Editing my life story
Hiding behind metaphors
And trying to convince my shadow
That I’m someone worth following”
— Rudy Francisco
started from the colonies now we’re here
Why can’t life be a Bollywood movie? she cried, along with millions of other desi girls the world over.
— Martin Luther King Jr., “Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam,” 1967
The prayer on my lips
is my desire manifest.
O Lord! Make my life
glow like the candle-flame.
Let my breath disperse the dark
that holds the world in thrall.
Let my radiance result
in brightness everywhere.
With each breath, let me
bring glory to my land,
like the blossoms that are
the glory of the meadow.
O Lord! Let my life be
like the moth who seeks
the eternal love
of the flame of wisdom.
Let my exertions, my deeds
assuage all those in need.
Let me, ever devoted, be
to the afflicted, to the elderly.
Allah! Preserve me
from all the evil in the world.
Lead me down that path that is
the path of righteousness.
Mumammad Iqbal, The Child’s Prayer
Afghan Air Force Second Lt. Niloofar Rhmani made history on May 14, 2013 when she became the first female to earn the status of pilot.
— John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
I will never, ever be over this sari…blatant walima forgery, here I come.
— Claude Cahun, Aveux non avenus
— James Joyce