I have many audio memories from childhood. The 90’s Bollywood songs that mother played on the tape recorder, the morning beep of the milkman, the calling of the waste collector (‘kabaadi wala’) on weekends, the steep shrill of the balloon
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.