Some of the things I will miss: Walking everywhere at anytime without having one of my hands pat a can of pepper spray Halaal everything Egyptian halwayat (a key contributor towards the development and nurturing of my third chin) [...]

May 29th, 2010|Blog|

In my reductionist world…

...there is no honour killing, only honourable living. No woman is forced in to or out of a burka. The mind is valued over the mob. We celebrate the fi6nah in our mothers over the fitnah. We walk our own [...]

May 27th, 2010|Blog|

The Buried

It was 3 AM and I was digging a hole in the desert. Christa stood next to me. In the torch light, she was a fidgety monster patting a bundle in her arms. “Is it done yet Tess?” Her voice [...]

May 23rd, 2010|Fiction|


My parents would have been married 28 years today.I wonder if I would have truly known my mother's strength had my dad not been taken away.Widowed at 27, she shouldered her world so squarely, so boldly. She is my daleela, [...]

May 9th, 2010|Blog|

Wat gat nou hier aan?

We've been here for just over three months and we still haven't figured out what this framed tapestry on the lounge wall is all about.

May 8th, 2010|Blog|