Unfair and Lovely: A Movement

Fair and Lovely — the highly sought after skin lightening cream sold in nearly every store and marketplace I visited as a child in my hometown of Bangalore. I often found myself examining the models featured on every product, positioned in order from lightest to darkest; the fairest-skinned model being the focal point of the image….

“What Will They Say About You?”

One of the most empowering things a woman can do for another woman is inspire her to come into herself and take charge of her own life; to find her passion and nurture it, regardless of what others may say or think. Having role models in women, especially when it comes to the fashion and…

Solidarity: Our Greatest Weapon

Election Night proved to be one of the hardest and most stressful nights of my life, with my anxiety skyrocketing as the results slowly pooled in. Restless, I couldn’t get a moment’s shut-eye and was scrolling endlessly through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, seeing nothing but bewildered reactions that matched my own to the horror…

Gandhi, The Problematic “Hero”

It comes as quite a shock when the man you grew up believing to be a “saint” actually had dark, twisted secrets that history neglects to accentuate. For the first seven years of my life, I grew up in Bangalore, India, and naturally, I was taught to blindly admire and respect one of India’s greatest…

Mental Health in Muslim Communities

Let’s speak about the unspoken for a moment. Isn’t it ironic how the Quran mentions battling trials and tribulations time and again, but so many of us fail to recognize that these hardships aren’t always transparent? That perhaps, pain exists on a much larger scale than we perceive — that it is not always physical?…

2016 Favorites

2016 may have been an awful year for most when it came to politics and celebrity culture, but all things considered, it had its perks in the areas of fashion and entertainment. It also marked significant milestones for me, personally — getting published on The Huffington Post, turning 18 years old, officially becoming a senior…

Me Before You: Book & Film Review

Title: Me Before You Author: Jojo Moyes Published by: The Penguin Group Genres: Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction In-Series/Stand Alone: In series, followed by the sequel titled “After You” Rating: ★★★★★ Intro:  “The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life — or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else’s life that you might as well have your face pressed…

“Finding Audrey” by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey Author: Sophie Kinsella Published by: Delacorte Press Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Comedy In-Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone Rating:★★★★☆ Intro: My dark glasses are on, my hands are jammed in the pockets of my hoodie, and I’ve pulled the hood up for extra protection. I haven’t raised my gaze from the pavement, but that’s OK. Most people…

She Is Everything.

She is a woman of God and stature, weaving through the cobblestone streets with her brightly colored scarf prominent amongst the crowd. Grace and humility cling to her like a luxurious fragrance, turning heads in silent awe. Her eyes are a mystery, fierce and determined. She is a rose among thorns, a beauty to behold. She…

Shipwrecked.

I had lain awake countless nights wondering why my heart felt numb. Why the four walls of my room suffocated me; why I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror too long without my stomach clenching and my throat tightening — pain that was impossible to swallow, pain I could not hide….

Rape Trivialization & Consent.

Disclaimer: If this issue is triggering to you, it’d be best if you stop reading now — the last thing I’d want to do is cause you pain or discomfort. If this issue makes you uncomfortable because it’s not talked about often, especially by someone younger, I’d strongly advise you to continue reading. Choosing to…

Language of Love.

A short story in the form of a letter, from a man reflecting on the love of his life . . . My dear, Not a day goes by that I don’t miss you with all my heart. Normalcy is taking some getting used to. I often find myself forgetting that you’re not here when I grasp the…