A Lost Generation

The War That Left A Hole Behind Commemorations have sprouted all over the country to honour the fallen as the nation gears itself to remember history’s most disastrous conflict. In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, we have seen the sepia tones of November slashed with blood-soaked poppies. They have popped up on the […]

A War on the Outside and a War Within

An American Soldier’s Story of Vietnam 9,087,000 American soldiers fought in the Vietnam War (1955-1975), with a striking 25% of these total forces “in country” being draftees. In other words, men who did not ask to fight. 58,000 of those American soldiers died during this war compared to what we believe to be 2 million […]

Fireworks

I was on a vast, overcrowded field on New Year’s Eve surrounded by people cheering, enjoying and making the most out of that moment as the fireworks flew into the sky simultaneously like a bullet.  I sniffed the moist agricultural smell just before midnight and before the fireworks started to capture each individual’s attention. The […]

A Child of Diaspora*

What is home? A word I can’t define. We appreciate your struggles. Everything you’ve done for us, your sacrifices don’t go unnoticed. Leaving home, because it ‘would be good in the grand scheme of things’ Leaving home, because we’d definitely have a ‘better life’ Leaving home, so that we could get the best education. Right? […]

A Letter to Al-Aqsa Mosque*

My eyes fill when I think of you; you are a closet in my mind, in my heart. When people ask about you, I really don’t know how to summarise your bounty. How can I possibly explain the depths of your detailed intricate design, and years of history and battle? How can I possibly describe […]

Excerpts from a Book*

A friend mentioned ‘Can you believe Ramadan is in 3 months?’ Your heart sinks to the bottom of the sea remembering what you’ve been doing for the past 3 months. You are a woman of God, undeniably, the way you care for others. But you remember the guilt from last Ramadan when you were standing […]

The Marathon of Life: Lessons to be Learnt*

As pressure from the responsibilities around you begins to take its toll, you come to see that life essentially takes the form of a relentless marathon. An engineered atmosphere of competition that drains you. You run and run. And just when you think you’ve reached the chequered line, you’re told you have another round to […]

Epiphany*

My seven-year-old daughter and I were travelling in a taxi in Bombay. The heat felt like it was melting us to the bone and the traffic was pretty much stationary. The windows were rolled down all the way and my daughter was sitting on my lap fanning herself with a fan she had made from […]

Destiny and Drive go hand in hand*

And off he goes – in a flash! A man with a cold, senseless face suited head to toe with a firm grasp on his suitcase, making him appear empowered as he storms past the city streets. And here she is – a young woman asking strangers to take pictures of her as she poses […]