Book Review: An American Family by Khizr Khan

'An American Family' is literally one of the few Advanced Reader Copies or ARCs that I finished reading within days of receiving it via NetGalley. I was curious to read the story of Khizr Khan. He is the Pakistani-American man who stood proudly at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 to take Donald Trump to… Continue reading Book Review: An American Family by Khizr Khan

Taking a page from Edhi’s Book

A few years back I set upon reading Abdul Sattar Edhi's autobiography, A Mirror to the Blind*, with my highlighter and black pen in hand.  As a Pakistani who has witnessed the extent of Edhi's humanitarian efforts in action, from fast-responding ambulances to the ever-present cradles at the donation centres, I thought there was little… Continue reading Taking a page from Edhi’s Book

Unlikely Ingredients

"The success of the Pilgrim was exceptional, but not her greatest achievement. Ruth Douglass had arranged her life so that she answered to no one, certainly to no man. That was a feat few women could claim. If indeed there is a recipe for everything, Ruth had created independence out of unlikely ingredients. And if… Continue reading Unlikely Ingredients

About LLF 2016 & ’Love Letters’ the Play

The security situation leading to a change in venue and the shift from Alhamra to the Avari Hotel’s grounds ended up making a quite a difference for this year’s Lahore Lit Fest.  Not only was the trademark art exhibit missing, there was a distinct shortage of wares and cultural activities to engage LLF-goers not attending… Continue reading About LLF 2016 & ’Love Letters’ the Play

Love is in the Air! Love for Books!

All the books listed below are on my wishlist for Spring 2016. Seriously. Education & Leadership  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead - Brene Brown Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times- Eric C. Sheninger Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your… Continue reading Love is in the Air! Love for Books!

Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

4/5 Stars Love,love, LOVE how Elizabeth Gilbert gets what's f*cked up with our perceptions around creativity! This is an engaging read, without the 'holier-than-thou' overtones most guides have. In fact, it reads more like journal entries than a 'self-help' book, and that's perfect. Those guides are last things we need crowding our bookshelves. Yeah, so… Continue reading Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Selections from Aya de Leon’s”On Pandering, White Women as Scapegoats, and the Literary Industry as a Hand-me-down”

"I don’t disagree with James about the phenomena he observes: a literary industry with white women in gatekeeping roles and with white women set up as the archetypal consumer to be pandered to. I do, however, disagree with the implied notion that white women are the powerful and designing force behind the institution. In reality,… Continue reading Selections from Aya de Leon’s”On Pandering, White Women as Scapegoats, and the Literary Industry as a Hand-me-down”