Iftari Sharers

A small group of friends, the oldest of whom is only a second year college student, was seen handing dates and juice to strangers driving by at a traffic signal in Islamabad, Pakistan. This happened during Iftar time, which is when fasting Muslims open their fasts during Ramadan. Huzaifa, a first year college student, was…

At the Tandoor

The raindrops softly strike your hood. Drip. Drop. Drip. Your shoes soak as they splash in puddles. The water jumps out and falls back on to the ground; the sound of its collision hidden through unison with the sounds of all the other raindrops. Through your foggy breath you see that avenue of light, the…

Climb to a valley

The light enters softly through the curtains and falls on your face. You open your eyelids and let some of it in and it transforms your face into a warm, tranquil smile. You throw the comforter off your chest and sit up, stretching your arms and warping your face into a million different shapes to…

Dhabba

Chai simmers in a rusty saucepan; cardamom and cloves bobbing around the brown liquid. Parathas twirl around, floating on ghee in their large frying pan. A meaty hand suddenly picks up the saucepan and forces the chai through a blackened sieve and into a wet cup taken fresh from a bucket of soapy water, releasing…

About the Park

The morning dew tickles your calves, falling on and off as you pull your legs forward. The morning air envelopes you with a sense of complete tranquility. No movement, no sounds, no dust, all calm and naturally fragrant. The road next to you is completely empty, but you prefer the grassy path. As do the…