’d come a time when people who have little to no affinity for my faith would write stories about it just to get their foot in the door of children’s publishing. And to have come across the phrase ‘professional Muslims’ in a wonderful […]

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The things you can learn from sports…

I’ve been watching Oprah’s Master Class off and on. Wasn’t planning to watch tonight’s program about Grant Hill, because honestly I didn’t know who Grant Hill was. I watch basketball sometimes, usually when my son in laws are over, but I can’t say that I’m a huge fan. But watching Mr. Hill,  I must admit […]

The exhausting slog of marketing…

I’m worried about the telephone bill. I’ve made about five calls to Malaysia in the past few days and I’m wondering how much that will translate to in terms of cost. Yes the calls were short, but still… I’m going to Malaysia insha Allah. Just the name conjures up such interesting feelings within me. I’ve […]

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I went out of town yesterday and just got back. It was a Muslim community who’ve been such great supporters of my work that it’s always a pleasure to visit, even if it does mean a five hour drive. One of the ladies in particular has such an aura about her. I’ve heard it called […]

50 years old and sick again…

Sigh! I had the most interesting Saturday! Out of the blue my hubby wanted to go down to visit my parents. Then he said my in laws were invited too. My birthday fell during last week. We don’t celebrate birthdays. But something in the back of my mind thought, “Hmm.” Then, “Nah!” When I was […]

The advantage of being underestimated…

Been sick, sick, sick, and that makes me think, think, think. Way back when Bush was president, I used to wonder how such a silly person (who calls one of their friends Turd Blossom???) could end up running the most powerful country in the world, and I really think a lot of his success came […]

Too clever for their own good…

I was going to write about my experience at the War Horse play, but somehow this other topic keeps begging to be dealt with first, so I’m going to go with it. I’ve been thinking about it since I saw it on Dr. Phil late last week, can’t remember if it was Thursday or Friday. […]

Confrontations, Humiliations and Definitions…

It’s funny how you can look back at your thirteen year old self and see all the mistakes you made. The old: ‘if I knew then what I know now…’ kind of thing. And yet when a kid once asked me what would I change about my upbringing, I looked at him blankly, thought to […]

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