Father’s Day

This Father’s Day almost coincides with mine and Aamer’s wedding anniversary of June 22, 2014.

The last seven years have been a whirlwind! But none has been as eventful as the last, when we welcomed our son Raheem into our lives. Aamer and I had to learn to work together as a tight-knit team, whether it came to changing baby diapers or doing baby’s bedtime.

I am continually inspired by Aamer’s kindness and generosity. We share a passion for animals and the environment. And Aamer makes Raheem laugh like no one else can.

I am looking forward to Raheem getting to know his father more and more over time! May they enjoy long summer bike rides and cozy winter nights in the future.

This Father’s Day, I am grateful also for my father and father-in-law, both of whom are devoted grandfathers. Raheem is a fortunate little boy to have a loving father and doting grandfathers!

World Class Performer

I am excited to have been interviewed by World Class Performer. You can find parts of the interview below! The full interview is located here.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I would have realized that it is possible to multi-task effectively. I am continuing to work on that.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

In writing my first book Project Animal Farm, I visited animal farms in several countries to investigate the treatment of animals. I found that most farm animals are housed in long dark sheds called factory farms. Their conditions troubled me. I could have decided to stop visiting farms and go back to my regular life or to do something about what I was witnessing. I decided to do something—to write a book about and bring attention to farm animal conditions. As such, I came out of the dark period of visiting factory farms by creating action in the form of a book.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I work hard and try my best! I also have a wonderful support network in the form of my husband, parents, siblings, and friends.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

First things first, by Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Until thought is allied with purpose there can be no intelligent accomplishment, James Allen, in his essay As a Man Thinketh

Mother’s Day

The world has changed since the corona virus pandemic began in 2020. My world has also changed—not just because of the pandemic but also because I have had a baby.

My son was born in September 2020. With his birth, my home grew by two feet and lots and lots of personality!

I love everything about my son. His long lashes, his snub nose, his smooth cheeks. I love to cradle his face in my hands.

I love his voice. Like the chirp of birds, it is music to my ears.

I adore when he cackles and giggles, and I adore his every cuddle and yawn.

Today marks my first Mother’s Day. Until I became a mother myself, I didn’t appreciate all that my mother has done for me and continues to do for me. All the meals she has cooked, all the homework she has helped with, all the stories she has read aloud, all the encouragement and advice she has provided, all the conversations we have enjoyed.

I have been relishing the role of mother and feel deeply grateful for my son, my husband, my parents, and my siblings.

I endeavor to be a mother to my son like my own has been to me.

Book Review: Farmageddon in Pictures

I loved Philip Lymbery’s earlier books Farmageddon and Dead Zone, and so was excited when a friend gifted me a copy of Mr. Lymbery’s Farmageddon in Pictures (2017).

My thoughts on Farmageddon and Farmageddon in Pictures resemble Peter Singer’s thoughts on my own book, Project Animal Farm: “I thought I already knew everything there is to know about modern animal production, but I learned many new things from this very readable book, and you will, too.”

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Book Review: A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult’s latest book A Spark of Light is a terrific read. The novel’s structure is interesting in two ways, both of them challenging but superbly executed: The story builds backward from the climax, and there are several characters with points of view.

Jodi Picoult and A Spark of Light

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A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Richard Russo

I had the pleasure of meeting with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo on October 28, 2016 during his trip to Toronto for the International Festival of Authors. I interviewed him about his writing career, which has spanned three decades from the publication of his first book Mohawk in 1986 to the publication of his most recent book Everybody’s Fool in May 2016. The book is a sequel to Nobody’s Fool, published in 1993 and made into a feature film.

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A Beautiful Week in Austria

My husband Aamer Hasham and I enjoyed our trip to Austria last week. It’s a beautiful country of lush green mountains and villages in the valleys. We visited the cities – Vienna, Salzberg, and Graz – but our favorite parts of the trip were our walks in the countryside amongst singing birds and below sailing clouds. We especially loved a spectacular, understated village called Traunkirchen and a charming little town, Steyr. Below are some of the photos, including a family of swans and small herds of cows.

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A Trip to Italy

I visited Italy this month, traveling from the grand monuments of Rome to the cobbled streets of Florence and the canals and bridges of Venice. The trip was wonderful, offering plenty of inspiration! The people were kind, the food enjoyable, and the art divine. Here are some of my favorite snapshots.

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Two pigeons in the Colosseum

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