The complications of teaching English as an inbetween American

Two weeks ago exactly, I embarked on a new adventure: teaching English. As an inbetween American and the daughter of immigrants whose education was influenced by their colonizer, I both love and detest the power language can signify. During the teaching orientation, I found myself speaking a LOT with the other teachers who learned British … Continue reading The complications of teaching English as an inbetween American

In time…

In time, you'll understand why parents say the things you do. You'll see the logic of the unknowns that govern their lives. Or you'll wrap your head around new ideas, beliefs, and myths. In time, you'll develop your voice. You'll listen to opinions that don't agree with yours. Or you'll be too stubborn to hear … Continue reading In time…

How did independence forget about similarity?

We have officially crossed into August 14 (if you go by Pakistan time)... Which is Independence Day in Pakistan! Celebrations today range in ferocity, effort, and beauty. Going to Pakistan to see family meant I was able to partake in some celebrations. But one of my dearest friends is Indian. In her country, Independence Day is celebrated … Continue reading How did independence forget about similarity?

It’s Eid! Let the feasting begin. But first…

If you haven't seen this video, please take a few minutes and watch. It's the best Ramadan video I've seen yet. As someone without a "mainstream" holiday in the United States, I have learned that my holiday is treated a bit differently. For instance, I have had multiple supervisors/teachers/professors/instructors refuse to make accommodations for my … Continue reading It’s Eid! Let the feasting begin. But first…

What else is a comparison but a let-down for ourselves?

On the metro this week, I caught myself looking at the women around me. One had gorgeous hair, the kind that is naturally thick without being annoying or triangle shaped. (Side note: Remember when Anne Hathaway had to have triangle shaped hair for this role?) One had J. Crew-esque features; a matching dress, delicate pearl necklace, … Continue reading What else is a comparison but a let-down for ourselves?

Trashy tv sometimes leads to good reflections.

Yesterday, I had the apartment to myself, which meant... Binge-watching The Royals, consuming everything in sight... and a dash of Sex and the City thrown in for good measure. As I watched a Sex and the City episode I have watched more times than there are days in a workweek, I reflected on why exactly this show resonated with … Continue reading Trashy tv sometimes leads to good reflections.

20-year olds, please get married when you’re ready to get married, not when you should.

As a South Asian American, I feel a bit predisposed to pressure. I know I should be a certain size, especially because the only people who look like me in film are a certain size. I know I should represent my family in a certain way, because my family either lives with me, or is just … Continue reading 20-year olds, please get married when you’re ready to get married, not when you should.