Censorship – muslims caught in the middle
Bridging Cultures / Islam

Censorship – muslims caught in the middle

Earlier this year I joined thousands of other websites and “blacked out” for the day to protest against PIPA & SOPA; laws being drafted to restrict freedom of expression. I initially thought this was my first direct experience with censorship, but in reality, I’ve been exposed to it for the past decade;

ever since I became a Muslim… Continue reading

Define Me
Writing

Define Me

“What’s your niche?”
It’s a question every blogger faces. Now I wouldn’t say I’m claustrophobic, but I find being catalogued creatively limiting. If you take into account my change of name, change of religion, change of country, amalgamation of culture, I think you’ll agree I’m kinda difficult to pin down… Continue reading

Kids in crisis – the repercussions of abuse
Mental Health

Kids in crisis – the repercussions of abuse

Picture yourself in the following situation…

As a baby, you entered the world unwanted. If you had any doubts about that as you got older they were erased by the knowledge that your mother “gave you away” to be raised by a fellow stripper with a long history of drug and alcohol abuse. So it’s true; she really didn’t give a **** about you. You tell yourself you’re glad you never knew her. Does it stop the pain? Continue reading

Swimming against the tide – can “good character” make a comeback?
Expat Life

Swimming against the tide – can “good character” make a comeback?

With today’s news of the distasteful practices that ensure promotion in the banking firm Goldman Sachs, comes the revelation of another whistle-blower, someone speaking out at detriment to themselves about something they find morally wrong, unwilling and unable to keep quiet no matter what their financial reward for doing so; following in the footsteps of Bradley Manning, Jeffrey Wigand and Karen Silkwood, to name just a few. Continue reading

Marrying into a different culture – The clash of East and West
Bridging Cultures

Marrying into a different culture – The clash of East and West

My husband’s decision to marry a ghori, or “white girl”, wasn’t a cause for celebration among his relatives. I clearly remember that summer day in the park, before we had “gone public”. We sat together under a tree, warm sunshine dappling the grass around us, as he gently explained to me that our relationship could cost him his family… Continue reading

7 things to remember when moving to Canada
Expat Life

7 things to remember when moving to Canada

You could be forgiven for thinking moving to Canada doesn’t entail the same consideration journeying to a third world country might. After all, it has a stable economy, an established infrastructure and an accepting attitude, right? But it’s always the small, innocuous things that lurk below our radar that can make life miserable with their irksomeness if overlooked. Continue reading