It starts and ends with gratitude

Many struggle with achieving a sense of fulfilment in their lives because they have yet to appreciate, with sincerity, the value that they hold within themselves.We only make ourselves truly available in a relationship, romantic or otherwise, if we believe that who we are will be valued by others.The irony is that gratitude for who [...]

This is going to hurt

Another excerpt from a manuscript slowly taking shape in my head. From the sequel to my novel, this is Taqdeer: A dance with destiny.In this scene, the main character, Zayd, once more finds himself faced with the betrayal of one close to him, but it's not enough to deter him from remaining defiant against the [...]

Know your place

What if it wasn't about the struggles, but about what we lost sight of that created those struggles?What if 2020 was needed to tamper our arrogance, or to test our gratitude?To remind us of the mortality of our dreams, and the reality of our shortcomings?To give us reason to pause and observe, rather than race [...]

Farewell, it wasn’t fun

Goodbye to a year that has defined new depths of beauty and pain, and left its mark somewhere adrift between the two, leaving an ambivalence of hope and hopelessness, where once there was certainty.Nothing changes after midnight tonight. But the token of 2021 may give some hope, while the rest brace themselves for a continuation [...]

2020: It doesn’t matter

Depleted. That is my word for 2020. After an eventful year, the net effect of this year has depleted my resources physically, and especially emotionally. Even a colourful life such as the one I've managed to create for myself could not have prepared me for the year that has passed. I discovered new levels of [...]

Time rewrites every line

From my blog post titled Legacy of Beauty, this excerpt resonated strongly this evening."As time morphs the pain into beauty it also morphs the beasts into angels.Those that manipulate the vulnerable suddenly appear as the downtrodden when their loss of control is lamented as a betrayal of love or affection.I sit with morbid amazement as [...]