A global market Walking around in grocery stores is something I enjoy more than I should. I like to stare at the produce, read expiry dates on dusty tins, take mental notes of ingredients. I was at a small shop that had grand visions: it … Continue reading Looking for the middle
At home I haven't paid much attention to the blog lately. I know the reason of course—the film magazine has colonized my mind. Between finding contributors and editing their work, I find that my words desert me, leaving behind the words and metaphors of other … Continue reading Some more bits and pieces
"Why you dressed for winter?" My friend was turning pinkish-red, exclaiming each time she checked the temperature on her phone. I was moist under my jeans, and still the same shade of brown. "The mall will be cold."
It has been a long time since I left behind Kuwait, that landscape of childhood years: witness to the ways in which I tormented my brother, a bidet that was not connected to the plumbing, a shelf held together with masking tape, a cot that … Continue reading Lost home
I learnt that today is World Refugee Day, because Facebook sent me a notification that said an event is happening near me. Food stalls! Performances! Emcees! I had been to this event last year. I tend to be over-enthusiastic about outdoor events. I feel determined … Continue reading Let me just rate that on Yelp
After a year of running into each other in the stairway, exchanging smiles in the laundry room, and mumbling pleasantries while lugging groceries, the Turkish man who lives across the corridor extended a dinner invitation. Not a problem at all, it will be fun, he … Continue reading Turkish delights
One book I really enjoyed in recent times was Evening Is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan. I was even a bit upset that it came to an end, maybe I had assumed the family in Big House would keep sharing its stories with me. … Continue reading The stories of people, the history of a nation