Berkana’s Year One Anniversary!
New Section Announcement and Information on Future Posts!
Welcome to Berkana! It has been a year since I have published on Berkana for the first time. It took me many years to develop the discipline to take my work to the public and start building an active portfolio. I started Berkana with the vision to prod into the conditioning of the collective social psyche through the lenses of scrutiny. And since I started, I never had a dull moment. Berkana gave me the agency to narrate many thought-provoking stories of the human condition hidden on the fringes of culture. However, now that alone is not enough for my creative angst. I have many other forms of writing, especially the stream-of-consciousness style, which is broadly well received. So I am keen to share more of my work in that style of writing. I have decided to diversify Berkana and expand its reaches on the shores of human consciousness. Although the intention is to diversify the work, the essence of Berkana will never change. The purpose of my work is constant, it is to evoke profound emotions and to help exorcise the cultural conditioning. The newsletter will now be divided into two segments - highbrow investigative essays as before and the additional section called ‘Ruminations’. I describe the section as ‘Profound Epiphanies on the Human Experiences of Love, Longing, and Loss’. Within this section, I will publish all the fascinations and complexities of human life from personal and transpersonal experiences.
Berkana has been more than just a newsletter. It is a community of awakened individuals, who celebrate the spirit of cultural revolution. Berkana readers are the modern vanguard of human empathy. In my regular newsletter posts, I carefully observe obscure art forms, objects, folklores, and literature and try to map them back to the lives of people who created and used them to get by. The goal is to awaken dynamic social framework changes under the light of storytelling. You will still receive, the main newsletter about obscure cultural anecdotes. In addition to that, I will now create additional content that ignites more nuanced conversations on life. The Rumination section is more like a community space for the readers to connect and share their views.
I am parallelly working on multiple threads, some more complex than the others. For example, I am trying to juxtapose country houses and their link to colonialism and slavery. I am working on a piece that connects child abuse with old folklores. I am also learning more about the lost land of my ancestors - Bangladesh, guarding stories of some of the most brutal riots in the history of mankind. Bringing all these pieces together is taking some time, so I hope until then you will find value in my ruminations.
On Bekana's first anniversary, I want to thank you all for your support and presence here. I am grateful to share this treacherous, yet beautiful journey of being a human with you. I find plenty of value in your readership and encouraging words, and it is you for who I keep writing. Writers are lost souls without their readers. It is the reader, who perceives the words, understands them, and gives meaning to them. Without the observer, the object of observation does not exist - the simple law of quantum physics. Your resonance with the spirit of my work has kept me on this journey of experimentations and revelations. Thank you for believing in my work. My next post is scheduled for the upcoming week. Until then, stay safe!