I live in Manila, Philippines – but really my heart lies in Pakistan. Between juggling two kids, taking care of my home and family, a full time job, an extended (and very social) 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!
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. If anyone knows when I can take the next flight to Mumbai to go and meet with Dina, this is a good place to let me know! 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)