The City of Joy’s Unintentional Ambassador

Gabriel Nathan
10 min readDec 7, 2022

“Ey,” Kay said to me on the bed at our Air BNB in Kolkata, “do you think you want to propose to me now?”

A ring, a hubcap, a life. Round, simple, pure. (Ankita’s photo)

“Ohn ohn,” I said, eyes crinkled, in her native Assamese. I know a few words and phrases, and she’s made matzah ball soup and soofganeeyot, but that isn’t what’s important. We know what’s important. And it ain’t houses, and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth and it ain’t even the stars.

Gabriel Nathan

Gabe is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, a mental health publication. He drives an old VW year round and wears corduroy trousers in the summer.