Archive for May 2014



One of my trademark sayings is “You’re a gem!” It’s an odd turn of phrase, but I like it and the little picture it creates in my mind of wandering through darkness and discovering something or someone sparkly where you least expect, a shiny rock of brilliance amidst a more average landscape.

Like myself, Nezha is from the Mountain State.  We sit and talk, remembering our mountains, yet also looking around at the sandy horizons of opportunity and adventure that stretch out before us here in Doha in this season of our lives. Nezha is a gem: that rare person who translates between worlds, languages and ideas seamlessly, is curious about life (such a valuable trait!), and radiates class, warmth and intelligence to everyone she encounters. I relish my friendship with her.

On a sunny Saturday, we got together at her place to enjoy tea, a dancing lesson or two, and show off an AH-mazing dress.

Nezha’s stunning dress has a story all its own. It is a custom-made design of her own creation based loosely on a traditional three part garment composed of shalvar/trousers, kameez/tunic, and dupata/shawl. The fabric was lovingly hand sourced from Lahore, Pakistan and stitched together by cousin Mona’s longtime tailor.

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sri lanka


Let me tell show you a story of Sri Lanka. Grab a cuppa, get comfy, it’s a novel.

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