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Nafisa Haji

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Nafisa Haji is an American of Indo-Pakistani descent. She was born and mostly raised in Los Angeles—-mostly, because there were years also spent in Chicago, Karachi, Manila, and London. Her family migrated from Bombay to Karachi in 1947 during Partition, when the Indian Subcontinent was divided into two states. In the late 1960s, Nafisa's parents came to the United States, shortly before she was born, in order for her father to study engineering at Stanford. When she was six years old, they stuck with their original plan of "going back home" and moved to Karachi. In less than a year, they knew that they had become more American than they realized and came back to Los Angeles.

Nafisa studied American history at the University of California at
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The Writing on My Forehead

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“that there are many things that we cant understand. the past. the bad things that happened... and we become afraid. of what might happen in the future. its okay to be afraid. but we have to keep hoping and believeing... to keep hoping and trying our best to be good and do good. even when we're afraid”
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“You won't understand this now, Saira. Later, perhaps. When you are older. When you learn that life is not only about the choices you make. That some of them will be made for you.”
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“There is an old Arab Bedouin saying: I, against my brothers. I and my brothers against my cousins. I and my brothers and my cousins against the world. That is jungle law. It is the way of the world when the world is thrown into chaos. It is our job to avert that chaos, to fight against it, to resist the urge to become savage. Because the problem with such law is that if you follow it, you are always fighting against someone.”
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Nafisa Haji Kishwar wrote: "Nafisa, I love that you and Laila are now friends on goodreads :))"

Me, too! I remember well how she used to dive into all my classroom picture books at the ripe old age of 4 in Newton....and how the sight of her engrossed in books in the garden drew my neighbor out, camera in hand, absolutely amazed that such a little one could so love books :-D


Kishwar Nafisa, I love that you and Laila are now friends on goodreads :))


Nafisa Haji Nicole wrote: "You have some great talent in writing books. Hope to read some more soon! :)"

Thanks so much, Nicole, for the lovely review and for the prodding. I'll keep you posted :)


Nicole You have some great talent in writing books. Hope to read some more soon! :)


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