Saudi Women Scaling New Heights

Another great inspirational blog. Women can also do anything if given a chance.

Jeddah Blog

The first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest has proved that anything is possible once you set your heart on it. Raha Moharrak, 25, made history by reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain. She is also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of Everest. Moharrak was part of a four-person expedition that also included the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the summit.

Originally from Jeddah, Ms Moharrak is a university graduate currently based in Dubai. Their cause was to to raise $1M for education projects in Nepal.

“I really don’t care about being the first,” she is quoted as saying. “So long as it inspires someone else to be second.”

In Saudi Arabia, where women have struggled to be heard and where the society imposes a lot of restrictions on women, Moharrak’s achievement is praiseworthy.

Khaled Almaeena, Editor-in-Chief…

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Anyone Can Cook

Just saw the movie Ratatouille, yet once again. Not that I didn’t see it in 2007 when it actually released but was probably too immature back then to understand it. It is a delightful mixture of comedy, and cooking! Oh wait, something beyond that. Well, Inspiration and Hard-Work, I believe.

Anton’s profound review is worth a hundred excellent others. And I shall beg to read it anytime, anywhere.

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new.  Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about frying cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize that only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.

As Chef Gusteau’s famous motto goes on: Anyone can cook, and as Anton Ego further explains, Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere, it hugely inspires me to learn to inspire and not just aspire.

These lines have touched my heart. How often do we not criticize new talent? How often do we not boast about being a professional? How often do we not showcase the blooming at a lower place while it doesn’t really deserve it? Not much but very much, indeed.

The movie inspired me thoroughly  Art doesn’t come from surnames or heredity but from within; unaccompanied. Not every bud is worthless. Not every baby is immature. Not every piece of dust is unimportant.

You just need to focus. Focus on what you want and with determination, of course. And you might be the next Remy. Besides, you may be Anton Ego, and what if you still need to take a sip of real, determined and excellent talent. Maybe, then you realize who the best really is.

Take not my words for granted for I have already linked you to an excellent presentation of talent- Ratatouille!

Think Sassy & Go Sassy!

Saadia Shah





Life has innumerous hurdles, Fascinating scenes of style.
Some things might be superfluous, But cannot be futile!

My agile mind had started thinking about something. Something what I still don’t know. Maybe, it was searching for the answers of my questions. Each day, I ask many. Life gives you a lot of lessons. Some good, some bad. Need not all be useful at the moment. But none is nugatory. Someday, somewhere, somehow, at some point of life you will find it fruitful. Life is a maze. Few have understood, few have not, few will never. But who cares? Who wants to understand life? Who wants to understand people? Who wants to understand minds? All you care is “live and let live” because Kya Pata Kal Ho Na Ho? (who knows if there is a tomorrow or not?) But in this journey where you think you live, you do learn. And when you learn, you understand. Sometimes things seem more entangled than it really is. All you need to do is understand. And when you’re able to understand things.. you’ve lived. You’ve actually lived! Umm.. Oh, wait. Ain’t I over-thinking? lol

P.S. Go Sassy!

Saadia Shah