Bula, chums! Many people know me as either Nyan or Neha, but my real name is Shāfiya Mū. I’m an Indian-iTaukei (native Fijian), nonbinary individual who is also a neurodivergent Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist and Muslim. This is the page where I get to prattle awkwardly about myself! I figured it would be cool to put a face and eccentric personality to the person conjuring up words of random silliness, vulgarity, and occasional intelligence (if given the proper amount of milo) on this lovely blog known as BiblioNyan!
To be perfectly blunt, I never really know what to say in these sections, so if I seem like I’m blabbering randomly from one sentence to the next, I can promise you that that is precisely what’s going on.
Aside from being a passionate bibliophile and a crazed otaku, I’m very enthusiastic about the feline species. I’m a gleeful butler to four kitties, two dudes and two dudettes. I also have two cockatiels, Rani (the Mrs) and Raja (the Mr), whom I’ve had for over 21 years now! Apart from them, I have a wonderfully amazing human companion in my life who’s mysteriously known as Madame Gabs.
I’m an extremely awkward and introverted person that enjoys intellectual chit-chats about all the stuff that interests me. I am also a Trans Nonbinary person whose pronouns are They/Them/Their only. Please, don’t refer to me as a woman, girl, lady, etc., as that is harmful and completely incorrect (I was assigned female at birth and have a feminine appearance in photographs, which is currently in the process of becoming more androgynous as per my individual identity). I also like to be called Sir (I blame Battlestar Galactica). For example, my best friend calls me Sir Delinquent and my cousin calls me Sir Shrimpy (because I’m short; I throw plushies at him when he does this if he’s visiting me 😤).
What is BiblioNyan?
I created BiblioNyan at the end of 2016 as a humble book review blog dedicated to literature authored by marginalised writers, and since then it has grown into an awesome space for all sorts of nerdy shenanigans. While I still very much chat about bookish things here, I’ve also expanded to talk about anime and manga, particularly their cultural significance with relation to Japan and Japanese history, traditions, and social practises; the importance of self-care in our daily lives, what it is, and how one can implement it in their own day-to-day existences; the importance of understanding and respecting mental health illnesses and conditions, and how to manage living with certain said conditions; and the long and exhausting journeys of trying to become a published author and translator.
In addition to running this blog full-time, I also have a humble Bookstagram account where I chat about own-voices Japanese literature, most of which are translated titles. Other spaces that you can find me fanhumaning over things that bring me joy include Twitter. I tend to be a workaholic and enjoy staying relatively busy throughout the day whenever possible.
Beyond the Blogspace
When I’m not partaking in blogging theatrics, I am a student that is attending two universities for various things. My majors include Japanese Literature, Creative Writing, and Library Science. Additionally, I’m a collector of languages! Fiji Hindi and Urdu were my first languages with British English being my third. I have also learned a bit of Italian, and am currently studying Japanese (with JLPT certification aspirations). The next two languages I want to try my hand at include Arabic and Spanish.
Beyond blogging and schooling, I work very diligently at crafting stories with the hopes of becoming a published author one day! That is my ultimate dream in my little, itty-bitty life.
Outside of all these things, my private life revolves entirely around my four kitties, my platonic partner in crime, video and table-top gaming, and racing. Oh! Also napping. Napping is one of the greatest pleasures of life and, unfortunately, I don’t get to do it often enough! The fuel that keeps me going is highly caffeinated herbal teas, masala chai, and Fijian mithai (sweets). And milo. Milo is the essence of life.
I hope you enjoy your visit here at BiblioNyan. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to drop them via Inquiries, my e-mail here [biblionyan at gmail dot com (email@example.com)] or you may contact me via Twitter. If your questions are related to review requests, check out my Book Review Policies page as some of your potential questions may be answered there.