February 13, 2014 | by Shafinaaz Hassim
How was your day?

How was your day?

The single most important question that I’ve been asked almost every day of my life, sitting around the dinner table, and more recently over whatsapp or a well placed voice chat with one of my parents, is ‘how was your day?’

There is no measure for what that question conveys, how loaded it is with concern, care and the potential that it holds for sometimes mundane shadings and often fantastic self realization and gratitudes to spill forth. The question holds promise for a safe sharing of your own stuff, but it’s also accompanied by a few nuggets from the askers day in the life. My dad usually has a range of quick bites from work and development stuff, to a current read and some reflective philosophy. Mum will update me on a phone call from one of her aunts, or gran or my aunt, and the latest on the two grand kids scuttling around at her feet or in her lap. A world of love resides in that sentence of many things, many years, many ways of saying thanks.

How was your day?

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of 'Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective' (2007), 'Memoirs for Kimya' (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence 'SoPhia' (2012). Her work has been shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize and the prestigious K Sello Duiker Award 2013, and she has been awarded in Hay Festival's category of top 39 authors under the age of 40 in Africa during the London Book Fair 2014. She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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About Shafinaaz

Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). She is also the editor of the Belly of Fire anthologies for social change series, which was launched in 2011. Her research focuses on biographical narrative in the interplay between personal and political spaces and she writes both fiction and non-fiction. She has lectured and presented seminars at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, Humboldt University in Berlin and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

My Books

The Garden of Love and Longing (2017)

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Nisa Qamar and the Master of Jinniaville (2016)

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Daughters are Diamonds

Honour, Shame & Seclusion- A South African Perspective
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