Alia Dada

Magazine Editor

After completing my Bachelor’s in International Relations and Political Science I joined a newspaper as a journalist/editor. I worked there for three years covering Women’s Rights issues amongst other things, and by the end of my first year, I decided to pursue a degree in Law. So I worked by day, attended Law School by night, only giving up my work at the newspaper when I got married. When I graduated from Law School, two years later than anticipated, I had already had my first child and my second one was on the way.

We moved to Kuala Lumpur, from Pakistan, 10 years ago. The move wasn't one we had anticipated but life is what it is and while my kids and husband immediately immersed themselves in school and work, I was left feeling a bit rudderless. It was in KL that I first discovered my love of gardening and the sense of well being it helps cultivate, began to take more interest in photography (Malaysia really is a photographer’s dream) and experienced the peace and connectivity of painting. I guess feeling as though one has been severed from their roots forces one to change direction and set roots down on lands one never would have thought of in the first place.

Four years ago I joined a brilliant and challenging group called the KL Writers and reignited my passion for writing. I had forgotten how exhilarating the flow and tumble of words taking shape into sentences and stories can be. Three years ago I was invited to join a lovely, welcoming organisation called the ABWM as the Editor of their magazine. It has been a really wonderful experience, working with a lovely and dynamic group of ladies who help, support and step up whenever, and wherever, needed.

Alia Dada