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

Archive for June, 2010


On Saturday I was down at the Lattitudes Festival in Kitchener, Waterloo. They invite me practically every year since they started and the crowd that comes to gather and hear stories is definitely getting bigger! It was raining hard on Saturday. When I got to the little island in the middle of Victoria park, I […]

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The Launch

Anything out of the ordinary leads to its own bit of nervousness and even anxiety. Most of the time my presentations are down pat, almost scripted. I’ve designed them so that they carry their own story arc and involve a range of emotions, tragedy and humour, not necessarily in equal proportions, but each offsetting the […]

Who’s the fairest of them all?

Early last Friday morning I took a taxi to the train station to catch the train to Bologne. What an adventure that was! Imagine trying to figure out a train billboard with platforms and schedules in another language. I found the number of my train and then there was this perplexing phrase after it 1CL […]

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I can’t help thinking about that old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Yosemite Sam lured Bugs into swabbing his desks by offering him a world cruise. After the tables have been turned and Yosemite Sam is thoroughly defeated, Bugs is leaning back against a beach umbrella sighing, “Oh the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen!” […]

Ariva derchi!

Tomorrow I’m off to Italy! And I’m actually getting more excited than nervous! Maybe I won’t trip on the way to the podium. Maybe I won’t fall off the podium (like I did in Denmark!). Maybe I’ll be able to remember which faces go with which names. I certainly hope so. I’m doing my Wanting […]

Everyone should watch a movie in a cramped airline seat, with a six or four inch monitor, however big it is, and with lousy ear plugs. That way, they can really tell if a movie is any good. I always tend to watch movies after the hype has died down somewhat. I wasn’t very curious […]

Bonjourno Senora!

Yikes! That’s about as much Italian as I know! But I’m assured there’ll be a translator. At least I’ve worked with one before. It was in Mexico, and his name was Pepe. The best thing about him was that not only did he translate simultaneously as I spoke, he was able to infuse emotion into […]

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Back ‘home’…

I’m staying back at my parent’s house, ‘home’, the house I grew up in and yet it doesn’t feel like ‘home’ to me at all. This last month has been crazy, living out of a suitcase, hardly seeing my own family. My mom’s doing better. Today she forgot her walker behind a couple of times […]

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What an experience! I’m glad I didn’t know that I could have become a librarian when I was a kid, because if I’d become a librarian, I never would have bothered being a writer, I think. I’d have been having too much fun just reading all those fantastic books! It wasn’t the first library convention […]