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Featured Artwork: Upasana Agarwal Harami My 10-year old Urdu vocabulary didn’t include that word. I didn’t know what it meant.  Other than its root, haram: not allowed, wrong.  So I had figured the shrill woman who flung the word at me was insulting me.  But I didn’t care.  If me slapping her son for touching…

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Soft Hearts, Hard Anger

They were warned. They were warned of the ones whose smiles soothed the coldest hearts, whose laughter caused the darkest of rooms to alight with fire and song and dance. They were warned of the gleeful, soft souls. Of what became of them when they were pushed. And shoved. And cornered. For it is said…

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