Month: January 2009

  • Prejudices

    I love it how people talk in taboos in this society. All hidden and covered. They won’t admit the prejudices but they are there, thick and solid in this society. “Oh, she came home at 10pm? Was she alone? Oh ok,...
  • Ramadan is here…

    …here! It is the Holy month of fasting in the Muslim calendar. Abstinence from food, drink and sex from sunrise to sunset are the obvious to do. However, abstinence from lying, anger, cheating and all “bad” traits is to be observed....
  • To President Bush…

    I would like to bring to your attention a little passage from Sunzi on the “Art of War”: “To win battles and seize land and cities and yet fail to consolidate these achievements is fraught with dangers as it means a...
  • Shah Rukh Khan and Gandhi…

    Yesterday, two people really close to me said at different times: “Gandhi was a cheat!” “How can Shah Rukh fast? He is married to a Hindu?” I am super annoyed and agitated at these comments. Basic assumptions on no historical or...
  • How to Bury a Muslim

    The other day, Daddy’s aunt passed away in Peshawar and so on September 11th, we headed to Peshawar…the place one would least want to be in on September 11th! Muslim women are not to head to the graveyard for the burial...
  • Indian doesn’t mean Hindu and Pakistani doesn&#821

    For the LAST time, I am clarifying this horribly wrong assumption that is made by both sides. Whenever, in a film or just on the street, someone wants to tease an Indian Muslim about loyalty..they will call him a “Pakistani”..as if...
  • Mehndi aka “Henna tattoes”

    Yes, I get annoyed at the commercial reference or creation of the phrase “henna tattoo”…henna is also known as mehndi and I prefer calling it mehndi but too late, it is all over the west as “henna tattooes”…there is one stall...
  • Expectations…

    You know what I just realized these past couple of months since I came back to LA. I realized that really, even the closest of the closest people I have known and whom I thought knew me inside and out, don’t...
  • Mosques are turning us away…

    So ever since I came to this country, I tried to attend mosques on Friday prayers every week but that went down to just once a month which went down to just on the two Eids in the year. Everytime I...
  • Daniel Pearl…Asra Nomani

    A couple of weeks back, Tim told me that we should go hear Asra Nomani, the lady who hosted Marianne and Danny in Karachi, at Caltech. She was doing a talk on “Women’s struggle in Islam”. Obviously I was super excited....