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Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Creative Vignettes

November 16, 2012

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I recently completed a short creative writing course taught by Mark Tredinnick. Over a month and a half, we were encouraged to write to a creative prompt each week. It was lots of fun to get my creative nonfiction juices flowing, so I thought I’d share some of my pieces here: The Small Pleasures in […]

My Love Letter to Bangladesh

July 15, 2012

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Now that I have left Bangladesh, the land of flowing ornas and floating sunsets, it’s been strange to return to life in Australia and, now, China. I flounder at pedestrian crossings, unconvinced that the cars will really stop. I marvel at the wonders of giant supermarkets that stock everything from everywhere, everyday; but I also […]

Learning Bangla: Ami Bangla Sikkhi

February 29, 2012

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Bangladesh means Land of the Bangla Speakers, and in this country, speaking Bangla is as much a way of expressing your national identity as it is a way of expressing yourself. Last Tuesday, February 21, marked a particularly important day for the Bengali identity and language – International Mother Language Day. Although it is an […]

Dreams and memories: Bangladesh in 2021

December 21, 2011

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Almost six months ago I watched the landscape of Bangladesh unfold beneath my plane for the very first time. As the huddled lights of Dhaka city glimmered below me, my mind pounded with questions about the things I would find in those dimly-lit streets. I am new here, and I am still, in so many […]

Sunrises and sunsets in Sri Lanka

September 14, 2011

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Sitting in the late afternoon sunlight watching the deep blue ocean and a game of beachside cricket between the locals sounds like a typical Aussie Summer weekend. In fact, I was on the other side of the Indian Ocean, in Sri Lanka, relishing the chance to witness the country celebrate the end of Ramadan, a […]

Yangshuo 阳朔 (Guanxi province)

June 13, 2011

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I’m currently staying in the little village of Moon Hill, just outside Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about one hour north of Guilin, the province of Guangxi’s capital. The quaint village of Moon Hill sits about 10 minutes out of Yangshuo. Named for the famous crescent shape etched into the mountain behind the village, it is a […]