Khanversations

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

I’m heading off to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow evening. Very excited! My second time going there, and I was sad to leave the last time. I’m going to be doing a session at the Comel -The Magic of Picture Books conference. Malaysia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world! And so friendly! Last […]

I remember hearing on Dr. Phil that when a person shows anger they’re actually at their weakest. And that anger and sadness are often symptoms of a more basic emotion: fear. I don’t know about all that, I just know that I often have to balance how much news of the world’s events I take […]

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Yesterday was Eid ul Adha, and I kept thinking to myself, I can’t wait to get back to work. And I started asking myself if I’m a workaholic, and then I thought, nah! A workaholic would get more done. I’m only partly kidding. I’m at that stuck stage of a project. I began working on […]

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I’m being called a pioneer…

The first time I heard the term, I felt quite flattered. Me? A pioneer? It was said by a recently published Muslim author I had connected with. Then I heard it again by another published Muslim author, and another. And then, I don’t know, it doesn’t sound so cute. Oh I get it. They’re saying […]

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Fame???

I’ve had some strange experiences recently. I’m not sure if I mentioned this one, but I went to lunch with some old friends and a kid recognized me and wanted a selfie. Then went to a wedding and a teacher who works with disabled kids, told me how she’d been at a school where the […]

Drowning in information…

Omigosh, writing this blog post is almost a sort of relief. Child’s play. A chance to unwind after weeks of incredible information overload. I’ve been in meetings and immersed in research a story I’m writing for an educational publisher, and I honestly feel like I’m drowning. It’s very humbling. There’s so much information out there […]

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I’ve been thinking and thinking about why Trump, despite all his lies, and all the detritus that is spewing from his blowhole is so popular among a certain demographic of American population, and I think I may have come up with the reason. When I was looking at the faces of the Trump supporters, most […]

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when it becomes too depressing is not only wise, it’s prudent. We have such limited time on this earth. You have to pick and choose your battles. And yet writing this is giving myself the advice I need reminding of. Foolishly I started watching the Republican National Convention footage. Watching all these white people’s faces […]

Creative caving or simply being practical?

Not sure. But I’ve been thinking of Neil Gaiman quite a bit for the last few days. He’s the author of Coraline and is really good at writing creepy stories. I read his Graveyard Book and although it’s nowhere near as good as Coraline, it is kind of interesting and the fact that I finished […]

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I don’t usually get very ‘religious’ on my blog, ironically it seems to be ‘bad form’, but I think I want to talk about what faith is actually good for. Yesterday was July 7th and I happened across a very infamous video of Philando Castile’s girlfriend documenting his shooting and eventual death as her four […]

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