Author Archives: Basima

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Dec 2017

Looking back at books I have read in the last few years. Princess: More Tears To Cry by Jean Sasson was one of the few books that made me cry at times for all these women mentioned in the book. Once again I find myself drawn to Princess Sultana Al’Sauds story just as I was in Princess: A Life Behind the Veil In Saudi Arabia.

Read it, you may come close to tears you too.

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To The Women

They all look like flowers.

They all look like miracles.

They all look like laughter.

Like the rain. Like the fire.

The sisters. The mothers.

Cherish them daily, and if possible dearly.

They are the image of whatever goodness there is left in the world.

By Robert M. Darke

Today, women around the world celebrate their struggle, reflect on the progress mad, cal for change, and celebrate extraordinary acts of change and determination by sometimes ordinary women who have played a role in establishing women’s rights.

Happy International Women’s Day 

Take Me Back To London

Take me back to London..

Take me back to where we had our first kiss along the Thames river.. to feel the warmth of your love in a crisp winter day.. to enjoy the brightness of your smile in a dark grey evening.. to experience the compassion of your fingers trailing the curve of my spine..

Take me back to that little tiny cafe in that narrow street, where coffee tastes happiness and joy.. and let us blab about everything and nothing..

Take me back to our place, to that comfy bed of ours to escape the cold winter and let me hide in your warm hug and sleep like a baby between your arms..

Let us roam the streets of London and go to that violinist in that street’s corner and hear him playing a sad piece of music till cold freezes our feet..

Let us take a stroll through St James’s park.. let us walk by faith not by sight and follow the map of our hearts..

Let me go mad at you, come hug me and let us burst out laughing.. it doesn’t even have to matter what we are laughing about.. let us just laugh..

Let us take the Underground.. let us ride it even if we do not have to.. let me sit beside you and lean my head on your shoulder.. and lean on your strengths to forget about my weaknesses…

Buy me a pink rose from that poor lady in that rich neighbourhood and let us change the world with the power of flowers.. with the power of kindness..

Buy me books .. let me be more nerdier than I actually am.. let me dive in them and live a thousand different lives to escape my reality when you are not in it..

Tell me how beautiful and cute I am.. let me be shy again and bury my blushing face in your chest and inhale your scent.. tell me how much you like my eyes, push my hair out of my face, kiss me on my forehead, and whisper in my ear “I love YOU”..

Talk to me about things I know nothing about and let me realize how young and foolish I am.. let me be fascinated again about how much you know about the globe and how much little I know..

Hold my hand tight and let your fingers lace with mine.. let me conquer the world with one hand while you are holding the other one..

Take me back.. let me revive my memory again.. to not forget the face I once cradled between my hands.. and to not forget the voice I once harboured in my ears.. take me there and let me relive all the moments we once had.. let me cherish them for many years to come..

Take me back.. take me back.. take me back..

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A Little Thought

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There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel immensely grateful for my life but sometimes I literally feel guilty about my own blessings, especially with all the mess that is going on in our world right now. I am surrounded by war zones where civilian homes and schools are targeted by airstrikes. What is worse, extreme poverty and famine are spreading in the region and despite all the remarkable achievements by NGOs, one in five people  still lives on less than $1.25 a day. Whenever I watch the news, I get sick of all the barbaric attacks and what really breaks my heart that all of their casualties are unarmed civilians. I am like who said that we are in the 21st century, it feels like we lost our way to civilization long time ago. 

A wise person told me once “if you decide not to be happy until all the sufferings are wiped out from the world, you will never be happy. There will always be happiness and sadness in our world and both are transient. So, seize the moment and be happy”

Do you ever feel guilty for being happy and creating a life you love when you know that so many other people out there are suffering?

xoxo

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Arabian Desert

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I have always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, this has been on my bucket list for a long time. On a cold December morning and far from the glitz and the glamour of the city of Dubai I went on a hot-air balloon flight over the Arabian desert with endless ocean of sand dunes and emerald green oases. we spotted native Arabian animals such as oryx, gazelles and wandering camels in their natural habitats.

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Up in the air just like that. on the ground one minute and 500 feet in the air the next! Stayed in the air for about an hour. Apart from the “burn” needed to keep us buoyant, it was the most quiet, peaceful, blissful experience on Earth. I absolutely loved it, a very unique combination of exhilaration and serenity.

No words can really describe it, you have got to try it ;)

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Oh, Canada

1 July 2016

Because of this country, I have achieved my level of success and have been able to thrive in the hardship of my life without falling victim to the phoniness and superficiality. I am who I am because of this country.

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I ♥ Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa 

P.S This post is dedicated to one of my long-life friends Thabang Titotti, I had an amazing tour with him to one of the townships in Cape Town (click here to read more). It was truly an experience of a lifetime . Check his website here for more info.

Dear Me!

I have been born and raised in a society full of challenges, and I learn over time to love these challenges and to cope with them in a very healthy productive way.

I was born and raised in a desert country filled with many wonders. Trees grow out of rocks. Frogs come out of the sands in a cloudburst. I always think that there’s a reason why the old prophets went to the desert and not the jungle. There is no static in the scenery so, the eyes can rest and therefore, the heart. These wonders brought out the best in me and taught me so many lessons, taught me to take control of what I have power over instead of craving control over what I don’t, to be brave enough to create my own way of life and turn a deaf ear to a very judgmental society.

In this International Women’s Day, I’m thankful to be a woman,  and to have the love and support from my family  who taught me that women are not less significant than men when it comes to future.

I have been guided with one of the most profound sayings that I have ever come across that I made it a personal motto.  Clare Boothe Luce, the renowned US play wright, journalist and later a congresswoman, once said “If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’; they will say, Women don’t have what it takes“. Because I am a woman, I must take unusual effort to succeed.

My heart and prays will always be with those less privileged sisters out there who are struggling to make a living.

Happy Women’s Day to you all

P.S. Dear Mom, you will always and forever be the first successful, brave and unique woman I have ever known, loved and admired.

Prisoner of Tehran

In 1982, Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran’s notorious Evin prisoner, but her own personal growth and bravery are what helped her to survive even the most horrendous situations. 

 Prisoner of Tehran is an extraordinary story of Nemat’s journey to freedom. Her story is tragic, gripping and sure to provoke your tears toward the end. It is an unforgettable memoir, it a  must-read. 

 

Things I ♥ about Myself

Hello Dreamers:)

We live in a world full of negativity, I always hear people go on about what they do not like about themselves, and this always pisses me off. We all have good things, you just need to be aware of your wonders and turn a blind eye to your foibles (temporally to give yourself a break)

So, today I decided  to write about things I love about myself and encourage you to do the same.

Here’s some of the things I love about ME. (Please do not mistake my self-love for narcissism)

♥ I feel I am perfect with all of my imperfections.

♥ I am always willing to say “I am sorry”

♥ I have bright shinny future ahead of me.

♥ I am good with words.

♥ Curiosity what makes me thriving.

♥ I can find beauty in the most odd things.

♥ I am a day-dreamer (as well as a night-dreamer of course :0)

♥ Pain makes me stronger not weaker.

♥ I treat others the way I want to be treated.

♥ I judge people based on their actions, not on their gender, race or age.

♥ I am stubborn, I never give up.

♥ I am ambitious for learning.

Now, it is your turn, trust me it will make you feel great!!

B

Look Beyond Words

Only 7% of your message is expressed in your words. The other 93% is in your intonation, gestures, facial expression, demeanour, clothes, hairstyle, or the gun leaning against your shoulder. Your behaviour and body language are far more expressive than what you say. And no word you utter can neutralize what you show or what your body communicates. Keep that in mind.

a Page from “Think Like a Lawyer Don’t Act Like One

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 Life can be so difficult at times, but fighting through the pain is so worth it. It is better to feel every kind of emotion than not to feel at all. Allow yourself to feel the one thing you have been pushing away. Call a friend, be VULNERABLE, and share it with them 

Demi Lovato