“You’re not allowed to watch it until I do first and approve it,” my mother used to tell my sisters and me. With her strict character and high standards we knew that we would rarely watch a movie on the new video machine she had bought. We lowered our expectations, accepted our fate and surrendered to watching only series and movies aired on the formal Egyptian television channels.

Getting married in my early twenties, I moved to my marital house and I had no one to supervise me. I spent hours on daily basis watching private television channels and revenging my years of deprivation. Insults, vulgar language and violent scenes shocked me. Little by little I became selective and followed actors who were known to add value and promote for good ethics. The more my professional and personal responsibilities increased the less time I had to watch TV. …


To which extent did we benefit from the holy month of Ramadan?

Fabulous Veils isn’t just a novel, it’s a social movement and women are the hope for an Egyptian revival.

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One of the secrets of time management is blocking times for the things we do on regular basis. This helps us identify the slots of time remaining and hence better use them. Reflecting on our time blocks in the frame of the various roles we’re playing in life enlightens us and enables us to better organise our time around our priorities.

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