The Correction Pen

“The real war will never get in the books.” ―Walt Whitman “What about school?” I asked my mom the night before school was supposed to start. “What if I tell you that you don’t have to go to school? Weren’t you complaining about your homework last year?” she answered cheerfully. I shrugged my shoulders and…

The Eavesdropper

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, Mother, what was war?” ― Eve Merriam I remember it was a Thursday morning, August 2nd, 1990, when I woke up to the hushed voices of my parents, aunts, and grandparents. Aren’t they supposed to be at work? I thought to myself. I wore…

Children of War

“War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” ― Jimmy Carter, The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture On January 15th, 1991, it had almost been five months since Iraq had…

 Belle

“The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are, and what you are– bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling- when you don’t feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything. To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.” ― Charles B. Handy…

The Bow 🎀

“You only fix something, when it’s broken. And you – are far from broken.” ― Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality Ok… Apparently, I belong to an exclusive club in the States, and maybe that’s not as bad as I think. If anything, this is probably the most prestigious minority group…

Engineer and Prejudice 

“It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice After spending a few months in Seattle, I kind of got used to a certain reaction from people when sharing my story and journey of moving to Seattle; their sudden interest and…

“Joy Comes in Sips”

I bet when Sharon Draper, a writer and educator, wrote “joy comes in sips”, she was oblivious to a world where coffee is served sip by sip! Alright, maybe 3 sips at a time. Well, I happen to come from that world. Even when Starbucks took Kuwait by storm sometime in the 1990s, with people…