The Meaning of Life

‘Just like one-sided love seems pointless, I often can’t help thinking that there is no point in living. But I still do live, just like I still love the girl I haven’t seen for five years, and there must be some reason I do either thing. This was just me trying to make sense of all this pain and sacrifice; I suspect there is a higher purpose for life and love but I also suspect with as much certainty that I will never find it in my lifetime.’-Zarmala Naeem

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City Lights

A short story written by Prerana Kumar who describes herself as a pluviophile with a craving for burning skies and tattered pages, who often forgets to wash the ink off her fingers and likes hugs. ‘City Lights’ explores themes of memory, relationships, loneliness and the isolation of city life. The story was inspired by the word ‘Hiraeth’ which is a Welsh word with no direct translation, it roughly means nostalgia, longing, and homesickness.

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