‘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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‘Today is the day, Jattee!’

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‘Today is the day, Jattee,’ the Mistress said as she returned from the washroom to take back her Lazyboy.
From
Coming of the Clothes:
SahebaN & the Rites of Reproduction

 launching today, November 20th 4pm at VG PlayRoom, Camp Alexandra in Surrey, with Host Virginia Gillespie, Guest Speaker L.P. Wallinger, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the first story of this volume, ‘Vital Parts’).

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. Image/Text manipulation by Tiesa Leudy

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‘Funny tongue-in-cheek and deliciously serious.’

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“Funny, tongue-in-cheek, and deliciously serious. A novel that looks misogyny in the eye and says ‘No’. From birth, SahebaN refuses. She is uncompromising and she prevails, becoming a legend in her time. In Rafique’s telling she’s everywoman and Everywoman’s avatar.”

“A gleeful genre-defying book, part feminist fantasy, part creative non-fiction.”

Susan Crean
Author of The Laughing one – a Journey to Emily Carr

Coming Nov 20/16 at Libros Libertad
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