Madibaland Online Literary Festival: Raashida Khan
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Raashida (Raashi) Khan is a 50-something 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 over twenty years and has two sons, fresh out of school.
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 being ‘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 (a literary collection project by The Durban Review). Womandla (a collection of women’s short stories, essays and poetry), launched earlier last year in Durban, features her short story, A Hundred Times Over.
Raashida’s 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 another of short stories: Your Voice, My Strength and Other Stories. In the meanwhile, she continues penning emotional, emotive poetry and the occasional social commentary blog.
Read independent reviews of her work here, here and here
Read her writings and musings on her website, click here