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Sufi Poet at INSEAD

We were born in the same townhouse in Chicago, but we never got along as children. My cousin was 9 months older and was always taller, fairer, and prettier. She was popular everywhere she went. As a young adult, I based my entire identity on everything she wasn’t – she went away to NYC for college, so I went…

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My Favorite Weekend at INSEAD: Basque Country

I was reluctant to sign up for another big group trip, as this generally means less independence, and sometimes leads to more confusion. Four months into the 10-month program, I was no longer going on trips with most of my classmates simply because…

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Self-Knowledge

Happily Divorced at 31!

Fifteen months ago, on June 7, 2016, I divorced my best friend of 10 years and husband of 2 years. I spent the next two weeks sitting on a seafoam green couch staring at…

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Relationships

If You’re a Lucky Guy… Part 2

If you’re a lucky guy… you have #1 or #2: Your parents are equal partners and have a loving marriage. You’ve closely observed at least two marriages (e.g. your parents’ and one other) in your childhood. If you’re super lucky, you have #1 and #2. If you don’t have…

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If You’re a Lucky Guy… Part 1

If you’re a lucky guy… you have #1 or #2: Your mom is mature and always encourages you to put your partner first in your life. Your dad has shown you how to put a partner first in your life by putting your mom first in his life. If you’re super lucky, you have #1 and #2. This means you’re well-prepared to…

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The Gift of Faith

My grandmother passed away 23 days ago, at the age of 84, and left behind a handful of stories which will continue to shape my life forever. My grandfather taught my grandmother our Dua, the set of prescribed prayers for Ismaili Muslims all around the world, in 1957 when Prince Karim Aga Khan became our 49th Imam. Four years later…

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Poetry

Daily Nourishment

So far, I’ve shown you pictures of Iran from the inside out. Here’s one looking from the outside in – this is me in my element: I am nourished by my daily reading practice. What nourishes…

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Poetry

Goodnight Mama

My soul awakens
At all odd hours
Crying for food
Wanting to be held
Are we there yet?
She asks as she looks
out of the window
A sandbox of time
She sees herself…

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