Or the nth circle of hell you enter when you relocate from one country to another via surface travel. It’s not my fault – I tried booking for the aerial route. Twice. They kept getting cancelled and I kept running out of time. …

The city was grey and new, stuck in the past for the most, teeming with opportunity to a few. Years I spent there were suffocating, congested, marked with memories of smoke, noise and family. My parents are from the city, my grandparents were refugees within it. I had a happy…

I’ve been in lockdown the same as everyone else in the world—everyone who doesn’t work in essential services, that is. For the first time in my life, I have effectively been relegated to ambling around my mind-numbingly ordinary flat. I am not a person who particularly enjoys living in flats…

The 60s had the hippies and flower children, the 70s saw the punks take over for a brief period, the 80s somehow managed to have the new romantics and depressed Smiths enthusiasts with quiffs at about the same time, the 90s had grunge, plaid shirts, sporty chic and heroin chic…

My mother and I have little in common; our differences are starkly obvious when you encounter us for the first time. “My daughter is paler than I am”, she reminds anyone who is listening, with a forbidding look on her face daring them to contradict her. I squirm at this…

Anusmita Ray

I get paid to write tedious things that no one ever reads because they want to. Of course, I’m okay, why wouldn’t I be?

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