OPINION| A GRACIOUS FAREWELL

I’ve been meaning to put this hitherto confusing, emotionally wounding mass of thoughts to paper/ tablet for a while now. So far, through all the varied attempts over the last 8 years, I’ve always choked on the words in my mind; cocooned in a kind of benumbing Writer’s Block if you will. So here iContinue reading “OPINION| A GRACIOUS FAREWELL”

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”

OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES

As the pandemic marches on, this is more true than ever. I have felt impelled to write this piece mostly because we have all now, as a planet, lived through almost 8 months of the Covid-19 blight. All 7 billion lives have, in some measure, been affected, afflicted or completely upended. And the sobering truthContinue reading “OPINION|THE BIG BANG OF SMALL KINDNESSES”

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”

FICTION|A TWILIGHT IN SERENDIB

Some character background to this piece is essential i feel, to give it that bit of relatable relevance. Felicia’s character is based on an old family friend who is as lovely as she is absolutely, delightfully eccentric. Donald Rajapakse is a more sinister inspiration, based on the character of a man whom i know nothingContinue reading “FICTION|A TWILIGHT IN SERENDIB”

MOVIE REVIEW| THE HUNT (2020)

GENRE: Action/ ThrillerCAST: Hillary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts and Ethan SupleeDIRECTOR: Craig ZobelPRODUCERS: Damon Lindelof, Jason Blum Straight up, it was like the grownup version of The Hunger Games. I call it “grownup” on account of the many shining personal examples portrayed by so many of the septuagenarian leaders ofContinue reading “MOVIE REVIEW| THE HUNT (2020)”

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”