Inktober 2017 Half Marathon Challenge: Experience and Lessons Learnt

If you follow me on Instagram (@asilhassanrashid), or if you read my last post, then you know that I attempted my first Inktober challenge ever this year, the challenge being to draw a drawing every day in pen or ink for 31 days in October and post them on social…

Discovering new interests post-motherhood

A couple of months ago, I started painting and drawing. Just like that. Before that,the last time I had painted something was in high school art class. The last time I sketched something was a few years ago when I bought a sketchbook and some graphite pencils from the…

All the things I want for my daughter…besides marriage

I’ve been thinking recently of something people say in Arabic by way of congratulations to the mother of a baby girl. After the customary well wishes, they often say “tshofeeha aroosa inshalla”, loosely translated into “May you see her become a bride”. I&#8217…

Top 20 Things I’ve Learnt in 20 Months of Motherhood

Note: An edited version of this blog post was recently published on mother.ly  A few days ago, my daughter turned 20 months old, exactly a year and 8 months. So I thought I would list the 20 things I’ve learnt since I became a mother on that…

Conversations with my grandmother

I spent this past weekend at my grandmother’s villa just outside of Cairo. I had an interesting conversation with her that gave me a better understanding of the generation gap between us, a better understanding of her as a person. It was quite early on a Saturday morning, just…