At Night All Blood Is Black is a dichotomy between the act of morality and malice shaped by the humankind

David Diop’s novel was much more than a gut-wrenching war tale, recounting the harrowing ordeal and experiences of the protagonist. To me, the book gave a glimpse of the human condition and what one is capable of doing under distressed situations, when rationality and morality seem to appear just as shallow as war and death … Continue reading At Night All Blood Is Black is a dichotomy between the act of morality and malice shaped by the humankind

Stroke the artist in you

After a lot of YouTube tutorials and pocket full of inspiration, I pulled up my socks and decided to dabble in some watercolor art today. I assembled my paints, the tools, and the entire paraphernalia, and boy, the joy I felt in that moment. To fill up the blank space with cheerful colors, naïve brushstrokes, … Continue reading Stroke the artist in you

Sometimes all that is left of a place are beautiful memories. Taran N. Khan’s Shadow City is a revisit to her beloved land—Kabul.

To think of Kabul and of the culture, the people, the snow-capped mountains surrounding the brown, barren landscapes—the 3000-year old city has always felt familiar. This is a land that I have never visited, but in my mind’s eye, Kabul is vivid and intriguing. Faces of young men and women with flushed cheeks and bony … Continue reading Sometimes all that is left of a place are beautiful memories. Taran N. Khan’s Shadow City is a revisit to her beloved land—Kabul.

Ruskin Bond’s My Favourite Nature Stories teaches about little pleasures of life

Tiny flowers blossoming through the cracks of neighborhood walls; dandelions thriving in the wilderness; water streams, making their way to a distant lake, shaping the terrain and sculpting the rocks on its path; trail of fallen leaves on that morning mountain hike; and the warmth of the afternoon sun on a cold wintry day—don’t they … Continue reading Ruskin Bond’s My Favourite Nature Stories teaches about little pleasures of life

Expeditions and Explorations: An Atlas that can open many possibilities of life

On a balmy afternoon, while sifting through my beloved mahogany bookshelf, I came across an old edition of the Outlook Traveller magazine. I opened it, perhaps, out of my aching desire to hit the road, see the mountains and catch the waves again, or maybe I realized that we are somewhat stuck in a time … Continue reading Expeditions and Explorations: An Atlas that can open many possibilities of life