Author Reading on April 11th 1

Books provide the best nourishment. On Monday April 11 I will be reading from my novel Graffiti Hack. Vancouver Public Library Downtown Vancouver 6:00 – 8:00 pm Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms 350 West Georgia Street. Free Copies of Graffiti Hack will be available for sale.

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Flamenco Hand Movements

Story of a Fish :: Flamenco Dance Story 3

I signed up to participate in the Vancouver Story Slam on March 8th. I took a story from my novel Graffiti Hack and worked on it to shorten it so that it would fit in the 5 minute time limit. My novel is a story that has several stories within […]


Pillars of Light (Book Review) 2

A seriously good novel. Serious because it clearly was well researched down to most meticulous details. Good because it retains the intimacy of what treads through the human heart. Akka or Acre is under siege by the christian crusaders. On one hand you have the residents of the beleaguered city […]

Pillars of Light (Book Review)

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Part 3 in my “how to name a novel odyssey” 1

I am in pure state of distress. My novel is nearing completion, yet a name for it has not arrived. Thinking about names for this thing is now a daily preoccupation. Part 1 and Part 2 of this story are not helping. So here is a third attempt. Meat metaphorically […]


Towards 2016

After drinking a cup of hot chocolate last night, I found this at the bottom of it. I predict a 2016 full of love. I wish you all a year where you find yourself busy doing what you adore, surround by people your heart delights in their company. I hope […]

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The Earth Shook Last Night

Last night I jumped out of my bed as the whole world was shaking. A 4.3 earth quake had struck Vancouver at 11:30 pm. This morning, I wrote this poem.


Part 2 in my “how to name my next novel” Saga

I am half way through the second draft of the next novel. I can see the end coming. It is so close, I can taste it. Yet a name for this creation has not arrived yet. Attempt number 1 is here. I thought it would be cool if I gave […]

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Explosion Sandwich 4

Tramezzini is a type of crust-less bread popular in Italy. It’s used in making yummy sandwiches. You can put almost anything in them. I tried to cut them up in interesting ways so that it would like the sandwich exploded and combine it with a poem I wrote called “Last […]


Book Cover Idea#1 - So Close, I Can Taste It

Your feedback in required. Help Me Name The Next Novel 5

I always obsess about what to name a book. How to capture the full range of happenings yet keep it simple and memorable? An impossible task. To find a selection of few words that when combined express the fullness of what takes 300 pages to describe. I have describes previous […]


The Adventures of Frakash in the Land of the Geekmeisters 1

A couple of weeks ago I watched a movie by Chris Marker called La Jetée. I was totally mesmerized. Photographs overlaid with narration. So simple. Yet the movie was engaging all the way through. Some strange impulse went through me.”I want to give this a try” I kept thinking to […]

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The Dance by Matisse in Lobster and Spinach

The Dance by Matisse in Lobster and Spinach

When Matisse unveiled his famous dance painting an art critic scoffed at it calling it “Lobster people dancing in spinach”. This criticism is so imaginative and creative, it makes me suspect that the critic secretly loved the painting but didn’t wish to reveal his sentiments. What is it that makes […]


Matisse’s Flight of Icarus as Cheese Quesadilla

In his old age, Matisse was afflicted with health problems which prevented him from painting. He dropped the brush and picked up the scissors. Producing a set of paper cutouts. Cheerful, vibrant and nuanced they don’t betray a single shard of defeat. Even when portraying Icarus crash to the ground […]

Matisse's Flight of Icarus in Cheese Quesadilla

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Hedgehog Date 3

A hedgehog date could mean this: Or this: I have done my “being an Arab living in the west is like petting a hedgehog” rant in a previous blog post. I won’t bore you by repeating it here. However I would rather tell you that dates used to be the […]


Lasagna that looks like a giant Strawberry 2

Like Madonna said: life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone, I hear you call my name, and it feels like home. There are times when it feels that life has no meaning. You think that you have figured things out, but then the rug is pulled from under you. […]

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Tuna Salad Sandwich as a Slice of Cake

Tuna Sandwich dressed as a Slice of Cake

When I think of all the energy I wasted on hoping that other people would like me, I just laugh at myself. What a silly thing to invest in. Why be sweet when you can be sassy? Tuna salad sandwich is the sassiest thing I could think of. It is […]


Heartbreak Salad Recipe

Sometimes you feel heartbroken. The more people try to cheer up, the worse you feel. Here I show you how to make a basic salad from scratch with a home made dressing. The salad comes with a twist. It says it’s ok to not be ok. So back off. It […]

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Outburst Omelette

Outburst Omelette

For days when your emotions are bubbling up and you don’t know how to contain yourself. I suggest this omelette. Two fillings – because why settle for one. And make them look like they are exploding out of the omelette like they are eager to meet your taste buds before […]


Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka : Book Review 2

This review contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Metamorphosis yet, don’t read on. When I lived in Scotland, I was introduced to a unique brand of humor. The type that is clever yet hard to get. The more a joke is hard to decipher the more valuable it is considered. […]

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Pull Apart Bread Recipe for Belonging

I am baffled by people who use a food mixer to make dough. The pleasure of getting your hands dirty kneading, punching and shaping is so great as to rival the pleasure of fresh baked bread smell wafting through the house. Two ideas converged in my head: Color bread dough […]

Pull Apart Bread | Bread dough as play dough

Black and White Flamenco

Every Dance Tells a Story

A few saw the above performance and commented that they felt I was telling a story. Glad my state of narration bleeds though. Some stories are too private. Dance is perfect for those paths where words don’t dare tread. A sentiment can be made of charmeuse wings of a butterfly. […]


I wish graffiti 2

In march of 2015, ISIS decided to destroy the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq. I tried to imagine, If I took away all concern for history, culture and learning what would I choose to vandalize. Here are a few things I came up with. A nightmarish vision quest. […]

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Heartburn by Nora Ephron and mashed potato

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“Merry me and you will never have to pretend you know the difference between Iran and Iraq.” A man declares in a lavish expression of love in the novel. The main character is married to a journalist that covers politics in Washington DC. Rachel constantly feels out of her depth […]


Vancouver Women of Flamenco

My childhood and youth has been blessed with brilliant role models. Starting with my father, managers that I was lucky to work with at the beginning of my career and political activist whose intellectual sharpness influenced my thinking. Each one of these men demonstrated to me patterns of behavior that […]

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Farrante

Book Review :: My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante left me desiring. New shoes I wanted. Forth I sprung like a warrior with a credit card on a mission to find matching footwear for a story. For how could you write a novel that involves shoe making yet not describe the shoes. What […]


Where does furious dancing come from? 3

“Hard times require furious dancing” so wrote Alice Walker. Flamenco fits this purpose the way chocolate chips melt into discovering the meaning of life inside a banana bread pudding. And so, I danced and danced and danced. Feet stomping, finger snaping, hands windmil swirving, gusto all abound. What happens when […]

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Eyrie by Tim Winton

Book Review :: Eyrie

Words explode into the air, leaving behind velocity rings worthy of your favorite Pikachu. The force of the acrobatics is contradicted with gentility of the landing. Soft as a feather. Soft is the feather of these words. Soft and cuddly, I want caress the sentences. I reread lines and luxuriate […]


Frankenstein in Baghdad :: Book Review 1

Frankenstein in Baghdad is novel by Iraqi author Ahmad Saadawi. It tells the story of everyday day life of modern Baghdad through a nameless Frankenstein like creature. A seller of old furniture and other used objects, assembles that torn body parts of victims of a terrorist attack into a unified […]

Frankenstein in Baghdad

Grand Budapest Hotel Pastry in Meatballs

The Grand Budapest Hotel Pastry in Meatballs

I enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel so much I have already watched it 4 times and even made my children watch it. This is a movie where each frame is a multi layered construction. The more times you watch it, the more things you notice, the greater the enjoyment. The […]