A heavy piece of paper

This came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and I have been sitting with thoughts and feelings about it since its arrival. I completed my PhD in 2020 during the pandemic and it has been filled with joy, excitement, relief, and sadness and grief. (I’ll write about the grief part of it inContinue reading “A heavy piece of paper”


“All you have to do is to write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway I have a tasbeeh at home that I use for meditation. Tasbeeh is a Muslim prayer bead and this one was a gift to my dad from one of his friends who brought itContinue reading “Gratitude”

A Note on Understanding

 “Unfortunately understanding doesn’t always connote sanction, conversion, or forgiveness.” Betty Smith, Tomorrow Will be Better That’s the problem, isn’t it? I have an argument with my loved one and I explain my position. I suspect that they would understand me after my explanation, and I want to be understood so badly. But in fact whatContinue reading “A Note on Understanding”

My Perfectionist Part

I have a big perfectionist inside me. My first spelling quiz ever in the first grade is a powerful memory. I had studied very hard and did very well. But I misspelled one word: butterfly. I received 19/20 and I wanted a perfect grade. I wanted a perfect grade so badly that I just criedContinue reading “My Perfectionist Part”

Old Man Winter

There is so much snow in my town. It has been snowing almost non-stop for the past several days. It is cold, windy and the wind is strong enough to move the snow so that it’s not landing uniformly. The wind leaves its footprint on the ground through the snow, creating lines. It is collectingContinue reading “Old Man Winter”

My Neighbour Totoro

I love Studio Ghibli films. The beautiful animations, the stories of the relationships between humans, their environment and a magical realm, and above all the beautiful friendships among female characters of these films are like chicken soup for my soul. I was introduced to these films by my sister, who while studying graphic design asContinue reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Science Fiction

When I told my partner that I had a writing assignment on something outside of my comfort zone, a huge grin appeared on his face. He doesn’t shy away from what makes him uncomfortable. That’s one of the things I love about him. His suggestion was to read a science fiction short story and writeContinue reading “Science Fiction”


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