Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh |
Originally from Bangladesh, Nadia explains how Toronto is home “because it’s the first place [she] called home.” Her family moved a lot as a child, her father as an engineer took her to Botswana and the United States before arriving in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park. Nadia says that she knows that even if she travels anywhere else in the world, she’ll still call Toronto home. She is currently in the process of starting her own business curating interior spaces and a ‘style blog’ focusing on immigrants around the globe.
Toronto as Home
Nadia wanted to be photographed at the Dufferin Subway Station. Having lived in East York most of her life, she says, “venturing off into the world of living on my own has been quite a journey.” She now resides in Bloorcourt Village, which she explains is “infiltrated with gentrification alongside residents and business owners that have called this place home for years”. As a new resident of this neighbourhood Nadia says she feels “guilty for playing a part in gentrification… [yet finds it to be a] beautiful neighbourhood that [she] truly resonates with.” She feels comfortable knowing other immigrants are around. Every night at around the same time, a group of Bengali men grab coffees from Tim Hortons and sit in front of the Gladstone Library to talk politics. When Nadia needs to pray, she makes her way over to the Da’wa Centre to have a private moment with God. And if she’s missing spices at home, she can walk to the Bengal grocer to get her fix.
Connection with the Past
Nadia is holding a special blanket that her aunts in Bangladesh spent 6 months making for her. This is something they do for every daughter in the family as a gift for when they get married. She hasn’t gotten married yet, saying that she guesses “they’ve sort of given up” on her. Nadia says that even though her aunts don’t know her well she feels like they “got [her] style embodied into a blanket.” This is a family heirloom that she will pass on to her children.