Raashida Khan

 

Raashida Khan

Johannesburg | Gauteng

Raashida Khan (Raashi) is a 51-year old South African Indian Muslim living in Johannesburg. She was born in Durban, her favourite city where she lived for the first twenty-seven years of her life. Raashida studied at the University of KwaZulu Natal qualifying with BA Hons (Economic History) in 1992. Raashida worked at a bank before marrying and moving to Gauteng where she worked as a project manager at three NGOs, and in client service at several marketing and advertising agencies. She loves books and reading and has always wanted to write fiction.  Raashida has been married for twenty-three years and has two sons, aged 20 and 18.

As a caring, compassionate and empathetic person who loves observing people and life, she is a storyteller of note. She would like to be remembered as ‘never boring.’ A content creator, copywriter, editor and proofreader by day, she is as passionate about being an author, poet, wife, mother and friend – a unicorn that does exist. Raashida facilitates workshops on writing prose and poetry and discussions around her passion projects.

Her short story Your Voice, My Strength was selected as the winning entry for the 2017 Irtiqa Online Magazine (South African Muslim Women’s Short Story Competition). Raashida was on the judging panel for the 2019 Irtiqa Short Story Competition. Another short story, It’s not Funny, appears in the Happy Holidays Anthology available on Amazon. Her contribution, Hungry, darling? appears in Saffron: A Collection of Personal Narratives by Muslim Women (launched 8 April 2018). Another of her stories appears in The Drumbeats for Africa (an anthology project by The Durban Review). Womandla (collection of women’s short stories, essays and poetry), launched earlier this year in Durban, features her short story, A Hundred Times Over.

Her first novel, Mirror Cracked won the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award (Debut category, 2017), and has been serialised into a radio drama by Lotus FM. Fragrance of Forgiveness, the sequel, was launched in March 2019, and has been very well received. She has also published an anthology of poetry, Happy Birthday, Raashi, and will be launching her collection of short stories in November 2019. In the meanwhile, she continues penning emotional, emotive poetry and the occasional social commentary blog.

Read independent reviews of her work here:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38641943-happy-birthday-raashi

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40853776-mirror-cracked

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44013884-fragrance-of-forgiveness

Read her writings and musings on her website: www.raashisreflections.com

 Contact details

Email: khanraashida@gmail.com

Web site: www.raashisreflections.com

Fiction | Adult

ISBN: 978-1-77605-542-5

Mirror Cracked

Raashida Khan | Johannesburg | Gauteng

What if the perfect life is threatened by absolute betrayal? If control is cruelly wrenched away? How does one survive?

This a story of love, betrayal, life, death, hope, and surrender.

Azraa Hassim is a strong, modern, Muslim woman, successful in her professional and personal life. She is confident and driven to provide the best life for her husband, herself, and their two daughters. This is made impossible when she is shattered by a revelation: her husband loves another. His betrayal destroys her. She questions her identity, her beliefs, her relationships … her entire life. She is pushed to breaking point when her youngest child becomes terminally ill. Azraa must conjure up all her strength to hold onto herself long enough to get through this tremulous storm. If she does not, everything that she knew to be true about herself may be lost to the cracks of time, forever disjointing the image reflected back to her from the mirror.

Also available from the following stores:

Skoobs, Love Books, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books

Fiction | Adult

ISBN: 978-1-77605-542-5

Fragrance of Forgiveness

Raashida Khan | Johannesburg | Gauteng

Barely surviving the death of her daughter to a harrowing disease and the acrimonious divorce from her husband of nineteen years, Azraa Hassim has become a bitter woman, numbed by her own rage and anger.

Fragrance of Forgiveness, the sequel to the award-winning debut novel Mirror Cracked, picks up two years later. Azraa exists without engaging with anyone unless necessary, especially her family. But life forces her to question yet again all that she had taken for granted and all that she had thought was true in her life. Azraa’s journey leads her down a path towards the realisation that she has to learn to forgive herself so that she can forgive others. Only then will she be free to accept and trust in Allah’s will and plan.

A truly gripping and thought-provoking story about the crushing devastation of betrayal and its disastrous consequences, Raashida Khan’s genius in Fragrance of Forgiveness is in the interwoven messages on leading a fulfilled and accepting life. This tough but touching very human story has the capacity to change lives and shows how we are all similar in our struggles, while revealing insights into contemporary Muslim society.

Also available from the following stores:

Skoobs, Love Books, Exclusive Books, Bargain Books

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