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Language is everything

It’s in the way I talk and when I don’t. The way I read stories in English and Afrikaans to my children. It is when I correct people’s grammar in my head while having a conversation with them. It is attending my Indian fitness dance class and moving my eyes and head to the beat of the Hindi music. It is in the way I carefully think before writing a text to someone pondering often Read more…

By Kashiefah Chetty, ago
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Language of my heart

I grew up in a warm-watered fisherman’s town on the coast of the Western Cape. My neighbours were Christians & Muslims, of all colourful colours. I attended a Muslim primary school but this school accepted students of other religious dominations also. So I played with friends named Genevieve and Tasneem and we all got along famously. I lived in a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking-Cape Malay-Coloured-Muslim household and I am one of the lucky few to have grown Read more…

By Kashiefah Chetty, ago
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Me in the mirror

In the mirror I wince, slightly uncomfortable, yet loving with what I see. In my mind, I am wishfully closer to looking like Kim Kardashian when I actually resemble a dark haired Sarah Jessica Parker. Starting from the top of my head and working my way down. Here is what I see in the mirror. My dark brown and spiral curly hair – I wish it was jet-black and super-straight. I wear it curlier more Read more…

By Kashiefah Chetty, ago
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What’s in my name

I was born Kashiefah Samuels. An Arabic name with a Hebrew surname. Kashiefah means “revealer”, “discoverer”, “uncoverer” or “pioneer”. Samuels means “name of God” or “God has heard”. Wikipedia says the following about my names: “When applied to an individual, it means that the person has the quality of spiritual vision. The truth is obvious to them while hidden to others. For example, in the Qur’an (Chapter 32: Verse 13), God refers to a people Read more…

By Kashiefah Chetty, ago
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My life with ADD – Part 1

They call me the list-maker – well my close friends do. The reason I’m obsessed with lists (more on my lists later) is because of something I found out by chance. I have ADD. I found out at 29 when I happened to read the symptoms written on a social media post by a worried mother who’s child was exhibiting them. I was happy. There was a name for what I had. For what I felt. Read more…

By Kashiefah Chetty, ago