but who even am i?

13 November 2016


what does my name mean? | hawwa
حَوَّاء is an arabic name meaning 'source of life' - in english, the translation would be 'eve' (like, adam and eve - and yes, i've heard all the jokes.). even though my name isn't hard at all to pronounce, almost everyone get's it wrong. that meme you see floating around of 'when the teacher get's to your name on the register and looks up with panic in their eyes': accurate description of my life.
(fun fact: i just googled 'hawwa' and apparently there is an indian restaurant in northgate, hessle called hawwa; ironic since i am actually half indian.)

CROOKED KINGDOM by leigh bardugo

29 October 2016


Some people develop stories that hold exquisite world building and intricate plots within its pages but their characters leave a sour taste in the mouth: slightly two dimensional, generic and un-relatable. Others create characters that practically jump out at you, real people fashioned into existence through words, yet the plot, the world building? Not necessarily raw, but perhaps under cooked. Leigh Bardugo however, does neither of those two things. She is one of the few authors that is able to develop both three-dimensional characters with all the entertaining dialogue, nuances and traits you could wish for, and a detailed plot within an intricately built world: CROOKED KINGDOM is but one of the perfect examples.

five things i have failed at while writing

16 October 2016


it's no secret that i am a nefariously rubbish writer. i claim to want to become a published author one day yet i never actually put that plan into action - for various reasons, i have yet to even finish a single first draft of anything in particular. nope, i haven't even finished writing my autobiography which is absolutely ridiculous considering i've had such a fulfilling and exciting life these past eighteen years...

discussion: do you write in books?

02 October 2016

i never used to write in books. before, books (for me at least) were meant to be kept pristine and neat, they were (and still are) colour coded on my bookshelf, i would get annoyed whenever anyone borrowed one of my books and dog-eared a page or cracked the spine. books were both collectable items and enjoyable pieces of creativity. i did not like 'ruining' my books.

FIELD NOTES: ANDALUSIA /cordoba

25 September 2016

SPAIN // JULY 2016. an average of 35 degree heat, no tarmac on the roads in the mountains, no barriers to stop you driving off the edge, a hire car who couldn't cope and often skidded half way up a steep, narrow, one way street/slope; mosquitoes, insect bites - very much the bad. but the good? the streets, the mountain air [sadly not the food, i never actually tried any authentic spanish food the entire two weeks i was there because they are very much wine/meat fans - it appears in almost every dish - and halal food is a rarity] the sightseeing opportunities, the rich culture and the architecture. cordoba was probably one of my favourite places to visit on the trip, just because of the streets, the atmosphere, and the sheer entity of alleyways covered with flowers and plants; basically: the aesthetic.