A Breakdown of Winter

[Maybe listen to Wikan's wonderful playlist while you're here.] "So, after a semester, did you feel like you've grown, Afu?" Was a question from my good/amazing Bangladeshi-American friend that caught me off-guard during our small-group dinner a couple weeks ago. My instinct—which I followed—was to answer yes. But when he continued with, "In what ways?", I had to think it through. Indeed, when… Continue reading A Breakdown of Winter

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On Marrying Your Black Swan

[Captured by Ben Laksana, July 23rd, 2016.] Nobody thought I would've tied the knot at age 24—yours truly didn't either. It seemed too early, rather rushed, and surprising. But as Nassim Taleb points out in The Black Swan, regardless how much we'd like to suppress it, unlikely events take place all the time and almost always, they are the ones that yield in massive… Continue reading On Marrying Your Black Swan

Not Displaced, Just A Nomad

[Photographed by Wikan Anantabrata, April 2016.] The first time  Unmasked Open Mic invited me to take their stage as a reader, they asked if I could provide a short bio. Part-nervous and part-attention-seeking, I was determined to point out that using words to express feelings—or embracing emotions at all—isn't exactly what I get to practice on a daily basis, just so the audience… Continue reading Not Displaced, Just A Nomad