Say His Name: Elijah Al-Amin

By now, I’m sure you all have heard of, and hopefully not forgotten, the tragic story of Elijah Al-Amin, the young Arizona boy killed on Independence Day because of his decision to play a certain genre of music. A man slit the throat of the 17-year-old because of the “threatening” music. The accused threat? Rap…

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When She Forgets

Today I visited my Aji; that’s what I grew up calling my father’s mother. I asked her if she knew my name and who I was. This had become a regular, albeit woeful, game my family played with her. She was diagnosed with dementia a few years back and ever since I’ve stood by; complacently…

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Young Girls and the Trap of “Somewhat” Rights

Do you ever notice how menstrual sanitary equipment is to be kept out of sight at all times but when you ask your brothers to clean their pubic hair off the toilet seat they tell you shut up and your mum says it’s natural, they’re boys? Do you ever want to tear your own eyes…

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Kama Sutra, Sunny Leone & The Politics of Sex

“I think there is risk in every form of self expression. You are putting yourself out for the world to judge.” –Sunny Leone Because how else do we approach the topic of sex-positivity without quoting India’s most celebrated porn star, Sunny Leone? So let’s get into it. Let’s talk S-E-X — the forbidden three-letter word…

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The Dangerous New World of Social Media Police: Freedom — Terms and Conditions Applied

The argument is often made that social media is a harbinger of freedom of expression into the 21st century — but is it really free? This is not to implicate the online troll armies that will threaten rape and plunder if the illegal occupation of a regime they support is questioned. There is something that…

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FWD: Lament the micro aggressions

Some of my colleagues and I received an e-mail from the Diversity and Inclusion committee at my workplace, also my alma mater, titled “FWD: Policy on micro aggressions”, asking for feedback. I read the few pages, and all the micro aggressions my family, my friends, and myself have been subject to (and we too may…

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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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From the Annals of Privilege

You’re a student with no talents — the one that doesn’t know how to sing, or play the piano, or ice-skate. You can’t debate because your arguments don’t come out the way they sound in your head. The only thing about you that sometimes peaks are your grades. You want to be athletic and confident…

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The Big Chop: A Spiritual Transition

My cousin’s graduation party was in a few hours. I needed to get dressed, and I needed to do my makeup. But, I had just finished washing my hair, and doing it was, of course, the top priority. I stood in front of the bathroom mirror wrapped in a towel and looked at myself. My…

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