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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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Travel
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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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Education
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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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Culture
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Positivity – A Good Thing ?

The Confidence Game… I have been doing a fair bit of self-reflection lately. As I am making a long trip to India, the break and the voyage is a good time to take a step back and take in all of life’s experiences this year. One of the things that has changed about me, after…
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Reflection
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Books that have Paved My Way (Part 2)

As I got older, I began reading more literary fiction. I focused on language and style, and genre fiction took a backseat. But nothing is as exciting, as thought-provoking, as heart-warming, or as funny as the fiction I read while growing up…
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Reflection
TransCultural Group

Books that have Paved My Way (Part 1)

Growing up as a single child, I was never really lonely, but I did have to spend a lot of time alone. While my mother, who had quit her job as a flight attendant to take care of me…
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