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Belly Of Fire is a metaphor for the anxiety and fear that we hold within ourselves; the voices of those who are disempowered by racism, poverty, war and gendered abuse, voices that remain silenced, are housed as fire in our bellies.
Themes of abuse, xenophobia, female genital mutilation, reawakening, are unpacked here in a collection of seven reflective, compelling stories intertwined with no more than thirteen contemporary poems that bring out the essence of the themes developed in the narratives.
Sophia is set between Johannesburg and Mauritius. It is the story of Zarreen Kader and her husband Majid Akram Noorani, or Mak.
Within the bounds of an abusive marriage, Zarreen vows never to let her parents know about the abuse. Her parents are happy when she's happy. Mostly, she denies that it has any effect on her three children. Until the cracks begin to show and her life begins to fall apart. Will they as a family be able to cope when the underlying stories reveal themselves?
Zarreen travels to the island of Mauritius where her Sufi grandfather once lived, searching for answers. Akram must face the dark reality of his past or be engulfed by it. As these stories occur side by side, we see how pain and compassion are necessary companions.
Sophia is not just a romance, but it is a love story, a story of self-realisation and engaged humanity.
Daughters Are Diamonds is a groundbreaking treatise on the objectification of women in honour-bound sectors of society.
As a study, it's set out to define these questions: How are the opportunities, challenges and obstacles facing South Africa Indian Muslim woman within the family, perceived and experienced by the individual? To what extent, if at all, does traditionalist culture create/influence a gap between opportunity and achievement for South Africa Indian Muslim Women?
The statement that "woman are diamonds" is often used by Indian Muslim traditionalists to justify the abject seclusion of woman. In this view, that which is valuable should be hidden in safekeeping. The metaphor of the diamond is used to illustrate the objectification of daughters borne of honour-bound societies, and the limits put to the administration of their lives, in keeping with the code of honour.
This study is a comment on the notion that, in keeping with this honour code, there is a fine line between maintaining the dignity of a people and infringing on the rights of the individual. It also asks whether woman are able to carve out a space for themselves within which a fully reflexive life may be loved in spite of the restrictions placed on them.
We move through life as it moves through us. We make up stories in our minds. And often these stories overlap.
We hope with all our heart. We dream. We love, often deeply. We experience some gains and some losses. Each of these moments leave an imprint on the rich tapestry of our souls. Sometimes the only way to share the awesomeness is by whispering a few words on the wind.
Memoirs For Kimya is a collection of whispers and a tribute to the many people we meet along life's journey.
Nisa Qamar is 10 years old, living in Johannesburg, South Africa with her single mum, Zainab, her little sister Aisha and their 3-year-old twin brothers, Ali and Isa. Nisa loves books, ice cream, bicycles and hanging out with her bestie. She also has a special bond with her grandmother who tells her wonderful stories from the past. Gran teaches her the importance of prayer and The Verse of the Throne ie aayat ul qursi.
Written as an adventure with the thematic elements of good triumphing over evil, Nisa uncovers a plot to take over her school by the evil TroubleMaker. In a race against time she has to figure out who she can trust on this quest or lose the game to the Master of Jinniaville.
This story is the first in the series and actively promotes the idea that even a young child can make a difference by keeping the heart clean and making the choice to do good over evil.
Nisa Qamar is 11 year old, and she loves ice cream and books. She has a new spring in her step for the new school year. She lives in Johannesburg with her mum, Zainab, her sister Aisha and twin brothers, Isa and Ali.
Nisa loves her school more now that the mystery of the troublemaker has been solved. Everyone knows her as the brave young person who saved the Iqra Academy of Excellence from the Master of Jinniaville.
There’s a new adventure around every corner, and just when she thinks it’s going to be a peaceful year, she catches her younger sister Aisha acting very strangely. Will Nisa ever figure her out?
At a netball tournament, Nisa makes new friend, Jihan, who introduces her to the Rainbow Healers’ Society where she meets new friends. She enters into a whole new world of secret teachings and together, they find hope for the children of Jozi. Now if only she could figure out what’s up with her younger sister, Aisha...
Soul, the inspiration that takes from divine source;
Romina Desai, a well-known artist and photojournalist, lives in Johannesburg and uses her art to make visual commentary on social issues and global politics. Her visionary work has earned her celebrity status in the art world. But she is confronted with the racism in the city and in her family when she falls in love with Ismail Mamadou, a Senegalese journalist working in London.
When Ismail arrives in South Africa announcing that he is following a story lead about a thriving child trafficking ring in the country, he also reveals his more personal reason for being here: to look for his sister who disappeared from home 25 years ago. He finds more than he bargained for in a web of crime syndicates operating brothels and engaging in human trafficking and prostitution.
The Economics Of Love And Happiness is a novel that comments on the sweet and not-so-sweet layers of social and romantic life in South Africa and beyond, where greed and lust often take centre stage and empathy is lost. In this way, it maps out the cost of love and happiness.
This story provides a window into the myriad cultures and beliefs that overlap and colour the landscape while Romina and Ismail navigate the challenges that come their way. Will their budding romance survive the bigger storms around them?
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