MY HEART IS BREAKING

I think this may be my final post to this blog. I have arrived back in the place from which I set out – Leeds, another home. I have cried every day since being back (four days). I did not expect my heart to break like this, but alas, I guess that is the price…

AN ODE TO THE TRAFFIC

It bears writing a final note on the traffic since it has been one of the standout features of Lahore, perhaps one of the things I will miss most, oddly. I love the normal rickshaws, obviously, but the 10-rupees are my favourite – sitting in the road, seatbeltless, part of everything, swallowing the dusty air….

TRANSGRESSIVE LOVE

i believe all love has the potential to be transgressive. i’ve been thinking about how if LGBTQ relationships can be normative (eg conform to mainstream ideas of gender, partnership, capitalist consumption, domesticity, legality, marriage etc) then in the same way surely heteronormative or non-romantic/non-sexual relationships can be non-normative in many cases (non-normative as in transgressing…

RE: LOVING WORDLESSLY

twelve days since I massaged massi’s legs and we said we loved eachother, we now sit in reverse: my naked calves in her naked hands i laugh-ask her if she thinks i need a pedicure – knowing the answer – knowing the love. she says, you’re beautiful in Punjabi that sounds fiercely honest that breaks my…

“YOU SHOULD GET A PEDICURE”

[nani]: she got bitten loads on her ankles (pointing to my ankles) [the unexpected neighbour]: … you should get a pedicure (to me) [me]: … ha… yeah… I guess that’s not really my vibe (or roughly, in Punjabi) [the unexpected neighbour]: (makes shocked face that looks simultaneously aghast and deeply hurt) [me]: (tries to laugh…)…

DRESSING LIKE EVERYTHING BUT A ‘GIRL’

nani says i dress like a buddi (old woman), they call me buddi jaan sometimes and berate me for not wearing more youthful (colourful? vibrant? accessorised?) outfits. massi says i look pindi (from the village) because i wear my dupatta more like her, here, than a hijab like i do at home. they both say i wear my shalwar like…

ON GENEROSITY

  There are big trees here. Some look big enough to shelter hundreds of people at once. I’ve been told these are banyan trees. They suddenly vindicate my Nana’s recollection of a tree that could shelter his entire village. These trees are bountiful, life-giving and life-saving; they are beautiful. Something about them and what they…

RE: LOVING WORDLESSLY

her naked calves in my naked hands she looks to the window and says i’m so happy you came here – or thereabouts – the shy offering urges me to take the plunge and the plunge feels more like floating so i reach into it squeezing the flesh of her right lower leg i say, i…

MASJID WAZIR KHAN

a still oasis in the middle of bustle my eyes could not eat it all up at once – perhaps one of Lahore’s most beautiful sights.

WHICH CAME FIRST?

which came first? harehills or pakistan? which is the reference to the other when you’re diaspora and fruit stalls in Lahore remind you of Leeds reminding you of unremembered villages in an unremembered Punjab…?