Shafinaaz Hassim

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Gender Female
Industry Arts
Occupation Writer, Artist, Lecturer, Poet
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Introduction Shafinaaz is an artist who dabbles in words and colours. She lectures in Sociology and is the author of Daughters are Diamonds (2007), Memoirs For Kimya (2009), Belly of Fire (ed,2011) & SoPhia: a novel (2012)
Interests I am an avid reader, and have a special penchant for things creative: writing, breathing, living, smiling. I love to travel, often capture my experiences on camera only to rework some of it onto a fresh canvas; I am inspired by the poetry of rumi, and am unconvinced that trees arent just hands raised to the heavens in prayer! Oh and I love sunshine! and when im not driving I truly cherish the blessings of pitter patter rain :)
Favorite Movies Braveheart, Sarafina, The Flyer, Hitch, Antz, Shes the man, A Beautiful Mind, The Kite Runner, Provoked, Water, Dil Se
Favorite Music Various
Favorite Books Life of Pi, Eleven Minutes, My Feudal Lord, Daughter of Isis, Quran and Woman; Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved, The Five People you meet in Heaven, Shantaram, The Alchemist, Your Erroneous Zones, The Power of the Subconscious Mind, The Devil & Miss Prym, Mister God this is Anna, The Zahir, The Road Less Travelled, 1984, The Lotus People, No God but God, Good Muslim Bad Muslim, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Sheherezade goes West, The Great Theft, The Book of Strangers, The Mathnawi, Brenda has a dragon in her blood, Sweetness in the belly, Maximum City, Hidden Music, Silent Minaret, A Beautiful Mind, Rumi's Daughter, The witch of portobello, Laila Majnun, Lotus People, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Love in a time of Treason, The World that was ours, White Oleander

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