What is my Islam?

What is my Islam?

There is a certain sense of unspoken loneliness that I feel affects a lot of Muslims during the public reaction to incidences of terrorism in the West. Continue reading

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The DGAF Glasses

The DGAF Glasses

Illustrated by Maia Grecco. I wanted to look like Michael Caine when I picked out my first pair of glasses. They were a thick bookish pair that reminded me of his effortless cool in The Ipcress File. He played a dour and cerebral spy, the alternative to James Bond, and his glasses matched with his … Continue reading

Genes

Genes

Everywhere I go, if ever I meet one of my mother’s friends, I get the same thing. It’s usually some kind of derivative of “Wow! Do you ever look like your mom!” or “You’re just like a little Donna!” or “The resemblance is uncanny”. It’s never bothered me – I have grown used to it … Continue reading

Muted

Muted

When I was 5, I could speak 5 different languages. A Gujarati mother, Marathi father, and South-Indian neighbours whom I grew up around, on top of Hindi and English being spoken at school, turned me into quite the little polyglot. My parents used to have to bribe me to stop talking for even a minute, … Continue reading