I live in Manila, Philippines – but really my heart lies in Pakistan. Between juggling two boys and bringing them up to be kind human beings, taking care of my home and family, a full-time job, extended family, and friends, I hardly find time to update this blog….. …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 saving 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 hope to write 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! Of late, I can also only wish to write another book on the life of Hazrat Khadija one day. Our Prophet’s first wife, and his great love. Not much has been written about her, and I would love to be able to do just that. Fingers crossed.
One of my favorite 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)