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Kiran Kaur reflects upon one of her favourite hobbies – picking up a book and getting stuck in. For her, lockdown has offered the opportunity to read more. As Kiran states, books not only increase our understanding of the world, but they also help us to empathize with others – something especially important as we face a global pandemic.
A powerful commentary by Nelson Cummins on the legacy of the British Empire and how it continues to be perceived in the present day. Cummins argues that we must stop questioning whether the Empire was moral – it was not. Instead, to truly move on, we must educate ourselves on the atrocities it caused.
Aaisha Sabir writes about the changing role of women in society, and how South Asian communities in particular must no longer expect women to take on the role of housewives.
Hashmat Ali powerfully dissects the topic of travel. In a poetic and mindful analysis, his words leave us with a changed idea of what it really means to travel somewhere.
In most cases, racism does not take place in an overt manner. Insidious comments and behaviours that attack and belittle groups, are trickier to call out but also equally as harmful. Samantha Likonde has detailed a number of microaggressions to make clear that this behaviour should never have to be tolerated.
Rupa Mooker, Director of HR at MacRoberts LLP, highlights the lack of diversity within the Scottish legal practice. In this powerful and thorough piece of writing, she offers suggestions which would address this long-standing issue.
Kiran Kaur shares a poem reflecting on the growing hope that was felt in July 2020, despite the reality of living in a global pandemic.
Melanie Goldberg discusses the deep-rooted history of Antisemitism and how it continues to permeate our society today.
Sadya Afreen discusses her experiences of making friends in Scotland as an international student. She reflects on the friends she has now made, saying that they feel just like family.
Our Editor Iqra Ali shares her delicious baked salmon recipe
Umaima Khan explains how racism is deep rooted in history, yet often glanced over and never properly acknowledged. Khan argues that an accurate account of history is required in the national curriculum in order to combat racism.
A contributor responds to Makki Tahir’s previous Melting Scot blog post, by highlighting the importance of education on issues of current and historical racism, and why schools in the UK have failed to educate their students adequately on these matters.
Marwa Daher left Syria as a refugee and arrived in Scotland when she was 15. Her determination and passion to share the voices of the unheard, has led her to pursue a career of journalism. Here she shares her inspiring story.
Ramiza Mohammed recounts the challenges and obstacles she has overcome on her path to setting up her own successful law firm.
A contributor shares her experience of growing up and the different friendships she has made along the way.
Anmol Dhanda discusses their love of music, and explores its ability to allow for expression and creativity.
As protesters rise up in anger at the continued systematic racism against black people worldwide, Kiran Kaur reflects on the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement through poetry.
Shauntelle Islam recounts her experience of growing up half Bengali, half Scottish, and coming to realise her identity as a mixed race Scot.
Halal restaurants can still be tricky to find, and many still don’t know they exist. Raisah Goheer gives tips to make sure fellow Muslims don’t compromise their appetites when it comes to eating out.
Rebekah Cheung discusses the rise in racism faced by East Asians amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
It has many coloursIrn bru orangeMehndi redMixed in with crossroads of valley greens and blue and Kashmiri tea pinksLike an Ordnance survey mapWhere maps end and memories beginInhabits my worldLike a sea striding the landAnd estuaries encroaching the oceanOf mixed up ideas and mixed kebabsWhere two tongues join, branch and intertwinewords become half in oneContinue reading “On Wearing a Tartan Hijab”
Aimée Perera, a Scottish student who studied in America, details the concerning regulations international students may face in the US due to measures being pushed forward by Donald Trump.
Samir Haider discusses the history behind present-day Israel and the devastating implications this has had on the Palestinian people.
Nimra Ahmed writes honestly about the struggle of dealing with mental health issues and the importance of seeking help.
Aaisha Sabir takes a look at what arranged marriages mean in this day and age, tackling some of the preconceptions many have about the term.
As I stayed in quarantine during the period of covid19, I started exploring different ways to keep myself busy. One fine day, I came across my old sketches as a middle school student, inspiring me to revisit my lost passion for art. During my stay in Glasgow, I realised that there is a universal languageContinue reading “Reviving a Lost Passion – Art”
Since completing my first year at the University of St. Andrews studying Computer Science, I have realised the importance of supporting underrepresented groups in STEM. During my high school years, Computer Science was not an overpopulated career choice and therefore, I always felt somewhat isolated and unique in my passion for CS. However, this neverContinue reading “Being a BAME Woman in the Computer Science Field”
Glasgow offers an open, multicultural and benevolent environment. It is populated by beautiful, comedic, and passionate people who come from varying backgrounds. Living here as a minority for the past two and a half years has been a mixed blessing. Often, it is convenient that I can usually make friends from different (or same) nationsContinue reading “Life as an International Student in Scotland”
My primary school employed grouping. However, instead of grouping children in terms of ability, we were grouped according to race and gender. I started primary school following a rocky start to life, having moved schools three times before settling. Although I was proficient in my mother tongue, I was very quiet and did not interactContinue reading “From Feeling Inferior to Feeling Invincible…Miriam’s Story”
I’m sure we are all aware of the tragic murder of a man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, US. This awful incident occurred when Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake twenty-dollar bill in a shop. The police officer then proceeded to pin him down on the ground and kneel on his neck forContinue reading “Our Skin Colour Does NOT Define Our Beauty”
An experience that I share with pretty much everyone living in a diaspora is growing up with feelings of confusion and uncertainty in regards to identity and belonging. Although I have always felt accepted and as though I am part of Scotland, my Iraqi heritage has always been very important to me. There is soContinue reading “My Love for My Heritage and… Food!”
The recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests across Scotland and the outflow of support for the movement online has been welcome. I won’t engage with debating whether or not racism exists in Scotland, it does. Look at the tragic death of Sheku Bayou, look at peaceful protests in support of asylum seekers and refugees beingContinue reading “Scotland needs Black Lives Matter”
Colonial monuments across the world cast insidious shadows of histories past across town squares and city streets that have since become melting pots of cultures and ideas. As of late these monuments standing proud in the peripherals of public consciousness, as they enjoy their lunch break, have become subject to vandalism, removal and an importantContinue reading “Exorcising Haunted Monuments”
My name is Beverley Jane Smith, I am twenty-one years old, and I am mixed race. My mother is originally from Uganda, Africa – and my father was born and raised in Airdrie, Scotland. We moved here twenty years ago after I had turned one, so I have spent my full life in Scotland. GrowingContinue reading “Where are you really from?”
Lockdown. Self-isolation. Covid 19,Corona Virus, all of the above,Is all everyone has been hearing,Since March arrived, A lot of devastation, death, fear, sadness, anxiety,Has interrupted the lives of everyone,Unfortunately, humanity is in the midst of a crisis,Many unjust untimely deaths, Sanctions placed on our freedom that we take for granted, What we should remember,This isContinue reading “Life in Lockdown 2020”
As the black lives movement (BLM) is all around us right now, I think it’s important that we educate ourselves on the black Muslim movement (also known as the Nation of Islam) which began in 1930 and was founded by Wallace Fard, in America. To sum up what this movement was- it was a religiousContinue reading “A look into the Black Muslim Movement”
Over the last month we have seen a surge in discussion about race relations due to the worldwide protests taking place against the murder of George Floyd in the United States. Against the advice of the Scottish Government, gatherings took place in Edinburgh and Glasgow to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movementContinue reading “Scotland’s Response to Black Lives Matter: The Next Steps”
The power of social media is insane. I would actually say that social media is a better source of information than the actual news itself. The reason for that is around 70% of information I see on social media outlets such as Instagram and Twitter I rarely see on news channels such as the BBC.Continue reading “Why Tuning into Social Media is Important”
The world is currently going through chaos, many communities are being treated unjustly, attacked and killed by the elite/entitled members of our societies. People portrayed as gentle and kind are causing harm around us and the media is not covering it – so we need to raise awareness. The power of social media is greatContinue reading “Yemen: The forgotten crisis that we must pay attention to”
Over the past few weeks the USA and the rest of the world have been protesting about how black people are treated in our society. As a society, we ignore the ugly truths and think everything is sunshine and rainbows. Sadly, the societal divide between races has been a long outstanding issue. As a matterContinue reading “#BLACKLIVESMATTER”
Firstly, I would like to start by saying that the purpose of this article is to spark a discussion and the views that will be presented are my own. We all use some type of social media and we have seen the Black Lives Matter movement has gained a lot of traction, however, the protestsContinue reading “Why do people care so much about statues?”
We are currently living in uncertain times and the only thing that I can be certain about is that this is the time we will look back on and see the real changes that were made. We will no longer allow injustice and prejudice to be so prevalent in our society. We have seen theContinue reading “Justice for Sheku Bayoh!”
Emily McConnell talks about how seeing her brother grow up with Down’s Syndrome, has made her realise the importance of communication Lockdown means different things for different people. While most of us are able to say how we’re feeling, others, who have communication support needs, rely on a range of adapted techniques to express theirContinue reading “The art of communicating and why it should be valued”
Isra Ali recounts her experience of getting into the legal profession and explains what motivates her to work in the job she loves. Hair brushed, blazer on, eyeliner flicked perfectly. The day was finally here. I was starting my first day as a Trainee Solicitor. Walking into Glasgow City Centre, I reminisced, thinking about theContinue reading “Working as a Solicitor – why I love what I do”
Peter Anderson offers a glimpse into the techniques he uses to keep his mind healthy, especially in difficult times. “You can always have a laugh” That’s a quote from my mum and it’s most definitely true. While there is nothing particularly funny about what we’re going through, laughter is exactly what we need right now!Continue reading “Laughing – why we should be doing more of it”
Based in Edinburgh, Rosalind Main is an Art Student at Edinburgh College of Art studying a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice. Her work primarily explores themes around social media, consumerist cultures and self image through photography and installation work. She is also a model and body inclusivity activist having co-founded the positivity campaign I AmContinue reading “I Am More Than – The work of an activist seeking fundamental change”
Madni Tahir shares his experience of going into finance, suggesting tips on how to get into the profession, and describing the perks related to the field. So if you’ve not clicked on yet, this article is by a Finance Professional. We’re not the wordy type, we prefer our spreadsheets and journals. Although you could argueContinue reading “Getting your balance sheet to balance: the perks of a life in finance”
By Sophie Kim In between all the hours on Tik-Tok and manic baking I have been doing to distract myself from the current madness, I have also been trying to find some positives in the world coming to a stop and so I hope my ramblings bring some comfort to you as well. Last year,Continue reading “Sustainability and the ‘new normal’”
Ramadan in 2020 has been like no other year before. With new challenges to practicing her faith during the coronavirus lockdown, Iqra takes us on a journey for a week in the life of a Muslim fasting in Scotland #meltingscot
By Makki Tahir My name is Makki Tahir and I have just completed my third year at university, I am currently studying Law at the University of the West of Scotland. I was contacted by Melting Scot to write about what I have been doing during this lockdown. If you would like to get involved,Continue reading “Life Under Lock-down: Makki’s Experience”
By Iqra Ali I belong to Glasgow, Dear old Glasgow town, But there’s something extra special with Glasgow That makes it the best town around I’m only a common uni going lass, As anyone can see But when I ain’t busy and working on a Sunday Glasgow belongs to me Iqra Ali’s adaptation of ‘IContinue reading “10 Things to Love about Glasgow”
Hi guys! My name is Isra (@israali96)! My normal day-to-day routine would be jam-packed with work, family and social events (including multiple trips to Nando’s 👀😂), but here is a wee snippet of how I am spending my time during COVID19. I hope everyone is staying safe and finding an enjoyable way to spend theirContinue reading “Isra – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi everybody, Declan (@_allhandsondex) in self-employed lockdown! Easier said than done but try to make the best of these difficult times and find the joy where you can 🌟 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want toContinue reading “Declan – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi everyone! It’s Farah (@lifeinthefazlane) and my message is that this is a temporary situation. With any struggle, just add on ‘right now’. This is equally an anxious time for children and they display this through behaviour. Just be patient, and connect with other parents to have a rant – it’s ok to say youContinue reading “Farah – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Be determined ✊🏽 @meltingscot X @sadcofoundation #collaboration ✨✨✨ ✨✨✨ Hey guys its Saqib (@saqibsadiqofficial) here! Too often I see a lot of negativity whether that be on the news or on social media. This is totally understandable, I am not saying you should ignore the news at this point, but following every single headline mayContinue reading “SADCO Foundation #collaboration – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hello ! It’s Jupiter (@jupiter059) and here is what I’ve been doing to keep myself busy during this lockdown period. This is a difficult time for all of us so learn a new skill or watch Netflix all day, it’s totally up to how you feel. Stay positive and spread positivity ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19Continue reading “Jupiter – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hello everyone! My name is Haseeb (@hmasgher) and these are my thoughts in regards to current quarantine situation. During this time it’s easy to fall in a sense of disarray and discomfort. But have that one focus, that one goal in your mind that you want to achieve. It’s a mindset you need to adapt.Continue reading “Haseeb – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Remaining Positive! @meltingscot X @iam_more_than #collaboration ✨✨✨ Rosalind (@rosalindmain) is a Masters Student at Edinburgh college of art and is working in a WFH environment by creating a studio in her flat! She’s also a Body Positivity activist and is one half of @iam_more_than, who she runs with @morganruthmctiernan ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’reContinue reading “I Am More Than #collaboration – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi guys! My name’s @sophiekim72 and normally I’d be living life at a million miles an hour but I’ve been using the lockdown to spend some time on myself💕 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want toContinue reading “Sophie – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hello @julstachurska here – through lockdown I’m trying to keep my normal daily routine to the best of my ability, but also planning doing things that I’ve neglected in the past. Fence painting and language learning for days! 💕 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’sContinue reading “Julia – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi everyone, my name’s @_junaidashraf! And I’ll be outside everyday to make sure I don’t sit around on my phone all day. Can someone DM me a skincare routine because DAMN I need one 😂 hope everyone has been well at home this past week, make sure you get some fresh air during the day!Continue reading “Junaid – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hello, my name is @aqib.mm and I’m here to provide you with some positivity and sharing how you can use the current predicament to your advantage! If anyone needs someone to speak to during this difficult time I’d be happy to speak with you 😊 #keepitclassy ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending muchContinue reading “Aqib – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi everyone 👋🏻 my name’s @kellygivenxx and I’m using my self-isolation time to be kind to myself and relax. My advice would be to follow @mrshinchhome to get some inspiration during this worrying time and use this period to reconnect with yourself 🌟 #covid_19 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more timeContinue reading “Kelly – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hello!! My name is Marianna and I study Politics and Computer Science. My goal is to run 10k by the end of the quarantine period 🏃🏾♀️ ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to be involved DMContinue reading “Marianna – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi guys! It’s @makkitahir and I’m sharing what I’ll be getting up to during the lockdown. I’ve got some tips for you guys on how to keep your mind as active as possible. #covid_19 ✨✨✨ During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting upContinue reading “Makki – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
Hi everyone! During the #covid_19 lockdown we’re all spending much more time on ourselves – so let’s share what we’re getting up to! If you want to be involved DM @meltingscot and create a 1 to 5 minute video and we’ll post it on our instagram! It doesn’t need to be professionally made, but youContinue reading “Launch – Melting Scot Covid-19 Series”
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