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Shaista Tayabali

Shaista Tayabali is a poet and memoirist. Born in India, she now lives in England, but keeps in touch with the wider world through her blog Lupus in Flight

Tell it or hide it?

‘If you don’t define yourself, someone else will.’ That is the tagline on Nadir Nahdi’s Youtube channel, Beni. It makes me think. A lot. It sounds really good: an anthem for the ethnically diverse millennial. But it makes me wonder…

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They wanted us to forget her

They disappear the girls, But it’s the men who blur, for me.   Whose father, did what, when, With whose aid, why – I care less   About them. And only about you. You remain. You and your name  …

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Half Parsi. Half Muslim. Full woman.

‘Name?’ I say my name, in full. ‘Date of birth?’ I say my date of birth, in full. ‘Religion?’ ‘Half Parsi, half Muslim,’ I say. In full. She looks up at me. I am standing in the classroom, as each…

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