Ramadan: A Special Place in My Heart

Nothing tastes as incredible as the first bite of a date when breaking your fast. It’s a time when relief fills the body, the vexing hunger fades away, and the mind is at ease. Ramadan: a time when the body is weary, but the soul feels vibrant. Ramadan is the holy month in Islam when…

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The Law of Attraction: Yay or Nay?

At the beginning of the year, while my family was emptying out cupboards, I came across a collection of my old school work that my mother had kept. Among these was a worksheet where we had been instructed to write what we wanted for our future. We must have been in grade 4. I was…

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A Travel Through Reality

A glimpse into the fate of many female children in India… #SupportTheGirlChild Blame is an escape. If we gave it a chance, the cunning emotion could turn our lives into a haven. Though what destiny gave us is what we receive. Why keep thirsty for something you will never earn?  My heart keeps on yearning…

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The Borders Between Roop and Satya: ‘Kalank’ Review

“When someone else’s destruction seems like your victory, then there is no soul more broken than yours in this world.” –Kalank (2019) Kalank is a film that takes place in 1945 India during the pre-colonial era, and it is a film solely successful due to the web of words that the writers, Hussain Dalal and…

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Unlimited Identities

Everyone has many facets to their personality — no one can be labeled or understood as just having one side to them. A high school teacher may present themselves as a poised and educated person; however, when they are on a night out with their friends they might drink a bit too much beer, let…

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Tick Tock

A short story revolving around sensory sensitivity for Autism Awareness Month: The ticking of the clock is too loud. I look around the classroom. Does no one notice it? Their heads are bent, sleeping on the desk. Some pay attention to the teacher that is drawing scribbles on the board. Do they not notice the…

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The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health — Part 1: Let’s Get Anxious!

Read the prologue here. As I walked back to the grandstand after winning the first round of our traditional Saturday afternoon game of squash against Moe, I could sense its return and presence not so far away. At this point, I should make it clear that I have been diagnosed with OCD and anxiety, and…

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The Inevitability of Poverty

Poverty has always been perceived as a major worldwide problem. Since early civilization, the slaves of Roman masters were commanded to fulfill their respective duties. Currently, in California, the poverty rate is at 20.4 percent. Under any circumstances, the concept of poverty will never diminish. Trends throughout history have proved that there were numerous solutions…

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The Bollywood Effect: Women in Indian Cinema

From Saira Banu to Sonam Kapoor, Bollywood, the Indian film fraternity, has been a part of Indian society for more than 106 years. In recent years, however, Bollywood has become an integral division of Indian society. It has become a source that has a large impact on the thoughts, dreams, and goals of the Indian…

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