I am sitting by the window at a quiet-zone carriage, whooshed in a metal cabin from Copenhagen to Stockholm, making my return to this beautiful city after a fascinating weekend at the vibrant Danish capital. As I'm typing this post, I'm reflecting on my eventful Scandinavian summer thus far. We have only a few days left … Continue reading A Thought: Does Absolute Freedom Exist?
I have been struggling to write about this for a long while now. Perhaps because for a long time I wasn’t ready to share my honest thoughts. Lately though, after bouts of contemplation as Ramadan rolls around, I figured I should share my rumination on this experience with hopes of reaching out to anyone facing … Continue reading This is How We Broke Up
The word Ramadan comes from the word ramad, which means 'extreme, burning heat'. This year as we enter the month of Ramadan, a month of extreme heat and difficulty, I see it aptly manifest in both ways - metaphorically, where we burn our sins through our fast and race towards good deeds, and literally, at my workplace, where … Continue reading Coolness in the Heat
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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