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On the other hand, Dada Zakiya continues to mentor me so that I can achieve my goal of a dignified life. At this point in my life, only her care and love keep me going. Even during Ramadan, while she fasts, she remembers to feed me, and even when her mouth is dry from thirst, she brings me a cold drink. “Go on, drink it. Don’t feel guilty,” she says.
I take a sip of cold water from a soda bottle. “I couldn’t fast like you. You have a strong will,” I say.
“I love the month of Ramadan,” she says. “It is a total cleansing as a being. It is not about not eating. It is about life, appreciation, thanking God, understanding your purpose.” She taps my hand softly. “You see, Juma, you may not know it, but you have a much stronger willpower. Don’t think I am not aware that this food I’ve brought for you might be your only meal for the day.”
Excerpt - The Beggar's Dance
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|Juma and Zakiya from The Beggar's Dance|
Inspired by the characters in "The Beggar’s Dance." Zakiya holds Juma’s hand, and shows compassion, love and gives him hope. “You have to believe in yourself, Juma, break the cycle. Yes you can dream.”
(Thank you to my husband Sadiq Somjee for the incredible artwork - follow: Instagram @sadiqsomjee)
Thursday, January 11, 2018
|At Western Sky Books - Coquitlam|
Here is what they had to say: What a great reading @westernskybooks tonight! @faridasomjee read from her book The Beggar's Dance, and shared delightful, thoughtful insights into her writing, personal story, … more
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