Since the last two days, it’s been raining in Karachi. It’s a certain kind - rarely soft, and mostly loud. It brings with itself thunder and lightning, slams down onto the metal roofs, crashes its way into houses that are too weak to resist the constant downpour. A day ago, my family – all four … Continue reading A diary entry: rain and clichés
Religion Used to drive a wedge between two good friends - Not the usual story But now made a commonplace, bitter rivalry - Nights Peaceful as they were, turned into chances for war. Never did this happen Now there was no peace - strange times. - Ram Turned into a violent man, no longer your … Continue reading 1947
Crossing borders, we try to see, the many contradictions – two or three, they are not. They are many. for the world is full of humans, all unique. You try to see each one, as an Indian, a Pakistani. a Clever, a Meek. But I tell you, don’t group them, as nations. Borders don’t count, … Continue reading Borders
Last night, there were some resounding gunshots as I lay down to sleep. I grew anxious but after they stopped, my anxiety died down, realising that they must have been fired at a wedding celebration. It was this dying anxiety and my own indifference which made me think of so many what ifs. What if … Continue reading What if…
The past few months have been monumental when I look back on them. It is perhaps because realisation comes in so unexpectedly. They were those in which I took a step forward, decided what my life was going to be about. I always thought I'd done that in my second year of A Levels, I … Continue reading A Leap of Faith
Home is your birthplace, they said. It's that one, I said - the one across the border - we share the same fields, don't we? the same stretch of tar, don't we? the same breeze every evening, don't we? It's your enemy, they said. But I can't help, I said. I have to turn my … Continue reading Immigrant
Here is an article by Zuha Siddiqui. She has beautifully expressed how families with relatives across the border face problems to reunite with them, even if for a few days. Am I Pakistani, or am I Indian?.