Lava in the Heart

in one’s 
heart can be 
suppressed anger, 
feelings-negative or positive, 
thoughts  that a person doesn’t get 
chance to express in a way which would 
have helped or will help him/her to grow into a 
charming personality. It can be a deep wound. It needs to 
be healed.  It can be deep love ‘n’ affection for someone-something 
one wants to show.  May be for some, it’s great desire to share 
one’s knowledge and experiences with someone to help 
them make better decisions in life or be a better 
person. Whatever, if at all this is; if a person 
is able to wipe out all the lava 
from one’s heart in a 
positive way then 
“Lava” will turn 
into “Love” 
and that’s 

By Neema


Rendezvous - Vaani Act

'The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.' Steve Martin voiced the feeling accurately. Vaani Act has taken his words to heart and is acting on impulse!

Vaani is looking to enter a new rendezvous Vaani Act. We are looking for all those interested in acting, directing, writing plays, shooting, editing etc. No age, sex, color or any other thinkable and unthinkable restrictions! Vaani calls out to all those impulsive people to join us. All we need is your support for our cause. 

We will keep you updated about our progress. The venue for the crime will be announced shortly. Please feel free to act on impulse and show your interest.



Official Launch

F r i d a y 3 0th A p r i l 2010
Launching VAANI

A writers group that supports the voice
of Asian women writers.

Join us in a lively discussion about
writing, editing, and publishing with
author Nikita Lalwani, long listed for
Booker Prize for her novel 'Gifted',
Kia Abdullah, author of 'Life, Love and
Assimilation', Tammy Ho the Editor and Co-founder
of literary journal ‘Asian Cha’ and Vaanikers.

Admission: £3
Time: 6.30 to 8.30pm
Venue: Valentines Mansion
Bookings: smita@vaani.org

Brochure: Click here


Saira Shah

Continuing our series on Asian women writers, we bring to you, Saira Shah. 
Saira Shah was born on 5 October 1964. She is an author, reporter and documentary filmmaker. She currently lives in London.

Saira was born in London and raised in Kent, England. She was educated at Bryanston School and read Arabic and Persian at the School of Oriental and Afrian Studies, University of London, graduating in 1986. Her father, was Idries Shah, a Scottish/Afghan writer who was known for writing Sufi fables. Part of his family was originally from Paghman, Afghanistan. Her mother was half-Indian and half-British.
Saira spent majority of her childhood in the UK unaware of her family roots in another country. Her only connection with the country were the stories that her father told. Saira Shah grew up in Britain, but she was always told that she came from somewhere else: a fairytale land of  orchards and gardens, a place where even the water had magical qualities. The country was Afghanistan, the storyteller her father, and the tales were embellished with every telling. Her first trip to Afghanistan was when she was 21 years old. She worked for 3 years in Peshawar as a reporter covering the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. She also worked as a journalist for Channel 4 News, which she left in 2001.
She married and divorced (after 5 years) a Swiss reporter, whom she met in Peshawar.
Shah worked with James Miller (filmmaker) on several projects including the films Beneath the Veil(2001), Unholy War (2001) and Death in Gaza (2004). She won a Current Affairs BAFTA for Death in Gaza. She also appeared on the television programme Breakfast with Frost on 10 August 2003.
'The Storyteller's Daughter' is a stunning memoir written by Saira Shah, which was first published in 2003. It is both exotic and heart breaking poignant. It tells the story of a family living in peaceful Afghanistan that had to escape and live in exile in the aftermath of war.

For further reference please visit www.sairashah.com



One sunny morning
in the middle of the night,
two dead men got up to fight.

They turned around, shook hands and said, 'Brother.'
They drew their swords and shot each other.

A dead policeman heard them fight,
a blind dog saw the light.

They both found out that the dead man killed the dead man
so they presented both in front of the dead jury
who announced to untie the two and asked the handless hangman to bury.

By Junior J (10 year old - youngest Vaaniker )

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