Ruttie revered his wisdom and logic; he was enamoured by her exceptional intellect. However, despite their unfaltering love and dedication to each other, the marriage suffered as Jinnah’s political commitments resulted in extended separations while he toured India in his fight for independence from the British yoke.


Extract from Khawaja Razi Haider book, “Ruttie Jinnah”

Ruttie and Jinnah

Of the ones who find their way back!


I was having this conversation with a very dear friend today – she was sad for someone leaving and I gave her my five cents on the subject – a belief which is growing firm with age. “Those who are meant to be with us always find their way back!”

“But I never had anyone return back to me”, she said.

“Then I assure you, they were never yours to begin with!” said I.



There are days when things go so well that you cannot help but remind yourself – the only super power you know of is the power of a heart felt prayer! Super Dua is a duper if you please.

Never under estimate the power of Dua, especially of the one who loves you most! Those who love us truly, for them there must be a special speed dial connection that goes all the way to the Approving Authority!

Lucky are those who are remembered in prayers!



Agha Shair Qizilbash


The latest weekend me-time project at hand is this – compiling the work of my mother’s dada (My maternal great grand father) Agha Shair Qizilbash. Not just for posterity’s sake, but because I was always fascinated by the first man in history to have translated the Quran in poetry!

I finally got hold of his publications, am so excited!

Bookmark this page: http://aghashair.wordpress.com

Hope you will enjoy the exciting journey with me, as I explore the work of my Great maternal Grand Father.  This page will grow, slowly but steadily, one Sunday at a time. Fingers Crossed!





Note to Self


As I turned 37 on April the 22nd, there were so many reasons to be thankful for, and it was such a humbling experience to see everyone making  my day special for me. By this time, you also realize that those who want to stick around for you – will always do. Those who value your presence in their life, will remember your special day, with or without facebook!

A birthday is probably the best time of the year when you are reminded of this quote:

They say the most wonderful places in the world to be in are: In someone’s thoughts, In someone’s prayers and In someone’s heart. We are lucky if we manage to be in all three at the same time!

Do not ever let go of your friends and loved ones who keep you in all three places at the same time! That’s special – and special is rare.



When Terror Hits Home


Last evening, a group of friends in Manila were gathered together to bid a melodious farewell to two of their fellow colleagues, retiring and returning back to Pakistan.  Everyone swayed to Kabhi Alvida na Kehna and enjoying every moment of a camaraderie that living away from home connects you to.  When one of my friends shared the shocking news of attack on a dear friend, and colleague Raza Ahmad (aka Raza Rumi), it was as if a huge dampener has been put on everyone.  Only a night before I was sharing with Raza how we will all miss him here in Manila at this event, this news was beyond scary – it was as if terror hit home!

Allah is the best protector, Raza remained safe, but his guard was injured, and the poor driver, an innocent victim and sole bread earner of his family succumbed to injuries and passed away. He, like many others in Pakistan, died for no fault of his own.

How long will we continue to put up with this blatant injustice, the ‘unknown’ force that goes around shooting people of courage, because the truth they stand up for and speak against is not according to another school of thought.  We are not indifferent, you may say – as we go about living our own lives and doing our own things. I recently wrote about indifference, and how “….It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don’t stand a chance against it. It lets neglect and decay and monstrous injustice go unchecked. It doesn’t act, it allows. And that’s what gives it so much power.” 

I condemn this, and all the other innocent lives being killed by the dozen every other hour in Pakistan – not because this time terror hit too close for comfort – but because its about time remaining silent is akin to supporting the terrorists.  Neutrality – in any given situation always supports the oppressor, never the victim.

Stand up for justice, freedom, for your friends, family and countrymen! We are only given today. It is tomorrow which is not promised.  Life is too short – live it well!