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A Look Inside The Louvre Abu Dhabi

April 11, 2018

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As written for The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka There was much intrigue surrounding the Louvre Abu Dhabi ever since the announcement of its would-be presence ten years ago. Connoisseurs were dubious, yet piqued. Others anticipated a taste of the art world in the culture-dry sands of a petro-nation. Would “the Arab world’s first universal museum” […]

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND SMALL TALES – A Showcase On The Weight Of The Historical Artistic Narrative

February 8, 2018

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As written for Kalaa Kathaa Jaffna-born poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran is most known for his heartrending literary works expressing the numerous paradigms having resulted from the civil war in Sri Lanka. Decades later, his words serve as inspiration for the title of the exhibition showcasing Sri Lankan art at the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) this month.  For […]

IN CONVERSATION WITH PRIYANTHA UDAGEDARA

December 30, 2017

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As written for Kalaa Kathaa Ideologically motivated brush strokes strike easel in Priyantha Udagedara’s new series ‘Orientalism,’ with layer upon layer from an almost hypnotic palette of hues for only the true enthusiast to unravel – exposing the paradox that is beautiful horror. Udagedara challenges the orientalist’s notion of foreign beauty and invites the viewer […]

My Apologies D&G, It’s Not You. It’s Me.

January 18, 2016

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As written for MuslimMatters.org [January 2016]   There have been two knee-jerk reactions in response to the release of Dolce and Gabbana’s hijab and abaya collection: The Allure of the Middle East; First came the yay-sayers (for want of a better term) who with true Arab-style ululation lauded the fashion house for taking such a […]

Digital Detox

September 16, 2009

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Hullo. My name is Shaahima Fahim, and I’ve been clean for 30 days. What started out as a spiritual sacrifice, turned out to be a social experiment of sorts, when I decided to quit the biggest banes of the cyber world for a good, fat, month. Namely Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (or YouTwitFace as a friend […]

MoonWalk – The Final Step

June 26, 2009

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I’ve never written a eulogy before. Never been asked to, and never been inspired enough. And i’ve sure as hell never once considered taking time off to express onto paper (or website) emotion for the loss of a man i’ve never met. A man I can never say i’ve met, but a man I grew […]

Sunny Side Up

June 1, 2009

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Hurrah! It’s Summer folks! Summer has landed!! Don’t look at me like that. Like i’m mad. Like the heat’s finally got to me. Pardon me if this happens to be my season of choice. And in this part of the world i’m not exactly handed a smorgasbord of seasons to choose from; the best of […]

Baby-lon

May 11, 2009

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Babies are an evil lot, they are. They’re all connivingly round, soft and sqooshable; a vicious ploy, a clever disguise, to have all grown-ups running circles around their chubby little digits. They exploit that ‘adorable card’ handed out to them at birth, and send out telepathic messages to all adult-kind that suppresses their ability to […]

Reunion of a Different Kind

April 26, 2009

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To say that I was a ‘bookworm’, would be the understatement of the decade. At one point (i’m almost afraid to profess), I was one of those uber-geeky kids who’d always have a book in hand, having the ‘audacity’ to read even when on a social call. I couldn’t help it. It’s been engraved in […]

Of Pocketed Passions and Silent Sufferings

April 21, 2009

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One of the many attributes that make us human beings highest in the hierarchy, is probably the ability and variance with which we express emotion. Identical twins can have the exact tendencies in every aspect of their lives, but in the way they handle pain, for example. One might choose to mourn out loud, expelling […]

Talk of Troubled Times

April 2, 2009

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The one thing we owe to all this recession schmesession is the potential it has for conversation. We all love to complain. And once the signal turns green, we can launch into a series of anecdotes, ‘tsk tsk’ at the downfall of the dollar, and list out the names of close friends / relatives affected […]