"You can't understand Punjabi?!" Rishma* said, mouth open in a grin stuck on pause that evolved into rolling laughter of disbelief. "No," I smiled, clenching my fists that lulled by my sides to prevent them from instinctively floating up and punching her in the jaw. It was a question I had to confront more and … Continue reading On Being a Non-Bilingual Brown Person
I have suffered with mental health issues for as long as I can remember. Even in primary school, I just found life too overwhelming. What I didn’t consider though was that my diet and lifestyle didn’t help - I bunked every P.E class and I lived on fried chicken, ramen noodles, frozen food and concentrated … Continue reading Exercise saved my mental health
I think it’s pretty safe to say at this stage that hatred of Muslims is brewing into something that can no longer be halted; there’s no other option now – it is going to get worse before it gets better. These days Muslims are penalised by somebody every time we make ourselves visible within society … Continue reading Can I celebrate Christmas as a Muslim?
It was the dead of the night, and Maria was dead to the world. Her legs sunk into the mattress, the weight lifted away, her mind finally tranquil when the first pebble hit her bedroom window. The cul-de-sac she lived on was quiet; a safe space away from the city, the throng of trees a … Continue reading He Came In The Dead Of The Night
The first time I fell in love, I thought it would be forever. We had kids names planned and I had our futures mapped out in my mind. He was the first man to meet my parents – in all my twenties so far, I haven’t met another man worthy of the honour. But it … Continue reading My First Love Broke Me
Whether it’s a glass of bubbly or a slab of cake, I’m yet to befriend a human who doesn’t have some sort of coping mechanism to get them through this thing called life. One of my vices is the Horror genre - it’s the perfect form of escapism. Around three years ago, I had a … Continue reading How Horror Helped My Anxiety
So much reading material is available on the formation of Pakistan that it’s hard for someone as clueless as me to decipher what’s true anymore. But there is one tale that seems quite indisputable - that for almost 1000 years different religious groups co-existed here in harmony, as a family, embracing one another’s traditions. People … Continue reading Partition, 70 years on