Category: Music

No such thing as unpractical knowledge

It’s the first day of Ramadan and it’s the first time ever observed in a government-sanctioned coronavirus lockdown. Ramadan has always been a communal month for us Muslims, where we focus on praying jum’ah and doing more good and at the same time take part in joyous iftars together with family and friends, so I am slow […]

Ain’t no sunshine

As we are battling a crisis unprecedented in our times, 2020 — who really does not come to play — decided that it is also the year it was going to take Bill Withers away from us. I admitted I cried when I heard the news. I remember my dad, my person, who was a […]

Having to listen to EDM for three weeks

The other day I posted a picture of Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel book on Instagram, with the cover clearly visible. My friend E, the passionate Turkish Aries of whom I met during my year doing MA in London, who has the tendency to talk with her hands flailing and who blushes […]

We make determinations

Disregarding her privileges as a white, thin, blond, and beautiful woman with a net worth of almost 400 million dollars, there was a very specific — OK, several — scene(s) in Miss Americana where I could definitely relate to Taylor Swift. The whole growth from being accustomed to being known as the ‘nice girl’ who […]

The neverending drumbeat

I am currently having to jump through multiple administration hoops just in order to submit my thesis. In 2 weeks I will look back on this post and see that I have successfully submitted. Designer Frank Chimero — of whose writing, portfolio, and blog I have been diligently following since years — doesn’t always write. […]

The Happiness Machine

“In the Arabic word is wahashtini which means “I miss you” addressing a female. The city’s name is also female, and as I saw this hashtag on the old corniche on a day I was barely able to see the sea, I felt it was symbolic – almost as if it was a complaint from the citizens […]

An act of defiant grace

Came upon Stoop app for reading newsletters and was intrigued until I saw the bit that says “trusting an algorithm with deciding what you read is like trusting a nutritionist who gets paid based on how many chips you eat”. Uhm, no? If you want to use the nutritionist analogy, pretty soon you are going […]

Allegro con brio

I was never a musician, and was never trained as a musician. Which is why when I heard about the word allegro con brio today, which means ‘at a fast tempo, and with spirit’ (literally, ‘with brilliance’) my heart swells. It is not because it is a foreign word, although I have an affinity to […]

We are all a library

I have been hesitating for a bit, but finally got myself a copy of Normal People by Sally Rooney today. This was because almost all of the ‘so far’ lists (for examples this, this, this, this, this, and this) would have it in one of the upper levels of the charts. So naturally I got […]

Concerto for philodendron and pothos

It’s official. On top of my infamous role as a cat lady, I am also a plant lady. After various unpleasant experience with having succulents (they never lived!) and literally looking online using the keywords “indoor plants that communicate what they want”, I decided to get not one, not two, but three pothos. My home […]