I’ve written a couple of pieces for The Debrief recently that are really quite different in tone:
The first was about all the funny things I experienced at my Catholic girls school and the second was a serious piece on what it’s like to have a parent who’s going deaf.
I’ve been trying to get my foot in the door with some commissioned fiction too, which I really enjoy writing.
I had a piece published on Buzzfeed last week about what my childhood mosque was like. And a while ago I wrote part of a guide to being a best mate for Vice.
I also had my graduation with my daughter in tow! It was such a gorgeous day and coincided with Eid weekend so we had lots of things to celebrate.
I wrote about my mum’s cancer for Vice last week to tie in with World Cancer Day. And so many lovely people contacted me to say how much they liked my piece. It feels so wonderful when something I’ve written brightens up someone else’s day and makes them laugh.
I wrote about why I speak Urdu with my kid for Vice. I’m trying desperately to get her to pick some of it up – she understands everything I say but opts to reply in English unless she really wants something from me like a chocolate bar. Then the Urdu pops out. Because she knows I will give in. Clever girl.
I wrote for Vice about Muslims and bottom washing simply because there’s not much written about it and I figured I could be the one writing about it. Why not right?
I remember finding an old website called The Lota Blog, which was basically a round up of all the stuff Muslim people experience when they use lotas to wash their bums with and only discuss with each other. But I can’t find it anymore!
I also read this by Wajahat Ali on the secrets of the Muslim bathroom, which is so funny and absolutely true. Read it if you get a chance. It really made me laugh.
I was invited to be interviewed on the Nihal show on the BBC Asian Network last week.
I’d only ever been on radio once before – it was for a chat show and I had to speak in Urdu about cooking.
This time it was an altogether different affair because it was about a controversial topic. I had written for the Telegraph about how I find it easier to make friends with people who share a similar background to me, ie British Asian Muslims, and the show’s producer thought it would make a great discussion point. Continue reading
Despite being a bit of a privacy-nut and a massive hermit I have somehow managed to tell the whole world about my marriage. This is what happens to you when you have no colleagues and work freelance.
My parents chose my husband for me. You can read about it here if you like.
I wrote a piece for Telegraph Wonder Women last week.
It wasn’t meant to be controversial. But I think it was. You can read it here.
I wrote for Vice about sandwiches. I believe I can safely say that it was the best commission I have ever had! I had an absolute blast writing it and I got some really lovely comments from people.
You can read it here.
The stereotypical image of a penniless creative may be an unwanted cliche but that doesn’t make it a redundant one.
It can seem downright impossible to get anywhere in the industry without upsetting an already-meagre bank balance. However, a skills swap is an easy ‘no-money-method’ to learning something new or getting a professional service for free. Know how to truss a chicken? Why not teach a coder to cook in exchange for a free update to your website?
I wrote more about skill swapping here!