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

Archive for November, 2011

Home, safe and sound!

Well just reread my last post and I left off with a very brief description of Stonehenge. It was interesting. Farah and Edward had gone up to Oxford to meet some friends of theirs on Saturday, and when I got back, they asked me, quite tentatively, what did I think of Stonehenge. I told them […]

Back from Stonehenge

Ever since I got back into London, my internet access has been iffy. Had more than enough trouble trying to just download my emails and didn’t have time to blog. But now, finally, I have a moment–and more importantly internet access! The last few days have been amazing! Like I said, I have been astonished […]

A Shout Out to my Home Girl Marjorie!

Yesterday, after I had such a wonderful time in Bradford, I forgot to mention going to lunch with Marjorie Coughlan in Leeds! It was a bit of an adventure getting into Leeds. Normally the train from Bradford takes twenty minutes, but alhamdu lillah, I did get there, albeit about half an hour late. Marjorie lives […]

Ya’ snooze, ya’ lose…

It’s been a little frustrating that now that I’m coming to the end of the week, and I only have about four more days in the U.K., only one of which is a school day (Monday the 28th), that some schools are suddenly scrambling to have me visit. I have some friends to thank for […]

On the way to Bradford, UK

I’m writing this from the train, on the way to Leeds and then Bradford. Hard to believe all the things that have happened over the last few days! Arrived on Sunday, it was dreary and foggy, and I wrote about how the cold seeped into my bones! Traveler beware. The temperature might claim it’s 7 […]

In England!

Arrived this morning in pea soup fog! I had checked the weather forecast and was reassured by it being around 10 Celsius during the day and not getting any lower than 4 at night. That did not prepare me for the bone-chilling dampness! Gotta buy a raincoat! Gotta lack of sleep headache but otherwise I’m […]

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Pip pip and Cheerio!

I’ve been invited to afternoon tea! In Picadilly! Dear me, I must remember to crook my pinkie finger as I sip it! I’m practicing even as I type this! Does make reaching the the ‘p’s and ‘q’s and apostrophes rather difficult! LOL Can you tell I’m getting excited about the England trip??? As if I didn’t […]

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What you put out, comes back to you…

This was the theme of one of Oprah’s latest life classes, and I could really see the wisdom of the statement. I have seen people who are so afraid of being hoodwinked, try to out maneuver other people, and in the process they draw to them the very people they’re afraid of. I’ve talked to […]

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until they change what is in themselves. I’ve read this phrase in the Quran a number of times and it’s funny but I always thought it only referred to the oppressed and downtrodden. But I attended a lecture a while back and a scholar made a good point. He said that no, this phrase applies […]

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I started writing this on Sunday night. Tonight on Oprah’s visionaries was talking. If you’re not sure who he is, you’re not alone. I’d heard his name, but didn’t realize he’s one of the co-founders of the group Black-eyed Peas. The first half of the show was just him spouting off about how tickled […]

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