What are you thankful for? Say it in six words

by Rashmee

Posted on November 26, 2020


“For sale: baby shoes, never worn” read the handout in my short fiction creative writing MA class at the University of East Anglia. It’s a famous six-word story, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, though it’s not entirely clear he wrote it. Whoever did was a master of flash fiction. There are many worlds in that one … Continue reading “What are you thankful for? Say it in six words”

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10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2020 / The National


Despite these testing times, American Thanksgiving (November 26) may be a useful moment to take stock. What should we, as a planet, give thanks for in a year that threw up the depressing new word “doomscrolling”? It is true that 2020 has felt like a particularly bad year. It was roiled by two spreading crises, … Continue reading “10 reasons to feel grateful this Thanksgiving”

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On Thanksgiving, I give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service

by Rashmee

Posted on November 28, 2019


Really and truly. Family and friends will gather round the turkey and the Vegan Wellington this evening in a nicely American celebration. But when we get to the Pumpkin Pie, I’m probably likely to give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service (NHS). On Wednesday, November 27, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading “On Thanksgiving, I give thanks for a thoroughly British thing – the National Health Service”

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Why Thanksgiving stories just have to be about turkey

by Rashmee

Posted on November 22, 2018


Ever noticed how Thanksgiving stories – the funny ones, and those about failure and fortitude – generally revolve around food? I should rephrase that. They revolve around turkey. How it wasn’t properly cooked; or cooked way ahead of time; was brined wrong; or dangerously deep-fried. There are also those other stories about the turkey that … Continue reading “Why Thanksgiving stories just have to be about turkey”

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Thank God for those who give thanks. We should be grateful for the reminder

by Rashmee

Posted on November 24, 2017


This Thanksgiving, it is only right to give thanks for those who tell us why we should give thanks. One of those is Yale law professor Stephen Carter, who recently wrote up 13 reasons we should be grateful to be alive in November 2017. These included one well-worn theme – the fall in the number … Continue reading “Thank God for those who give thanks. We should be grateful for the reminder”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK