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2013 in Review

This year flew by and as usual it was jam packed with travel, events, risks and rewards! I started the year off by interning with a grass roots level non-profit “Move to Amend” for six months. This internship allowed me to write on hot button issues in US politics such as the XL pipeline and the power of lobbying groups while also gaining experience as a co-producer of their weekly online radio show. We also prepared to make the big move to the east coast from the west coast, I applied for jobs in DC and we rented out our house so that we’d have the ability to move across the US quickly if required. Since I wasn’t having any luck applying online we decided to take a trip to the capital so I could meet people face to face instead of relying on a computer to pick up the key words in my resume. While catching up with friends and sightseeing in DC was great but as I already wrote in a post below, it was made clear to me during my meetings at different think tanks that interest in South Asia is dying down since the war in Afghanistan is coming to an end. Meanwhile, interests have shifted to the Middle East and Africa etc.

img_1850I’m glad for the DC experience but after returning and completing the internship with Mimg_1848ove to Amend, I accepted a position with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in California. I thoroughly enjoy working for this organization and have already been part of some incredible events. During CAIR’s annual banquet in November 2013, Glenn Greenwald joined us via video since he faced possible arrest if he flew into the US. Mehdi Hassan and Wajahat Ali also spoke at the event.

I’m happy to have found an excellent job in California. Living in the golden state was always our first preference and we’re also excited to be moving back into our home. Looking forward to finally completing a couple of projects we wanted to doDSC_0719 around the house.

Amidst all the hustle we did find time to watch Rodrigo y Gabriela perform live in San Francisco, their music is mesmerizing and it’s my favorite station on Pandora when I’m writing or reading and sippinIMG_1237g my coffee. 

My goals for next year include writing a novel and making time to read more books. I also plan on updating my blog more regularly along with keeping up with my articles for the Express Tribune biweekly on Mondays. Hopefully, I can stay true to my goals and this post will serve as a reminder. 

I’m looking forward to keeping up with my work for CAIR, reading more, writing, traveling and conquering new video games. A trip to Seattle is already in the works for early next year. Happy New Year!

img_1472My reading List:

Empire of the Moghul Series: Alex Rutherford

The God Delusion: Richard Dawkins

I am Malala

Game of Thrones series: George R.R. Martin

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins

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