Homesick in my Homeland

Homesick in my Homeland

When I step outside, the soles of my shoes noisily crunch upon scattered yellowing leaves; I pick one up and twirl it around and around, my eyes idly locating the point where green becomes yellow, life blurs into decay. However, these leaves are not fall leaves; in...
Spring Blooms

Spring Blooms

After what seemed like an unending winter, spring finally arrived at our doorstep, prettily packaged and presented. As I inhaled the fresh, invigorating spring air and heard the concert of enthusiastically performed birdsong, I absorbed the transformations in the...
Beneath a Starlit Sky

Beneath a Starlit Sky

In an early scene of the recently released Hindi film, Highway (dir: Imtiaz Ali), we find its heroine, Heera (Alia Bhatt) stumbling across cracked earth beneath a star-studded sky. She is trying to escape her abductors, who ironically, have allowed her the freedom...
Nourishing the Past

Nourishing the Past

I grew up and spent my early adult years in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, where there was a substantial Indian immigrant population; over there, it was almost akin to India … though not-quite India, as I like to think of it.  Apart from the matter of India...
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