Bariga Sugar is a lovely story about relationships. Not the kind that you think of when you hear the word ‘relationships’ but it’s the most simple kind.
Bariga Sugar is Madam Sugar’s version of a brothel staged in a face-me-I-face-you residential area in which each room is occupied by one of her ‘girls’. Being raised in this brothel is the young Ese whose mother has a ‘a lot of friends’ but she has none until Jamil and his mom move in opposite them.
The writer wins here in very simple ways that the unassuming eyes might not notice but yet can still appreciate because the feeling is there. Jamil and Ese are two different people but yet the same.