Gagan Gandhi is a Toronto-based aspiring insta-poet, his work is primarily about love and life and you'd be surprised at where he finds comfort writing his daily musings.
As a child, I have a distinct memory of my mom telling me that by no means did I need to be married to have my own children, that I could have as many children as I wanted on my own so long as I was able to care for them, that I did not need a man to have children. What stands out is my desire, even back then, not to be married. I was never the girl who wanted the ring and the wedding and the man (or woman).
I recently confessed to a friend about writing a blog. I waited nervously for her to ask me for the URL, and was inwardly relieved she didn’t. But it got me thinking, are we Brown Girls sometimes too reticent about the subjects we tackle for fear of our parents seeing our work?
Brown Girl Mag and Sakhi for South Asian Women came together for the Creative Writing Workshop. The event itself was a success with many women talking about the various South Asian taboo's. The group of women that attended the workshop discussed and wrote about their feelings and topics such as family, depression, sex, and so much more! Check out one of the story's and keep an eye out for the next workshop!
I can't remember what it was like not to write. What I do distinctly remember are the first lines that captured my attention and drew me into the world of words: they described rivulets of water streaming across a parched desert. As I read the words, vividly visualising the shining water and the dry, cracked earth, I thought to myself: I want to write. Too.