I am an author, writer, speaker, publisher and local campaigner.
I was born and raised in Cambridge. My late father, Abdul Karim moved to Cambridge from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1957 and my mother, arrived in 1963. my father was a successful restaurateur.
I am also the Director and co-founder of Perfect Publishers Ltd, an award-winning print-on-demand book publishing company providing a range of services for authors and writers.
I write historical fiction, non-fiction and short stories including the following:
In 2010, my short story ‘Homecoming’ was the inspiration behind the screenplay ‘India Ink’ which I co-wrote with US screenwriter, Halle Eavelyn. ‘India Ink’ was shortlisted for the Circalit First Draft Contest (2011) and a finalist of the WriteMovies International Writing Contest (2011).
‘The Integration of the Hijab into Police Uniforms’ was published in the ‘Behind the Hijab’ anthology, in March 2009 by Monsoon Press. Also in 2009, I was commissioned to write a radio play ‘The Lascar’ for the Lascar Heritage Project for Silsila Productions.
‘Lascar’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2012) is a work of historical fiction inspired by a paternal ancestor, a lascar (seaman). My highly-acclaimed novel revives the story of these unsung heroes and draws attention to their plight, educating people through the use of fictional characters. ‘Lascar’ was shortlisted for the 2008 Muslim Writers Awards (Unpublished Novel Award).
In 2013, I received a Channel S ‘Special Acknowledgement Award’ for my work and I was also listed in the annual publication ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who’. In 2015, I won the ‘Arts and Cultural Awareness Award’ at the British Muslim Awards.
I have contributed to the following magazines: Best of British, The Great War, Children of the New Earth, and Sisters (the UK’s first magazine for Muslim women). I have also contributed to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Three Counties radio. I wrote for the Asian World newspaper and was a columnist for Weekly Desh newspaper. I currently blog for the Huffington Post.
Since 2014, I have been on the judging panel of the Young Muslim Writers Awards.
I am currently writing my second historical novel ‘The Indian Ayah’ and series of children’s books.
I am a trustee for the charities Cambridge Central Aid and the Cambridge Mosque Trust.
I was the winner of the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who 2017 outstanding achievement award for Literature and Community Relations.