ESSAYS ON CULTURE

A child’s violence, A parent’s bewilderment

A child’s violence, A parent’s bewilderment

  How did we come to this? Our children perpetrate violence and we watch in stunned silence. Yesterday at 2pm, there was a mass school shooting committed by a child against other children of a South Florida high school he had attended in the past. This is my life this...

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Zadie Smith Feels Free in Atlanta

Zadie Smith Feels Free in Atlanta

  Last night, I went to a Zadie Smith book signing event at the SCADshow theater. This event was part of Zadie's book tour promoting her new essay collection, Feel Free. She was interviewed by television journalist Gail O'Neill on topics like race, her biracial...

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The business of Animal shit in America

The business of Animal shit in America

  What the shit?  If you thought the YouTube comments section is a septic tank, you're in for a surprise. There's a hog farm in North Carolina, where animal waste including aborted piglets from pregnant pigs falls through slits in the floor. The shit that's collected...

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Food, will power and a problem of excesses

Food, will power and a problem of excesses

  After watching the "What the Health" documentary on January 1st, my resolve to live a healthy lifestyle has been reignited. Enter Intermittent fasting, where I give my liver a break for 18 hours each day, and eat only in a window of 12pm to 6pm. However, just three...

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The cardinal wisdom of the Native Americans

The cardinal wisdom of the Native Americans

In the Native American way, there are 7 sacred directions of a life's journey. There are the 4 cardinal directions representing the different stages in his life and there's the sky above and the earth below and the 7th direction which is his journey inward. 1. The...

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When the Indian-American mom goes clubbing

When the Indian-American mom goes clubbing

Google maps reminds me that I am 500 yards from the destination after I have just cautiously taken a left onto a poorly lit gravel parking lot. Night clubs seem to like the appeal of appearing incognito all the while being inherently orgasmic in our thoughts. I...

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Hebrew 6:19 – Hope is the anchor to the soul

Hebrew 6:19 – Hope is the anchor to the soul

A boy, who doesn't seem to be 10 yet, comes and asks me for my phone at Barnes and Noble. I look at his bald head and wonder silently, "childhood cancer?" Its little over 8pm on Thursday evening and I'm sitting with my 8 year old reading about Anne Frank's diary's...

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The Modern Family and The Marital Adversity

The Modern Family and The Marital Adversity

On Sunday at 4am along the south east coast of India, a woman sleeping next to her 9 month old infant sat up on the berth of a moving train, collapsed on the floor, frothed at the mouth and died. Her husband of 3 years sought help in the next station the train had...

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On Diversity and Collaboration

On Diversity and Collaboration

Scott Lanyon, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education at the University of Minnesota said this at the U of M Arts Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement ceremony this afternoon. "Earning a graduate degree is a significant undertaking, one that less than 10%...

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His mother’s open letter to Assad

His mother’s open letter to Assad

The letter * Assad, It is tough for me to think of you as a product of a biochemical blissful event, a distinct moment in time. Should I have sniffed the life out of you the moment I held you in my arms? The pain, the struggle that I went through to bring you here,...

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On how it feels to have a daughter

On how it feels to have a daughter

To sit, sip, dream, laugh, read and muse. The world must be in order for her to do that. Everyone has a magic spot and she is mine. This little girl who has a nose for the roses and an eye for wonder. The one that has taught me to soak in a little of the earth element...

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The How and The What Of Eating Animals

The How and The What Of Eating Animals

"As in any kind of factory, uniformity is essential. Piglets that don't grow fast enough - the runts - are a drain on resources. Picked up by their hind legs, they are swung and then bashed head first onto the concrete floor. This common practice is called "thumping"....

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If Oreos were pets

If Oreos were pets

  The ghostwriter for this short story is my 7 year old. According to him, this is how I would write about the lady bug who has come to live with us. * * *...

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Teaching the law of Dharma to the ISIS

Teaching the law of Dharma to the ISIS

Spoiler alert: This essay is committed to making a point in gravitas, which I have understood can only be done by not expressing myself in emojis or the texting slang language. * Dear ISIS, Did you know that irrespective of religion and cultural references, once you...

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The UBER app and it’s human heart beat

The UBER app and it’s human heart beat

“I don't really need to go to Church. If I am feeling low, I just pray. What will God do that you can't do for yourself anyway?” Words of wisdom from a 23 year old Haitian-American UBER taxi driver, Ernst. * What would a 40 billion dollar company like UBER, a taxi...

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At home, in America

At home, in America

Cold weather pronounces thoughts of my home. I want home to be my one breathtaking world. After all, most times, I am confident enough to navigate around with my eyes shut. It's my library, my hospital, my school, my bakery and mostly my therapist. This is where...

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When the Indian-American mom goes clubbing

Google maps reminds me that I am 500 yards from the destination after I have just cautiously taken a left onto a poorly lit gravel parking lot. Night clubs seem to like the appeal of appearing incognito all the while being inherently orgasmic in our thoughts. I...

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Love made me do it

As you slip and fall, my thoughts are along with you atop the death train – la bestia. A smiling young man you were, one second ago, the next – a limp body in the overgrown unworn path. A heatstroke at 16 has sent you home sooner than you wished for. But is any man...

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Homs and The Uncharismatic Sociopath..

* For anyone not in need of soul searching or a mirror.. Here is the gist of the mother's letter.. * Assad.. It is tough for me to think of you as a product of a biochemical blissful event, a distinct moment in time.. Should I have sniffed the life out of you the...

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Compassion takes a road trip..

.. A long winding one.. How are you all?!?! I had deliberated just a little bit whether to post or not today as per my regular Sunday late night schedule :) It is festive mood all around, and what better way to spend the holiday season (here in the US and everywhere...

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The Wishing Well and An Empty Tummy

The Wishing Well and An Empty Tummy

© MColdPlay's 'Hungry Child' @ Deviantart * I call my boss and tell him, I won't be in until late. Over a crisp morning coffee I work out logistics. I plot the distance between school and home.. 500 yards.. I aim for taking cover. While setting up my equipment at...

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When hearts bleed, stones melt..

When Goran Kimonovski wrote the Nature Vs. Nurture article to describe the role of parents and the environment on the upbringing of a child, I was intrigued. After all he had an interesting theory, "From the moment the self is discovered, two opposite forces influence...

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