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

Archive for September, 2013

How do you find the courage?

I received an email a few days ago from a lady who’s seriously trying to decide whether to pursue a career in publishing and she asked, “My second question is what gives you the courage? I read a blog in which you were saying that ‘you just have to go for it’ but I’ve spent […]

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Feeling all flustered and unsettled…

after a visit to the Indian consulate last Monday! Gee, I’m writing this Sunday night and I’m still not over the experience! I wonder if I’m suffering a form of PTSD–and I mean no disrespect to those who actually have it. I’m just being a bit facetious. I have a bunch of elderly people in […]

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Napoleon Dynamite and Young Humor…

My son and I have a constant struggle going on. He keeps trying to get me to watch videos or listen to songs that he likes and I keep getting him to read Watership Down. I think I’m actually more open minded than he is because while I’ve read and experienced a LOT of the […]

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Hmm…being studied.

I know it must seem self-evident that if you have a public blog and you produce children’s literature that is published, ie. designed to reach the ‘public’, it opens yourself up to the possibility of being studied by academics. Being parsed and analyzed, having symbolism attributed that you had no intention of, stuff like that. […]

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doesn’t mean that I’m NOT Canadian!!!! Read a stupid headline in the Toronto Star that really ticked me off! It said that are Canadians who wear religious head gear less ‘Canadian’??? Omigosh! What does a scarf on my head have to do with my ‘Canadian-ness’. Or American-ness, Or British-ness, for that matter??? I guess I’ve […]

Lonely at the top…

I guess it takes rejoining Facebook to realize that I’ve lost four friends over the years–one Muslim, one Jewish and two Christian. How very egalitarian of me! I’m not sure what I did. No, I must be honest. In one of the situations I know exactly what I did! I made the mistake of telling the person […]