Am I A Feminist?

I have never been able to label myself a ‘Feminist’. Yes, I said it and I’ll tell you why. Last night I apparently ended up in @chinmayisripaada ‘s Instagram. I remember I was once blocked by her in Twitter when the #MeToo allegations against Vairamuthu was spread all over Twitter and I voiced against her for…

Dr. Priyanka Reddy: Humanity Raped and Burnt To Death

The slogans that must be held to appreciate women are held to plead for justice. The list of lives lost in the most horrendous ways are lengthening, shattering hearts of families that bear the losses and the well-wishers who want a rape-free, peaceful and safe environment for all. The tears that now fall off our…

A Letter To My Old Self

Dear girl who had a clumsy past, I am hoping that we will never meet again and therefore writing this letter to talk to you, to confess, to thank you for the times you have been there for me when the whole world let me down. You and I are two different characters but have…

Sri Lanka: After The 2019 Presidential Election

The long-awaited election has finally come to an end and the Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya declared Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka. What happens next? The new president shall take oaths as the 7th Executive President of Sri Lanka tomorrow at the Sri…

Best Friends turned Strangers

I still remember the day we had our first conversation. I was this shy girl, you were a different kind of crazy. We had a silly chat in a social app that was not very famous and we were quite proud of it. It wasn’t even an hour completely when we pushed ourselves into the…

Cyber-bullying and Mental Health

“If you’re insulting people on the internet, you must be ugly on the inside.” ― Phil Lester Growing up, I experienced typical name-calling and spiteful comments. As a grown-up, I dealt with cases of virtual bullies. So, I believe it is necessary to create ample awareness among people about how deadly bullying and cyberbullying is…

Delicious Disasters by Isabella Louise Anderson – Review

When Tessa Markham’s bookstore gets bought out, she is forced to face an uncertain future. After her best friend challenges her to start baking, she accepts—even if the last time she baked wasn’t what she would call a delicious success. After a small kitchen fire, Tessa’s life begins to change. She finds encouragement from a…

Delicious Disasters: An Interview with Isabella Louise Anderson

Isabella Louise grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. Aside from writing, she focuses her time on featuring other authors on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with sharing book reviews. Isabella Louise is also a member of the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Dallas…

Dear Comrade

I know meeting you was by fate although I do not know what our destiny holds for us. Before we met, being a victim of ‘sexual harassment’ was a shame for me. Silent harassment was always something that disturbed my inner-peace since childhood. Sometimes when I close my eyes to sleep or the lights go…

Building Your Empowered Steps by L.M.Preston – Review

Sometimes, no matter how strong we think we may be in life we need a literal push or the most, just the right set of words to get us moving forward amidst a lot of chaos we undergo. Building Your Empowered Steps is your [perfect] guide and personal mentor in making your life into the…

The Henna Boutique – 100% Natural Henna Product

My only favourite game in love was to find the initial of my name in between the patterns of henna on her hands. – Vnayak. R. G The most important factor that adds extra colour and scent to any Asian function after the vibrant clothing, sandalwood, saffron, turmeric, flower garlands and girls themselves is the…

The Minimalist Babe by Lola R. Marie – Review

‘Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo Da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” The Minimalist Babe teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health, and great relationships.’ As a book juggler, I juggle between many books at a time…

three monostichs by Nuha Faiz

Originally posted on proletaria:
Oh! The destiny that stained palms could decide. ? … ? Little footsteps now turned into cicatrices. ? … ? Sad! How this globe squanders impeccable hearts. ? Bio: Nuha Faiz is from Kandy, Sri Lanka, a teacher by profession and an ardent writer. She is on the process of completing…

5 Books From My Bookshelf I Love

According to the 13 Types of Readers listed out by Sadie Trombetta in her article for Bustle; I am a Polygamist reader, re-reader, non-fiction lover, fiction and Adult YA addict, movie adaptation lover, an emotional reader and a physical book loyalist! As a book lover, I love recommending books and getting people to read the…

Memories From My First Umrah

My first Umrah trip was planned by my brother when I was going through the worst phase of my life. The procedures for the journey was done within very few days and the date was fixed. To perform an Umrah at least once in a lifetime is a dream for every Muslim as much as…

Stargazing With You

I’m connecting these stars to trace your deep brown eyes, those thick eyebrows, beard that you always keep neat and lips that put a smile on mine without you even having to try. The stars come together, this constellation seems familiar to them. In the dark purple sky I’m now catching you looking down on…

Ragging Must Be Stopped!

Certain South Asian movies exhibit scenes of senior students ragging the new-comers in various manners; some verbally abusive, some turning out physically harassing. The effect of ragging and its practice is not limited to movies alone or only the South Asian countries like India, but many Sri Lankan universities provide statistics of brutal ragging scenarios…

The MMDA of Sri Lanka – A Religious Perspective

The DailyMirror states that the Muslim women’s rights organizations around Sri Lanka had urged to implement necessary reforms to Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), by pointing out several issues which needed reforms in the Act. Such as; • Minimum age of marriage for all Muslims must be 18 without any exceptions. •Women should be eligible…

You Are Not Irreparably Broken

The last time I listened to these voices in my head, all I could hear was, ‘I want to die.’ I’ve written many suicide notes. I’ve held blades and glasses against my wrist but, have never been able to go further. The feeling of worthlessness, abandonment, and isolation changes the person we are and, consequently…

Shame, Guilt and The Thin Line In Between

‘A man’s past is not simply a dead history… it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.’ – Middlemarch, George Eliot You are in bed, counting sheep to kill insomnia. One sheep. Two sheep. …Ninety-nine And you are wide awake. Staring at the…

If You Can Relate To These Song Lyrics, We Are Sad Together

Eminem- When I’m Gone And when I’m gone, just carry on, don’t mourn, rejoice Every time you hear the sound of my voice, just know that I’m lookin’ down on you smilin’ and I didn’t feel a thing So, baby, don’t feel no pain, just smile back. 2 . Taylor Swift – Never Grow Up…

Body Shaming – An Asian Perspective

Your first thought could be ‘okay this is another useless article’, but hey just a pep talk. Hear me out. Wait, but what really is BODY SHAMING? For your information, Body-shaming could be described as an act where, people are being told they’re too skinny, too fat, too pale, too tall, too short, lanky, spotty,…

You’ll be mine, someday.

‘Will you marry me then?’ He remained silent. The hush leaving space for assumptions and calculations. ‘I take it for a “NO” then?’ He lengthened his silence. She loosened herself from his tight arms that held her around her waist and stood up from his lap. Her favorite place to stay. ‘I knew we will…

Eat Your Problems!

I told him I feel empty deep down even though I go about laughing and smiling around people and he said laughing, ‘Walk to the kitchen, eat something until you fill the emptiness’ and I smiled. I think that’s a part of growing up. When you can actually find solutions to your problems in the…

Real Men Don’t Cry

‘You know it’s okay to open up? Like, tell me what’s going on so I can help?’ ‘I am not a girl. I will be fine in seconds’, he said. And I refrained from forcing him ever since. It bothers me a lot sometimes, how my brother hides away his emotions inside his room. How…