Naheed grew up speaking two languages, balancing life lived on the edge of two cultures, and, happily, two cuisines—tandoori chicken and hot dogs, grilled side by side on the 4th of July. She got on a plane for the first time at two months, in Chicago, IL, where she was born, and have been travelling ever since. Naheed grew up in San Francisco, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, and attended boarding school in London, England where she was voted “most likely to lead a literary revolution” due to my ability to get away with reading comic books in class. She has hiked across the Alps, road-tripped through Mexico, swum with barracudas in the Red Sea, taken a train across the Soviet Union, floated down the Nile, eaten gumbo in New Orleans and sat in contemplation at the Taj Mahal. Somewhere along the way she attended UC Berkeley and Columbia University, while pursuing her passion for writing. She has landed back home in San Francisco where she lives with her husband, a professor of political science, her son, and a cat who owns them.
Naheed has authored several books including Shooting Kabul which has been adapted to a theater production by Kim Hines.