I was having another sleepless night. The gates to the hell, that is twitter, opened and sucked me right into it. Scrolling up and down, I was hoping to find a good read, or something inspiring that would put me to sleep with a smile on my face. Finally, there was a video that was shared by Kambiz Hosseini; an Iranian comedian and social figure. In this footage there was a man interviewing a street child in Iran.
I pressed play, even though now I wish I never did.
It started like a typical citizen journalism video. The cameraman asking the street child about what he wanted to do when he was older. The street child had a very simple answer: to work. To work as a recycler who can sell his recycled trash for some money. I smiled at the simplicity of this boy’s wish. It was the follow up question that ruined me for a few days.
“What is your biggest dream?” asked the cameraman. After a few seconds of silence, the boy returned the question with embarrassment “what is a dream? What does “dream” mean?”.
I switched off my phone with teary eyes. Here I was, sleepless, trying to make sense of how cruel the world can be at times.
In this issue we wanted to explore the different definitions of the word “dream”, and what it means to us.
We would like to welcome you to our Odd Month of September:
My Arlene – Sam Aberdeen
Legoa – Selabe Kute
Pretenders – Fazlin Margrose
Green – Zayd Taliep
Ocean Dream – Nada Ahmed
Family For a Night – Nicola Pilkington
The Art of Waiting – Sanelisiwe Yekani
Braamfontein – A Dream Deferred – Selabe Kute
Lifebreath – Bic Parker
Just Go: Thailand – Angelina Tsimberov
Dear Traveler – Sanelisiwe Yekani
She Became the Dream – Tarryn Booysen
Stardust – Riyaaz Margrose
Interview with Nathaniel Sheppard III – Shameelah Khan
Interview with Aliki Saragas – Amy Loureth Worster
We hope that this issue will be inspiring and thought-provoking.
We publish new content on the first day of each month.
Here at Odd Magazine, we acknowledge and welcome all forms of artistic expressions, and thus we have our doors open to anyone who is interested in contributing to our platform.
Visit our submission page for more information.