Discipline of Undiscipline

“It is impressive! That you can quit your job yet still have the discipline to be productive on your own.” People say upon hearing of my transition from a professional life into a self directed being. “Please don’t be impressed” I want to reply. Discipline was a hurdle in this […]

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Intense Emotions

“I don’t care if my next protagonist is a serial killer” I thought to myself after I finished writing my first novel. “As long as he or she is easy to get along with.” The seven year I spent with the main character of that story have frayed my nerves […]


How I became a writer :: Flamenco Dance Story

You can read a longer written down version of the story here. This is my second foray into combining dance with storytelling. The last video focused on hand movements. This one is all about the feet. It was fun thinking up fun locations to film the walking sequences in. Which […]

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The Champion

The Champion is a short documentary about an Iraqi boxing athlete who creates a new life for himself in the US. The 18 minute film is featured on www.shortoftheweek.com and you can watch it here. The movie revolves around Estaifan Shilaita – A man who radiates charisma and positivity, you […]


Nobody Knows Anything 1

Work hard. Aim for the stars. Be the absolute best that you can be. Others will tell you: Be practical. Baby steps. Keep your feet hugging the ground. Your head clear. That is the way to be. Go with the flow. No! Make your own destiny. Cultivate peace inside. No! […]

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Dance Me A River

Do you think the Mississippi river ever says: ” I wish I was as long as the Nile?” Does the Yangtze River in China ever lament the fact it flows in only one country when the Amazon washes across a whole continent? Does the calm Euphrates ever say to swift […]


Creativity and Happiness 4

Maud Gonne claimed that the whole world owed her a debt of gratitude for refusing to marry Yates. Had she not rejected the famous poet’s advances we wouldn’t be privy to all that beautiful verse. The biographies of artists and authors are rife with stories of unrequited love, painful childhoods, […]

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Kiss by Prince from Purple Rain in a flamenco dance

In rehearsal. Here we are practicing our routine few days before the show. I will always remember how happy I was when I danced to this. Choreography by Kasandra La China Dancers: Kasandra La China Andrea Williams Gina Holliday Cyrena Huang Kelty McKerracher Kara Miranda Elen Ghulam


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 […]


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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]