Mimi Mondal is a Dalit woman from India who writes about politics and history, occasionally camouflaged as fiction. Her first co-edited anthology, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, received a Locus Award in 2018, and was shortlisted for a Hugo and a British Fantasy Award. Mimi currently lives in New York and tweets from @Miminality.
“The Trees of My Youth Grew Tall” belongs to a loose story arc, from which “Other People” and “This Sullied Earth, Our Home” have been previously published, and “His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light” is forthcoming from Tor.com in 2019.
Angela says if I want to film the rituals, I cannot do so as an outsider or a guest. The rituals are private, she says, and a secret. That is the problem, I say, I want to film them because they are a secret.
There is a djinn for everything: every act of forgetting, every act of remembering. Every act of oppression, every act of protest. Every act of civil resistance, every arrest, every injury, every death. There is a selfish djinn, and a selfless djinn. There is a djinn for beauty, a djinn for zakhm, a djinn for kindness, a djinn for empathy. A djinn for absence, a djinn for inaction; a djinn for climate, a djinn for crisis, a djinn for war, a djinn for peace. What are words but
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