My home country celebrated its "independence" on Monday and my naturalized country celebrated its independence yesterday. I heard fireworks - thankfully for not too long, as they were later drowned out by the humming of the ceiling fan and the overwhelming power of drowsiness - but I did not see any. Thankfully again, neither I … Continue reading A week of independence
This is an essay I first wrote a few years back in honour of my grandmother, whom I called naanami. I haven't edited this piece because I would like to keep everything intact. Today also is the first day of the new Islamic lunar year. A sobering reminder for myself first on how I would … Continue reading 9/11 is the day I lost my grandmother
It's been a busy week. I went to Atlanta for the first time last Thursday for The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (didn't have time to pretend to be Scarlett O'Hara as Savannah is a 4 hour drive, but I did pass the Margaret Mitchell house two times! Notwithstanding Mitchell, the film adaptation was a … Continue reading A blog post about nothing and yet everything!
I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much … Continue reading On the importance of memoirs
After what seems has been an entire year of dealing with non-emergency but nonetheless irritating health issues, perioral dermatitis (Vaseline is my BFF nowadays), persistent allergies, etc. (these etcetera I do not wish to share on a public blog), I finally have some answers! I made a FB post about this earlier this evening somewhat … Continue reading Confirming what I already kinda knew