El lirio de los valles

There is a flower that grows in the darkness, Lirio De los valles. It actually does better in the shade. It blooms despite the darkness. You remind me  of that flower. So many reasons it shouldn’t exist . A flower that is not supposed to survive and yet, here you are  blooming in the dark…

Belonging!

Elif Shafak suggests that instead of identifying solely with one city or culture, we allow ourselves to embrace the many places that bring out the best in us. Illustration by Tatsuro Kiuchi As a writer, whichever way I travel, East or West, I treasure meeting with readers of all backgrounds. I am used to being…

Gats!

The Great Gatsby, the movie is out so, true to form, one embarks of the usual ritual: read the book, and watching everything else one finds on Netflix as well as, every movie ever made. The Great Gatsby is really the story of the American dream and the story of reinvention with an all too…

What is it to be successful ?studying for my CFA exams!

By GREGORY ZUCKERMAN, SERENA NG and LESLIE SCISM April 9, 2017 2:54 p.m. ET 36 COMMENTS Charles Murphy used to walk home through New York City’s Central Park to his 19-room townhouse for dinner with his family. Last year, he began voicing worries about money to his boss, hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson, who often joined him along…

Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala

A Women Of Substance – inspired by  Barbara Taylor Bradford You can’t teach drive and ambition . Grit is something that you  are born with but it’s something that you can train yourself . You cant have everything  you have to compromise a lot. To be a successful woman , successfully fulfilled even in your…

Civilised

Civilised Before I met you I was a civilised woman. Civilised. I don’t even know what the means. Food shelter, sex once those needs are covered we can pretend we are in control. But the lies we build and the personas we conjure up for ourselves keep us human. Really we are all just animals….

Poems

Let Thought Become Your Beautiful Lover Let thought become the beautiful Woman. Cultivate your mind and heart to that depth That it can give you everything A warm body can. Why just keep making love with God’s child– Form When the Friend Himself is standing Before us So open-armed? My dear, Let prayer become your beautiful…

Mon hommage à Mlle Afropolitan. My tribute to Ms Minna we love you!

“In my head, feminist Africa sounds like this: sultry, transformative, ethereal, revolutionary, unshackled, wild, spiritual, healing and wise.” —MsAfropolitan I got to know Ms Afropolitan  from a non-feminist  angle that’s the irony of it all. She is one of those women, i actually wish i knew personally . She is whip smart, an erudite,  intriguing…

The Swordfish (Kılıçbalığı)Ece Temelkuran

What it means to be Wise How could you know what happened to me out there in the sea? A swordfish appeared suddenly. Before I knew it. A swordfish had split me in two. Slit me With its sword straight down my left side.   Plunged that sharpest of blades in my back ripped out…