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Giving up smoking

I was so obsessed with smoking that I got this silly shirt custom made to pay homage to cigarettes. I used to smoke cigarettes. I had my first one at sixteen years of age, in a park with my Yugoslavian…

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Opinions

Five hundred blinded

While the world has been engrossed in the US elections and mourning Brexit, 500 Kashmiris in Indian administered Kashmir were blinded last summer. This is the modern world’s first mass blinding. Kashmir has become a sinister purgatory, where the Kashmiris’ sin,…

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Poetry

Seeds

I’m waiting I’m waiting for the weight of apology to be lifted from my tired shoulders All the scrutinising and criticising of how I look and how I do I’m waiting For the apology that is long overdue. Tell me…

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Afghan women in pursuit of justice

Last week we were shocked by the reports of an angry mob that attacked the police station in Nuristan and shot a couple that had eloped to marry without the consent of their families and communities. The family and community…

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The age of Trump: Day 44

Day 44 in the age of 45 – I imagine some of you are grateful for my long absence. I’m back, so apologies for the meanderings below. My silence was due to travel and closing Facebook for all those nonsensical…

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The age of Trump: Day 32

Day 32 in the Age of no.45 – I’ll be honest, a certain numbness is creeping in. Maybe it’s do with this perpetual sense of holding one’s breath, wondering what’s coming next. A little too little oxygen getting around my…

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Poetry

Dear Father

Dear Father I know to you I am your only Daughter But I am my own person now Father I know it’s hard to set me free But I am not in any ease I know my choices are not…

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Fiction

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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Opinions

Are you Muslim?

So many of us are nowadays faced with the question ‘Are you Muslim?’ This goes beyond trying to get a Visa. It is has, unfortunately, become a rather common question, and many people seem to have no qualms about asking…

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The West has failed refugees

Refugee: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. The definition above sounds simple enough. A refugee is someone who through no fault of their own has been forced…

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Poetry

Dear Muslimah

Dear Muslimah, I write to you a letter of benevolence, hoping it finds you in peace and makes you ponder. For we are made of the same mud, and perhaps even share the same blood. We have read the same…

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Poetry

I left

Because I understood at too young of an age that I should be ashamed of my body.   Because it was painfully clear that my brothers were of greater value than my sisters and I.   Because I was taught…

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Opinions

The South Asian quest for Arabness

Maybe you share the blood of a long-gone Mughal prince, a nawab or his obscure relative. Maybe you are distantly related to the Quraysh. Perhaps, tucked inside a wooden heirloom, left behind by dead relatives, lies the beard hair of the Paighambar. How did it…

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Purdah

In Pakistan, women’s visibility in public spheres and in the economy is still negligible. This is a problem that hampers our growth as a nation. No matter what concrete steps we take to encourage and empower women in the professional…

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The age of Trump: Day 24

Day 24 in the age of T. I’m conflicted tonight. I’d really like to just share this extraordinary story of two Americans who came to Iran decades ago and started two international schools. Mr. and Mrs Irvine who are celebrating…

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