Does a faqir have a home? Isn't faqiri about giving up fixedness of homes, tearing out one's identity from narrow prisons of nations and nationalisms? Which side of the lines drawn in blood do I want to consider my homeland? Train journey from Dhaka to Chiitagong: view from train window March 1972 Abba said … Continue reading Landscapes of the Heart
A holiday in the hills of Himachal brings an opportunity to count the blessings of freedom Photos: Nighat Gandhi A matter of taste: One of the innumerable dhabas in Himachal Pradesh. My friend, my daughter and I catch the early morning bus from the Kandaghat stop to Chail (2,250m), a tiny hill-station 44 km southwest … Continue reading Tea, deodars and a radio show
In the words of its founder, Ani Sangmo, a nun from the Netherlands, “Thosamling means a place to listen and contemplate. Thosamling provides a home for Buddhist women who want to contemplate, do retreats, or study under the guidance of a qualified Tibetan Teacher. It is the first nunnery for International nuns and Buddhist women in India.”
Shabnam can feel her empty stomach twist and heave. She hugs the jar of eggs and looks fondly at the pale, tea-coloured eggs. Agitated, she walks over to the gate of the large, white house. “Baji, baji, gand hai?” she shouts in her hunger-sharpened voice and reaches up for the doorbell. Sunday morning. The houses … Continue reading Garbage
As a counseling psychologist, I often listen to harrowing stories. Three young girls aged 16-18 have confessed in the past month about their desire to commit suicide for different reasons. But underneath the surface differences in their stories is a depressing sameness. And these were just three girls who found the space and courage to … Continue reading Why is our culture so depressing for girls?
The struggle for the rights of Muslim women is also a search for ways and means to bring women from different cultures to work towards solutions to common problems. Islamic feminism, or the quest for Muslim women's rights within the framework of Islamic laws, should be seen as a starting point. It may enable … Continue reading In the shadow of inequality
As a writer, I have stopped gauging productivity in terms of number of words written per day. Making space for a passively active, spacious emptiness, and holding back the demands of the judgmental, utilitarian mind can lead to some of the most fortuitous turns in a writer's life. Nighat Gandhi The Encarta dictionary defines intuition … Continue reading The gift of intuition