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Happy Birthday to Me!

In 2010 on May 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm


Everyone that knows me that I love birthdays. They give people a chance to hang out, spend time together, give gifts and (my most favorite part) be nice to you.

Now, if someone isn’t nice to you on your birthday, then they are just a ****. Insert word of choice there.

What is so drastic about turning a year older? Some may even argue that it is depressing being a year closer to death.

I look at it the other way — it is another year that you have beat death altogether and that is why we are celebrating it.

Anywho, turning 20 has a certain magic or weirdness to it. You suddenly feel so old. No more teenage things like skipping classes, driving forhours blasting inappropriate music, watching High School Musical or pretending to be a rebel to look badass. Not that I ever did any of those things. Instead, you are now gearing towards the end of your institutional education; there are no more excuses for immaturity and certainly, there is no tolerance for being irresponsible.

But in honor of turning twenty, I have decided to share ten life lessons I have learned in these two decades. 

10. Never try to smell a lighter by lighting it and inhaling it directly into your nose. YOUR NOSE WILL CATCH ON FIRE.

9. Do NOT go to Bunnyman Bridge on Halloween. COPS WILL FOLLOW YOU.

8. Dancing is AWESOME. DO IT whether you know how to or not.

7. NEVER use spray-on tans unless you want your legs looking like an orange zebra.

6. Don’t be afraid to meet new people. They are not as scary as you might think.

5. Learn how to laugh at yourself before anyone else does. Life is easier that way…and funnier.

4. Forgive.

3. When compromising, do not compromise your dignity.

2. Do not take everything so seriously. Everything is not LIFE or DEATH.

1. Love yourself first and foremost. You are all you got.

And as I sit here writing this blog, the clock strikes midnight and I realize that in reality, nothing has changed. I did not grow wrinkles or gain twenty pounds or even find myself amidst having kids. Surprisingly, I am still the same. I am still Aisha.

Happy Sailing.

time flies by.




One-Click World

In 2010 on May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

Internet Connections – We all have them.

We ridicule others when they talk about having anonline boyfriend or girlfriend. We laugh at the simple prospect of making a friend through the net. And we definitely shiver at the thought of ever meeting the actual internet bot in person. He might actually be a forty-five year old creepy man!  Very rarely, these connections are percieved as real. 548 friends on Facebook? They cannot ALL be your friends!

However, at the same time, many of us have experienced that instance where we realize that connecting with someone online is a thrill in itself. Otherwise, why else are websites like,, Facebook or Twitter becoming the next social media revolution?

One reason: Attention.

As humans, we ask, beg and crave for this weird thing called attention. The internet provides it all for a daily fee of nothing. Log on to Facebook right now and you can Like as many statuses as you want. Or be a Fan of the endless pages on there.  You can even leave Lady Gaga a comment saying how much you loved her spiked metal nipples but would prefer it if she toned it down. And if you are one of the lucky ones, she might even tweet you back with an “lol” and enable you to be a part of the attentive social media culture.

But whether we ever establish long-lasting friendships or relationships with these internet freaks is not the question. It is not even the norm anymore. We live in a one-click world where if we don’t like someone, all we do is “delete” them from our buddy list.  We even have the newly acclaimed one-click website,, which connects us with strangers from the other side of the world. They can see you. Hear you. Talk to you. Make funny faces at you and disappear all within one-click. Whether they become a fishing story or not, however, is at your discretion.

Happy Sailing.


Noah’s Ark

In 2010 on May 10, 2010 at 7:00 am


Sometimes people come into our lives and sprint past us and just leave us all too quickly. Other times they stay for a while, imprint some sort of impression and then leave. Nonetheless, they always end up leaving.   

    Reality Check: There’s no such thing as forever. No one stays forever. Even those animals on Noah’s ark are now dead.   

Though it might sound cynical, phrases like “best friends forever” or “lovers for eternity” or so are such cliches that have no real depth or meaning to them.    

But what about soulmates? Why does someone like me believe in the old-fashioned concept of soulmates?  No, its not because I believe that there is just one person out there who is your best friend, lover, other half or such. That when you fall over and hurt yourself, they feel a bruise imprinting on their body when they are on the other side of the world. No, this is not a Shakespeare play or an Indian movie.  For me, the concept of soul mate derives from finding someone that fills such a void in your life that you cannot fulfill yourself.    

Getting into biology, its like the concept of essential nutrients. They are nutrients like certain vitamins that our body cannot produce itself. The only way to fulfill that iron deficiency is to obtain it from another source.    

Thus, I have succumbed to the concept of soulmates, however a modern concept of it. They are not the person who drinks a vial of poison so they can die with you. They are ones who stay and live their lives because they know that is what you would have wanted for them. They are not the ones who are selfish and want you all to themselves if they know that is not what you want. They are ones who love you enough to let you go and find your true passion. They are not the ones who keeps track of your every single move. They are the ones who know that a personal identity is necessary for everyone.      

For me, that person is someone who provides you with the things you cannot provide yourself. Criticism. Compliments. Love. Challenge. Loyalty. Courage. Backbone. And most of all, they provide you with reality checks.    




Everywhere I looked, people were standing in twos -- it was like Noah's Upper West Side rent-controlled Ark. - Carrie


In 2010 on May 6, 2010 at 1:36 am

Here are the links to my first two articles published in the Mason newspaper, Broadside.

They are a very small first step, but nonetheless, still a step.