english boots

this really happened

Holmes: *looking at Watson’s boots, not meeting Watson’s eye* …Why Turkish?

Watson: *startled* Uhh…y-you mean my boots? They’re…English…I got them in Oxford street, I–

Holmes: The baths, Watson! Why were you at the Turkish baths? Why bathe there and not at home?

Watson: Ohhhhh right….the baths…..the baths are what we doctors call alternative medicine…I was doing a…system cleanse……by the way how did you know I was there?

Holmes: *eyes twinkle mischievously*

2 cases later–

Watson: Both Holmes and I had a weakness for the Turkish bath

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🌷 Matty and his almost obsessive vintage floral aesthetic 🌷

I’m actually really proud of the background of these photos. I took pictures of vintage floral patterned fabric and overlayed it over the background and made it super transparent and it looks pretty good considering I can’t photoshop.

Dreaming in Gujarati

The children in my dreams
speak in Gujarati
turn their trusting faces to the sun
say to me
care for us nurture us
in my dreams I shudder and I run.

I am six
in a playground of white children
Darkie, sing us an Indian song!
Eight
in a roomful of elders
all mock my broken Gujarati
English girl!

Twelve, I tunnel into books
forge an armor of English words.
Eighteen, shaved head
combat boots -
shamed by masis
in white saris
neon judgments
singe my western head.
Mother tongue.
Matrubhasha
tongue of the mother
I murder in myself.

Through the years I watch Gujarati
swell the swaggering egos of men
mirror them over and over
at twice their natural size.
Through the years
I watch Gujarati dissolve
bones and teeth of women, break them
on anvils of duty and service, burn them
to skeletal ash.
Words that don’t exist in Gujarati:
Self-expression.
Individual.
Lesbian.

English rises in my throat
rapier flashed at yuppie boys
who claim their people “civilized” mine.
Thunderbolt hurled
at cab drivers yelling
Dirty black bastard!
Force-field against teenage hoods
hissing
F****ing Paki bitch!
Their tongue - or mine?
Have I become the enemy?

Listen:
my father speaks Urdu
language of dancing peacocks
rosewater fountains
even its curses are beautiful.
He speaks Hindi
suave and melodic
earthy Punjabi
salty rich as saag paneer
coastal Kiswahili
laced with Arabic,
he speaks Gujarati
solid ancestral pride.
Five languages
five different worlds
yet English
shrinks
him
down
before white men
who think their flat cold spiky words
make the only reality.

Words that don’t exist in English:
Najjar
Garba
Arati.

If we cannot name it
does it exist?
When we lose language
does culture die? What happens
to a tongue of milk-heavy
cows, earthen pots
jingling anklets, temple bells,
when its children
grow up in Silicon Valley
to become
programmers?

Then there’s American:
Kin'uh get some service?
Dontcha have ice?
Not:
May I have please?
Ben, mane madhath karso?
Tafadhali nipe rafiki
Donnez-moi, s'il vous plait
Puedo tener…..
Hello, I said can I get some service?!
Like, where’s the line for Ay-mericans
in this goddamn airport?
Words that atomized two hundred thousand Iraqis:
Didja see how we kicked some major ass in the Gulf?
Lit up Bagdad like the fourth a’ July!
Whupped those sand-niggers into a parking lot!

The children in my dreams speak in Gujarati
bright as butter
succulent cherries
sounds I can paint on the air with my breath
dance through like a Sufi mystic
words I can weep and howl and devour
words I can kiss and taste and dream
this tongue
I take back.


Shailja Patel, Migritude (2010)

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Audible.com best-sellers for week ending March 17:

Fiction

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Eddie Redmayne (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling)

2. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry, narrated by Cristina Panfilio (Brilliance Audio)

3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)

4. The Shack by William Paul Young, narrated by Roger Mueller (Hachette Audio)

5. Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry (Audible Studios)

6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee (Penguin Audio)

7. SpecOps by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing)

8. Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer, narrated by Eloise Oxer (Bolinda Publishing)

9. Columbus Day by Craig Alanson, narrated by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing)

10. The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, narrated by Justin Scott and Scott Brick (Penguin Audio)

Nonfiction

1. English Grammar Boot Camp by The Great Courses, narrated by Professor Anne Curzan (The Great Courses)

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(asterisk)ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne (HarperAudio)

3. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins, narrated by the author and Jeremy Bobb (Simon & Schuster Audio)

4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author (Audible Studios)

5. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan, narrated by Gerard Doyle (Brilliance Audio)

6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, narrated by the author (HarperAudio)

7. No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos, narrated by Scott Brick and author (Audible Studios)

8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carngie, narrated by Andrew MacMillan (Simon & Schuster Audio)

9. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain (Random House Audio)

10. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins, narrated by the author (Mel Robbins Productions Inc.)

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