Just released The Chronicles of Natasha Khan – Solidarity! Solidarity was originally written as a play and was lucky enough to be included in Kali Theatre UK’s Talkback 2015! But I have decided to release my story to as an ebook. If you fancy reading about a bad ass Pakistani female who likes to champion justice for abused women and watch her grow into a superhero/comic vigilante then Solidarity is the story for you! The Chronicles of Natasha Khan – SOLIDARITY is available on Amazon Kindle
Posted in Comic Vigilante, Short Story, Superhero
Tagged comic, ebook, female, kindle, new book release, pakistani, shortstory, Superhero, vigilante
I have written a play about a Pakistani girl Natasha Khan who is unable to make peace with her own abuse takes her mother’s advice to take up Wing Tsun to help calm her anger, but instead Natasha uses the art and finds herself drawn to seek justice for women where they have been failed by the corrupt society that they live in and therefor she emerges as a hero type figure known as Solidarity. The play reading will be taking place on 6th Feb 2015 at theTristan Bates theatre thanks to Kali theatre and it directed by the wonderful Janet steel. Tickets are available from the link below!
Posted in script, Theatre play
Tagged asian writer, comic hero, female lead, kali theatre, london theatre, new writing, pakistani, play, reading, Theatre, Tristan Bates theatre, vigilante, women writers
Wow, I cannot believe how long I have left it since writing in my blog, well let me update you all on what I have been doing and then perhaps you can understand why I haven’t had the chance to dedicate any time to my blog.
Anyway, so for the past few months I decided to get closer to becoming a qualified Teacher and the first place to start was to retake Science and Maths GCSE to obtain a grade C or above (which wasn’t a requirement for my degree.) So I’ve been revising ever so hard leaving me no time for writing in my novels let alone writing in my blog. Results will be out in the next month, so I shall update then! (biting my fingernails at the thought of it!)
I’m also 7 months pregnant expecting my 3rd child and it has been hard trying to manage my twins (who are now 5!) and to study and to write at the same time, so I guess i let my life just take over and only now do I feel that I have the energy to focus back on my writing.
Earlier on this year I had also entered a TALKBACK 2014 with Kali Theatre and won a place in their writer’s workshop with my script called SOLIDARITY. I was so excited to win a place as this was the first play that I had ever written. So I’m in the process of re-developing the script in the hope that it is selected to be read as part of the TALKBACK evenings to be held early next year and you never know with any luck produced into a play (well one can only dream!)
I will also be working on Julian: Rise of the Prophecy as inspiration as hit me again and the urge to write is about to strongly take over!!
I have recently been working as a casual care worker for the elderly in their own homes. I have thoroughly enjoyed working as a care worker and meeting people of a different generation and hearing their stories of youthful days with joy and sorrow behind their eyes. But a sudden sadness appears over them when they mention that they are lonely…at moments like these I can’t help but wonder where are their children? Why aren’t they here everyday looking after their own parents? I mean some of the patients are really ill that a sudden fall could quite possibly kill them, we wouldn’t let a toddler roam around the house on their own, so how and why can we as children of frail parents allow the same to happen with them? As children, we demanded our parents to feed us, clothe us, shelter us, love us, educate us but most of all spend time with us, yet when our parents return to a fragile state and require assistance, we, as their children look the other way and say “We are too busy.” Imagine if our parents had said the same to us? Wouldn’t that be classified as neglect? We would be considered as selfish parents. Our parents have gladly given up so much for our upbringing that as their children we have become spoiled, ungrateful and extremely selfish to even remotely return some of the time they have invested in us.
We need to take more responsibility of our parents, if we can juggle time around for our children than we should do the same for our parents, who taught us many of our first lessons in life. If my mother ever reaches a point in her life where she is no longer able to do the simplest of task such as give herself a shower or to cook for herself there is no way that I would leave her to live on her own, even if she lived around the corner from me. I don’t understand how some of us can sleep at night knowing that we have abandoned our frail parents just to make our own lives easier. I would love to hear people’s views on this and from people who have chosen to have their parents in care because I just can not fathom how you could.
Recently, I say recently, but it has probably been around 12 months since i’ve started feeling unwell. I’ve been plagued by fatigue, the kind i’ve never experienced before, nope not even the type that one suffers during pregnancy and during the sleepless nights with babies.
This fatigue was really something else. I’d even stopped writing (gasp) I know! Although the story keeps running in my mind even the simple task of tapping my fingers to the keyboard became such a huge task that I couldn’t even muster up the energy to do it, so I had to postpone writing Julian: The Rise Of The Prophecy and postpone the re-writing of The Danfians Prophecy. So I thought I’d take a trip to the doctors and desperately seek help for this tiredness and brain fog that has been plaguing me for some time.
After a few blood tests they discovered that I had a developed anti-bodies that were attacking my immune system and to further diagnose this disease they sent me of for an endoscopy. Anyone ever been through one of those? Well, on the appointment letter it mentioned that the procedure was only 10 minutes and I could have local anesthetic or general anesthetic, so I thought for a 10 minute procedure I will just go for the local and oh boy did I regret it. Having a tube forced down your esophagus whilst conscious is such a horrendous experience, I get shivers just even thinking about it!
After this traumatic experience it turned out that my small bowels were in fact damaged and that I now suffer from Celiac diease. I felt two things upon getting the diagnoses, firstly at last, there is a reason for this debilitating fatigue and now I can put procedures in to place to make myself feel better again. Secondly the procedure that I have to put into place is eliminating all Wheat, Barley and Rye products from my diet. How does one completely avoid wheat? I have to be careful when I eat out or order takeaway, I have to check the labels on all manufactured foods and junk food. I mean if i felt like some junk food I would pop in to my local shop and find something, but now I have to think of these things in advance, make a special trip to a huge supermarket and buy gluten free products at double the amount I pay for normal food! Have you tried the Gluten free cakes? Yuk it’s like eating cardboard. My food habits have to completely change and no body likes change.
Nevertheless the changes have to be made in order for me to feel well again and I’m soo looking forward to feeling normal. I’m just glad that after 12 months of suffering from this exhaustion the end is finally in sight. So I’m going to venture and explore all the Gluten free products that the market place has to offer and try to enjoy it! (I say giving a fake grin). And then once i’m feeling better I will return to writing…Yeay!!!