Life’s fiercely earned accomplishments typically start
with a dream. In the case of the witty, self-made author and established
blogger, Danderma, it all started with a rant. With one simple glance through her ‘About me’ tab on her
website, the author effectively describes herself as a relentless freak-magnet.
Considering her inability to conform to society and her refusal to be labeled a
mindless sheep in the herd as her strongest asset, Danderma’s ‘unforgivable’
notions of having an opinion stimulate an ever-growing following, evolved into
her first published book, The Chronicles of Dathra, a Dowdy Girl from
Kuwait. She had us
hooked by her choice of the word dowdy in her fist title to
translate the commonly used ‘Dathra’, also defined by the author as plain,
old-fashioned and out of style.
Honest, witty, emotional, and comically
critical; these are the posts, or stories, of a woman looking to never have any
regrets in her life, unrelenting in her effort to refute the typical norms and
question the expected. Danderma fights for her words and her thoughts by
writing her stories. A dream to express, or rather rant, has led to the first
of, hopefully, many books by this eager author, who creatively writes in the
language we speak and think in today, Arabish.
Available today as a physical manifestation
of her rants, The Chronicles of Dathra, a Dowdy Girl from Kuwait, is an
absolute must-read, serving both as an eye-opener and a hilarious series of a
typical Kuwaiti girl who simply wants to be happy.
How would your mother
describe you in one word?
How would you describe your
mother in one word?
What is the most insane
question you’ve ever been asked?
In the USA I was asked “Is
it true that each Kuwaiti family has its own oil well in their backyard?”
What is the most spontaneous
thing you’ve ever done?
In Vancouver, Canada. I
decided to go Bunjee Jumping on the whim. That moment, up
there, when you are hanging in the air with the release cord in your hand, when
you know that if you let go you will be plunging down - It was scary and I
almost chickened out but then in a crazy moment I found my courage, let go, and
screamed my lungs out on the way down. When I landed I went back up again! I
would have gone a third time had my friends not refused to go back up –two had
to jump at the same time.
What word in the English or Arabic language do
you wish you had invented?
for little kids to denote that something is dirty. It is said to originate from
the Egyptian Language used in the Pharaohs’ time. I’m not sure how accurate
that is though, but I would like to believe it’s true. If it has to be Arabic I
would go with the Kuwaiti word Ekmakha.
Where would you like to live? / What is your
dream retirement location?
In London or any place in
the UK. I want a tiny house in a quiet neighbourhood with a little garden
planted with fruit trees where I can spend my days sipping freshly brewed
coffee with fresh milk, brought to my doorstep in the morning by the milkman,
while sitting underneath the shade of the trees, reading good books, delivered
to me by post. Nothing but a good read, good coffee, amazing weather, and peace
& quiet interrupted only by the chirping of the birds.
What is the first famous
quote that comes to your mind?
“Phoebe. That's, P, as in Phoebe,
H, as in hoebe, O as in oebe, E, as in ebe, B, as in bebe, and E as in... Ello
there mate.”~ Pheobe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S
What animal best describes the kind of partner
you’d be interested in?
Me? An entire zoo wouldn’t
What do you miss about your childhood?
innocence, oblivion to the mayhem in the world, summer vacations, oh, and Kids
If you could change your name, what would you
change it to?
just love the name.
How would you describe your
handshake in one word?
I am not much of a hand-shaker.
What is the toughest part of
would be my very short, bad temper.
Who is your favorite
don’t have a favourite, but I am currently reading about Henrietta Lacks. She
was an African American woman who lived in poverty and died in her early 30’s
from cancer, leaving behind her poor husband, kids, and her immortal cancer
cells which were the first cells in the world to successfully survive in
culture and have been alive and reproducing since 1951! Her cancer cells, ‘HeLa
cells’, have contributed greatly to modern medical research and cures. Her
story is mesmerizing!
What in the world do you least desire?
discrimination, hypocrisy, snobbery, and greed.
What do you think is lacking in the world, which
would make the world a better place?
weekends for everybody. People need to relax, recharge, sleep in, and enjoy
their youth and life, doing things they love. Relaxed people are happier
people. Happy people are more productive people. Productive people are more
Why do you think most
girls/guys like you?
honest ,I am in search for the answer to that question, still.
Finish this sentence:
“Happiness is a thing called…”
up with a good book and a cup of bubbling, hot, freshly-brewed, delicious,