Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.) - Walt Whitman Song of Myself - Leaves of Grass (1892-92) When we are kids, we hardly ever question who we are; we just are. I was an exuberant child and my emotions were intense. Whether I was happy, … Continue reading I contain multitudes.
I bought the novel The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam without realizing that it was a part of the Bengal Trilogy and this was part two. Actually, I did not even realize this while I was reading it and only found out when I was already finished with the book. The story told in this … Continue reading The Good Muslim
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a gem of a country that hasn’t been discovered by a lot of tourists yet. Last summer I went on a massive road trip through south-east Europe and discovered so many amazing places. From this trip, I would love to share some of these places with you. Bosnia and Herzegovina has … Continue reading Sarajevo: Laheri53 Book Café
Do you know, Mother, that Haj Salem was buried alive in his home? Does he tell you stories in heaven now? I wish I had had a chance to meet him. To see his toothless grin and touch his leathery skin. To beg him, as you did in your youth, for a story from our … Continue reading Ya bahiyyat al-masakin: Mornings in Jenin
Naomi Alderman's book The Power is very popular and features Margaret Atwood's review on the cover, which describes it as "Electrifying". This made it very promising but I always remain skeptical when a book is appreciated by the audience at large. However, Atwood's opinion matters to me (I wrote my MA thesis on The Handmaid's Tale) so … Continue reading The Power
How do you juggle two identities? How do you combine East and West? Do you dare ask what they have in common? Letters to a Young Muslim immediately caught my eye in the local bookstore. Its cover is a bright blue with intricate patterns of silver and gold and I couldn't help but pick it up. … Continue reading Letters to a Young Muslim
Yaqay - Somali word used to emphasize emotion/urgency in speech. Such a beautiful word that describes how I felt reading through the chapbook of Warsan Shire, called Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. She was born in Kenia, to Somali parents, and lives in London. I am amazed by her poetry, even more so than Rupi Kaur's. … Continue reading Take me home yaqay