Category: DASTAAN-e-SUANH

Observing Ramzan for Four Years: Reflections of a Hindu-born Atheist Girl

I am an atheist, born to Hindu parents, and have been observing Ramzan for the last 4 years. This is my story. As a non-muslim, I was always curious to know what compels Muslims to undergo strict fasting for 30 days. Not even water? Of course, we have similar fasts in Hinduism, like Karwachauth, Chhatt,…
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The Diaspora- A Force of Positive Change

Children on foreign land, with nervous minds and curious hearts, With diverse neighbours, The utopia of differences, And vivid memories. In the world of fear and so much at stake, The children of the earth find love and care. They find uniqueness out and within, And, togetherness wins. With new cultures, homes, and deity, Surrounding…
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A Christmas Miracle

By Riddhima Poddar “Do you mind if I spend Christmas with you?” I asked someone who I had barely known for five minutes. What I didn’t know then, however, was that it would make all the difference. Certain events in our lives leave a lasting impression. They shape our understanding of the world, how we…
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“Back Home…”

By Mandeep Singh I came across Intizar Husain’s ‘Basti’ in my third and final year of graduation in English Literature. It was a part of the subject called Partition Literature. However, upon reading it, I found out that neither does it allude to one specific event nor does it confine to any specific time. It…
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Building a Home away from Home

By Riddhima Poddar The first week of February is observed as the World Interfaith Harmony Week across the globe. Its inception dates back to September 23rd, 2010, when H.M King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the idea at the Plenary Session of the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York. The draft resolution proposed…
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THE SONG OF THE COASTLINE: A Collection of Poems

  By Gauri Sinha Milan I witnessed a marriage, Of the sun with the sea, Those hues of fire smeared over the soft white linen, And words curling then hesitantly separating over gold and red, Don’t do justice to the scenic beauty that falls before my eyes, The lap of the sky wasn’t set ablaze, It…
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Pear

– Gauri Sinha I wasn’t peeking, I promise. It was 3 pm anyways, and as all the world lay drunk on mid-day lethargy, I set to alter something, anything in the 4×4 room that extended like a tumour from my kitchen.  There is a stillness at this time of the day, and our infatuation was…
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A COLLECTION OF POEMS IN TIMES OF TURMOIL

By Gauri Sinha Ming (name) Ming, name, Letters, romantic letters, Join in a union for the birth Of an identity, Breathing within the pronunciations,  the separation of your lips and each roll of your tongue releasing syllables, Into insecurity, are civilizations, dynasties, Aromas curling through the air, fertilized within  The womb of these words, A…
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Understanding Hearts and Minds

An Exploration into Some Female Madrasahs in Dhaka I shall be extremely blunt for once: in the contemporary world, violent extremism has risen at an alarming level. But more problematic with the rise of violent extremism is the miasma surrounding the phenomenon. Why does violent extremism feel appealing to people? Why do people engage in…
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Lovers

The moss sitting fat over rocks are spectators, To the love affair of the sea and the land Their romance houses itself in the clouds, It pours down on the imitation gems of the ocean,  It is the language of mirage and the dialect of hope, And oh! their celebratory nuptials, The sound of this…
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