Balance.

Life is lived Somewhere between Saturation of quotidian micro violence And the dreams I seek Liberation in the thoughts In the emptyness of the dawn mind

Bayt and Belonging

I recently been having interesting conversations recently about the idea of Home for the second generation in the Gulf. We carry passports inherited from our parents and a place we grew up to knowing as home. The place however depends on us holding particular jobs linked to visas and thus makes the home experience complicated. … More Bayt and Belonging

The Migrant Plate

As a second generation Indian Citizen in the Gulf, with a substantial part of my life also lived in SE Asia, one tries to manufacture myths in the head such as Global Citizen, NRI, Passport Country, Migrant among a slew of vocabulary which one tries to mask the frailties of everyday experiences and also to … More The Migrant Plate

The Curious Case of Md. Mukul- Glass ceiling to Migrant Art in Singapore

I first met, Mukul- a well groomed, almost metrosexual Male very unlike a migrant construction worker at the Banglar Kantha- Dibashram way back in February 2015 at Rowell Road in the heart of a bustling artery in Little India (or Bangladesh) in Singapore. He used to be at that juncture a regular member of the … More The Curious Case of Md. Mukul- Glass ceiling to Migrant Art in Singapore

Pain.

Engage with the wound Running away, a balm In our bruises The self is built/revealed Pain crushes/transforms

Muharram in Dubai.

Hardly see serpentine lines in Dubai, but in this Muharram time, streams of faithful gush in to the Shia Masjid in Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai next to the place where i live. Year of Tolerance. UAE lives the ethos.

My Favourite Reads

My favourite books out of hundreds I have read since I started reading seriously after tenth grade, now at 33- these are three favourites: This Divided Island by Samanth Subramanian, Indonesia Etc by Elizabeth Pisani and Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri.

Paddling On.

Life is a checklist to stay afloat Gatekeepers, need to tick At every turn The balance is the misery Need to keep paddling Is however the default