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I know what you’re thinking. Haven't I vowed not to get on the Netflix ship ever again? Fine, I admit defeat. I'm back on the Netflix ship, raising my white flag as I'm helplessly swept away by the tempestuous sea of this TV series dubbed as the Turkish Game of Thrones - Diriliş: Ertuğrul (Resurrection: Ertuğrul). … Continue reading What’s So Cool About Ertuğrul?
"The enemy of creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath You know this feeling. This feeling of not-good-enoughness. A lack of self-confidence. Self-doubt, like how Plath puts it, fetters us from doing our art. The impostor syndrome. If you don't know what that is, it's basically when someone feels doubtful of their own capabilities and undeserving of … Continue reading The Impostor Syndrome and How I Try to Battle It
My dentist handed me a small, transparent packet with fragments of my wisdom tooth and blood. There you are, you nasty thing. The cause of my pain for the past two years. I stared at the repulsive sight and wondered if this was intended as a sacred memento; a congratulatory crowning of the beginning of … Continue reading Of Wisdom, Woes & Wonders: Tales of the Wisdom Tooth
i’m not a romantic. there, i’ve said it. i’ve never dreamt of a perfect wedding, crystal laced dresses, 10-tiered cakes in a dreamlike setting. i never believed in ‘the end’s and happy ever afters; only unwritten sequels to every final chapter. never liked princesses who needed saving from some prince, i never liked the idea … Continue reading The Unromantic Romantic
We know it's all mere fantasy when Hermione, in the Prisoner of Azkaban, attended two classes in two different places at one time. But who would've known it can be a reality. Now, we too can be simultaneously present in two worlds. We talk to real people offline while maintaining our availability online. Social media … Continue reading The Parallel Universe of Social Media
For a long while, I was struggling to understand the phenomenon of the turban hijab. I can somewhat understand its gain in popularity - fashion icons, celebrities, companies repackaging the 'traditional Muslim headgear' into something that's more 'modern', digestible and acceptable to the masses, but I cannot understand the prevalence of it in terms of it … Continue reading The Symbol of the “Modern” Muslim Women
There were many lessons gleaned from 2017 alone but I'll share one story which had taught me this lesson again and again: Allah is the best of planners; trust Him. “And it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. … Continue reading The Best of Planners
Recently, I am ashamed to admit that I have succumbed to Netflix. Yes, me, the girl who has probably told several friends that she will never sign up for one, just did. The pressure was immense. People around me were talking with such fervour about shows I have never watched that I thought, man, am … Continue reading Let’s Netflix and Kill (Time)
"I'm bored", whined a 10-year old. In less than a second the mother brandished a shiny new iPad from her handbag and shoved it under the child's nose; a beacon of entertainment available at the touch of her fingertips, the solution to boredom. As though boredom is a plague, and entertainment, the remedy. We are … Continue reading The Importance of Being Bored