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
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?
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”
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.
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.