Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:58am

Pink and yellow flowers covered the ovular bead that hung on a dainty gold chain swinging in the window of BRECA, a vintage shop in Pristina, Kosovo. The necklace attracted me from the street on a day I’d set out exploring the city which would become my temporary home during a summer project. I rushed into the store to purchase the piece, and once inside, found myself circling the aisles uncovering more jewelry, headwear and fabrics like none I’d encountered before.

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 3:14pm

No good college seduction routine would be complete without a pre-coital ideological disagreement. One October night, I cozied into the well-decorated attic of a friend who serenaded me by playing the bass before broaching the topic of conscription, a subject which, until recently, seemed largely obsolete in the post-interstate-war world. He said to me that being forced to sign up for the draft when he turned 18 seemed like a good system: While he otherwise would not have, he felt if the country called on him to go to war, he would do so gladly.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 12:02pm

“Due to security reasons, the doors to this train will not open.”

The loudspeaker on Delhi’s metro blared the warning message during the ride I was taking to meet a friend one night in the south of the city after protests had settled for the day. I was afraid to step off the train in the district after dark, not knowing what I might see from that day’s unrest. To my dismay, the metro did not stop where I intended to depart.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 6:04pm

“Enjoy your meal!” said the waiter.

“You too!” I responded thoughtlessly.