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Core values

Brene Brown’s latest book Dare to Lead urges today’s leaders – which means you, me, and the entire world FYI – to take time to consider their two core values. No, for those of you wondering about your personal and professional lives,…

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Poetry

Playing in the un-holy battlefield

Before I send you another strong line That will send a shiver up your spine Details of how I was sheltered through the storm Below is a passage that describes my land and home! In this kingdom of Ashes, The…

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Inspirations

Atiya Fyzee 1877-1967

27 September 1907: The sea has reached its end; the shore of Bombay is here. We stepped on land, boarded a carriage and came to our house. Ah, I reached my homeland safely. I saw the dear faces of my…

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Experiences

Like a queen

A woman in my neighbourhood told me about a horrifying event that shocked me; an event that happened to her cousin Rabia. Rabia’s parents’ financial conditions were not good. They earned little: it was insufficient for a comfortable life, but…

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Poetry

Forced marriage

You forced me to hate, They forced me to date. But no one ever forced me to be free and take that degree. A desire I had still wanders in the air. I wonder and wait while I hopelessly stare….

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Poetry

Seek and you will find

I had no self-respect, So I covered my flesh So I lowered my gaze So I held my tongue So I quashed my anger. I had no purpose in life, So I rejected want for need So I shared my…

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Poetry

You’re free they say

You’re free they say, You have choice they told me, At what cost though? I didn’t know. I have free will I read, So long in the lines I keep. That scripture spoke to me. My soul though, Will guide…

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Experiences

Married to a porn addict

He told me it was ‘the lesser of two evils. At least I’m not sleeping around with other women or chasing a second wife.’ I agreed. I knew at the point of marriage that my husband watched pornography. I didn’t…

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Experiences

Paradigm shifts

Give me someone with an air of authority – until recently a turban, beads, and grey hair would have done the job – and I am all ears for my lessons. Unfortunately, this has mostly led to disappointment. A case…

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Poetry

Burnt pages of desire

A honey-gushing spring breeze sprinkles blissful showers, Burnt pages, an oath of no return, spreads its wings Life is molten lava, a moth’s temptation to a flame. Life’s mysterious essence is inside a scared little red box Within the box…

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Inspirations

Sitt al-Mulk 970-1023

Sitt al-Mulk (Lady of the Empire) was the daughter of the fifth Fatimid caliph Nizar al-Aziz Billah and a Christian mother with Byzantine heritage. Al-Aziz’s tolerance for diversity extended beyond his private life: despite criticisms, under his rule non-Muslims were…

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Poetry

Electronic aftermath

They never tell you about the electronic aftermath. The Facebook profile, with her comments, her likes, her shares The text messages and WhatsApps, the last call, the last email All little waves from beyond the veil All reminders that you…

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