January 2010

To Be Is To Be Perceived

January 18, 2010

Today, I BARTed over to to Berkeley from my work in Oakland to go to the comic bookstore. I’ve done this a few times and every single time, the same thing happens on my return journey back to work- I get this feeling, wondering if my building is still there. I get off my BART […]

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Checking Out “3 Idiots”

January 16, 2010

I caught the Bollywood film 3 Idiots last week, making it my 2nd Indian movie in as many weeks. Funny enough, this was more than I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Even more surprising, I saw it at the Indian movie theater in Fremont, a place I avoid going at all costs. I […]

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San Francisco Event with Dave Eggers & the Zeitouns

January 10, 2010

On Thursday, March 11, City Arts & Lecture of San Francisco is presenting author Dave Eggers on stage with Abdulrahman & Kathy Zeitoun in conversation with Wajahat Ali. Eggers wrote the best selling nonfiction book about the Zeitouns, who lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. While Kathy evacuated the city with the couple’s kids, […]

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Trying to Remember the “Why”

January 5, 2010

I’ve been taking Arabic at this place in San Francisco for almost two years now. For 8 of those months, I wasn’t working so I always had my homework done and vocabulary memorized for the one or two days a week I had class. Yeah, I was *that* person. Things were different once I started […]

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Five Books for American (Amreekan) Muslims

January 4, 2010

Over on Al Mihrab, Irfan Rydhan, who I have volunteered with before on a couple of organizations, posted 5 Good Books for American Muslims (and everyone else). Apologies for yet another list but his post inspired me to come up with my own ‘five books’ and so I’ve done that below. Just like Irfan’s list, […]

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Looking at the Past Through Pictures

January 3, 2010

Three years ago today my dad passed away so I can’t help the inevitable reflection that comes with this day and this time of year in general. I was thinking about how my dad used to take a lot of pictures. We have albums full of pictures of family, friends, and some people who I […]

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Via Salon.com – Top Quotations

January 2, 2010

Salon.com featured an article with what they consider to be the top quotations of the decade. This one’s my favorite: 6. “As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know they’re some things we do not know. […]

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Book Review: Children of Dust

January 1, 2010

Children of Dust is about the evolution of the author from Abir, Amir, and then finally, into reformist blogger Ali Eteraz. In his first book, this former blogger takes the reader through his childhood from a village in Pakistan to his life in the United States. His father had promised Allah (swt) a servant in […]

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