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  • 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....
  • The Process of Becoming Big and Blah…

    I love how people are so discreet in Hollywood. Insecure, nervous and mistrusting…sigh, what have I gotten myself into. They won’t talk to you but won’t openly not talk to you so that one day, when they need you or you...
  • Jasmine flowers on my grandmother’s grave in Islam

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  • Domestic Violence

    Musarrat, our housemaid..yes we have a housemaid, it is the custom here…they need jobs and we need help…so beyond this surprise that some of you may have..let me start again. Musarrat comes to our house everyday. She claims she is 25...
  • me vs society, society vs. me or is vs. just perception.

    wow, too much to write here but just two short points. 1) Whenever I move around in the Pakistani society, I am frustrated with the social taboos and stigmas but don’t know where to start…it is hard to be optimistic and...