‘Drums of Change: A Review of Fauzia Rafique’s The Adventures of SahebaN’ by Jessica Barratt

Published February 26, 2019 at Words Of Hers.

SahebaN is the feminist warrior I hadn’t realized I was missing.

‘Being a Canadian woman writer of European descent, I came into Fauzia Rafique’s The Adventures of SahebaN without background knowledge of the role (Mirza) Sahiba plays in much of traditional Punjabi culture. The beauty of Rafique’s text however, is how my lack does not impact my understanding of how the narrative turns a cultural model for perfection (Sahiba) on her head to showcase the flaws of that very perfection, and (in particular) to show that a woman can be honourable, and pure, and loyal, without bowing to the restrictive ideas and expectations that society and religion place upon her.

‘Right away announcing her departure from the traditional “folk” Sahiba, Rafique creates her double in SahebaN, the Relentless Warrior. From the moment she is born, SahebaN questions those around her; but in a world where questions from a woman, and especially a brown one, are not taken seriously, she finds only silence. Readers soon recognize her universe as a barely veiled image of our own, led by none other than Civil Magicia, a “fantastical” governing head that perpetuates inequality, and which seems dedicated to controlling the natural chaos of humanity. Yet, as our uninhibited (and repeatedly misinformed) SahebaN rises and falls through CM’s imposed hierarchies, readers get the chance to rejoice through her struggle as she continually flouts the very authorities trying desperately to regulate her existence.

‘It is within this frame that I came to know SahebaN as the feminist warrior I hadn’t realized I was missing. She fights back against those who would dare oppress her by using her very femininity as her strength, at one point, literally pushing a bloodied menstrual pad into her potential rapist’s face! (Yes!)’

Continue Reading at Words of Hers:
wordsofhers.com/2019/02/26/drums-of-change-a-review-of-fauzia-rafiques-the-adventures-of-saheban

Jessica Barratt is an author and editor who founded Words of Hers, the home of JBEditing and The (Almost) Daily. Visit her ‘Loving Edits’ Facebook page at the link below.
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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SahebaN Reading at KPU with Ranbir Johal & Heidi Greco

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Join us for an intimate and engaging evening as local author, Fauzia Rafique, reads from her latest novel ‘The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior’.

Monday, January 30th, 5-7PM
An evening with
Fauzia Rafique
Author of
The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless warrior
With
Host Ranbir Johal
And
Guest Speaker Heidi Greco
Lots of
Discussion/question time

KPU Surrey, Conference Centre
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
12666 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8
Phone: (604) 599-2000

This novel is a delightfully original, tongue-in-cheek look at the obstacles women face in life; a parody of the misogynistic, post-colonial world that we live in.

Sponsored by
Department of Language and Cultures
Department of English
Department of Asian Studies
Department of Creative Writing
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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Being spotted as a girl…

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Contrary to our expectations, it is probably true that since age 11, SahebaN lived in the constant fear of being spotted as a girl having her periods when she was having her periods.

Coming of the Clothes
SahebaN & the Rites of Reproduction

Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior, December 3rd at Semiahmoo Library in Surrey, 3-5pm, with Host Manolis, Guest Speaker Heidi Greco, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the third story of this volume, Coming of the Clothes).

Semiahmoo Library, Saturday Dec 3rd, 3-5pm 
1815 – 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V4A 9Y9
Phone: (604) 592-6900
surreylibraries.ca

Buy it here
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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‘An alternate feminist manifesto’ – Heidi Greco

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‘This fantastically complex tale presents what could be construed as an alternate feminist manifesto, rallying not only against outdated rules and ‘the man’ but against government, the wealthy and more. The main character, SahebaN, is nearly as clever and feisty as her creator, Fauzia Rafique.’

Heidi Greco
Author of Shrinking Violets

Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior, December 3rd at Semiahmoo Library in Surrey, 3-5pm, with Host Manolis, Guest Speaker Heidi Greco, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the third story of this volume, Coming of the Clothes).

Semiahmoo Library, Saturday Dec 3rd, 3-5pm 
1815 – 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V4A 9Y9
Phone: (604) 592-6900
surreylibraries.ca

Buy it here
the-adventures-of-saheban_cover_nov61
The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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‘For the last time…’

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For the last time, I want to make it clear to everyone that Baby SahebaN DID NOT access Object IT herself, and that the Object was pushed on her by its rightful owner. I conclude that SahebaN was facing sexual abuse amounting to incest as the said adult male figure held a position of respect and trust in her life. I commend SahebaN for her courage for holding that piece of –it, for not letting go, and for forcing a retreat on the despicable offender.’

SahebaN’s official biographer Ego Feathers
In ‘Holy IT: SahebaN vs. an Early Education Class‘.

Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior in New Westminster, November 29th 7-9pm at Renaiassance Books, with Host Shela Nefertiti Morrisson, Guest Speaker Wendy Harris, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the second story of this volume, ‘Holy IT’).

Buy it here
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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