Stunning memoir of your escape from stifling family and religious obligations and controls, Zara. You and your story are inspiration to others in the same types of situations. As a Westerner, it’s difficult for me to imagine such a life and even harder to comprehend such blind devotion to a religion, one’s family or a culture. Your piece was educational as well as inspirational.

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I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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