Musthafa Azeez

Indian born and raised in Qatar and currently making plans to be buried in Canada. Voracious reader, avid cinephile, self-published author of a crime novel and a freelance journalist.

The WhatsApp Update Most Needed By Malayalis

Over the years WhatsApp has released several updates to improve users' experience. Some were good (speeding up podcast length voice notes), some...

The Fear And Frustration Of Outgrowing A Friend

Remember the moment you realised you were outgrowing a friend?  Some of you can picture the scenario right now....

Does Digital Detox Really Make Sense? : Understanding Your Digital Diet

Imagine you went to your friend’s house and discovered he’d locked up his fridge. “I’ve been eating way too...

Letting Go of “Vaashi” Is the Best Way to Appreciate the Movie

Most movies can be evaluated by the time the credits start rolling. You were either entertained or bored, curious or confused. You...

The Importance (and Irony) Of Studying Malayalam As Second Language

The biggest “crime” I committed during my school days involved a crumpled-up page packed with Malayalam words. It was...

The Sorrow Of Malayalis Who Don’t Love Their Grandparents

The basement was still dark, the window near the ceiling half-covered with snow. I wriggled beneath the blankets as I half opened...

Antakshari and the Problem of Underpowering Protagonists

In the movie Antakshari, writer and director Vipin Das deftly uses light and shadow, music and silence, multiple themes and a unifying...

How You Can (And Why You Should) Read More Books

The following is a guide for anyone who wants to read more books or is hoping to restart their reading habit. It...