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Felt 'happy' in my hair...

Too many words pour out of my pen – I feel, my mind requires moderation. I feel, I think in too many languages. Perhaps because,my mind is hybrid of three different cultures.

It is understandably difficult for people to understand me –but I never understood why am I so misunderstood!

People often ask me, in fact, this is often the first question I encounter at any social/professional/unprofessional setting – “Where do you come from?”--and the ‘country guessing’ ranges from Singapore to Sudan to Sri-Lanka ! Back then, as a 10 year old, it was a hard question to answer. I often thought – should I describe my nationality according to the passport I carry? The place I was born?Or the nationality of my parent, if so, then by my mother or father?Or a TCK?

I decided to describe myself as a ‘Middle-Eastern– South Asian Hybrid Girl’,This description, to me, felt perfect ! I was comfortable and happy.

I was born and breed in KSA. My dad comes from Khulna,Bangladesh while my mother comes from Karachi,Pakistan. Growing up, I learned, due to my dual ethnicity I had to ‘prove my loyalty’ or otherwise, to receive the minimum level of respect. I battled stereotypes and discrimination(overt/covert) everyday and I still do, every day – everyday I wake up, look at the mirror, to remind myself that I am a women, a women of colour.

Although outlooks on gender has been changing in the country but race and ethnicity has received few momentum to progress.

During High school two years back,I would resist discriminatory behaviour based on gender,race or ethnicity at personal level, being rational and calm yet vocal in such situations. Now, I have shifted my attention to solve this issues at a higher level.

How ?..(coming soon)

You don’t need to dig deeper to find women of Arab and Asian countries experiencing similar issues – albeit for different reasons.

Two bring various communities to connect with the other,I hope to look for ‘connections’, positive connections, stories of love, pain, success and achievement–as shared connection often supersede biased beliefs.What could bring about a better transformation than connecting one women to another!

I came across World pulse founder Jensine Larsen’s interview online – the same day I saw the 2010 VOF program posted on IJNet ( international journalists network). I thought ‘the universe’ might be sending me a signal ! ‘universe’s signal’ or not –I found the WP refreshing!

World pulse is a wonderful place where all women dance together albeit in different tunes!

I am stunned to find women engaging and communicating with women not based on class but courage, not based on employment or education status but energy and enthusiasm– To recapitulate my impression of world pulse figuratively– Upon stumbling WP site, I felt pure optimism in my heart and happy in my hair !

Whether you had a torment past or a smooth sailing life– all your varied voices are voracious for change!

Comments

Andrea Arzaba's picture

Signals!

For you it was the IJNet
For me it was just a tweet!

Indeed. I believe this are our callings ;)

A big hug!

Farona's picture

Hola !

A tweet, really ? Waw !

I was really intrigued by Jansine's commitment to tackle such a painfully challenging task
( a link to her story http://bit.ly/czrE6m) - But she did ! and we are all here. I haven't met a women who joined World Pulse and didn't draw inspiration from it or disliked being a part of it :-)

Gracias sister !

<3

Svetlana Dmitrieva's picture

HI and HUGS

Dear Farona thanks for signal!!!! you r not a lone!!!

Svetlana Zens

Farona's picture

Now I know I have friend from

Now I know I have friend from Kyrgyzstan! thank you my dear :-)

alia's picture

you are so courageous indeed

you are so courageous indeed ! iam proud of you

Farona's picture

Alia <3

I am blushed !!
Touched to hear that from a courageous woman herself :-)

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Farona

Dear Farona,
Thanks for sharing with us all this, imagine your signal was IJNet but mine was a stranger actually i call it was an angle God sent it to me who posed a response in one of my other social networks and here comes jade frank telling me this is the link where i posted your response in your journal. funny story.

Regards.
Maria

Farona's picture

Amazingggg!

Waw sis!
This is the first time I am hearing someone left their social network logged in and something wonderful happened!
You certainly destined to be here,dear - I am sure you must smile every time you tell someone your story :-)

Ruun Abdi's picture

Yeah dear its kinda of

Yeah dear its kinda of amazing story and i really smile every time i remember it or i tell that story to someone else, almost everyone i know complains bad stuff being sent from their accounts while they left open. All i can call it is a destiny, you will never know what God has in store for you.

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Your Voice

Dear Farona,
You have a beautiful voice and a unique writing style. I have enjoyed reading your personal story and how you came to Pulsewire. It was a though I was sitting next to you listening to you tell me about yourself and you reading Jensine's interview for the first and then clicking the computer to join Pulsewire!

This line in your post 'During High school two years back,I would resist discriminatory behaviour based on gender,race or ethnicity at personal level, being rational and calm yet vocal in such situations. Now, I have shifted my attention to solve this issues at a higher level. How ?..(coming soon)' leave me wanting to hear more and more your voice.

Thank Farona for sharing your story. Keep sharing you VOICE and Vision on Pulsewire and how you intend to bring change in your community.

All the Best,

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Aida Dervishi's picture

Dear Farona, a great story!

Dear Farona,

a great story! But It's a blessing carrying different cultures it makes you more unique and more tolerable and open-minded toward others. It's an advantage that shouldn't be misunderstood.

Regards,

Farona's picture

Thank you Aida !!!! <3 I

Thank you Aida !!!! <3 I appreciate your understanding.

I do truly believe having a mixed background enabled me to understand things from a whole new different perspective. And I do feel blessed!
Tolerability comes very naturally to me. And hence sometimes very misunderstood by non third culture children.

tallybery's picture

Dear Farona, I am here as

Dear Farona, I am here as part of the listener group to congratulate you on this assignment. It is just perfect! You´ve shown us a portrait of women as part of the globalization process. It is amazing to see that you go through similar situations in Saudi Arabia as I do here in Brasil. I also come from a big cultural mix like most of brazillian people. It is interesting to notice that although cultural mixtures are increasing, geografical frontiers are becoming even more intolerant. Your piece is very well written, although you had twisted some words...what is completelly understandable and a minor thing. Good luck with everything :-)

tallybery's picture

Dear Farona, I am here as

Dear Farona, I am here as part of the listener group to congratulate you on this assignment. It is just perfect! You´ve shown us a portrait of women as part of the globalization process. It is amazing to see that you go through similar situations in Saudi Arabia as I do here in Brasil. I also come from a big cultural mix like most of brazillian people. It is interesting to notice that although cultural mixtures are increasing, geografical frontiers are becoming even more intolerant. Your piece is very well written, although you had twisted some words...what is completelly understandable and a minor thing. Good luck with everything :-)

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