Gilmore Girls, Growing Up and Getting Out

[This article was first written for and published on The Opinion Panel. This is just a snippet of the article.] As I write this, I’m a few short weeks away from turning 22, something I am both looking forward to and dreading, because it means getting another year older, but still not having accomplished everything…

Absolution / reckoning

[This is a snippet from a letter in the “Dear past me” section I wrote for Clitbait.]

22 things I learnt before turning 22

It’s one-thirty a.m. as I write this, on august 26, and it’s my birthday. I’m twenty-two today. It feels a little surreal and weird to have gotten here, not that I thought I wouldn’t make it to this age, this very moment per se, just that so much has happened. Everything that transpired over the…

Intangible

I am five days away from turning twenty-two and I feel like utter shit so I just need to write it out. It feels weird, being so close to a new age, a new year of life, with so many things having come together and fallen apart, the tears at the seams seeming so irreparable,…

What I am learning dating a white man

For years, whilst learning and unlearning so many truths and the history behind not just my culture and my people, about the impact Britain left behind on Bangladesh, once part of India with Pakistan, I, in all complete honesty, wasn’t a fan of white people as a whole. Individual white people, I liked of course….

On Bratz, Representation & Empowerment

Most of us grew up with Bratz as a major part of our childhood; falling in love with the glitz and glamour of their high school popularity, Bratz magazine, their passion for fashion, and above all their empowerment as girls with big dreams, leaving their mark on the world. This world of ferocious glamour held…

Reasons I Still Watch Grey’s Anatomy

The first time I started watching Grey’s Anatomy, it was 2017 and I binge watched it all, spending every minute of every day glued to my phone and laptop. I saw Meredith grow from being an intern to an attending to chief of general surgery; a scorned girlfriend to a wife to a mother and…

Introducing Me

It’s just gone midnight as I write this and I’ve just finished watching The Edge of Seventeen with my boyfriend, now starting Someone Great, and having realised I never actually properly introduced myself to you. I figure it’s time to do that, after all, I’ve been writing on here for a year now, and been…

4 Things I’m Grateful For This Week

Today, as it concludes yet another week in a global pandemic, I want to write about the four things I’m grateful for. It’s something I haven’t done before and I’m hoping to make this a weekly, or maybe a fortnightly, thing, as I believe it helps us to step away from the ghastly nightmare we’re…