An Ode to Disneyland

A society constructed on artifice. If we collectively elevate the superficial and champion those people valued solely in terms of vanity and social standing, what remains tangible or real? The clones are carefully constructed personas, self-assured of their uniqueness. We learn to individualize the blank slate of an online presence, refining and buffing our narcissism,…

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Searching For Meaning

I was a self-absorbed child. Grasping for the steering wheel to follow my own route, disregarding others’ inclinations. The need to exert control over all aspects of my life was dizzying, and losing the reign was not an option. How could people treat themselves so lightly whilst doom mounted inside of me? I had always expected…

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Chained to the demon

A storm is brewing, conjuring a perpetual state of mourning which shows no sign of waning — something inside of me is rotten. The desolate core has expired and yet eludes understanding. Symptoms of tears appear in excess, gentle and lukewarm pearls they may appear, but remain futile — staining the glass skin and illuminating…

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Resplendent Glory

Hoist that flag up higher, stretching your pride as high up as the sky. A flag of a country repressed under a fist of colonial servitude. A boot stamping on the face of a native — forever. A bloodstained shade of red, dripping in blood, toil and a legacy of agitation. Restored glory, unsung bravery muffled…

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Homecoming, Again.

(Featured Image: Minaret overlooking our neighborhood) I only stayed for 2 weeks. I distinctly remember booking the tickets and breathing a sigh of relief because for once, I would not be spending the whole of my summer in Pakistan. Memories of past trips were stifling; the restless heat, disorienting pitch black nights and pervasive sense of melancholia.…

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Mountain out of a Molehill: The M&S Hijab Controversy

The recent Twitter furor in reaction to news of Marks & Spencer selling school hijabs.   Maajid Nawaz took to Twitter to argue that British high street retailer Marks & Spencer “facilitates medievalism” by selling hijabs under the “school uniform” category. But this suggests that Nawaz is aware of the exact circumstances surrounding young girls…

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the silent sufferings of time.

(Featured Image: ‘Me Too’ by Lauren Colin Mitchell)    for the women brave enough to speak of their past and memory of sexual abuse.    Invisible, a silver outline of a butterfly wing transient to the evaporation of time, but the feeling pesters. and perturbs her fibre well-being fades into malfunction   Violation, a simple transgression,…

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