Defying the Holi-Daze

Photo by On Christmas Eve, I found myself trudging through the leftover blizzard snow, heaped into underwhelming, dirty slush piles at the edge of each sidewalk, while simultaneously admiring the holiday décor that adorned the ornate, brownstone houses in Back Bay, Boston. Marveling at the classic green and red wreaths hanging neatly alongside the... Continue Reading →

Exhale. Celebrate. Get to work.

As I write, there are fireworks whistling and crackling just outside of my bedroom window, signaling a new beginning for the United States of America. I envisage the red, white and blue lights illuminating a once-somber black sky, casting hope, far and wide. Today, November 7th, 2020, is momentous for many reasons, but, for now,... Continue Reading →

Listening to Girls: The Key to Rebuilding Societies

Photo by UNICEF The World Conference on Women in Beijing (1995) marked the very first instance in which girls’ rights were resolutely addressed through a formal international agreement: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170, declaring October 11th International Day of the Girl... Continue Reading →

The Trials of Lebanese Migrant Workers

Photo by The Arab Weekly In the wake of a pernicious blast that wreaked havoc and devastation across Lebanon, several international organizations have cautiously stepped in to curb the now-exacerbated health, economic and political trials of the anguished nation. As dozens of Beirut’s hospitals were deemed “non-functionable” following the explosion, a lack of medical resources... Continue Reading →

Using Privilege for a Purpose Outside of Ourselves

This past week, The United States celebrated the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and Nineteenth), which commemorates the day in 1865 on which all enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy were legally emancipated. This year, Juneteenth fell at an especially noteworthy moment in time, as many actively grappled with the state of... Continue Reading →

Menstrual Hygiene: An Overlooked Path to Equality

Just last week, around the world, individuals and organizations participated in Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to underscore and raise awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene and dismantle stigmatism surrounding this vital function of women’s bodies. The commonplace stigmatization of menstruation leaves this critical health concern vastly untouched and overlooked, resulting in a myriad... Continue Reading →

Envisaging Brighter Days Ahead

Humanity has never stood more united as we universally confront an unprecedented way of life. However varied our respective experiences may be, we are innately unified, situated in the midst of a global pandemic. Societies across the world, stripped of most normality, are banded together by the emotions that the five stages of grief implicate:... Continue Reading →

The Crippling Effects of Likability

Hello there. It’s been a minute (more like 86,400 to be more precise and less cliché), but I’m back and better than ever. Those readers who don’t know me on a personal level are likely unable to sense the sarcasm, but trust me, it’s there. The truth is, the start of 2020 caught me by... Continue Reading →

Venmo and the Demise of Reciprocity

I recently listened to Rachel Hollis’ podcast titled, Why is it so hard to talk about money? The oddity of this topic is initially what had me intrigued to give it a listen. That is, money truly is a taboo and unwieldy topic to delve into, for a myriad of reasons. For starters, the economy... Continue Reading →

That Girl

I was strolling alongside the Charles River on a beautiful summer evening, soaking in the warm air and cotton candy sky overhead, accompanied by a friend a few years my junior, who was visibly uneasy. Shortly after we began our walk, she professed that she was seeking advice. I remained calm and encouraging, but my... Continue Reading →

What on Earth is Venus’ Fascination with Mars?

Having been gleefully independent of romance for quite some time, I can't help but notice the pervasive obsession with dating. Its all-consuming nature encompassing apps, swipes, rules, and games is exhausting, to say the least. I have opted out of the dating game since its conception, but sometimes, that leaves little room for commonality in... Continue Reading →

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