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You know how some fast-food restaurants in this big city have their own small playgrounds for visitors/customers with kids. Colourful slides and all. Lack of decent space for children’s actual, o...


January 30, 2016

"ALL HE EVER REALLY WANTED"

He asked her out one night, after they met at a book club. She innocently said yes. So they went out on a date one Saturday night. A long talk over coffee, a long walk side by side. It had felt l...


Sometimes, it takes a loud ’pop’ in the morning to wake all of us up. Waking up is more than just opening your eyes and living your life. It’s about a sense of awareness. There’s an element of fe...


Dear all, I hope I’m not picking a bad time to post something like this. If I am, then I’m sorry. First of all, today is also the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW. I know that some of you are celebr...


December 24, 2015

"THE OLD STORIES TOLD..."

I have been very, very busy lately. There have been entries I’ve meant to post sooner, so here they are - in a short recap: Robbie passed away last month. He had a cardiac arrest and was found si...


You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day like some may do for love. I know this sounds cliche but it is true. I am also acutely aware that this may sound rather odd to some of you, coming from ...


Dear Robbie, I choose to remember you this way. How? I’m not sure where to begin, but I hope I’m doing this right. If not, I’m sorry. I remember when Farida first brought you to our writers’ club...


Dear Dad, Sorry, I think I’ve just broken my promise again. What promise? you might be wondering, if only you were still around. Well, this promise. I’m sorry I broke my promise to myself not to ...


November 16, 2015

"QUESTIONS OF FAITH"

More questions of faith emerge. Doubts are on the rise. Fear fills the silence of the late night air. What have we all become? Where is the love? What about peace and compassion? Whatever happens...


November 15, 2015

"ABOUT BEING A FULL-TIME HERO"

I’m not a hero. If you ask me why, there are plenty of reasons. I’m sure a lot can relate to this. It takes a whole lot to be one – even more if you do this full-time. We’re all familiar with the...


November 10, 2015

"WHAT'S ON LATELY..."

Alright, since I’m still awfully busy, I think I’ll just write as much as I remember here. My brother and my cousin Mia have been preparing their weddings this year. Mia’s getting married this mo...


November 08, 2015

"CHANGES: BEFORE AND AFTER"

We can’t always see the ”before” and ”after” of every stage. Sometimes we don’t know the difference. Some other times, our perspectives on changes aren’t the same as those of others’. Age is just...


November 07, 2015

"34"

I’ve just turned 34. I’m saying this clearly, out loud and proud. How does it feel? Another year has gone by. I am getting older. About a couple of years ago, my hazel-eyed, brotherly best friend...


October 31, 2015

"SHORT REPORTS"

Been awfully busy lately. Work, work, work. Teaching and writing. Not much of translating. Catching up on another reading. (“Simisola” by. Ruth Rendell.) My favourite part? Attending the weekly w...


We all grow up and grow old; that’s unavoidable. For the wise, it’s a process they fully accept. For some (if not many), that just freaks them out - especially if you’re a woman. I know this soun...


October 17, 2015

"FROM A FICTION BOOK-READER"

I’ve always reading, probably since I was in school. Fiction is my number one favourite, despite the fact that there are people (especially those who think they’re much more scholarly than others...


*”What’s gotten into you? What do you see in him?” “I don’t know. Maybe it’s just what he does: showing me that by JUST BEING ME, it’s already GOOD ENOUGH for him. How many NORMAL GUYS out there ...


For the first time in like ages, I finally got myself a date. I’m one of the admins of the writers’ club. It was one of the rarest nights when we had more foreign visitors than usual. Ari’s b...


“Your stories tend to be so dark and depressing. Why can’t you write happy ones? Are you always this gloomy in real life?” I get that a lot. As usual, I just want to laugh. It’s like wondering wh...


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“Your stories tend to be so dark and depressing. Why can’t you write happy ones? Are you always this gloomy in real life?”
I get that a lot. As usual, I just want to laugh. It’s like wondering whether someone who dresses all in black all the time is always into depressing mode.
Yes, it is true that my stories tend to be so dark and depressing. Can I still write happy ones? Of course yes. I just don’t do that very often. Let that be other people’s job. I’m sure we’ve got plenty already.
No, I’m not always gloomy. I still know how to be happy because it’s (supposed to be) a personal choice.
I don’t just write. I believe that I also speak on behalf of the unheard voices.

R. (alias The Wordplay Warrior)