Lifestyle body is vital, but so is addressing systematic challenges of hunger, poverty, good governance and the right to work and having access to upward social mobility. For me, the start of many of these is providing access of education for women. While social critiques and economic theories may change, education is something that cuts across so many cross cultural and economic layers. Educating a woman is like educating an entire city. It completely transforms a person, a lineage and a community. You write about things that are delicate and subject to constant thinking and debating in a very casual way. How do you manage to channel your feelings and see not-so-nice things in a positive way and with so much love? Do you think that by doing so we contribute to their disappearance or convert them into something better and more beautiful?
I do a lot of processing and thinking. I like to joke that my mind is always on hyper drive trying to figure out emotions in regards to myself and the world. I channel my feelings through my words. I narrow them down just by the style of my writing. Simple, small, and concise. Those are the answers I want and that ends up being the work I produce. I manage to see things in positivity and love only after seeing them negatively. I have to work through the anger and resentment before I get to love. I do believe that learning to see things in this way will empower us to do better and do better by each other. You wrote about problems of refugees and migrants as well as everything your parents went through to ensure a good life for you. The topic is currently very controversial because of the migrant crisis and political decisions
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made by many countries, which further complicates this very difficult and painful subject. How do you feel about the changes taking place before the eyes of everyone, and do you see the solution of this complicated situation?
Border’s a human construct. One of humanity never ending attempting to delineate what’s mine and what’s yours. Beyond the rallying cries of nationalism and isolationism, is a deeply sad and bitter ways of seeing the world. From imperialism to the wars of the 20th century, the same countries that were responsible for so much of the world’s carnage are the ones now trying to wash themselves of the chaos they’ve caused. I think of this, but then I say to myself, this gets to a deeper notion of being. Of course I feel deeply saddened by the state of the world. But I challenge myself to remain hopeful. I know that the answer is love. The answer is compassion. My hope is that I can help people see beyond the privileges we hold. We are not our passports. We are not how much we have in our bank accounts. We are people trapped together in the collective angst of life. And circumstances out of our control have given us certain lives. It is my duty to help and provide space for someone who has been silenced or is being unheard. Tell us, why the name Milk And Honey?
Years ago I wrote a poem about the 1984 genocide of Sikhs in India. In it there is a line about the women who lived through that terrible time. Their resilience is breathtaking. They are the enduring survivors to the murders of their husbands and children. The survivors of betrayal. Rape. Torture. I write that they come out of that terror as smooth as milk and as thick as honey. I performed that piece around my hometown.
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