Writing Desi Diaspora from Below

Meena Bazaar entrance in Dubai

Desi diaspora spaces are a chimera, near home aesthetically yet a foreignness to it, a transnational sphere which has an in between characteristic, a creole texture- where the pav bhaji from Kailash Parbat at Syed Alwi Lane in Singapore connects one to Colaba where the Sindhis set foot from Karachi after Partition.

Sindhis have a history as a dispersed polity from Kowloon to Bur Dubai to High Street Centre next to the Singaporean Parliament. We search for intimacy and love in our own terms, transnational spaces offer that succour.

The picture is from 2019, next to the Sindhi Community Centre in Bur Dubai.

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