Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

ONLINE ASSISTANT EDITOR FOR HAYATI MAGAZINE, PUBLISHED AUTHOR, POET AND JOURNALIST WITH AN MA IN ENGLISH LITERATURE. BORN IN BANGLADESH, RAISED IN USA, LIVED AND STUDIED IN UK AND NOW, AN ENGLISH TEACHER IN SWEDEN. ALSO, MARRIED AND MOTHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS.

From Bold Theatrics, Daring to be Artistic

Swedish Iranian artist, Shama Vafaipour, takes us on her journey from being an actress to becoming an artist! She decided to be bold, take chances and leap into her most inner self, only to reveal it to the world through Sweden’s biggest theatrical stages and later, through her art. Shama uses different artistic techniques including illumination art, using pure gold powder, to digital art and photography! I recently attended her exhibit at Kista Galleria where I admired how she incorporated her vibrant and colorful culture into her artwork:

Her Life in Prose

She writes her life in the form of prose. Although we can say that poetry, in general, is the unveiling of one’s most inner self, Amerah Saleh writes her autobiography in the form of poems in her book, “I am not from Here.” This unique technique truly moves the reader just as prose and rythm normally do, but with a mixture of the speaker’s (poet’s) recollection of the past that has shaped her into who she is today. See interview below:

Breaking Cultural Barriers, One Word at a Time

If I could describe Nazhah Khawaja, I would say that if you are a woman, she is standing up for YOU. I was just speaking to my cousin the other day about how we need a South Asian author who publishes a book about cultural barriers, that we felt it needed to be broken. When it comes to Islam, there are so many spiritual/religious rights for women, but a culture with a patriarchal society puts a barrier up against it. Nazhah found her own way of breaking that barrier in both her personal life and in the publishing industry. For her bravery, my cousin and I applaud her as she did something we have been struggling to do…speaking openly about these cultural barriers or patriarchal society. Nazhah is a single mother and a author of a fictitious story based on realistic and relatable issues entitled, “The Other Side of Life.” Here is her inspiring story:

This Dreamer Achieves-Kazima Wajahat

Kazima Wajahat is not only a published children’s book author, but also a mother, a parent coach and a speech language pathologist! Kazima not only embraces her role as a mother and her role as a professional, but also as someone who has the skills and passion for them. From my interview with her, I discovered that she is a dreamer and an achiever ما شاء. Let’s get to know her:

It’s Past Midnight Somewhere

Imagine sitting on a balcony or on a bench, even lying down on grass and looking up toward the  midnight sky, utter silence embracing you as you contemplate on your journey through life thus far and fill your head with hopes of the future.

That is what I felt while reading “It’s Past Midnight Somehwere” by Jamal-e-Fatima. 

She Roars Through The Pages

“A Lioness’s Roar” is a collection of poetry representing a marginalized voice, the voice of Fatima Faras.’ She is a budding writer who has published her first book, a collection of poetry targeted to inspire women of all cultures, worldwide and to impact the youth who struggle between maintaining their cultural background while growing up a completely different one. Let’s meet Fatima:

Humera Malik and Why she was the Different Mom

On most of our trips to the park or to story time at the library, we were the only minority family, and I was the only mom who looked “different.” At times, I could sense people staring. As an adult, I didn’t particularly enjoy that so I could only imagine how it felt for my young children, who didn’t fully understand the reason for my Islamic dress. So, when my kids started asking me about my hijab, I knew I wanted to help them see the beauty and normalcy in it, while looking past it to focus on what really matters.

The Americanistani Artist

Manal Mirza is an educated and experienced artist whose inspiration roots from her culture and upbringing, identifying herself as an “Americanistani.” She incorporates colors and patterns while sending a clear message through the various pieces. Her artwork is bright, quarky and fun, with meaningfulness. Let’s learn more about Manal:

How much does Allah love me - Hayati

How Much Does Allah Love Me?

Heba Subeh Hyder is a talented writer and I got to know this loving wife, mother and published author of “How Much Does Allah Love Me?”