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Path Makers Season One: Pakistan

A celebration of previously rejected and unpublished pieces. 

Blahcksheep rejects

This piece was rejected by other publications and platforms that found it “interesting but not good enough to be published.” The author …

This piece “A Pandemic of Pretense” was rejected by The Print, The Wire and Jacobin. Humanity has been serving its penance without …

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Apart from the aesthetics, I got interested in miniature paintings because of the historical and political questions related …

We’re doing four exciting workshops this April. Curated by passionate instructors across diverse fields, these workshops offer a …

The House

This personal essay follows the question of whether a house inhabits its inhabitants or the inhabitants inhabit the house.  The house that …

Taj

(1) In junior school, they would give us ‘holiday homework’ for the summer, so that the iced lollies and sliced mangoes would …

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कोई आज़ाद पंछी नहींना ही उसका कोई पंख मैं तो वह छत पर बंधेतार पर टंगा कपड़ा हूँजिस पर क्लिपलगाए जाते हैं …

We are Entombed in Hell with the Devil Himself

Disclaimer: The writer of this piece is a cis het man. Is it so hard to live in a decent society, free …

Playing Wordle With My Friend

In this piece ‘Playing Wordle With My Friend ‘ the author writes about her fun experience of playing Wordle with her friend …

Study of a Land I've Never Known

#Poetry Cultivated by English the isles, they soughtO Albion your sea-encircled coast.What an interpreter of the maps visualisesTo the feet, hands never …

Here's Why Monitasking is Better than Multitasking

When we think we’re multitasking we’re actually multi switching. That is what the brain is very good at doing – quickly diverting …

The Boredom of Becoming Normal

Mirrors lie every time; I do not look into mirrors for weeks or months at a stretch. If your authenticity is an …

A hay-ven for sheepy readers.

Rear Reads

#YoungAdultFiction The Suicide Pact is a confessional journal of a young girl in a boarding school in South India and her ultimately …

In this personal essay titled “Why I Read Classics,” the author discusses the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Thomas Hardy …

Showcasing first time writers and fellow blahcksheep whose nouveau ideas need to be herd.

Exploring all things lifestyle.

Livestock

Watch the Palate Trekker’s latest Episode 3: Table in the Hills here: Table in the Hills was shot in South Goa with …

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Marvel adds an impressive cinematic twist but falls short on the plot of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Doctor Strange …

Clothing: The Forgotten Art of Influence

How are first impressions made?  Shoes? The way people talk? Their hair? Mobile phone models?  While it’s different for different people, I …

Black Goo in the Falling Man

TW: Death by Suicide, Self harm, Drugs, Grief In this piece “Black Goo in the Falling Man: A Reflection on Bereavement,” the …

Rethinking the Tradition of Marriage

#LoveMonth You can also read this piece in Nepali, translated by Anshu Chhetri here. My family often makes me wonder if the …

Let the world in on your guilty pleasures and quirky interests.

Dont Yuck My YUM

You can also read this piece in Marathi here. There seemed to be an inexplicable tendency to deny one’s presence on dating …

Carelessly flipping through the pages I came across something that revolutionised masturbation and unknowingly admitted me to LWPSA

Growing up with ADHD

You can read the original piece in English by Maitreya Sanghvi titled "Growing Up with ADHD: A 4 Part Series" here. This is a translation in Gujarati.

An Oxford Life

#Translation #Assamese You can read the original piece in English by Urvi Khaitan titled ‘History, Hallowed Halls, and a Hangover: An Oxford …

My Encounters with Religion as a Sikh Woman

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Courting through covid

#Translation #Marathi You can read the original piece in English by Pritika Datta titled ‘Courting through Covid: A Confession’ here. इथे एखाद्याच्या …

Rethinking the Tradition of Marriage
Vidya Devi: The Story of My Religious Grandmother

ਵਿਦਿਆ ਦੇਵੀ: ਮੇਰੀ ਧਾਰਮਿਕ ਦਾਦੀ ਦੀ ਕਹਾਣੀ

Caste and the Workplace: The Need for Corporates to Recognize Caste

कार्यक्षेत्र पर जाति: क्यों व्यापरसंधों का जाति के प्रति सचेत होना अनिवार्य हो

Live-In Relationships

#Translation #Gujarati You can read the original piece in English by Sayali Ranadive titled ‘Being in a Live-in Relationship During the Pandemic’ …

How to Lady-Wank in Public Spaces

#Translation #Nepali #LadyWank (without being caught) You can read the original piece in English titled “4 Public Places You Can Lady-Wank In: …

Patriarchy: The Oldest and Deadliest Virus By Harriet Lee Merrion

#Translation #Assamese You can read the original piece in English by Anjali Agarwal titled ‘Patriarchy: The Oldest and Deadliest Virus that Claimed …

I am not a witch

“मी स्वतःला एक संशोधक आणि कार्यकर्ता चित्रपट निर्माता म्हणून पाहतो. चित्रपट निर्मिती ही माझ्यासाठी वेदनादायक प्रक्रिया आहे.”

Separated Sisters

#Translation #Punjabi You can read the original piece in English titled “Separated Siblings” by Manushree Swami here. This is a translation in …

Insta-Poetry: A Culture of Feelings

#Translation #Korean You can read the original piece in English titled “Insta-Poetry: A Culture of Feelings” by Prithvi Sharma here. This is …

Excerpts from The Suicide Pact

#YoungAdultFiction The Suicide Pact is a confessional journal of a young girl in a boarding school in South India and her ultimately …

Workshops X The Blahcksheep

We’re doing four exciting workshops this April. Curated by passionate instructors across diverse fields, these workshops offer a fun way to learn …

An Eulogy

This poem is my search for answers as 19-year-old Noor sits on the stool chanting “qubool hai,” her body trying to breathe, …

Death of a body

This experimental fiction story titled “Death of a Body” is narrated by three wandering souls, each bearing a tragic story, connected by a …

Atmosfear

This collage series explores the concepts of censorship, control, propaganda, cancel culture, and the manipulation of the media and social networks. The …

The Structural Integrity of the Foundations of Being

In this personal essay “The Structural Integrity of the Foundations of Being,” the author reflects on the concepts of development and growth, …

Rewriting the Gita Govinda for My Grandmother

In this satirical piece, the author rewrites excerpts from Jayadev’s ‘Gita Govinda,’ a 12th century love poem about Radha and Krishna to …

My Mother's Undying Love for Bras

Mom has a love-hate relationship with bras: she loves them during the day and detests them at night. When she was working, …

All Along You Were Blooming

Inspired by an unexpected note from a cat lady in Pondicherry, this piece “All Along You Were Blooming” is about yogurt, mental …

A Childhood Memory and God

The author (a teenager) talks about her lingering childhood memory and what God means to her. I perfectly remember those days of …

Where Does God Reside?

I have been led to believe that God resides in temples and mosques, that they live in monasteries and gurudwaras. God was …

The Duality between Faith and Extreme Religionity

thousands and thousands of years ago  began an intricate system of faith  thousands and thousands of years later the reasonable fine lines …

Saving Light

I follow the orthodox religion in Russia. I like going to church. I like feeling the energy of people there. Religion, for …

A Pool of Shoes

Outside the Masjid, I see a pool of footwear. And I recall the feet of men and women in them. The grey …

Cultural Dissent of Hindutva Cases

[This article by Ananya Narain Tyagi first appeared in a blog, Law and Other Things. It has been co-edited and coordinated by …

God

“Naked and like a raisin, a wrinkled knob of our imagining…” a poem on God by Mitra Visveswaran My friends and I …

god's plan

Most atheists turn to atheism after having had some exposure to the ideas of religion and God. But the vice versa isn’t true …

part-time theist

[ April 5 21:00 “Sarva Shaktimate Parmaatmane Sri Ramaaya Namaha.”] She stresses on the ‘Sri. Shi-ree. She’s said it 25, now 26, …

My Encounters with Religion as a Sikh Woman

Having grown up in a Sikh family, the author opens up on her encounters with Sikhism and draws a distinction between organised …

Swaha: A Creative Nonfiction on Fire

This piece is a Creative Nonfiction (CNF), part biography of my grandma, womanhood and fire, and part mythology. Religion walking next to …

God is the Visual Manifestation of Our Beliefs

“A belief is a belief – there is no better belief, truer belief or higher form of belief. Different situations and circumstances …

Vidya Devi: The Story of My Religious Grandmother

The author, a non-believer, talks about his relation with his grandmother, Vidya Devi and her relationship with God. You can also read …

Dance of Existence

कर्पूरगौरं करुणावतारं, संसारसारम् भुजगेन्द्रहारम्। सदावसन्तं हृदयारविन्दे, भवं भवानीसहितं नमामि॥ You see him there– Dancing, In the sky of the enlightened mind Amidst …

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Viewing religion through the lens of a queer artist I grew up a Christian. The baptist church proved to be toxic and …

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‘Bikaner Junction’ is a collection of 4 short stories. Lucky is one of them. Lucky was a swift young man. He had …

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Dressed in vibrant colours, these pages daily thrust upon me the idea of how all love is love. Do they know of …

Petrona Viera 1895 1960 Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales

An open letter to my school best friend: Dear Sai, if you’re reading this (and I hope you are), please forgive me. …

The Love Letter 1904 Giclee Print by Nina Hardy.

strawberry smoothie swirling with syrupy lies, quenches her tempting thirst, as she jogs 9 rounds around the queen’s necklace, now lined with …

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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying hard to make sense of the fragility of connections. I’ve brought down my …

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Your fate is written on your spine,even more than it iscontrived on your palms.Because everytime,you lift what isn’t destined for you,more than …

Insta-Poetry: A Culture of Feelings

You can read the #Korean translation of this piece by Diya Kapoor here I would firstly like to start by appreciating Instagram …

The Landfills and Other Poems

The landfills if it never stopped raining? $40 a month for cowboys in the 1880’storn grass flower crumbs plastic driftwood cupsaround the …

End of the World

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 2004: Mr. T. Sunami 15 years old. Two streets away from the Coromandel Coast was our home.  An uncle …

Diary Entries of a Writer

(Who Doesn’t Keep a Diary) 8th of August – Stranger Shelter The lightning and thunder were overlapping, but I needed a carton …

Artwork by Caroline McAleer

Artist Statement: My artwork consists of photographic collages with graphic elements and typography. I am interested in photographing aspects of my surroundings …

Thomas Heming, Tea kettle, 1761

‘Not a penny’s worth,’ ‘Thoroughbred’ are some of the phrases my granddad and his peers often used. For people of his generation, …

A Personal History of Animals

This essay chronicles the author and her family’s relationship with animals and how it has evolved in the last three generations. She …

Because I am

The author of this piece lost all memory of a girl he used to be in love with after undergoing 12 ECTs …

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“Non-fiction stories nourish me,Crime thrillers keep me going” This piece is from an experimental independent album of visual poems called ‘VOETRY’. It …

Cryptic Cryptocurrency Creeps

‘The New World is coming. How can we make it loving and kind?’ This opinion piece talks about my issue with finance …

Let the World Know that I am Not Straight

For many years I was confused. My ideals and expressions were ridiculed. I did not know myself. I lived my life in …

Editor’s Life

People imagine me to be gainfully and happily occupied, editing and re-writing submissions most of the time. But I struggle with a …

Mumbai Experience

This short story mocks the famous ‘Mumbai Darshan’, and cynically subverts what it means to be a resident of Mumbai, with a …

A Woman's Agency: A Casualty of Politics of Birth?

Women in India are exposed to a triple whammy. The politics of birth that is deeply influenced by patriarchal notions puts enormous …

I’m done, Mami (An Unsent Letter to my Mother)

You’re no mother. Yes, you gave birth to me (which you reminded me of on each of my birthdays, always wanting to …

Four Elements

In my current work, I find myself drawn to the use of metallic, iridescent, and fluorescent colors in combination with textures that …

blasphemy

“I think art must always be innovative, it is a mental process so it is always in constant transformation.” For a few …

#FreeBritney: Why The movement is spearheading conversations on Reproductive Justice

I’ll tell ’em what I like, what I want, and what I don’tBut every time I do, I stand correctedThings that I’ve …

An Oxford Life

You can read this piece in Assamese, translated by Dimpi Sarma here. It’s been nearly four years since I started studying at …

Clothesline

A nine-year-old saree grows up not to be wrinkled and crestfallen akin to humans, it passes on from almirahs to closets, and …

This personal essay follows the question of whether a house inhabits its inhabitants or the inhabitants inhabit the house.  The …

Marvel adds an impressive cinematic twist but falls short on the plot of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness …

(1) In junior school, they would give us ‘holiday homework’ for the summer, so that the iced lollies and sliced …

#Poetry Cultivated by English the isles, they soughtO Albion your sea-encircled coast.What an interpreter of the maps visualisesTo the feet, …

कोई आज़ाद पंछी नहींना ही उसका कोई पंख मैं तो वह छत पर बंधेतार पर टंगा कपड़ा हूँजिस पर क्लिपलगाए …

Apart from the aesthetics, I got interested in miniature paintings because of the historical and political questions related to them. …

We’re doing four exciting workshops this April. Curated by passionate instructors across diverse fields, these workshops offer a fun way …

14th April, 2022: An update on the current situation in Sri Lanka by the author: • Appointment of a new …

In this reflective piece titled “Scattered Memories” the author journals her experiences and feelings on a diverse range of subjects …

This piece was rejected by other publications and platforms that found it “interesting but not good enough to be published.” …

This “Apology Letter” is addressed to all those suffering due to wars around the world today. In the grand scheme …

Author: Paulo CoelhoPublisher: Vintage InternationalYear of Publishing: 2017 “I am a woman who was born at the wrong time and …

This historical opinion piece titled “Separated Siblings” is the story of two nations, India and Pakistan. You can also read …

#LoveMonth when i was eighteen  i thought I’d marry the first person  i’d say i love you to  i thought …

Language Lessons starring Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales is a wholesome pandemic classic that leaves you with a warm fuzzy …

The artist uses mud to make toys only he can make, He is satisfied with his premature work Sitting back, …

#LoveMonth (asha, do you hear me?) I am a pretty little liar covered up with the façade of bewitching mendacity …

#LoveMonth “On our final drags of air we agree, I was and you were happy.”- Josefien The evening sun adds …

#LoveMonth The newspaper slapped the table as it landed. Boldly, it read: “¾ PEOPLE IN FONTAINHAS DIE ON CHRISTMAS DAY …

This piece “A Pandemic of Pretense” was rejected by The Print, The Wire and Jacobin. Humanity has been serving its …

In this satirical piece, the author rewrites excerpts from Jayadev’s ‘Gita Govinda,’ a 12th century love poem about Radha and …

‘Be My Eyes’ is a free mobile application that connects visually impaired people with sighted volunteers around the world. With …

There will be no need for affirmative action if we nationalize all public resources and redistribute them in a proportionate …

Watch the Palate Trekker’s latest Episode 3: Table in the Hills here: Table in the Hills was shot in South …

An Honest Film Review of Spiderman: No Way Home Spiderman: No Way Home has been the talk of town since …

How you spot me in every crowd  Is it written on my face I don’t fit in here The South …

A Series of 4 Poems Trigger Warning: abuse, suicide, self harm (This could be traumatising or disturbing to read.) (Maa, …

Flash fiction is a fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of …

You can also read this piece in Gujarati here translated by Tejas Khandelwal. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I …

Part I Savita was folding socks when they announced the lockdown on the news. As she dropped each pair on …

This short story has been previously rejected by two platforms. It revolves around the Bombay plague epidemic of 1896. The …

This piece was rejected by Midnight Magazine, a literary magazine. I found myself helplesslyMaking out figures in the dark all …

Tracing the professional journey of our Livestock Rearer, Aditya Malhotra, voracious eater, alcohol enthusiast, sommelier and risk taker, AKA The …

August is celebrated in the literary world as Women In Translation Month, a much awaited time when book bloggers, publishers, passionate bookworms all get on board to talk about, promote and review works of translated.

Borrowing from his personal experience, Sumeet has penned this article for the benefit of youth/students. The Student Debt Crisis is …

“I see myself as a researcher and an activist filmmaker. Filmmaking is a painful process for me."

(This piece was rejected by Modern Love, Huffpost Personal, LongReads, AGNI and more…)