Dungarpur’s mudflap stars

November 16, 2012

Road culture is something fascinating. In my native Sweden, no trucker worth the name would around without a Wunderbaum tree swaying in the front window; in Lebanon, drivers hang little baby shoes under their cars for good luck. Indian roads display a whole range of interesting ways and manners...

The only female pastor

November 12, 2012

Am writing something about Rola Sleiman, an inspiring person I met a few months ago in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli. She’s unique in more than one way: not only is she at 37 a very young church leader, she’s also the only female pastor in Lebanon – and,...

The pols of Ahmedabad

November 6, 2012

Ahmedabad, the largest city in India’s westernmost state Gujarat, and a central city to the legacy of Gandhi (he lived here and established two ashrams in the city in the early 1900s; this was also the place from which he embarked on his Salt March in 1930), is a...

CST Bombay

October 31, 2012

Right in the centre of South Bombay, in the midst of charming but cramped old buildings and green parks where kids play cricket, sits a huge building: CST, often called “the most beautiful train station in the world”. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which is the full name of this...

Stories from Tadmur

October 18, 2012

When does a war end? And what about those things that don’t end, that stay unresolved? In Lebanon, more than 20 years after the civil war officially ended, many people continue to live, intimately, with what is not resolved from the war. UMAM, a civil organization researching and documenting...

In between two mountains in the Bekaa

October 16, 2012

If you’re a reader of Denmark’s Politiken or Finland’s Hufvudstadsbladet, you’ll soon read a report I wrote about hashish production in Lebanon. Together with Karim Mostafa (who took these pictures), I visited the hashish-producing village Yammouneh a few weeks back. Half an hour’s drive from the Roman ruins in...

Along the road in the Bekaa

October 10, 2012

Karim and I were driving in the Bekaa when we saw something. On the right side of the road, next to the big, rectangular tents that house Syrian families coming to work in the fields in Lebanon: a clothesline dancing in the wind. There was something with the colorful...

Walking route

October 10, 2012

One of my favourite walks in Beirut is the one that takes you from Hamra to Ashrafieh through Sanayeh, Zarif, Zoukak el Blat, Patriarchiye and Basta. These areas are lovely: they’re residential but still busy in a very nice way. You will find many of Beirut’s remaining old houses...

Beirut paint-up

October 8, 2012

Stairways hold an important place in Beirut’s urban landscape. They connect one street to another, and small hills to the street level. Usually, they’re concrete grey and blend, but lately some of them have turned bright orange, pink and green. The colorful make-over is courtesy of a team that...

Khiam, where there used to be a prison

October 7, 2012

Went with a friend to Khiam, a village in Lebanon’s south where his father was born and brought up. The name Khiam immediately makes you think about one thing: the notorious Khiam prison, which came under the control of SLA, the South Lebanese Army which was Israel’s allies in...

Behind the bus station

October 7, 2012

The Charles Helou bus station in Beirut is not among the most charming places in the city. It’s set right under a the highway that leads north, and it lacks things like silence, a rosy smell and access to direct sunlight. But it’s always an interesting place to visit...

Dahesh – the sorcerer of Beirut

October 4, 2012

The work with our book project continues. Right now, we (that is, the editorial team + the graphic designers AMI) join our contributors to different places across Beirut that will be featured in the book. Beirut’s “forgotten stories” – these are great things to discover. People, projects, places. And...

Forgotten stories from Beirut

October 3, 2012

Am working a lot these days on a very exciting project: a book collecting lost and unknown stories from Beirut. Mashallah News, the platform I’m one of the co-founders to, has been sharing less-told stories from across the Middle East for nearly two years now (our 2nd birthday is...

September 28, 2012

Am currently working on a report about one (of many) informal and illicit money-making businesses in Lebanon: hashish.  Spent a weekend in a village that is “famous all over the world for the top-class hashish” – Yammouneh in the Bekaa Valley’s north-east. It’s a tiny village, tucked in between...

No more

September 28, 2012

I decided that it’s time to stop procrastinating. To stop putting it off and just do it. Getting a website that is. So here comes! And you’re here, reading this. That’s amazing! The idea is that this will be a space for sharing my published texts, and for talking...