I have worked on formatting, but left Rohana's answers mostly unedited (except for some obvious typos). When you see how many languages she speaks, the few mistakes she makes help to highlight how well she commands English, which is not her native language, and this, in turn, helps show just how smart and well-educated this young lady is.
My questions are numbered and in italics.
**Part 1 of Interview Follows**
1) Please describe the area where you live, without being too specific. For example, you could say "suburban Paris", or "a rural area in France", or "a major city in the American southeast".
Currently I live in a small agricultural village in the Southern part of India, close to the western coast, Arabian sea.
2) What is your native language? What other languages do you speak, and how well?
My native language is Dakhni Urdu. Its a mix of Urdu/Persian/and many words from South Indian languages. Urdu is derived from Persian though. I also speak English. I don't know about well. I've been educated using English as the medium of instruction. As you know, India was a colony of Great Britain. I can't guage my fluency. I've studied Englsih grammar in school. But I notice that my language often reflects colloquial (is the spelling right?) English spoken in well, Bangalore (where I studied).
Apart from the above, I speak French, though not as fluently. I can also speak Kannada, which is a local language of the state I live in. I can understand and speak very basic Tamil. Of course I speak Hindi , a North Indian language. I can understand a smattering of Italian, can understand a bit of written Spanish and Portuguese (the Portuguese were here too ;) I can read Arabic, though my comprehension of it sucks. Of course, given the proximity with Urdu, I can also read Persian.
3) About how old are you? Are you married, engaged, single?
I will be 26 soon. I'm single, and I'm looking for someone. Do you know anyone ? I doubt it.. :D
4) What kind of formal education do you have? High school diploma, some university studies, university graduate-4 yrs?
University - post graduate. I am currently studying environmental law.
5) You are a Muslim. How important is Islam in your daily life? Please describe your religious activities. Do you pray at home? Daily? Several times daily? Do you attend a mosque? How often?
Islam is the central point in my life. I realize that I do not and cannot do anything without it acting as a validation in my life. For instance, its impossible for me to fall in love with any man who isn't Muslim. I don't understand it. So practicing all the tenets of Islam is very important to me- the most visible for me are charity/feding the poor/practicing moderation in the way I live/being kind to animals/and human beings/speaking with politeness (which I often lack)/.. So basically, everything I do has a basis in Islam.
My religious activities are to pray five times a day regularly, read the Quran, ponder over its meaning, fasting for Ramadan and also if possible during the other months (which isn't obligatory), giving charity, celebrating Eid- muslim religious festivals that occur twice a year.
Yes, I pray at home. Five times a day - before daybreak, in the afternoon, before the setting sun, immediatley after sunset and at night. Rarely, very late at night.
I don't attend a mosque. As far as I know, women in India don't go to mosques to pray. And I'd rather not. I don't know about other countries but if women here ever gathered at mosques, there would be disaster- make up disasters/gossip /sudden appearance of period disasters/ marriage deals/ demeaning of other women.. etc etc I wouldn't want to go into details. Besides, mosques would not be able to accomodate women. They hardly have space for men.
**End of Part 1**
Her honesty is quite refreshing, as is her sense of humor.
More to follow!
Meanwhile, please visit her blog -- she's usually an occasional blogger, and as I go to press with this, her last post is from September 16th.