Khanversations

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

I was invited to a lovely Muslim weekend school on Sunday. But I went with a lot of trepidation. The organizers asked me to do a presentation that’s designed for grades three to twelve, for very little kids, including kindergarteners. The presentation was The Roses in My Carpets. That’s tough! Because it includes the concepts […]

Taking cues from your Audience…

I did a group of kindergarteners today and they surprised me. There were some kids in the bunch that barely looked three and others that looked almost seven! What a range! I thought let me see how much of my Picture the Story presentation they can pick up on, and so I went ahead and […]

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A New Milestone of dubious merit…

Okay, I had always wondered how anyone could receive emails and not respond. I thought these types of people had gotten ‘too big for their britches’. I’ve always tried to respond to the emails I receive, even if it takes me a long time to get to them. The very least I do do, is […]

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I’m going to be doing a skype visit this Friday morning insha Allah with some kids at a school in Brooklyn about career choices and I’ve been thinking about what it takes to make it as an author. Thing is you need to have a number of ‘income streams’. I know that sounds kind of […]

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Being ‘remarkable’

Came across an interesting Ted Talk. I ended up reading the transcript instead of watching it. I find I often get more from reading something than listening to it. It was actually about marketability and it said what a lot of people are saying these days, that in order to get noticed in this day […]

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A Character sketch I did back in 2005…

Think of character sketches as a sort of ‘painting with words’. Using large brush strokes to capture a likeness of an individual. And notice the little details I included that provide clues. I read it just now and it still made me laugh! See if you can guess who it is.   George couldn’t help […]

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The Mr. Harrison effect…

Mr. Harrison was my grade five teacher. He was tall and handsome with chocolate brown hair that swept across his forehead and he was cool and funny. All the kids loved him and wanted to be like him. And when he was on yard duty we all hovered around him hoping some of his coolness […]

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Doesn’t mean your own life has to suffer. We’ve been saying that a LOT around the homestead. I mean who wouldn’t be appalled at what’s going on all over the world? There’s carnage and bloodshed and dying and starving all over the place. I’m trying really really hard not to hate rich people! And I’m […]

Reflecting and germinating…

I know it’s been a while since my last post. Been thinking of things to blog about but I’ve often been too busy to blog. And then something really sent me for a loop. Every once in a while that will happen. You’ll be coasting along and something impacts you with enough force to change […]

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Things have calmed down somewhat with regards to the infamous comments of Daniel Handler during the National Book Award ceremonies where he pointed out that Jacqueline Woodson was allergic to watermelon, ‘make of that what you will’. Jacqueline Woodson then posted a very interesting open letter in the New York Times talking about how hurtful […]

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