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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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Archive for May, 2013

Further adventures in Turkey…

Hubby said I should fix my first post from here to indicate that yes, indeed, I’ve been talking about Turkey, but I can’t be bothered, so I’ll just mention it now. I’m writing this from Turkey. It certainly isn’t what I expected! Our guide is a petite lady with pretty good English, very secular, and […]

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Mixed emotions in Kappadokya…

Wrote this post in pen, last night in a cave hotel in Kappadokya. At the time I was feeling relaxed and mellow. That feeling has since vanished Slow down, you move too fast Got to make the morning last, just Skipping down the cobblestones, Looking for fun and feeling groovy! You can’t believe when I […]

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It’s like if workers come to do a job in your house, fix your furnace or dishwasher or something and they see a diamond lying there, in the open, something you’ve misplaced or forgotten about but could definitely use, and they just take it. Then they come back over and over again, to do more […]

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Gran Torino…

is a film produced by Clint Eastwood that doesn’t seem to have garnered the attention I think it deserved. It really is a gem of a little movie! I love that it takes its time to storytell, for us to get to know the characters. Clint is fabulous as this racist old curmudgeon. In fact […]

Omigosh! Today I was invited to do some entertaining at the Islamic Society of North America (Canada) conference. So I dragged myself down to Mississauga. Before my gig in the children’s program I took a breath and went through the bazaar and the weirdest thing! I met Farkhanda! I’d been thinking of her for ages! […]

Helping Syrian refugees…

No matter where anyone stands on the carnage in Syria, the refugee situation in the neighboring countries is desperate. Women and children who are innocent victims just trying to run from slaughter. I’ve been reticent to donate up till now because I wasn’t sure of the people working on the projects over there, but with […]

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The Great Gatsby, The Blue Castle and Lagaan…

I’ve been fascinated with all the coverage and hoopla over the movie The Great Gatsby. Apparently the release of the movie has increased the book sales dramatically. Heard that within the last few months it sold 400,000 copies or something like that, way more than the 20,000 it sold in Fitzgerald’s lifetime. And becoming so […]

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It’s time…

to pray that the Leafs lose. Hubby summed it up well. He said, “They’re grown men with bent sticks chasing after a piece of black rubber!” LOL. Omigosh. Why oh why do we search for these vicarious victories? Is it because real victories of a personal nature are so hard to come by? So that we […]

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The Highs and Lows of playoff season…

Last night I was laughing maniacally at the ridiculous slugfest that was the Ottawa Senators/Montreal Canadiens game. The entire benches of both teams cleared. It was hilarious! Tonight I’m not laughing any more. In fact I was so down after the fourth goal that the Bruins scored against a beleaguered Reimer, that I undid all […]

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A few days ago I was at a school talking to the librarian about some of the nominees for a local reader’s choice award and when I mentioned a particular author she said, “Oh he’s so arrogant.” Just like that. And it was a bit jarring for me. And it reminded me of a moment […]

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