Motichoor laddoos and dissent Waking up to fresh rain and rumbling windows as the thunder cracked through the clouds. Eyes winking open to the grey skies, gently nudging to one’s senses that it was past 6.30 am. The gurgling rush of
The length of my hair A day prior to Eid is always chaotic at home. Every painting on the walls is readjusted, while high school medallions are wiped as new. The kitchen is never quiet — pressure cooker whistles while boiling milk
At some point in our lives, most of us have dealt with anxiety, or simply put – the hesitation in interacting with a group of people. These could be situations at work, in social circles or even within families that
“What time will you be free tonight,” asked Dad one day last month. “Sometime around 7 pm,” I promptly responded. Few minutes later, I check his WhatsApp window -Typing..stopped. Typing..stopped. Typing..stopped. The fourth time Dad began typing, my heart started
Childhood lessons in the casteism of perfection Google images“Mariyam has scars on every corner of her face. Count, and tell us how many are there?.. How did you get that scar at the bridge of your nose?.. Oh god, your
My journey from being an atheist to a believer “I don’t know how to revel in happiness. In success. I get too scared thinking, what if things turn around bad tomorrow,” said a friend over a call last week. We
Being a woman. Being single. Being Indian. Personal image. Shot in Hong Kong.“So how was your trip to Singapore?”, asked the attending nurse to me as she prepared to administer the weekly round of chemo to my Dad. “It went well
Anger management Image credit — Google Images/apexcounselling.org“They’re ruined!,” Dad muttered as he rushed to turn off the gas stove in the kitchen. The pressure cooker on top of it was steaming noiselessly. I quickly placed the cooker under a tap of water
A journalist by training, Mariyam Haider is a writer and performance poet in Singapore.
She is the researcher of the book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age written by James Crabtree.
Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Livemint, Feminism In India, New Asian Writing and Kitaab.