Facts of Life: Reflections on Ignorance and Intelligence is the result of Rehana Shamsi's observations, experiences, and relationship to her former society. Many of the poems bring to the forefront the emotional and psychological trauma caused by men's traditional dominance over women in majority of South Asian households. Women's constant struggle to overcome suppression is a major theme covered in this collection of poetry.
In addition, Shamsi showcases her perspective on life in general. Through her captivating and incisive style, she explores joys and sorrows, challenges and choices, and ignorance and intelligence.