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  • 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...
  • The Muslim Holiday you wish us in “Happy Holidays&

    Hey everyone So there are two “Eid” celebrations, which literally means, happiness, in the Muslim calendar. The first one is after Ramadan, the single most well-known Muslim tradition that the world knows. The second one is after “Hajj” or pilgrimage which...
  • Tribute to Benazir…

    I never supported her or her party but in some sense I always supported her for being a brave woman. Some say she was stupid and not brave to have gone back to Pakistan. I recall saying something to that effect...
  • Coincidences and Miracles…

    You know, I really wonder why life brings us to certain people, certain places and certain events. We are supposed to process them and somehow either “just live” and move on or actually stop and pay attention to the coincidences and...
  • To Give or Not to Give…

    Certain people thrive on feeding off other people’s energies. I might be one of them or I might be one of the energy dissipators. I leave that to you to decide. There are those who just keep giving and giving. These...
  • Let the Judgement be…Madam

    The older we get, the less we are sure of things…maybe because we have seen so much and seen so many exceptions to those “rules” ingrained in us by parents, societies, religions that everything is fully right or wrong..that nothing is...
  • Join Me in Feeding People in Pakistan for 3 cents/meal!

    Hey Everyone So I have finally come by someone who is doing grass roots work in Pakistan that I trust and want to help. Her plight is that starvation and the lack of ability to feed oneself and one’s children is...