1. “Name all international delegates present here.” “XXX,XXX..Oh, and Mercy Corp”, after my parent and I raised our hands.  I was waiting for my name to be called out quickly because I was pretty active during the whole conference, but my name was the last to call out.  “Sorry we forgot you.” For me, a … Continue reading

Lutalica… and our Identity

(courtesy of Pixabay) Lutalica (n). the part of your identity that doesn’t fit into categories (The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows) Categories abound. When we are born, we are born with a name, gender, nationality, religion, and race. And that’s alright. There are categories, and we are placed into them. There are always outliers; but given … Continue reading

I Am Guyanese-Muslim, not Indian

“Are you sure you’re not Indian? What about Hindu? You’re definitely Hindu.” “When do you plan on getting married?” “Why do people wear that red dot on their forehead? Where’s yours?” There is a vast range of stereotypes associated with looking Indian. I say “looking Indian” because I am Guyanese, not Indian (unless you are … Continue reading