July 14, 2020

The grey clouds of London were such a sharp contrast to the blue skies of Karachi. Chapter 6

It was a foggy grey day in London Tamara remembers the grey clouds.

How different were they from the white wisps and blue sky of Karachi.

She also remembers how cold it was. The cold air of London was what hit her first when she walked outside of the airport. Her father led her and her mother and her brother to the  car in the car park.

The car belonged to his friend Samir who also had been there at the Arrival gate waiting eagerly for them.

Tamara of course ran to her father’s open arms not caring whether her mother liked this or not as soon as she saw Mr Alvi standing there smiling at her.

His dimples seemed more pronounced than the photo she had seen of him. She saw how they disappeared when he stopped smiling. For some reason she thought dimples were permanent fixtures on a face.

Tamara also remembers smelling the distinct strong odour of the aftershave of her father’s Old Spice as she hugged him.

These two first impressions of her father imprinted on Tamara’s brain. Something she would not be able to shake off in the future. The visual of the dimples and the smell of the aftershave was something that at times gave her comfort and at other times haunted her.

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Taniya Hussain qualified as a Social Worker in 1991 from Coventry University in England. She has been working on the front lines, consistently holding space for individuals and families for three decades especially, children and young people on the margins of society. Taniya studied Psycho-dynamic counselling from 1991 to 1993 at Goldsmiths College in London. Taniya met Sheikha Halima Krausen in 1992 and has been studying Islam with her ever since especially Mystical Islam, Tassawuf (Sufism) and walks on the Chisti path. Taniya really started using the power of Jungian Pyschology and Mystical Islam when she started her Online Coaching and Consultancy Business in 2018 and discovered she was a powerful healer. When she discovered Shadow Alchemy in 2019, she started developing this modality into Muslim Alchemy in 2020. She now brands herself as the Muslim Alchemist because she is constantly integrating her knowledge of the Quran and Bible with her vast Social Work experience and her extensive ability of applying Psycho-dynamic, therapeutic techniques to organisational settings, team dynamics and when working with individuals and groups. This has both Online and Offline. Taniya uses skillfully her understanding of the Shadow, that Jung constantly talked about and her Mystical Training plus her experience in inter-faith dialogue since 2003, to help individuals and groups become conscious of what they previously were unconscious of leading to rapid success in their Business, Health and Relationships. Taniya has a great skill in being able to see the blind spots in others and in untanging energetic knots (a term she uses for Shadow) to promote healing from mental and physical disease. She uses her vast expertise and skills to help her Online Clients to get rid of decades of anxiety causing insomnia, depression and suicidal thoughts and marital problems. Clients usually are healed in a short amount of time never needing to invest in Therapy again. She really is the Muslim Alchemist as she turns the shitty experience of clients into golden experiences where they manifest upgraded, wealth, health and relationships all at the same time. Taniya got married in 1995 and has three sons born in 1996, 2001 and 2003 and lives in Surrey, England and when she is not developing Muslim Alchemy, she loves to spend time with her family and write fiction stories, songs and poems. She speaks fluent English and Urdu and basic German and French and is learning Arabic and Hebrew.


  1. Aisha Memon

    I remember the smell of Old spice and Brylcreem. I was happy reading it all, but my heart skipped a beat at the last 2 words.

  2. Aisha Memon

    I remember Old Spice and Brylcreem. The last 2 words made my heart skip a beat. Uh Oh.


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