I live in Manila, Philippines – but really my heart lies in Pakistan. Between juggling two boys, taking care of my home and family, a full time job, extended family and friends, I hardly find time to update this blog…..well sometimes anyways…Often refer to myself as the dhakka-start writer! I tend to write when something hits me really really hard! Not a good practice for a writer though – miles to go before I can even refer to myself as one! This blog is my space to write my thoughts, as and when they come. No pressure and no deadlines!
I work in the development sector and a humanitarian at heart. I love to read with a special interest in Islamic history. Space fascinates me so I follow all possible NASA channels ever. I really should have been an astronaut! Who knows one day I might even catch a commercial flight to the moon and back! All savings advice for the future space walker welcome. Love gardening, a quiet stroll near the sea and a strong cup of coffee – not necessarily in this order.
I dream of writing a book one day on the two most important and least mentioned women in Jinnah’s life – Ruttie Jinnah and Dina Wadia. As long as I remember, growing up in admiration of Jinnah, I have always been curious to know more about these two missing links in our history!
One of my favourite couplet, written by my maternal grand aunt:
Bujh Rahein Hain Chiragh Dair-o-Haram
Dil Jalao Ke Roshni Kam Hai.
(Temple and mosque lamps are going out
Let the heart burn to eschew darkness)
– Sahab Qizilbash (1930-2004)