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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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Being an Inuit in my igloo in Barrow…

Received a bit of an education today. Ever since I heard that the term ‘eskimo’ is a derogatory term I’ve been mostly using the word ‘inuit’ to describe the first nations people up here in the Arctic. And I just found out today that ‘inuit’ just means ‘the people’ in the Inupiat language. And oh, […]

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Blogging from the Toronto Airport

Got nothing better to do, so why not? Funny how I get more time to blog when I’m traveling than any other time. I feel so darn frustrated with Obama. I had such high hopes. And yet I kind of get why he had to sell out. He once said something like the Palestinian people […]

I keep forgetting how …

*different* it is down here! Completely different mindset! The people are very friendly! They say ‘Good Morning!’ like they really mean it. And one lady admired the color of my suit. Told me I looked lovely! Heard a fascinating story from the Muslim cab driver who drove me here. And he said something interesting. He […]

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Takes a week just to catch up…

On a trip like Iran and Qatar! But all the experiences have been digested, thought through, replayed when necessary, and conclusions have been arrived at, in time for the next trip. In about forty minutes I leave for Dallas, just for one night, to visit an Islamic school who put together the funds to invite […]

Sitting in the Montreal airport…

Waiting for the flight home, and deep down grateful to be back in Canada. Used to be I’d cross the border into the States and I’d feel ‘different’. Man, that was a while ago! Most trips don’t generate this kind of relief in getting back into Canada. I guess it’s because I was wondering if […]

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Things you might find curious about Iran…

It’s winter so they keep the heat inside the cars and buildings REALLY high! And there never seems to be a thermostat available that can turn it down. So I’ve often resorted to opening a window so I don’t feel stifled. Which means the air is so dry my lips have been chapped no matter how […]

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Exhausted but Happy!

Before I started this trip, and any trip, I always make dua that Allah makes it easy for me. This trip has had its challenges. Lost my luggage on the way to Doha, and a few other bumps along the road, but my time here in Iran has been fabulous! The Iranian people are warm […]

Salams from Tabriz…

I’ve been here in Tabriz now for two nights I think. The days are a blur. I can’t even remember which day it is, we’ve been so busy. The festival started yesterday and I was up at 5:15 rushing to pray and get ready for 6:30 am for breakfast. That’s when my translator told me […]

St. Stephanos Church, Julfa, Iran

If you would have told me that I’d be visiting the site of a Unesco world heritage site cathedral and monastery in Iran, I doubt I would have believed you. That Australian lady Annie Stewart, being Catholic said that they tended to build these cathedrals on top of high mountains. Walking up the paved path […]

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The Countdown begins…

In three hours and twenty minutes I’m off to Qatar and then Tehran. Not sure if I’ll be able to blog, but we’ll see. I’ll be back on Feb. 22nd insha Allah. Over and out.

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