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These posts explore what it’s like living as a Muslim in a society where this particular aspect of my identity is shredded apart and heavily misrepresented.
The key feature this blog concerns herself with is literature. I used to have a blog called “allthingswordy” where I posted content pretty much every other day on the topic of books. Lists on books, on my TBR, tags between all the members of the book blogging community, reviews, etc. I have established myself in the book blogosphere and I don’t intend to leave it.
I’m not a film buff. However considering that films infiltrate pop culture a lot quicker than books do I sometimes find it within myself to broadcast films that explore controversial themes, or I offer scathing reviews of current Hollywood movies (because sometimes I pay to watch them and then I regret funding such a racist and sexist industry).
One of the things blogging pretty much asks itself to be is a platform tracking one’s mental health. We often use blogs in order to rant, but primarily blogs are used to spread thoughts and feelings. The issue about mental health is that it’s not referred to unless you’re suffering from a mental illness. If it is referred to it’s wishy-washy: in our “hustle” culture we don’t have time for taking care of ourselves – self-care is an indulgence. These posts are here to defy that.
Posts on this blog to do with music usually means offering playlists of songs (mixes) or I take a few songs and breakdown how I feel about them. These posts are brilliant in times where I don’t want to say much but want to feel a lot.
Person of Colour
I am Bengali. My lineage is ambiguous and confusing but in current society one thing is glaringly obvious: I am not white. These posts specifically explore how to make sense of being a person of colour in a for-whites-only world. These posts are here to signal and make spaces for people of colour. And to explore whatever the hell that means.
We’re all broke. As students being broke is universal. However coming from a background of “brokeness” isn’t. The notion of having a “poor complex” is a bit weird, but I do think that I have one. It’s interesting to explore how this work can be exploited in the news and in literature for various different purposes.
I publish poems, excerpts from stories, etc on this. I also write posts reflecting on creative non-fiction.
Sometimes people want to write for me on the blog (after I’ve haggled them for a century to do precisely that). These posts are the “wild cards” on my blog, but for the most part I intend to publish posts here that explore and celebrate the ways in which they are different from the norm and what this means to them.