French has been  a favorite language…I learnt it as a child. My father was a diplomat, he was posted to Morocco… schooling required French…et Voila! It is  a language we speak as a  family and often indulge in when we do not want our compatriots around us to understand, since it is not our mother tongue.

I traveled the world thanks to father. I was born in Moscow… studied and traveled to England, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Zaire, to name just a few…picking up yet another language on the way!  It was a charmed life, with an exposure, view and understanding on life that few schooling systems can provide!

Through it all I knew very definitively  that I wanted to put down roots in my country of origin…Pakistan…I have ! Travel is still most enjoyable…but this is where I belong… in every sense of the word!

My family has been my greatest blessing, asset and pride…my children and theirs carry this love of kin forward and are my pride and joy! My work , interests have all now come down to…giving back to those and the country that gave me so much…it is often arduous…being a congenital optimist helps!  It is  a long way from the Opera ball in Vienna…but it is Home !


34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Clara
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 15:19:56

    Thanks so much for checking out my blog! So glad you liked it. Your travels sound incredible, I’m envious!


  2. bronxboy55
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 11:06:33

    How great that you’ve seen and lived in so many different places, and yet still know where you belong. I look forward to reading more.


  3. Dr. Afaq Ahmad Qureshi
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 08:18:17

    I really like your blog. Please keep writing. Your pen and art are an example of how literature touches our hearts and fills them with such thoughts as humanity and excellence.


    • shamasheikh
      Oct 14, 2011 @ 10:43:53

      I am flattered by your kind words and appreciation Dr Qureshi…thank you so very much…it gives me even greater impetus to continue writing, which is something I do so enjoy!


  4. Saadia Sullivan
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 14:53:28

    Love your writing, Khala. Lots of love.


    • shamasheikh
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:41:37

      I am delighted that you have visited my blog Saadia…thank you and God bless!
      Am so very impressed with your design work…all the very best always beti!


  5. Paula Serafim
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 16:46:30

    I’m reading you from Portugal (have you ever been here?…) and I can tell you that I’m happy that I’ve discovered your blog because you are a master of words.
    You write with your pen and specially with your heart.

    A warm embrace,


    • shamasheikh
      Oct 15, 2011 @ 20:52:44

      Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words Paula…I appreciate them! God bless you…
      I have unfortunately never visited Portugal…but look forward to doing so sometime soon!


  6. Priya
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 04:18:18


    Every word of your oozes sincerity and faith. Hope and understanding. I am happy to have come here, and look forward to more!


    • shamasheikh
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 05:59:20

      Thank you so very much Priya…you are very kind and I am delighted to have you visit my blog…


    • Shama Sheikh
      Mar 18, 2012 @ 14:44:26

      Priya, I am not being able to access your page…pray all is well and that this is only a temporary absence…am missing you…specially since I did not get to see your last couple of posts…Stay well…be happy…look after yourself…and enjoy this special time in your life Priya…

      Love and prayers…God bless…


  7. souldipper
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 17:54:48

    Reading your beautiful words creates salve for my soul. I am so pleased you visited me so I could ‘discover’ you.


  8. shamasheikh
    Oct 20, 2011 @ 06:32:16

    Thank you for all your kind words…I am touched and honoured!


  9. Dounia
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 19:05:36

    Wow, you seem to have such a rich and fascinating life! Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment. French is also a language I’ve spoken since I was a child, and it continues to be a language I speak with my family and my husband as well; it truly is such a beautiful language. And it seems I’ve found a fellow TCK from what I’ve read here! 🙂 I’ll definitely make sure to drop by your blog again, and I hope to hear from you again in the future!


  10. shamasheikh
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 07:55:35

    Thank you for coming by Dounia…I look forward to visiting your blog again!
    I will also ask my sister to visit your blog since she too is a wonderful photographer and will so enjoy seeing your beautiful pictures…she and my younger brother amongst all of us, are true TCK’s…I do so love this term you have coined!


    • Dounia
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 14:09:18

      I do hope your sister enjoys the photos! And I wish I could claim credit for the term TCK, but it was coined by someone else long before I ever used it. The first time I ever heard it, I was in high school, and I had lived my whole life as a TCK, without even knowing it! If you’d like to read more information on TCKs, there’s a wonderful site/blog you could go to: http://libbystephens.com/third-culture-kids I’ve been there before, and even contacted her; her work is fascinating to me. Hope this can be of interest to you or perhaps your siblings. Thanks again for your kind comments, and I look forward to hearing from you again, or maybe from your sister too!


  11. Shama Sheikh
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 14:52:07

    Thank you so very much for sending me this link Dounia…I have visited it and find it very interesting…what is comforting is the fact that so much of it is easy to relate to, understand and know how many of us are out there 🙂


    • Dounia
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 20:50:23

      You’re very welcome! I’m very happy you enjoyed it. I know that it was very comforting for me to read things I could relate to so much, but also understand on such an important level, and that there’s always someone out there who know what it’s like. 🙂


  12. Asima haroon
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 14:19:06

    Shama,thanks for sharing your writings . Am really enjoying your positive perspectives and may Allah continue to guide us all through each other. Ameen.


  13. shamasheikh
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 19:27:52

    Asmi, am so happy that you are visiting and reading my blog! Many thanks and God bless…Look forward to your comments!


  14. An Idealist Thinker
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 15:38:41

    Hello Shama, I wanted to come over and thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave your lovely, encouraging words. I didn’t know what to expect on your blog page. But I surely didn’t expect a world traveller! I guess for someone who has never left India, save a trip to Nepal; it sounds so very exciting and adventurous and fortunate. Could I be anymore jealous? I will be back to read more of your world travels.


  15. shamasheikh
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 18:46:52

    Thank you for visiting Idealist Thinker…love all the connotations in that.
    Life has been very kind but more than that, as you say, exciting and adventurous…which makes me think I should write more about that part of my life…thank you for the thought and for visiting!


  16. Arindam
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 07:28:42

    Shama! you have a wonderful blog. Thanks for commenting on my blog, so that i could found this wonderful blog you have. You are really a lucky person, as you have part of so many countries. Best wishes to you & for your blog.


  17. shamasheikh
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 15:29:49

    Many thanks Arindam…thank you for coming by and such kind comments!
    Yes…I do feel very blessed and am thankful to God for all His blessings…


  18. Saara
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 13:00:45

    You’re from Pakistan! Yayyyyyyyy! Finally I found someone from Home! I am so going to read your blog now!


  19. shamasheikh
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 13:39:15

    I feel exactly the same way Saara 🙂
    You have so much to say and say it so well and honestly…from the heart…I look forward to reading more of yours inshallah…
    Not only am I from Pakistan…I live in Karachi Saara …
    God Bless…


  20. Mal
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 18:18:49

    Shama, it was a joy to have you visit my blog but the best part of it was that I ‘found’ you and your delightful blog! Many thanks.. God bless! 🙂


  21. shamasheikh
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 19:29:04

    Thank you so much for coming by Maleeha…it is truly a joy to ‘find’ each other’s writings like this…am really happy to see you here and look forward to reading more from you…
    Stay Blessed…


  22. The WholeHearted Mind
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 00:12:17

    Wow, what a wonderful adventure as a child and now as an adult. Your roots strong and grounded, your wings soar high and to places! Urdu is a favorite language of mine – so lyrical and melodic. Great to have found you.


  23. Shama Sheikh
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 17:37:14

    Thank you so very much for visiting Aparna…I look forward to exploring your blog, which seems quite fascinating…

    It gives me great joy to see younger ones enjoy Urdu, a language I also find quite exceptionally beautiful…thank you and God bless…


  24. yearstricken
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 14:01:01

    Thank you for visiting my blog because it led me to yours. I look forward to reading more.


  25. shamasheikh
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 07:48:52

    I am so glad to have found your blog through Saara’s World…many thanks for visiting mine…I too look forward to reading more of yours…

    God bless…


  26. jhasmoments
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 15:07:01

    This is a great post.
    Very interesting and beautiful write. 🙂


  27. shamasheikh
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 04:02:08

    Thank you so very much J…..am enjoying your writing…
    God bless…


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