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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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I saw real bravery tonight…

Joannie Rochette, our highest hopes for a Canadian Olympic medal in women’s skating, did a beautiful performance in the short skate even after learning that her mother died unexpectedly, yesterday. Hers was not the most skillful performance, it was not the highest score, but it was definitely the most poignant. When she got ready to begin, […]

Last night I was watching a biography of L.M. Montgomery. It was fascinating. It focused a lot on her recently published journals. In the biography, it was all Anne this and Anne that. There was a mention of Emily of New Moon, but that was it. My favourite book of hers, The Blue Castle, wasn’t even mentioned. […]

Ah…now that’s better!

Today was another one of those underpaid gigs and considering I was storytelling at the swanky Royal Ontario Museum, it felt a bit cheap. I only did it as a favour to a friend of mine who was on some South Asian committee. At one point the Museum administrators were even asking me for my social insurance number, their […]

Wrinkles

My brother has an aesthetic clinic as part of his medical practice. Many times he’s offered me free procedures to iron out wrinkles, look younger, stuff like that. Some of the procedures involve poking little holes in your skin so it forces it to rejuvenate, some involve chemical peels that burn off the old top […]

Fan Mail

Every author has other authors they’ve looked up to and admired. Unfortunately many of mine: Mark Twain, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, are dead. One of my favourite authors: Eloise Jarvis McGraw died before I got up the gumption to write to her. So after reading about Phyllis A. Whitney’s 100th birthday, I did […]

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Write What You Know

If there is a ‘rule’ for writing, everyone says it’s ‘write what you know’. But sometimes you feel compelled to write about something beyond your circle of experience. And I’m struggling to figure out a way to make it work. This goes back to that post about ‘What’s Your Angle’. I did discover an angle […]

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Embracing Setbacks

I was originally going to write something light-hearted and up beat, about yesterday being like an ‘Italian’ day for me. In the morning I worked on a short story with an Italian character named Giuseppe in it, then while talking to my daughter five copies of the Italian version of Wanting Mor arrived. On the back […]

On second thought…

I don’t miss D. after all. I was thinking about what I wrote last night, (too often I say things impulsively which is bound to get me in trouble in the blogosphere!) and when I wrote that I missed her, I meant it at the time. But now, not so much. What would I do […]

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Intentions

I’ve read a lot of author blogs and to be perfectly honest, I find most of them so cautious, they’re boring. It’s wise to be cautious. The internet is the world and things get back to people. Maybe I’m a fool for being less cautious. I was thinking about yesterday’s post where I talked about […]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I think I’m going to have to modify my policy when it comes to accepting invitations for Muslim events. I definitely believe in giving back to the community, but when the organizers see fit to hire a clown and a magician (never mind how incongruous it is to have a magician at an Islamic event!!!) […]

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