Generations

For My Father, Every Time Is Wartime

A part of me, the part trained to put my father first, thought I should allow him into my home, regardless of his threats.

Jul 02, 2019
The Art of Letting Go, As an Artist and a Mother

Like a drawing is and is not mine once I’m finished with it, my son is not mine, not really, because he is himself.

Jun 27, 2019
After My Mother Passed, My Father’s Consistency in Religion Was an Anchor

A new period in my life started when Abu could no longer fast for Ramadan.

Jun 24, 2019
How It Feels to Watch Your Son Getting His Hair Cut

In the battered barbershop chair, Faris sits slightly camouflaged and crumpled, as though he is a mystery even to himself.

May 23, 2019
The Summer I Became a Thief

Sometimes I thought of it as war reparations. On the outwardly civil but quietly vicious battlefield of my parents’ divorce, I had been the clear loser.

Apr 29, 2019
The Rhythms We Keep Since My Mother’s Stroke

The slight din of the television on TVLand from her room made its way toward the kitchen where Curtis and I sat, trying to figure out how this was all going to go. How everything had changed.

The Executioner

My father is obsessed with killing flies.

Apr 09, 2019
The Partition Museum Reminded Me That India’s History Is Also My Family’s History

Before I visited the Partition Museum, I had a sense that all the years of self-erasure could be undone if I just heard, watched, read enough. Now I’m beginning to rethink that strategy.

Apr 03, 2019
The Mother I Choose to Remember Is the Mother Who Didn’t Want to Lose Me

“I realized I had to change or I was going to lose you,” my mother told me. “So I did.”

Mar 28, 2019
My Father the Minister

I wasn’t looking for mere acceptance, I wanted love.

Mar 19, 2019
With His Absence, My Artist Father Taught Me the Art of Vanishing

My father was missing. How could I put him back in the picture?

Feb 06, 2019
When My Grandfather Dies, No One Will Say He Was “Gone Too Soon”

When my grandfather threatened to kill himself, I began to wonder if, as he sees it, he has effectively stopped living.

Jan 16, 2019
Here If You Need Me: Learning to Be Present While Fighting for Your Father

When fighting on behalf of the father you love, who do you become?

Jan 10, 2019
The Greatest Challenge of Raising an Autistic Child as an Autistic Parent? The Ableist World We Live In

Being disabled means hundreds of thousands of people believe they always know better than you do.

Dec 05, 2018
What I Imagined Motherhood Would Be, and What It Is

When you give birth to a life, you are also giving birth to a death.

My Fathers and Hip-Hop Taught Me About Self-Care as A Black Man

If cancer and trauma are hereditary, is it not my responsibility to do everything in my power to ensure neither my children nor I have to suffer?

Oct 09, 2018
When Your Immigrant Mother Fights For Your Education—And You Fail

With words, spelled correctly or not, I could say exactly how I felt: like my head was a ball of snakes, like something extraordinary for once.

Oct 01, 2018
My Grandfather Helps Me Find Myself, Even Though He's Gone

My family isn’t religious, but we have a saying that we do believe in my grandfather. And an essay he wrote about me reminds me to believe in myself.

Sep 18, 2018
Loving Your Immigrant Parents, Superstitions and All

There’s a distinct kind of relationship that privileged first-generation children have with their immigrant parents.

Aug 23, 2018
How Reading True Crime Stories Helps Us Face Our Own Fears

“Not thinking about these things doesn’t make them go away. So, instead, I choose to look. It is staring into a dim room and letting my eyes adjust to the dark.”

Aug 09, 2018