Editor’s Letter: Mental Health

by Diana Rahim It’s hard being a person. Nobody truly tells you this, nor are we really encouraged to look into this fact deeply. As a society, we are uncomfortable with confronting sadness and despair, and would rather concentrate on a superficial, easy-to-understand pursuit of happiness. We are taught to meet our basic material needs,…

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Editor’s Letter: Marriage

by Diana Rahim _ My mum loves to point out the actor Khairudin Saharom every time he appears on TV. Each time she’ll not-so-subtly say something like “Isn’t he handsome? And he’s smart too, you know…” She even found his Instagram account and suggested that I follow him and leave a comment on a picture…

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Editor’s Letter: Filial Piety

by Diana Rahim Thinking about the topic of filial piety and all that it connotes, my mind had gone immediately to a poem by Kahlil Gibran called “On Children.” It was one of those unforgettable poems that struck an essential point of contention in parent-children relationships, the rawest nerve. The one that told parents that…

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Editor’s Letter: Love & Relationships

by Diana Rahim How does one even begin to talk about love? It’s almost unthinkable. It’s like asking one to talk about a topic as fraught and as nebulous as “consciousness.” I am not sure I am exaggerating. I struggled for a while about how to introduce this topic, how to write this letter. But…

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Editor’s Letter: Monolithic

by Diana Rahim It is not surprising that the term ‘Monolithic’ can have negative connotations. It brings to mind an understanding that is reductive, and absolute. A sweeping, generalised way of perceiving a reality that is much more complex and nuanced. Not all Muslims are Arabs after all, or even from the same denomination, or…

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Editor’s Letter: Microaggressions

I can’t remember when was the last time I heard a racial or gendered slur or was told that the religion I grew up with is a cesspit full of terrorists. All of these things have happened, but somehow I was able to let them go and move on. I mean, whatever right? Can’t dwell…

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