Khanversations

Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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She was dropping her kindergarteners off for the presentation while she had to attend a professional development workshop, and as she got the kids settled telling them repeatedly to sit on their bottoms and face forward, eyes on me, then she turned to me and said, “Good luck!” Like I was really going to need […]

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Did you ever think…

…if only I knew someone real, someone legitimate, on the other side of the world, who was struggling, who needed money for a legitimate business venture, who wasn’t just looking for a hand out but a hand up… I remember watching one Oprah episode where she talked about some photography book that had been sent […]

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And I don’t write. All I want to do is fart around in my pyjamas till it’s time to go to the meeting. The last couple of days have been busy! They were two days of presentations at a lovely school with 900 kids! So far I’ve presented to about six hundred of them! On […]

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Perspective…

Can’t believe the last post I wrote was on that rejection I received. Man, that feels like SO long ago! To say that I’ve gained a bit of perspective would be an understatement. First of all my family was blessed with another grandchild. Alhamdu lillah, a healthy little boy, so that makes ten! Even steven, […]

When a rejection really hit me hard. All the platitudes I usually comfort myself with, rang empty. Even though, yeah, I still believe them. I can say rejection is part of the process over and over again, but right now, I just find it hard to believe it. I can say that Allah subhanahu wata […]

Great Expectations cont’d…

I can’t recall when I first heard about that famous, or even infamous song Let it Go from the movie Frozen. I must have watched the video clip of it on youtube about five or six times, it was quite compelling. (By the way, don’t bother with the Demi Lovato version, the Idina Menzel version […]

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Great expectations…

What an interesting few days I’ve had. Been meaning to take note of it, but sometimes life just gets too busy. On Monday we went to the new aquarium downtown, and what a fascinating experience it is. Made me feel like a real fuddy duddy. I’ve never been that much into the latest high techie […]

Serendipity…

It’s interesting how things can come together. You can be mulling something over, and then you get an email from some random reader talking about the issues of voice appropriation and then a day later you read an excellent column on the New York Times by Christopher Myers, the son of the impeccable Walter Dean […]

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Sometimes I think I should have to pay…

to storytell to a great audience! The feeling is phenomenal! To share some of your favourite stories in a room with great ambience, to a group of about a hundred people who have voluntarily shown up on a mild Sunday, and paid what they can, to hear some good old stories! I’m talking about the […]

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Beware Arrogance…

The biggest worry in being a ‘do gooder’ is not the risk of stopping the doing of good. It’s getting arrogant about it. Ooh, arrogance, that most insidious of faults! That creeps up on you till you really do believe you’re better than others. And in believing that, you prove that you’re not. Yeah, there’s […]

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