Speaking truth to power never has and never will be easy

I've long held the stance that there's a certain prototype of a Muslim you need to emulate, living in the West, if you come to prominence (whether it is actively sought or is a by-product of the work that you do). I don't want to add on to the false conceptualization of the "clash of… Continue reading Speaking truth to power never has and never will be easy

On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

Do you ever read books to understand the other side? I would take a wager and say most of us do not. I mean, why would we? If we believe we're in the right and the other side is wrong (which I think is human nature to some extent; otherwise, can you imagine how life… Continue reading On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?

Dangerous stereotypes couched under song and dance – a film review of “Padmaavat”

So, I usually don't do film reviews on this blog, because a) most of the films I watch are those artsy-fartsy indie films no one has ever heard of (BTW, has anyone seen Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? I really wanna see it) and b) my film reviews aren't actual film reviews in that I… Continue reading Dangerous stereotypes couched under song and dance – a film review of “Padmaavat”

Why you like what you like: Ruminations on interests and how they may have actually chosen you.

Upon the discussion of a book that a friend and I disagreed on (I liked it; she didn't), we naturally moved onto my favourite topic of discussion: Partition. Now when I say Partition, I'm usually referring to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. Though I must say the entire enterprise of partition is a fascinating… Continue reading Why you like what you like: Ruminations on interests and how they may have actually chosen you.

A Year in Review, Rafia-Style.

The thing about getting married on Christmas is: a) As a Muslim from North America, I finally have something to celebrate. No, my family never had a tree - and I am glad my parents held firmly to their faith. Although I ain't gonna lie, I was jealous of all those kiddies who got gifts… Continue reading A Year in Review, Rafia-Style.