Hurtling Blindly through Life’s Motions

Narissa Allibhai Whimsical Whirlings 5 Comments

First came the baby and toddler stages, gradually learning to think. Through primary and secondary school I was a studious, obedient kid who aced exams. Come university, I danced through a wonderful three years of undergrad, learning how to live alone and navigate the balance of work-hard, party-hard. 3 weeks after the Bachelor’s ended, the Master’s began. Two intense years …

100 Hours of Meditation

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries 3 Comments

I joined a Vipassana meditation course without knowing what it was. My favourite cousin and wild spirit whom I deeply love once told me I had to do a Vipassana as it would change my life. So I unquestioningly signed up. Only then did I start reading up on it and realise what deep mud I had gotten myself into. …

Brown Privilege and Rockets

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries, Politics & Society 2 Comments

Time for some honest racial realizations from yours truly. Brown Privilege We all know about White Privilege. I am a person of colour, specifically of descent from the exoticised Indian peoples. Doesn’t sound too privileged does it? However, my skin colour lends a fair amount privilege to my life in Kenya. A simple example of “My Dress My Choice” – …

From Shame and Fantasy I Rise – by Maimouna Jallow

Narissa Allibhai Voices 2 Comments

In the post “Am I Kenyan or Indian?”, I described my identity search as a Kenyan of Indian heritage. Next will be a piece on “Brown Privilege”, looking at the interactions between brown and black Kenyans, and how the fault for a lack of integration and harmony lies on both sides. Before that though, here’s another take on the identity …