Let’s Talk — Guilty, Confused, And Misunderstood

“You don’t seem to leave,” I say. “Maybe I am here for a reason.” “But.. You complicate things.” “I know, but I won’t apologise for being me. You shouldn’t have to apologise either, for being you.” “But don’t you get it?! I ALWAYS have to. Because of you. I ALWAYS have to apologise to EVERYONE….

Golden Rules To The Oddity That Is Friendship

It took me seven years and falling in and out of love with five human beings to figure some of this out. Here’s what my best friends, who are my oldest lovers and greatest love stories, have taught me. I thought that friendship meant being okay with being in each other’s faces pretty much all…

I’m Actually Perfectly Normal — Chronicles Of An Introvert

  I believe that friendships are a natural phenomenon. I cringe when people say things like “Why don’t you get out and meet some new people?” This is because I am an introvert and as introverted as we come. And let me tell you, life is not easy for an introvert. The prospect of voluntarily…

The Journey Of A Cynophobic

As a child, I didn’t have problems with dogs. At least, it looks that way. But I’ve been afraid of them ever since I have any memory of an actual dog Jackie & Tiger (Late 90s – Early 2000s) It all began with a Pomeranian named Jackie and a Doberman named Tiger. It is my…

Stop Being Foreign And Create Your Home

Lilly asks Nina what’s wrong. Nina talks about her boyfriend who has been going through a foul mood phase of late. “And how are things between you both?”  She quickly says that it’s good but she worries about him. And also about her best friend who has been acting strange. She should meet her friend and speak…

To My Soulmate: How To Love The Real Me

The staccato of my laughter has been called by many a name, including but not limited to a frog’s croak and the sound made by humans when they sit on a pin cushion. My father thinks that my laugh isn’t very becoming, but I have never cared about that. I have a sort of abnormal…

When 25 Years Met Each Other Over A Cup Of Coffee

“Do you ever feel like you are too many different people?” I asked. It began pouring. My friend, who was sitting across the table from me, liked to call it ‘the rain Gods clearing their bladder’. I didn’t care too much for this definition but it was what it was, a downpour worthy of having…

A Stroll Down La-La Land

06/2013 I first met him in a car. He was tall. But he didn’t have to push the car seat so far back to make room for his legs, that whoever sat behind him would squirm like a squished bug. He was a nice kind of tall. “So I finally get to meet you,” he…

Are We Running Out Of Time?

Did I run out of time? I thought I had a little longer. I thought I had time left to say the things I didn’t tell you. I always thought that there would be just a little more time. So I put it off for the next conversation, the right conversation. I put you off…

Mind’s Eye

Sometimes I wish I could climb into your mind, not for long, just for thirty seconds. I just need a glimpse of how you see me, and I will exit. I simply feel that there is something I cannot find the words to ask you, and you will never find the words to tell me, but…

I Ruin Books And I Love It

“Don’t leave dog ears on the book.” Growing up, I was always asked to make sure that I left books in the exact same condition that it was when I first touched it. You couldn’t return it to the library if it wasn’t. But it didn’t stop in libraries alone. Even at home, I recall…

What You Find In-Between A Ticking Clock

It was a quarter past eleven at night. Elegra stared at the clock. She stared at it for a very long time, watching each remaining second tick off the year. She needed something splashy to toast the New Year, so she took out a bottle of her red wine and poured herself a glass. She…