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Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe

Mumukshu | Pacifist | Fabulist

Location icon Ireland

Indian-born Irish inhabitant via Egypt, France, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and those United States

Essays and features in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, TED News, Doha News, REORIENT, Dissident Voice, Culture Unplugged, The New Indian Express, and elsewhere. Poetry and fiction in literary journals and anthologies including Acorn, ARDOR, Banshee, B O D Y, Rattle, Right Hand Pointing, and StepAway Magazine.

Awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry '19 Student Prize. IEP Global Peace Index Ambassador '19. Davis UWC Scholar. Former Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peace & Conflict Fellow. Inaugural Davis Fellow in Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Presented at the Cork International Poetry Festival '19, Jaipur Literature Festival '18, and International Literature Festival Dublin '18. Pushcart Prize Nominee.



Titanic (1997)

The man who has been holding on / tight arms aching muscles burning / clinging to that cold silver railing for / dear life, finally lets go

Rattle Magazine

*for Victor Valdovinos — There’s a monster in the closet / a monster ’neath the bed / a monster in the torchglow / messing with my head

ARDOR Literary Magazine

I want to be in a band with a crazy name / because on Ashbury in 1982, you stopped me by the poster / of the boys playing in the bar that Sunday, and said "Ingenious"-- / and I'd like to be.

Nine Months

The day I bit an apple, and it bled, I knew we had died. Downstairs, in the kitchen, you were brewing tea(rs). Love is under fire, in someone else's home: a kettle's weak scream.

Stepaway Magazine

You can never really know a city; round every corner: a different face. They don’t allow you the comforting accuracy of predictability. But towns, towns are as friends.


T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine
Journeying to the Soul of the World

Like Alice in Wonderland or Neo in The Matrix, acclaimed artist Sacha Jafri invites us down the rabbit hole on a journey to the Soul of the World.

T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine
Music to her Ears

11 year-old Han-Na Chang only wanted to meet Mstislav Rostropovich, considered by many to be the greatest cellist of the 20th century, even one of the greatest cellists of all time.

T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine
Que Paso!

Plucky photographer Ana Maria Garcia Montero talks Peru, Paso horses and her life through the lens.

T Qatar: The New York Times Style Magazine
All for a Jacket

Qatar's ambassadors for the PUMA 'Built for One' T7 Track Jacket campaign give their take on art, film and design in the Middle East.

TED News
The Power of Reframing: TEDxSummit Opening Night

If the TEDx Summit is a harbinger of the world to come—beginning with a region that has for too long been besieged by misunderstanding and conflict; then speak, world.

TEDx Global Summit
Bleedin' Cuttin' Edge: The TEDxSummit

"...Maybe then we will realize that it’s not about the wars or the differences; at the end of the day, we’re all just people.” People spreading ideas. Ideas worth spreading.

Journal of the New Zealand Society of Authors
Truth Matters

Contemplates the responsibility of writers not only to speak the truth through their writing, but to move people, and change the world, by "bringing the truth about matters of human significance to an audience that can do something about them".

Zabaleen: Cairo's Garbage Collectors

The hell of the mountain is better than the heaven of the Government. Even if it takes me to jail [I will say it]. The hell of the mountain is better than the heaven of the Government.

Dissident Voice
Uncommon India

A no-first-strike policy appears to translate to a no-first move-policy too, as India refuses to lead—as it has before—an active, committed and urgent initiative to achieve global nuclear disarmament.

Culture Unplugged
A Ca(u)se de Paix / A Case for Peace

There are those who will, no doubt, remind us that stories of war and violence are as old as humanity. But this rationale is as much a case for peace, as it is for war.

Culture Unplugged
En Face De / In Face Of

The doctors gave me nine months, you say. You look at me. Almost accusingly. What am I to do in the face of your despair? In face of—to oppose, to set against, to stand before, to face.

Culture Unplugged
Live to Tell

Peace is not an obligation. It is not a compromise. It is not a halfway house. It is a conscious, renewed and continual commitment to responsibility.

Doha News
COP18: Free trees, hippies and more

A highly subjective, vaguely useful and sometimes irreverent round-up of the top five booths you don’t want to miss at the COP18 Sustainability Expo in Qatar

The New Indian Express
The Walls Have Eyes

This Frenchman lives half in shadow, never revealing his full face or even his full name — you know him simply as JR.

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