Dear Sadiyah, When you were born, you were so tiny I could cradle you in my arms with room to spare. My shoulder was wide enough for you to flop over and doze off. Your palm was so tiny, it could grab only one of my fingers at a time. So, when in the midst … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Turn up, step it up
Dear Sadiyah, Seems like yesterday when you started school and already it’s time for college. You must be feeling the nerves, though I know you’ll never let on. So, I thought I’d write about fear in this year’s Father’s Day letter to you. Last year, around this time, I finally started learning a sport I … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How I overcame the fear of getting punched, and what it taught me
I recently read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci. Other than being a genius – artist, scientist, anatomy buff, engineer, and self-taught at that – Leonardo was precious in another way: he was very human. He would alternate between glacial laziness and frenzied output; he procrastinated endlessly, driving his patrons up the wall; he … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Stay curious
Fulfilment lies on the road that forks away from the fear of failure. As you navigate your way through teenage, you’ll often find yourself frustrated, unhappy with something you can’t even put a finger on. It’s not that what you have isn’t good; you simply want more. You’ll feel this at various stages of your … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How do you write a book? One word at a time
This blog was first published on the website of Sahiyo, an organisation battling against the practice of female genital cutting (FGC), also known as female genital mutilation (FGM). Picture this if you can without your heart racing in horror and eyes welling up. A girl, let’s say she’s seven years old, is dressed up by … Continue reading FGM: It’s time for men to speak up
Congratulations, you are now officially a teenager! I guess that explains your obsession with boy bands and ripped young movie stars. I willed the months leading up to your 13th birthday to pass in slow motion. I wanted to hang on to every moment as you left childhood behind. Stirred into my pride in watching … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Ek, do… you’re a teen!
The attack in Peshawar brutally rounded off a year that was horrific for children. A United Nations report termed 2014 a year "of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences..." Attacks on schools, it ominously said just days before … Continue reading Save The Children