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Journey Through My World

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a voracious reader. My parents, in their zeal to ensure that my English language skills were top-class so that I could keep my options as wide open as possible, kept me supplied with English books from a culture which was completely alien to me. Growing up in…
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Culture
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Come on, It’s all in the family!

My family did not always live in Lucknow. My father’s parents moved in from Balrampur and Basti while my maternal grandparents came in from Bankeganj. Drawn from these tiny towns around Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India (famous for the city Agra and its Taj Mahal), my family finally centred around the sprawling metropolis…
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10 Christmas Trivia Questions and Answers

With the holiday season beginning, the Internet is filled with information floating on Christmas. One that caught our eyes is the 31 Christmas Trivia Questions For Your Next Holiday Gathering. There are some interesting facts that you might not be aware of, but could be an interesting “small talk” subject at social events. Please read…
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Culture
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Welcome to my world… Lucknow, India

‘Round the silver domes of LucknowMoslem mosque and pagan shrine Breathed the air to Briton’s dearest The air of Auld Lang Syne O’er the cruel roll of war dream Rose the sweet and homelike strain And the tartan clove the turban As the Gomti cleaves the plain’ John Whittier’s famous lines still hold true for…
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Education
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Living in Boston, Walking in History

I’ve been living in city of Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, for a little less than five years. While living in this city, I’ve gained an appreciation local history through many valuable experiences…
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Abode of the Clouds

Exploring Meghalaya After almost 3 weeks of non-stop traveling to meet relatives across India, the two of us were yearning for some downtime. That isn’t to say we don’t like meeting friends and relatives, don’t get me wrong here, but the travel schedule was jam packed. We had gone from Bhopal (Centre) to Lucknow (North)…
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Education
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After Dark (Part 2)

Thinking about the relevance of Halloween in American culture today and the older traditions that it stems from, it makes me consider similar traditions from my own Singaporean Chinese culture…
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After Dark (Part 1)

Halloween is a children’s holiday, but that’s not to say it’s not all enjoyable for people well into their second childhood. It might actually be one of my favorite holidays of the year…
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Travel
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Autumn is in the air

The falling leaves drift by my window … It’s soon November, and fall season has officially begun. Fall is the time of Thanksgiving in the US, a national holiday where families will come together, and share, amongst other things, Turkey Roast and Pumpkin Soup. The seasonal colours of orange and red are splashed across window…
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Culinary
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My Taste Buds Miss Home

Since I started living away from my parents, I’ve taken to cooking many variations of curry, because it reminds me of home and the ingredients are readily available – the paste is easily…
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Culture
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A New Role

Different person in different context … We just returned from a month-long stay in India. We began to settle back at home in San Jose, sleeping throughout random intervals of the day, as jet lag crept over us. Each person is different, but it usually takes me about 4 to 5 days to adjust to…
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Education
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School after School

Contrary to popular belief, school does in fact rock, and it is everything else besides the actual learning that makes it so. Having lived in three different cities and studied in four different schools…
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