10 Things to Love About the Fall

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we welcome a new season in Amman. The summer traffic dies down, the tourists go home, and we, the locals of this city, go back to our day to day routine. Let’s face it, as we bid the summer farewell, many of us suffer the…

Another Year

Tomorrow I grow a year older, and so I figured that this  is a good time for me to evaluate what I did well and what I need to work on for the next 12 months. This year, I think I learned one of the most valuable lessons anyone can learn. I learned to stand…

Are We Honest Online?

Have you seen a status on any social media platform that read, “I look terrible today, and my mood sucks oh and I ate a whole tub of ice cream coz I’m going through a breakup”?  Most of you would answer “no” . For those of you ever did see such a status, I invite…

Are We Really an Image Based Society?

I always found social media the ideal platform to study human behavior. After all, it is the one place where people can display their hopes, dreams, desires, as well as the obnoxious facets of their character freely. Look at it this way, if you say something outrageous in real life, someone around you will probably…

The Unnecessary Apologies

The other day, I was walking in the mall minding my own business, when a group of teenagers walked past me so quickly that they forced me to step aside and let them through. Without realizing it I told them “Oh I’m Sorry” However, with no response from their end, they walked on possibly giggling…

The Let Downs

Not too long ago, I got a call from a lady who I decided to stop talking to in the year 2013. My decision to cut all contacts were made at the time based a misunderstanding that did not blow itself out of proportion. However, in the call made four years later, she seemed sincere…

The Myth of Free Choice

Last week, I went with a friend to attend a lecture by Professor   Lila Abu-Lughod titled  “Muslim Women and the “Right to Choose Freely”  During this lecture, the professor spoke about public debates in the west and their portrayal of Muslim women as victims who have lost their “right to choose freely” in their lives….

Warm and Cold- Fiction

Original Text was published at the Amman Writing Club WordPress page to see it go to this link He greeted her warmly with a firm handshake, a smile, and a look in his eyes that spoke of his joy to see her. He asked her about her work and her family. He even remembered that…

The Bright Side of Getting Older

Yes, dear reader, contrary to the ideas fed to us by the beauty industry, the clothing industry, and the media , there is a bright side to getting older. It is only up to us to stop buying into the idea that youthful looks are prettier than the looks of maturity, and that younger people…

The Sanctimonious

We have all come across the sanctimonious people in our society. They are everywhere, and they are spreading their words faster than the fiercest of epidemics.  They start each of their sentences with the words “I would” or “You should”, as they believe that they have been put on this earth to set fallen people…

I Stopped Listening

After a four-day vacation which I spent mostly at home in my own bubble reading books, watching series, movies and chasing other personal goals  , I found myself making a list in my head of the pieces of advice I have decided not to take. You see, I just realized that we spend too much…

The People in Our Lives

Whether we choose to be or not, but we are deeply affected by the people in our lives. Our friends, family, and co-workers can either be the source of our inspiration or the source of our downfall. No matter how strong we believe our characters to be, we do choose to listen to the words…