Blog (old stuff at

I've blogged on various platforms over the years as a way to express my thoughts on things important to me, though undoubtedly irrelevant in the greater social discourse. For me, this is my Theseus' ball of thread, a token of memory made permanent so that I may look back and judge my intellectual growth – and any audience is just an artefact of chance. 

I did spend some time on Medium but as its focus on long-format has sharpened, it no longer suits my snippet-like musings. But if you're interested...

The test of time

If you've ever taken the time to hear someone's story, you'll find it as interesting as any bestseller. We all have our trials, triumphs and regrets, and while we aren't the chosen few who were first to touch the moon or discover distant lands, our stories are inherently fascinating for one reason – they're about people struggling to find their place, be it in family, society or culture. 

They say history is written by the victors, but in the age of social media, it is more often trolls and click-baiters looking for their fifteen minutes. One such recent meme plays on a cultural and temporal displacement of beauty, reducing the individual's life to a mere laugh for simpler folk.

The reality is that she was a born leader and in her time – "There are instances of her using her influence with her father [the king]... Like other royal women at her father’s court, Esmat appeared to be a competent woman with a fair amount of agency."

The generic nature of the meme also obscures the achievements of another:

"Taj was a feminist and a nationalist who supported a cultural and constitutional revolution in Persia... [and] articulated some of the most eloquent arguments put forward by women for unveiling as a first necessary step toward women’s participation in education, paid work, and progress of the nation."

In this context, it is only of pure ignorance that we disrespect the greatness of others lost in time – everyone has a story... will yours survive?


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