CULTURE, EMPOWERMENT, LITERATURE

A Coming (of) Age

Featured Illustration: Raúl Gil At the beginning of the year, I read Fatima Farheen Mirza’s essay, Boxing. Mirza had taken an instant and unquestioned leap into my list of favorite authors after I read her book A Place For Us, a story that I keep coming back to in bits and snippets, and even though it has […]

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CULTURE, FEMINISM, POETRY & PROSE

Eponym/Legacy

Featured Artwork: ‘The Prophet’s Daughters’, a series by Gheorghe Virtosu Sometimes people don’t recognize my name They hear it and say it’s unique It’s an old Arabic name, I tell them What does it mean, they ask I tell them I’m not sure, as far as I know it doesn’t mean anything And then after […]

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CULTURE, EMPOWERMENT, POETRY & PROSE

Side Effects

Featured Image: Hanifa Abdul Hameed Over the sewing machine Among the steady hum  Of the needle gliding into the fabric I hear  ‘Ladkiyon ko zyaada nahi parhaana chahiye Unki soch badal jaati hai. Ladkiyaan zyaada parh leti hain Toh bahu banna bhool jati hain.’   Girls shouldn’t study too much Their way of thinking changes […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE

Seasonal Poetry

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed I am told Europe is beautiful in the summer Indian summers try their best to melt you to the ground. How shall I compare thy summer’s day to mine? Our flowers are scorched under the sun The same sun that shines so benevolently on you This same flower that smiles […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE

You Are.

Featured Illustration: Sebastian Biggeri You’d rather plant roots Than search for them What are trees made of Whatever you cannot deny  Is it the immigrant experience Or just experience  Do I trivialize it by wondering if it’s just another way to soul-search This is a process You are the process Henna like lace over your […]

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CULTURE, FEMINISM, OPINION

Bride or Die

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed A wedding is supposedly the happiest event in a household, and in Indian households, we like to go all-out. When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the idea of being a bride — beautiful, elegant, the center of attention, the most important person in the room. All […]

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CULTURE, POETRY & PROSE, POLITICS

Vijay Chowk

The air is calm  The buildings beautiful The domes catch the light Of the dying sunset And if we were to walk up the hill The roads are wide enough To take us all there We can walk together We can see democracy on the horizon The gate that we made  To remind us That […]

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LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH

The Beginner’s Guide to Listening

Featured Illustration: Ruby Jones In this pandemic, many of us have had only ourselves for company. We come to terms with many important things when this happens. Taking the time to really get to know a person, ourselves included, is something that we should all do with interest and sincerity. There is even more to […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE

Languages of Change

Featured Illustration: Sage Barnes This is the summer We blossomed into being We stepped inside of ourselves Into the discomfort Of our own minds Of our shared spaces That shape our lives We learned to make choices For healing (us) For nurturing (us) For surviving.  All the people inside of us Meet us more often […]

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