There is a state of elevator-feeling-in-the-pit-of-the-stomach-hyper-anxiety that immediately fills my insides when I get a message from someone asking me: if someone I love in some God forsaken place I call home (and I call many places home these days) is OK. It is so instant because my nervous system has practiced delivering this message… Continue reading In Tatters (Like Beirut)
I don't know. I just don't. Who would've thought this may just be the most profound and contenting statement as I approach 'The Fourth Decade According to Maia'. Not me. I really, truly and foolishly thought that by the time I would get to the age that my father was when I was 10, I… Continue reading I Don’t Know This Much Is True
There is a lot of frustration right about now. For me, as a member of the introspective but resigned Generation X (read Vice article for real bashing), least of all because in many ways, the Covid-19 virus has proven to be infuriatingly on message with Gen Zs that the way forward is woke, clean living - both literally… Continue reading Be Still, Get Bored, You Can Handle This… “Woke” Shit in the Time of Coronavirus
I watched 'Wonder' based on the novel by the same name on a plane; then I binge-watched season two of 'Working Moms' on Netflix to overcome my jetlag. Oddly, they stacked up nicely with a book I'm re-reading called 'Ways of Seeing', by John Berger. They link Narcissism, defense mechanisms and the common desire to… Continue reading Like Narcissus: we all drown in our selves sometimes…
Netflix's first Arabic original is the talk of the proverbial town for all the things it isn't Left to right: Sultan Khail, Aysha Shahaltough, Salma Malhas & Hamzeh Okab As someone whose worked in the realm of Arab 'content' for the last 18 years, I can say with some confidence that self censorship is… Continue reading J is for Jinn…and Jordan
Now that I am a [very tired] mother. I see the world better. My eyes are half the size they were, I need two different glasses to survive 24hrs, and yet, I have never seen more clearly the fragility and agility of our life. I see how strenuous and serendipitous it is to raise human… Continue reading The 10 Year Challenge: How Parenting Changes the Bigger Picture
Words are weapons of mass destruction. I am going to pile a bunch of words together to make two obvious hastily generalising remarks. They may appear disjointed at first, but I will work my way to conjoining them in a stream-of-consciousness-type narrative eventually. Women are complacent in perpetuating a patriarchal world. Patriarchy sucks hard for men too… Continue reading Words as Weapons
So. I spent the summer reaching the finales of ALL my favourite shows & then staring into the abyss, feeling empty & aimless not knowing quite what do with my eyes and ears. See, my summer evenings were more homebound than I had originally envisaged - never mind that they were spent in various cities… Continue reading All Good Things Come in 7s. Not Really, But this List Does!