I once rented an apartment, that earlier belonged to someone else. Someone who loved lavender, as the walls of the living room indicated, Someone who liked the morning sun pour onto their bedroom sheets, While the window lay curtain less
Stories out of my reach. Too many, too soon. ∞ I chase them. In sleepy mornings. Or tireless afternoons. ∞ Holding a pen, I write ferociously. Thoughts that float like ideas. Beholden forever in my limbic. But lost in the
In search for the brightest one I used to believe in heavenly skies, with their stars and constellations, for me to gaze. I used to crave to sleep under their watchful eyes, as my grandmother would deck up the courtyard
Personal archive. Hong Kong.The whistling winds by my window, the smoothness of their ice. The greying of those structures around me, through the darkening of the skies. They speak to me freedom. Speak to me life. It is lonely, as my
There are demons. Hiding inside my wardrobe. Within layers of full legged jeans, jeering through its rips and tears. Gaping through the deeper necks and cuts of my shirts. Popping out from those sleeveless blouses, glaring those mini skirts. Quietly
It’s 11 am and I’m munching some banana muesli, thinking what to write. And I see through my room’s window, the view that I have always admired, looks right back at me. My room in my grad school accommodation, overlooks
I could not pick anything to write today. There were fleeting thoughts and restless memories, but nothing subtle enough to play 200 odd words around it. So instead, I’ll list down a potential to do write ups and meetings that
It is soft. Soft as the melody of a cuckoo’s song from the mango orchards in summer. Soft as the meshed earth after a sudden monsoon shower. Soft as the whispered delight of the ruffled leaves at nightfall. Soft as
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.