The New 52 Degrees and their Ramadan Exhibition

By | July 17, 2012

Last week I received a Ramadan gift and an invitation to attend 52 Degree’s Ramadan exhibition for home accessories and dara’as (post). What I didn’t expect though is Read more »

Happy Birthday to Me… My 30 Things List

By | July 17, 2012

Every year as I age -err- gracefully I prepare a list of 30 things I wanted to do before turning 30. Today is my birthday so I’m checking out the list and seeing how much progress I’ve done. Happy birthday to me, and to Standy my birthday twin, and to Read more »

The Dathra Book Launch 80s Party – Part II

By | July 16, 2012

Continuing here from Part I of the Dathra Book Launch 80’s Party (post), for drinks we had soft drinks, Se77a bottled water (may 9e77a), sunkist -which was very popular-. Read more »

The Dathra Book Launch Party – Part I

By | July 15, 2012

For some reason wordpress is eating up my Party post. I’ve written it three times already!!! It could be because its too long so I’ll have to sadly break it down and re-post it :(

I bet everyone with an instagram had already seen -and felt like being invited to- the Dathra Book party I had at home :) Let me show you the party from the party planner’s point of view… how I chose and put everything together in about 3 days time! The theme Read more »

And the Winners of Three Signed Dathra Books are…

By | July 10, 2012

Thank you all for participating. Its been a hoot reading your answers and I mean that in a good way :)

Sadly, only 2 got all five answers right! TWO! I’m really disappointed :( Almost all of the others have gotten confused between  Read more »

Competition: Win one of Three Signed Dathra Vol II Books Today!

By | July 10, 2012

Finally, after a very long and exhausting wait, I’ve had the pleasure of passing by the printer yesterday to pick up the Dathra book boxes.

Dathra, Volume II, will be available for sale by the end of Read more »

Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra, Volume II, is Published!

By | June 7, 2012

Today, 7 June 2012, marks the first anniversary of my first book signing. It is also the day the second volume of The Chronicles of Dathra is published 😀

This time the book came with the work: editing, proofreading, and a lovely book cover! Its not available online yet though but it will be soon. Just a matter of printing, a few days and I will announce its sell date which shouldn’t take long insha2 Allah 😀

So, to all Dathra fans out there who have been asking about the book, it is published and will be sold very very soon so stay tuned 😉

P.S. What do you think of the cover? Like it?

This Day Last Year… This Day Today!

By | June 7, 2012

Do you know the feeling when you have smiled for too long, your facial muscles begin to ache? Yet you wouldn’t stop smiling? I felt that way this day last year.

7 June 2011 was one of the top ten Read more »

A New Cover for Dathra’s Book, Volume I

By | May 31, 2012

Speaking of books, what you are seeing above is the book cover of Dathra’s book, Volume I. Not the new book to be released, no, the first book. Here is a better look b3d. Read more »

The First Anniversary of Dathra’s Book Release

By | April 27, 2012

One year ago, I had announced on my blog that Dathra has now become a published book (post).

Time flies so fast! Ever since that announcement I’ve had so much feedback its overwhelming. Many were happy it was finally a book. 99.9% hated the book cover. I had an amazing book signing night, flower bouquets, chocolates and gifts, went on sale in Dubai and became Kinokuniya’s 2nd best seller, went on sale in Amazon, and changed my life forever.

I still cannot believe I have an actual book. It is so weird, like looking through a bubble to the outside world. Of course it wasn’t all roses and cream. Got scathing reviews, people who hated it, people who hated its mistakes, people who hated the use of my nickname Danderma on it. People who hated me having a book in the first place.

On this occasion I am glad to announce that book 2 is not very far behind. Not at all. Expect an announcement that its out starting mid May. Book cover is being done by a well known and much loved local Kuwaiti talent who is also a Dathra fan -care to take a guess?-. Book editing and proofreading is being handled by a professional friend with a degree.

Its just a matter of time really before you have the 2nd book in your hand and its going to ROCK! If you haven’t read the first book I suggest you go and read it now in preparation for the 2nd. My dream for this book is to be stocked at my favorite bookstore of all times, Waterstones UK. You never know it might actually come true.

On Dathra’s book’s birthday I just want to thank you, every single one of you, especially the ones who hated the book and weren’t afraid to say so. For everyone who asked when the 2nd book is coming out, it made me want to finish the 2nd book just for you.

If you are a fan of the book you have my friend Lama to thank for she was the one who sat me down and practically forced me to create the book, love you lamooya :* And finally for Um Mit3ib and Jacquies, Dathra’s two biggest fans, a special thank you, your enthusiasm is what’s going to make book two happen insah2 Allah :*

Happy Birthday Dathoora’s book, kil 3am o entaw bkhair 😀

Sneak Peek: A Page from The Chronicles of Dathra Volume II

By | January 14, 2012

“I twisted my body to look you in the eye and see if you’ve just witnessed the same thing I did. You were sitting on the table behind me. I looked you in the eye and you were laughing laughing incredously, eyes open wide with amazement. So you did Read more »

Dathra’s Book is Finally Sold on… AMAZON!

By | October 6, 2011

A dear reader of my blog, Naheda Ismail, emailed me earlier tonight to let me know that she had found my book on Amazon. Yes, you read that right… AMAZON!

My book is sold on AMAZON! I thought from the email I had recieved from my publisher that my book had been rejected? It is available in AMAZON… my book! My humble little book is sold in AMAZON! Not only Amazon, also Amazon UK! Imagine!

I can’t believe it! Its like a dream come true! I feel like someone had knocked out the wind out of me. My heart is racing and my eyes are filling with tears and I just want to keep my laptop open on Amazon all night long while I stroke my own book on the screen and look inside and laugh as it says that the publisher has shared a limited number of pages :’) Its mine! I wrote it, its mine, and its out there for the entire world to see!!!

I am quite proud of myself at this moment. I plan to dress up and go out to celebrate this lifelong achievement of mine. I wish my readers and Dathra’s fans can feel the pride I feel, it is filling my lungs and oozing out to my surrounding.

Thanks to you, Dathra’s fans, for it wasn’t for you I would never had made it into a book or tried to get out for entire world to see. Thank you guys, truly thank you *dissolves into a fit of happy crazy disbelieving tears*.

Nesait a7e6 el liks… Just in case I wake up in the morning and I don’t fine them or something… or maybe I’m seeing things that don’t really exist? Kil shay jayez wallah!

Amazon.com (link).  Amazon.co.uk (link).

Dathra’s Book is on Kinokuniya’s Best 10 Books Chart!

By | September 17, 2011

I had received an email yesterday regarding my Dathra book that had immediately reduced me to tears. Big fat tears of happiness. Nora, a Kuwaiti Dathra Fan who was in Dubai and passed by Kinokuniya to get a copy of my book took the pictures above and below for me. Do you notice something? Perhaps a number 2 next to my book? My books is #2 in Kinokuniya’s Best 10 books chart? MY BOOK?!

Ee wallah it is! I couldn’t believe it! I cried and I cried and I nearly fled the house to go to Dubai at 1 AM Saturday morning just to see this with my own eyes. I can’t believe it. Do you think its a mistake? That its #2 as in the 2nd local interest book that had arrived? Mo?

Dathra’s book. Written by me. In Kinokuniya Dubai Mall. Is Number 2 in the best ten books chart.

Please pass me a tissue. My tears won’t stop falling. For the readers who bought my book in Dubai and -hopefully- liked it, thank you. A million thank you for making a dream of mine come true.

Nora, dear Nora, thank you so much sweetheart. Though I am crying but you truly made me happier than I’ve ever been in a long time. God bless you :*

The Chronicles of Dathra’s Facebook Fan Page

By | July 29, 2011

Guess what!

Elegant Chic, a dear friend of mine and also a Dathra fan made a facebook fan page for my Dathra book!

If you are a fan of Dathra and want to connect with other fans and discuss her craziness then like the Dathra fan page (link). I will make sure I get updates there whenever I have any, which should be very soon insha2 Allah 😉

Dathra 9ar 3ndaha fan page, w3liya madry laish eksarat kha6ry?

Last post before the book signing and a past prediction…

By | June 7, 2011

Apparently in January I was watching a writer being interviewed on TV and tweeting about it as usual when my dear friend @WAlsabah sent me the very sweet tweet above. I must have laughed when I read it and said insha2 Allah, after all how many of these wishes you get everyday right?
As we were talking about the book signing a few days ago she reminded me of this tweet, of wishing me to become a writer one day and publish a book. Fawelat 3lay bel q8y as they say… sure enough she sent me the tweet and there it was in all its glory! Masha2 Allah 😀
WAlsabah da3awat.ha mostajaba apparently 😉 Thank you love for believing in me o for your lovely emfawal 😉 See you tonight insha2 Allah!
This is my last post before the book signing… akheran ra7 teftakoon men il 7anna :p If you follow Jacquies my friend she will be updating live from the events with pictures on her twitter if you cannot make it. Right now I am writing this then going to go get dressed and ready for I have to be there in exactly two hours… I have butterflies in my stomach, I cannot find my favorite KJL bracelet, my feet hurt and I am two seconds away from wearing my crocs to the books signing -why not!-, I have absolutely no Idea what to say about my book nor what to write when I sign people’s books, and I might very well grab a plane and escape to Dubai tonight at 6 PM…
Wish me luck and see you soon insha2 Allah if you are coming tonight.

Jacquies Book Signing Invitation…

By | June 7, 2011

My dear Jacquies who is a big fan of two things “Mac” and “Dathra” made me a little something in celebration of today’s book event! She redesigned the book sining invitation on her mac and emailed it to me as her RSVP 😀
I think its beautiful. Thank you Jacquies love, you are the best :*
So just in case you were too late to see the old invitation, here is a new one, if you are coming let me know 😀

Don’t Forget Today’s Event…

By | June 7, 2011

See my little Dathra book sitting there y7leelah?

Mo tensoon today, 52 Degrees, 7:00 P.M.! See you there :)

The 1st Dathra Book to be bought from 52 Degrees

By | May 19, 2011

I recieved a tweet from one of my followers in twitters yesterday showing me the pictures of the first Dathra book sold in 52 Degrees. How do we know its the first?

Because it wasn’t on sale yet, according to her she stood her ground and insisted on buying it right then and there so they barcoded the book with the price and sold it. They also gave her two 52 degrees bookmarkers to go with the book 😀

Thank you NiiNliGirl so much :* I hope you enjoy the book!

Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra is now sold exclusively in 52 Degrees!

By | May 16, 2011

The book has finally arrived from the printers and the deal has been signed. Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra, Volume I, will be sold exclusively in 52 Degrees starting tomorrow and for the next six months 😀

There is also a date for the book signing but it is not finalized yet. I will announce it for sure in the coming couple of days insha2 Allah 😀

I cannot believe that Dathra is now a book and being sold! This is surreal!

52 Degrees is located in Tilal Mall, Industrial Shuwaikh. For more information call 222-55-212 or email info@52degrees.com.kw

The First Copy of Dathra’s Book is here :D

By | May 10, 2011

My dear Jacquie got the first physical copy of Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra when she was in the States. She got back last Read more »

The first copy of Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra…

By | May 5, 2011

This is the first picture of the first physical copy of Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra belonging to Jacquis (post) 😀

You know what I really want to do? I want to smell it!  I love how books smell, I wonder of YWQD book smells good? I want to leaf through the pages… I cannot believe it. There is a printed book and the content is actually written by me! Somehow this makes me feel old for some reason.

I wish Aramex provide an option for extra speedy shipping for an extra cost. Kinda like DHL or something :( I might wait for Jacques arrival to Kuwait Airport on Saturday and kidnap the book from her :p  Jacques has been super supportive and excited on my behalf so far, I don’t think she would mind me stealing the book :p

I received a lovely bouquet of flowers today <3

By | April 28, 2011

OMG OMG OMG!

I came home after a long work day, to find something strange and unusual waiting for me… Read more »

Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra is now a… Book!

By | April 27, 2011


If you are a Dathra fan then you will like what I have to say in this post. I would like to announce that Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra is now a book! With copyrights and ISBN and everything!

I have not been postinlikg much lately because I was busy with editing the content of Yawmyat Wa7da Q8ya Dathra.If you follow me on Twitter then most likely you have been trying to translate some parts of it with me. Thank you my dear tweeps, without you I wouldn’t have been able to publish this book.

The book is available for paperback as if this moment on this website (link).

The book will be available for sale as an eBook soon. Also it needs a few weeks before it appears as an iBook and on Amazon.com, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they won’t reject it because its under review for these important resellers.

Oh and this is Volume I, Volume II is coming very soon.

So if you missed the early of Dathra or feel like reading it again, click here and add it to your shopping cart.

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By | February 16, 2011

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