Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Scent of Flowers (Phoolon Ki Khushboo)

ye phoolon ki khushboo 


the scent of these flowers 


bring back your memories 


i look up at the sky 


and see your smile 


walking in the garden 


i search for you 


you're nowhere around 


yet you're always with me




Monday, October 11, 2021

Novel Editing and Heartbeats

That thrill and excitement when editing the last chapters. Definitely requires three different pens. At a crucial point in the story.

Oh my heart is beating fast. Phew!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ramadan - Excerpt from 'The Beggar's Dance'

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

Friday, June 26, 2020

Kindness Matters - Inspired by 'The Beggar's Dance'

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)