2013 - 2015
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
If you are interested in the world of policy and IR, I recommend working some before diving into grad school. Only after working in diplomacy did I realize I needed to better understand security challenges and economics. And if you ARE interested in the world of policy and IR, I recommend my alma mater, right in the middle of DC. I received my Master's in Strategic Studies and International Economics. Much more importantly, I made lifelong best friends on Day One.
2004 - 2008
City University of New York
I got to study Literature in the greatest city in the world. I worked full-time and went to school full-time (#hustle), had a startlingly clever group of friends, and a deep and abiding love of fedoras and second-hand book stores.
Writer | Journalist | Designer
“Think of me as a time of day,” I read this somewhere, probably on Twitter.
I am dusk, that time of day you never can remember if it’s before or after, no definitely after, you nod to yourself, twilight. Much the way people often cannot recall or guess where I am from or what it is I do. To be fair, sometimes neither can I. The word dusk and I are short and nostalgia-ridden. I am someone who needs to take a minute to parse out concepts and process what is going on around me. Dusk mandates it. If you’ve had a good day, the contentedness seeps into your bones then; if you’re having a rough time, dusk is that friend taking your arm to guide you towards the night to soothe or seethe in private; if your day is not yet over, this hour might be an unofficial cue to order the dessert or leave one group of friends to see another before it becomes too dark to see the light in their eyes at a clever tale.
Dusk is a bookmark, a curfew, the meeting place of many thoughts and people and sensitivities running into each other. I am someone brimming over with ideas and thoughts, but not so much urgency as dreamy reminiscence for things to come. Ambition but the hazy sort. Dusk evokes earthiness, it is critically important to me to stay grounded, and seek those on that same plane with me. If you zoom out, you’ll see perhaps it is alright where you are, but other parts of the world are undergoing relentless storms and dangerous tectonic shifts…and you can feel too small for the heavy world around you. Dusk is a time of reckoning, for taking stock, for being grateful.
That’s why the word dusk comes with a built-in sigh.
Pretty Much Always
2015 - 2017
First and foremost, I am a writer. I have been writing for as long as I can remember - stories, poems, scripts, policy pieces, the works. After years of designing and making my own clothes, I have launched a fashion brand. These efforts keep my days full and vibrant.
2010 - 2013
I moved to the South Asian theater I studied from afar. I worked as a journalist and editor, traveled to urban and rural centers, and learned so much -- about states and societies, people and myself.
I worked in the world of diplomacy, studying at the knee of some of the best diplomats from the United States and Pakistan -- and that too during particularly tumultuous times.