Short Stories of India

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries 3 Comments

Some fun little tales from my trip to the motherland.. Mumbai International Airport It is witching hour when we step off the plane and into the tunnel in a dreamlike haze. People await their fellow travellers like confused ghosts floating in the tunnel. They stare at us walking by with slow, sleepy eyes, and we stare back. As we sleepwalk …

Excuse me, but Who are you calling a Third World Country?

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society, Whimsical Whirlings 3 Comments

Dear First-World, American and western European countries are typical examples of what are commonly known as First World countries. Most African, Latin American and South Asian countries are commonly known as Third World countries. By what definition? By neoliberalist capitalist standards, perhaps. By whose definition? By the wealthy countries AKA the victors of past and ongoing conquests AKA the past …

Turkey: Land of Contradictions

Narissa Allibhai Backpacker Diaries 5 Comments

Istanbul. Where impossible contradictions make up an intricate carpet woven by a potpourri of tailors, over centuries of historical events central to the world as we know it. Istanbul. Where Islam and Christianity inextricably intertwine through the past and the present. Where modernity and culture and not mutually exclusive, but a spicy mix creating a vibrant and thriving society. Where it …

The [non]Sense of [in]Justice in Kenya – by Yule Mbois Mndialala

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 2 Comments

A young Dutch man challenged a group of us with a couple of questions, after listening to a debate on extra-judicial killings in Kenya. The questions he asked, which needed answering but got little owing to lack of time, were these: What do we, as Kenyans, consider just? Should morality influence our sense of justice? This got me thinking, as the …

On Corruption (3rd Place winner of My Corruption-Free Africa competition)

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 12 Comments

Look beyond corruption. What do you see? Why does corruption exist? Are all people who partake in corruption really evil? Let’s take a look at the stereotypical small-scale corruption scenario. Say I am a policeman and I take a bribe – why? I am not paid enough, and, well, everyone does it. Say I am a driver and I pay …