How I Accidentally Became a Global Stock Photo and Other Strange and Wonderful Stories, by Shubnum Khan, is a memoir that takes the reader on a journey around the world. Whether it is teaching children in a remote village in the Himalayas, attending a writers’ residency where the movie The Blair Witch Project was shot, getting pulled out of the ocean in Turkey or becoming a bride on a rooftop in Shanghai, Khan is quirky, moving and vulnerable in what she shares.
She also offers an introspective reflection on what it means to be a woman, particularly a single Muslim woman in South Africa trying to find herself in a modern world. The stories are drawn from her life journey, which has been full of unexpected twists and turns, and are interspersed with reflections on culture and religion as well as musings on family, relationships and love. This is a book about holding onto hope and a reminder that once “you step off the edge, anything can happen”.
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