Traveling has been a core element to my life since I was a child. Whether it was packing up and trekking across the US in my family's minivan or grabbing my bike and heading down to the corner store, travel was core element to my very being. Traveling not only broadens one's horizons, it definitely helps you check your privileges in life. On a trip to Saudi Arabia, for religious reasons, I was astounded at the amount of things I had consistently taken for granted as a child b
Hello again, fellow readers! As a Muslim, I regularly face statements such as: "But you don't look like a Muslim." "Wait! You're not wearing a scarf!" "So will you like, have an arranged marriage?" "Aloha snackbar!" (That last one....mmm-mmm, that one is so original) Most people have no malicious intent when asking about Islam or the tenets of my faith. This leads to enjoyable discussions about various cultural differences we may have faced through life and certain similariti
On a recent trip to Pakistan, I had the pleasure of meeting a young woman who was interested in my works. While discussing various issues she felt should be addressed in my upcoming works, she brought up the issue of education in Pakistan. I wasn't aware that there was an issue regarding education for children already getting an education, which in hindsight was horribly naive of me. She went on to tell me that there are so many broken dreams in Pakistan based on two things.