Khanversations

Rukhsana’s thoughts on her journey of life, writing and sometimes—when she dares—a bit of politics.
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Apparently universities offer courses in Diaspora these days. Quite frankly I didn’t even know what a diaspora was a few years ago! And for those of you who might not be familiar with the term either, let’s just say it’s when a community spreads out. Like African diaspora is how the Africans were spread out […]

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Yesterday I went down to Kitchener to be part of the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener event. Did some storytelling a few years ago for them, and they were so sweet! And they asked so nicely, that even though I’m pretty tired and feel a bit burned out by the hectic schedule I’ve been […]

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A few weeks ago I was invited to tell during the entertainment session of the ISNA convention. That’s the Islamic Society of North America (Canada branch). Had a great time, went well, but got home and  hubby asked which story I told. When I told him one of them was Dajan Tigh, he said, “Oh […]

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Never fails…

Just when you get some time off…some health problem surfaces! You get a cold, or allergies or the flu or something starts aching. Been dealing with some stuff over the past few days, not fun, and yet it feels really good to get back to some projects! I really can’t believe that half the year […]

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Last Saturday I had two presentations at public libraries in Milton. Now with increased immigration and the flocking of these immigrants to big cities like Toronto, it seems that white people are moving further out to the suburbs. According to that book Boom Bust and Echo, this is a normal stage of the baby boomers […]

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I’m trying to figure something out. There seems to be a sort of disconnect between my writing and my stage persona. And yet there shouldn’t be. I’m still struggling with it. Needless to say I’ve been very busy! Still busy, but I’m not complaining. I’m musing. Had an interesting presentation for 0-4 year olds at […]

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I think I mentioned how busy I’ve been. With May being South Asian Heritage month, it’s to be expected. Throw in Mother’s Day and an Islamic Society of North America/Canada convention, and yup, I was real busy. From May 7th till May 18th (that was yesterday) I had only one day off, and that was […]

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Today I only had two presentations. Alhamdu lillah. And I got home reasonably early so I have an entire afternoon to, um, relax. Feels weird. I’ve been running on empty the past few days. You know it gets bad when you look at the clock at 7 pm and think, “Okay, I have to leave […]

Rizq–or the idea of Providence

I’ve been thinking of the concept of rizq or what some people would call providence. It’s the belief that everything we will ever earn has been written for us while we were in the womb and although we can pray for it to get expanded, it’s pretty much set. That’s both a good and a […]

Had a fascinating conversation with a librarian today! That’s not surprising of course! Librarians tend to be great thinkers and it’s almost more unusual NOT to have a fascinating conversation with them! But what was intriguing was the consensus we both came to. She, a devout Catholic, me a practicing Muslim, we talked about how […]

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