I invited myself along…

To a book challenge Word Wonders put up. If you are in need of some new reading material, look no further! How many books is too many books in a book series? I’m conflicted about this. When I was little, I DEVOURED the Thoroughbred, Boxcar Children, Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew series…As long … Continue reading I invited myself along…

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How Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud’s Failures Led to Multimillion-Dollar Success (originally posted on Brown Girl Magazine)

---In hono(u)r of the Independence Days of Pakistan and India, I wanted to share the following post I wrote for Brown Girl Magazine--- We all remember the day we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. In first-generation South Asian households, the responses are often predictable: doctor, engineer or lawyer. Your parents … Continue reading How Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud’s Failures Led to Multimillion-Dollar Success (originally posted on Brown Girl Magazine)

The complications of teaching English as an inbetween American

Two weeks ago exactly, I embarked on a new adventure: teaching English. I'm an inbetween American. I have the privilege of being the daughter of immigrants whose education was influenced by their colonizer, and so - I both love and detest the power language can signify to another country. During orientation before we began teaching, I found myself … 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?

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 am the lucky recipient of #SouthAsianimmigrantparentguilt. There are rules about the size I should wear (this is especially unfair because the only people who look like me in film are a certain size). My family will be reflected by whatever I do. Because my family either lives with me, or … Continue reading 20-year olds, please get married when you’re ready to get married, not when you should.

‘But How Do You Really Say Your Name?’: The Classic Desi Struggle (published on Brown Girl Magazine)

It’s the first day of school, and you’ve come to the dreaded moment. If your name isn’t Mike or Sarah, you know what’s in store for you. Can we just skip this part, and start the class? “Is there a, hold on a second, is there a — wait, I can’t pronounce this name. Is … Continue reading ‘But How Do You Really Say Your Name?’: The Classic Desi Struggle (published on Brown Girl Magazine)