When pandemics crack your outer shell and your insecurities pour themselves out.

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Perched on the bouncy mattress, poisonous thoughts circulated in my bloodstream. I heard a roar from my bedroom window. It was getting closer and moving towards me. Suddenly, I saw a red and blue reflection on the window glass and heard an ambulance siren. I broke into a cold sweat and watched my eyes swell with tears in the bedroom mirror in front of me.

My boyfriend and I were having a casual conversation, but then a switch turned on. A trigger caused me to explode. After we both cooled off, we engaged in rationalising and comprehending the situation. A…

I spent my entire life living in in-between spaces. Not fully belonging to where I lived nor to my presumed identity. Growing up in different countries and never really living in the country my parents are from, led me to believe that I was a global citizen.

The further I was from my parent’s culture, the more I yearned for it. I missed having Turkish coffee after lunch or with a bunch of friends, my ears missed listening to the Arabic vibrations I was used to hearing at home with family. …

Ruba, an eight-year-old girl residing in a village outside Beirut, Lebanon shares her story of everyday observations she makes from the safety of her home. Lebanon is under attack by Israel’s bombs in the 1980s and Ruba worries about the safety of her family members.

Her innocence and curiosity immerse the reader into the mind of an eight-year-old experiencing life through the thick smoke of shelling and the sounds of bombings from nearby villages.

Fascinated by Lebanon’s fauna, flora and her family members, Ruba shares the minutest and most banal details that transport us into a child’s untainted world amidst…

I was born in the city of Bombay…once upon a time

Being an Arab, the modes of oral storytelling and the tales of a 1,001 Nights, are concepts I am familiar with. Even though Midnight’s Children relies heavily on the history of India, I found the elements of oral storytelling and magical realism in Rushdie’s novel, captivating. While reading the novel, I realised how Rushdie used the oral tradition of storytelling and magical realism to counter the dominant narratives in India during the State of Emergency in 1975.

Integrating Scheherazade’s 1,001 Nights style of storytelling and magical realism, the protagonist…

The scorching heat this morning in Beirut invited me to open this book and escape the obnoxious car honks coming from the window. I found this book a lengthy read. However, every single word felt necessary. It formed a mosaic of beautiful narratives on the connections to home, and strength in the face of struggle. In addition to that, Khoury brought to life the minutest banal details and transformed them into magical narratives.

Khoury doesn’t focus on the historical events that happened in Palestine during the Catastrophe in 1948 and the Lebanese war in 1975.

We are currently on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Ever since the First Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century, the world has been rapidly breaking boundaries in technology. For instance, the Second Industrial Revolution introduced electricity into the world a century later. In our current digital age, the 4IR is now dawning upon us and its technology is not only increasing quickly, but exponentially.

The term coined by founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Klaus Schwab encompasses several technological advances such as automation. This component of the 4IR will drastically change the way we work.


Rayana Kaissi

Where turbulent thoughts and structure intersect

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