She said, ‘It’s intoxicating to be around someone so alive.’
2017 In January my books arrive and after nearly 4 years without my novel I suddenly have books to sell again and I feel like I’ve started the year with the knowledge that I can Make Things Happen and it fills me with an optimism I’ve abandoned these past few […]
Once there was a moment when we didn’t say anything. We kept looking away. And I didn’t know what to say. And yet everything was said. The important things anyway. The important things always find a way to be said. Somehow. And then I went away. I walked to my […]
At this year’s Writing for Liberty Conference in Cape Town, renowned journalist and poet Antjie Krog gave a keynote speech that helped me with so many questions I’ve been grappling with when it comes to writing, identity and how to navigate the space of how to write the other. What […]
You sold me down the river.
I keep replaying the moments above Bhatpura in my head. The promises we made. Kids shouting. Setting sun between trees. Names carved in stone. A fistful of chinar leaves in the air.
On the morning Of, I went outside with the thick utility scissors and above the bin outside the backdoor (where, on winter nights in the dim yellow light I remember another moment), I cut up the last memory I have. The rubber is tiny and stiff and I struggle and […]
This story on the success of a Muslim minority in South Africa was originally published at the Huffington Post South Africa here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/04/09/south-africas-untold-success-story-a-christians-nations-peac_a_22032852/ Religion, the one thing that has divided the rest of the world so starkly, has not done so here. This has perhaps been one of the most […]
This piece on the hurdles South Africans face when married to foreigners was originally published in Huffington Post South Africa here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/02/13/for-south-africans-married-to-foreigners-there-are-more-than-th_a_21713128/ “I never thought I would marry a foreigner, let alone live in a different country,” Sarona Reddy a 34-year-old law graduate from Durban, tells me over Skype from […]
My piece on skin lightening on South Africa’s Indian community for the Huffington Post. Originally published here http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/2017/01/25/for-south-african-indians-love-isnt-colour-blind_a_21655793/ When I was little, an aunt pulled me aside to give me some marriage advice. She told me to find a man so fair that when he stood next to a white […]