30 Days of Ramadan: New Understandings and Challenges

Image source Ramadan Kareem! Today marks the fifth day of #Ramadan2019. In my last blog post, I wrote about the onset of Ramadan here in Qatar. This is only my second Ramadan in a Muslim country, so I am still learning quite a bit every day about the traditions and practices of the ninth month… Continue reading 30 Days of Ramadan: New Understandings and Challenges

Cirque du Soleil in Doha

The band blares,The naphtha flares,The sawdust smells,Showmen ring bells,And oh! right into the circus ringComes such a lovely, lovely thing...."Circus" by Eleanor Farjeon This past Saturday, I was able to watch the penultimate performance of Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR before the start of Ramadan. There was a circus tent set up across the canal from… Continue reading Cirque du Soleil in Doha

Ramadan Kareem! and Other Matters Related to #Ramadan2019

Image source Sunday, May 5th marks the start of Ramadan 2019. Based on the visual sighting of the crescent moon, the month typically lasts 29-30 days. Ramadan is based on the Hijri calendar (a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months of 354 or 355 days), not the Gregorian calendar (a solar calendar of 12 months… Continue reading Ramadan Kareem! and Other Matters Related to #Ramadan2019

Pop Culture Comedown

Image source In terms of American pop culture, April 2019 has been a momentous month; the final season of the HBO television show Game of Thrones (GoT) debuted while the 22nd MCU movie, Avengers: Endgame (AE), was released this past week. Both GoT Season 8 and AE represent the culmination of sprawling narratives with throngs… Continue reading Pop Culture Comedown

Cruising the Al Khor Coastal Road

Image Source Since arriving in Doha almost two years ago, I have been experiencing its building boom firsthand.  My initial residence was at Al Safa Royal Suites in the Musheirib area of the city. There was a gaping pit near the hotel that was the site of the Musheirib Metro Station. From my hotel window,… Continue reading Cruising the Al Khor Coastal Road

An Expat Lenten Calendar

Over last couple days, I have been thinking about different genres of writing. After the recent mass shooting tragedy in New Zealand, I spent some time exploring the genre and history of the manifesto, which led me to an interesting article in The Atlantic entitled "Manifestos: A Manifesto". Subsequently, I toyed with the idea of… Continue reading An Expat Lenten Calendar