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Fatima

She managed to escape in the very early morning. She walked the 50 kilometres that separated the house she had been living in for the past seven years and her parents’ home. When she arrived, she saw her brothers and…

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In a closet of dreams

Zehra rolled onto her side, looking at Kiran as if she was a secret worth her weight in gold. Zehra always looked at Kiran like she was treasure, but only when nobody else was watching. Kiran had enjoyed the excitement at first; the thrill hadn’t felt like a…

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Jamila

Her name is Jamila. It means beautiful in Arabic. She liked to walk along the boardwalk overlooking the sea. It had been her birthday on that day, three years ago. She was turning 17 years old, and Ibrahim had promised…

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To my future husband

To my future husband, You’re never going to read this. Not because I didn’t show this to you, but because you’ll just take it as a joke. Because a strong woman is a joke in your eyes. Before we get…

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Numb soul, dry eyes

One fine evening a grandfather sat with his grandchildren gathered around him. It was a routine evening which he was used to enjoying over the years, but for some reason he kept losing control; feeling unable to answer the children….

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A woman called Mother

It was a cold, dark night. All the girl could ever recall were some lost memories and broken images: images of her calm face, the sweetness in her voice and a real yet fake smile, soft touch of her hands…

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The Lonely Path

I gazed from the roof terrace at the sprawling green village fields, full of okra, aubergines and chillies. The stream meandered through like a serpent, flanked intermittently with long, golden reeds. The kikar and peepal trees soaked the unrelenting heat…

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A conversation with my eight year old self

I’ve talked about CII’s Women’s Protection Bill proposal with a lawyer, my mother, my aunt, and my friends. My friend wants to start a CII-themed cooking show, where ‘we’ll all wear burkas and lightly beat things, like eggs and batter.’…

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