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We think ‘innovate’ and we think tech, shinny, advanced. I’ve spent so much of my adult life unlearning things I was taught as a young person that sometimes it feels like instead of progressing with the rest of the world, I’m constantly swirling in this same vortex. And I think it’s so important for us to educate each other especially women that innovation doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading 22/24

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To My Sister Whom I Don’t Hear It’s selfish I know. That lately I actually don’t let you speak. That before you finish, I start talking about some other insignificancy.   I don’t listen, you scream. That it’s not always about me, you scream. That I don’t understand you have things to get off your chest too, you scream.   There’s something I’ve never told … Continue reading 21/24

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There is no balance between grief and gratitude. No matter what they say about remaining thankful even in difficult times, I’ve found it is sheer impossible to practice any gratitude while your heart is breaking into infinite number of pieces. So let’s just stop kidding ourselves and let your grief consume you. Lie in your grief as long as you have to. Lie in that … Continue reading 20/24

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Friendship is so much harder than love. With love there are no questions. It’s just sheer acceptance of everything you are.   But friendship – it strips you. Layer after layer. It scoffs at your nervous inhibitions Laughs out loudly at your flaws Rolls it’s eyes at your trophies.   When it’s done peeling you all the way to your core It’ll gather you up … Continue reading 19/24

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I smile into your minty lips Breathe in your shampooed hair And wonder what if we had met in a time when there were no toothbrushes?   Look at us perched on plastic stools Little plates of fusion food costing more than my weekly grocery bill strewed in-between us Scrolling our gadgets setting meetings for week after. I wonder where would we have met then … Continue reading 17/24

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You in your Free Palestine t-shirt with your blue profile picture on Instagram   If I gave you an airplane ticket to Sudan would you get on?   You with your sealed lips and woke opinion comments on Facebook shares   If I asked you to gather people to get on a boat would you find 20 to sail in solidarity to West Papua?   … Continue reading 16/24

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Your tribe isn’t always the brotherhood, fun times and safe spaces.   Sometimes you are entwined to your tribe in a web of lies, buried secrets and dried blood.   Sometimes the very people you are repelled by, the ones you pray you never become like, want nothing to do with, are the only ones you have faith in.   To protect who you really … Continue reading 14/24

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You know you’re healing when the thought of spending a cool Saturday afternoon alone at your local tapas cafe over a jug of chilled Sangria dreaming of crossing icy borders again fills you with such warmth that your stiff toes curl out in abrupt laughter.   whereisshyamni@gmail.com Connect: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram  Continue reading 13/24