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Born a Crime, Raised an Icon: Trevor Noah’s Powerful Autobiography

November 22, 2017

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As written for The Platform, UK [September 2017] An “autobiographical comedy” is how Trevor Noah’s memoir Born A Crime is often described. But, as everyone’s current favourite satirical funny man, Noah does here too what he does best. Drollery as a façade for dark witticisms. A laugh-out-loud hardcover made up of pages laced with a grim life […]

What I Want To Be When My Son Grows Up

April 1, 2012

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Friends and acquaintances seem to believe that I have in me what it takes to come out with a book. That is, to make my mark as an ink-slinger of the established sort; an author. Ego had me toying about with the idea, but the day dream was dismissed quite quickly, for which I have […]

Yahia Lababidi proves aphorisms are alive and well

January 30, 2012

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As written for The National, UAE (January 30, 2012)  To merely call the Egyptian-Lebanese author Yahia Lababidi a “poet” would be like heinously dedicating a blank notebook to a specific purpose – limiting the many possibilities of potential expression to just one. For Lababidi is not just a rhapsodist, but also an essayist, and even […]

The Kaftan Writer

November 4, 2011

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I haven’t inherited many traits from my maternal grandmother (other than her classic good looks, and razor sharp wit of course), but she has gifted me many a plaything, clothes, and gift vouchers over the years. But of all her endowments, I am most grateful to her for the one thing she’s handed over to […]