In celebration of our 2nd anniversary, Simerg announces a new section called Essays and Letters. This will be a venue through which we will seek to bring the best writings in fiction, nonfiction, art, film, theatre and literature written by Ismaili writers – those who have established themselves in literary circles as well as anyone who has a love and passion for writing on diverse topics. Our hope is that you will make this new initiative rich and stimulating in content. Your contribution should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first piece in this new initiative is Childhood Games written by Mohezin Tejani, a globetrotting Ismaili Muslim exiled from Idi Amin’s Uganda. Tejani is writing his memoirs in a trilogy: the first volume “A Chameleon’s Tale: True Stories of a Global Refugee,” published in 2006, was a finalist for a PEN book award in New York.
Date posted on Simerg: April 4, 2011
Date modified: August 31, 2014
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Links to essays and letters:
- Ode to the Indian Dukawala on East African Plains
- Book Excerpt: “Conversations on Three Continents” by M. H. Velshi
- Ismailis in China – A Travelogue with a Special Photo Collection
- Letter from China: Eid al-Fitr at the Huasheing Mosque in Guangzhou
- Book Review: Sultan Somjee’s ‘Bead Bai’ Lays Bare the Ismaili Khoja Clan of Early Nairobi
- Book Review: Scholarly Work of Gujarati Communities Across the Globe is Readable, and Also Deals with Ismaili Traditions
- “The Seven Ages of Man Redux” by Mo Tejani
- Rumi’s Tomb, a Dervish Monastery in Bosnia, and an Iconic Bookstore in Paris
- A Nature Poem
- RSVP Rice and Stew Very Plenty – Memories of Growing Up in Jinja
- An Ismaili Reflects on the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
- Exploring Belgium: The Modern and the Medieval by Mo
- “New Hampshire Twilight” and “Iguazu”
- Ute Visions
- Inca Gods
- A Review of His Highness the Aga Khan’s “Where Hope Takes Root”
- A Letter to Charles Darwin from Galapagos
- “Birds Began It All”
- “Why I am Excited About the Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park” by Emmanuel Iduma
- “Why I am Excited About the Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park” by Zohra Nizamdin
- Childhood Games
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The only time I visited Jinja was during a draught. Special prayers were being recited for rain and on the night of Chandraat when the special tasbih was in progress, I heard a loud crack in the sky…and there was rain and more rain…
Wonderful readings – lots to learn.