On the silted shores of that Kashmiri lake from my childhood - my shoes slowly ruining in the slush of snow, mud and plum blossoms - I stood beside the houseboat we were staying in (which once hosted Henry Kissinger). That was the month Indira Gandhi was voted out and my whole family got stuck in India.Read More
Established in 1940 by two Sikh brothers as the India Tea House, it was renamed Pak Tea House after the partition. What was more significant than the small cups of sugary tea that were served, was that Pak Tea House signified freedom of thought and expression...Read More
It was just after Nagano was chosen for the winter olympics that I suddenly was Mr. Popular. Did I have a spare bedroom? Could I show people around? “Paul, let’s talk after the reunion.” I left before the introductions were even made. That was the end of my high school connections...Read More
I easily adapted to the parts of her culture that were were new to me; I ate squid for the first time out of her lunch box and nodded with interest when she introduced me to weird-looking creatures she loved — the first Pokemon!Read More
I had felt the presence of Jaini high in the mountains of Iran and in summer especially along the shores of the Caspian, but the djinn is a shapeshifter that passes by effortlessly -- unseen to the untrained eye...Read More
You must drain the water prior to adding the sachets of flavouring to the noodles. I met a guy who told me that he would add the flavouring to the noodles boiling in the water before draining the water. This is a crime. My ears bled. He has been removed from my life...Read More
But what if I had been born into a violent family? What if they hated women, especially independent ones like me? Would I accept my fate and suffer, just to appease the culture I was born into?Read More
Welcome to our latest theme!
We've been through a roller-coaster of bravery, fear, halal snack packs and ancient Pakistani tea houses over the last few weeks. It may sounds strange, but it was all part of the plan: this month, each writer's piece is inspired by an article that has been published with us before.
We are passionately curious about uncovering new links between us and we're confident our February discoveries won't disappoint.
We hope you enjoy our latest stories as much as we've loved writing them!
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai & Australia. Living in Melbourne)
Thin layers of soft juicy meat interlaced with melted cheese and coated with the holy trinity of sauces, our meal became a chemical reaction of magical proportions...