VERSE|MARDANGI – My Patriarchal Burden

This is A sequel to my earlier verse “Ravaged”.This piece looks at the complicated nuances of nurture and upbringing, as opposed to the static all-out denunciation of the individual perpetrating familial rape. This piece of writing attempts to highlight the grotesque patriarachy which we have allowed to perpetuate and which has damaged generations of both,Continue reading “VERSE|MARDANGI – My Patriarchal Burden”

VERSE| CARPE DIEM

I sit here, encircled in my routine,My safety net spread around me like a bright yellow blanket.The sameness, the everydayness keeping it close, gently embracing.I’ve gulped down the first half of my mug of coffeeSo now I’m surrounded also, by a warm cloak of caffeine.I stretch inwardly with the languid requiescence of a just-fed, just-lovedContinue reading “VERSE| CARPE DIEM”

VERSE| RAVAGED

A tribute (brutal and raw so we don’t forget) to all those courageous girls who have been made victims of our ugly patriarchal social fabric, and who have stood up to their tormentors/ abusers and even their protectors to stop the obscenity. And to those brave, brave girls who continue to fight to survive anotherContinue reading “VERSE| RAVAGED”

VERSE|PARADISE EARTH

Another day breaks on Paradise island,Little glimmers of it coming through the gap at the top of the curtain railThat was a structural detail i hadn’t intended to but, quite presciently, overlooked when i was putting up my blackout drapes.Still in bed, from the play of light and shadow on my wall,i know whether it’sContinue reading “VERSE|PARADISE EARTH”

OPINION|LOVE ACTUALLY*

In the current chaos of the world, an international relations argument for why, especially now, we need Imran Khan at the helm of affairs in Pakistan “Yatha raja, thatha praja* – As the King, so are the People.” A sage old saying that has not had more relevance and resonance than in our current erratic,Continue reading “OPINION|LOVE ACTUALLY*”

OPINION|THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

The 110 million Shadow People of the Pakistani populace: its WOMEN. For to be fully alive and to be accepted as an individual in her own right, you would have to have control over your body and your life, and all movements/ shifts/ evolutions and inclinations thereof. And the Pakistani woman is the antithesis ofContinue reading “OPINION|THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM”

FICTION| SOILENT GREEN* – Part 1

COLOMBO; SRI LANKA: September 21st, 2021; 10pm: I breathed in deeply. I had to reduce my heart rate, get rid of all the disquieting thoughts ricocheting in my head and get my Calm back. I closed my eyes and focused on my chakras….each one visible, glowing, holding me safe…. There was a loud clamour fromContinue reading “FICTION| SOILENT GREEN* – Part 1”

POLITICAL FARCE|THE AGE OF STUPID – Part Deux

May 24th, 2021: The President Is Dead. It was not exactly a shock but it did put the Administration into a bit of a tailspin. DT’s* tenuous hold on his vitality and even his lucidity, had begun to loosen quite quickly after he won the 2020 election – through the electoral college loophole yet again,Continue reading “POLITICAL FARCE|THE AGE OF STUPID – Part Deux”

OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable

US Hegemony, Its Lingering Pakistan/ Afghanistan Embarrassment and Media Morality It was the early 80s. I still vividly remember as a child, standing on the side of the iconic Mall road in Murree (a mountain resort town situated about 30kms northeast of Islamabad in Punjab, Pakistan, and also home to a number of missionary boardingContinue reading “OPINION|In God we Trust…But Our Morals are Negotiable”

OPINION|Enter The Dragon!

Why another 4 years of a Trump administration will be the likely impetus for China to dominate the world As the 2020 US Presidential election looms largely ahead, I’m feeling increasingly ambivalent about the preferable outcome. Plain old gut-impelled common sense dictates that a Trump/ Pence-less administration is what the country is in dire needContinue reading “OPINION|Enter The Dragon!”