My name is Aliya Khan and my writing career actually started when I was a young girl. At that time I would write short stories about things I saw which touched me or made me feel like I stood out. One of the first pieces I wrote was about a young girl who was called a ‘tokai’ and my realization that she and I were the same age and yet worlds apart; poverty and illiteracy were our dividers.
As I grew older I worked on pieces which were essay and biographical in nature. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts majoring in Business Finance and minor in English Literature from USA. During my years at college I entered a writing competition and was selected as one of the winners. My piece was called ‘Heavenly Spirits,’ and it was about a young girl who was molested by a family member. It reveals the battle that a young girl faces when any form of sexual harassment, rape or molestation takes place in a closed society.
I moved back to Bangladesh and taught English and Literature under the Cambridge/O’level curriculum for a private school. I had realized that teaching and writing were two of my passions and finance had no place in my life.
I continued to publish in an English newspaper in Bangladesh. My articles varied in nature from post- partum depression to battling the stereotypical pressures imposed on women to look a certain way.
Currently, I am working on a compilation of short stories that are about the unseen tensions and emotional battles faced by women and in some cases men as well. One of the pieces is ‘Traditional Marriage.’
I am currently completing my TESL certification, continuing my career as a teacher while writing about issues that are close to my heart.