Pennies, pints and poetry

Pennies, pints and poetry

When Rukhsana Merrise’s dad passed away from lung cancer, it gave her the push to resign from her day job as a cashier at a bank and pursue music. Although she loved singing and had crafted her own songs from an early age, she never had the confidence to drop everything and wander into the misty unknown of her childhood dream. “Watching my dad come to his own end, you start thinking that you should take the chance and do things, because life’s too short,” she says, her cat-like eyes fixed on mine. “Of course my dad dying wasn’t a good thing, but...” “Something good came out of it?” “That’s it,” she nods.

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