Cutting Ties

“Manush ki bolbe,” which is translated as “what will people say?” is the kind of question that defines social relationships and personal decisions that are made within Bangladeshi and “desi” social networks. This question symbolizes the mindset that collectivistic communities, like those found in Bangladesh and India, have in common; there is an importance of…

Maryam Had a Little Lamb

Maryam had a little lamb, and then it died…with hundreds of other lambs for the Eid feast. Eid-Al-Adha commemorates the moment biblical prophet Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his young son, Ishmael, but instead symbolically sacrificed a sheep. Given the millions of Muslims who slaughter livestock to commemorate this event each year, it…