I was nominated for this award by the lovely Alpaca blogger, Once Upon a Bookshelf. Thank you for nominating me, sweetie hehe. Please check out her blog if you haven’t already! She’s amazing!! And a really good friend and honorary older sister to me in real life ^_^
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7 Facts about me:
I was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Coincidentally, now the state of Andhra Pradesh is split into 2 states, Telengana and Andhra. And Hyderabad is their shared capital. I can only imagine how chaotic that must be.
It’s been 10 years since I’ve visited India. I’m planning on going after I graduate with my master’s. Should be interesting to see how much has and hasn’t changed about my hometown.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Personally, I think it’s the hardest engineering major because of the amount of physics and chemistry that needs to be mastered.
I love reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and anything Shakespeare. I think all of them are so fascinating with really well developed characters and plot lines. They make you think!
The most difficult book that I’ve ever read *partially* is The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy. This was for my AP Language research paper back in junior year of high school. It’s an entire series of just stream of consciousness. One of the most idiosyncratic books I’ve ever read. I only read 150 pages of the first volume to write that paper, but I enjoyed it a lot and I’m planning on reading all 8 volumes someday. Gonna be fun LOL
My first career goal is to become a chemical engineering professor, then move up the ranks to maybe a dean? Not sure about that. But I would like to also hold political office one day! I’m a huge activist and love the nitty gritty and the game of politics. I also think it’s a good way to give back to the communities that have helped me reach my greatest potential so far.
*last one oh boy* I have 1 tattoo — so far. It’s on my back and it’s a tribute to my parents, my brother, and kind of a “coming out” statement for myself. The text is in Arabic which roughly translates to “Be the flower that gives fragrance to even the hand that crushes you”. And there’s 3 puzzle pieces for autism awareness. And the pieces are in the colors of the pansexual community. Haha, I’d like to get another one. I’m thinking a phoenix on the side of my stomach with a ribbon with the words “Still I Rise”. To remind myself that I will succeed, and that what had happened in my previous abusive relationship shouldn’t ever stop me.
Raising similar issues that I brought up in my own blog post: “NaMo”. It’s really nice to see more people questioning the motives and connections of Indian politicians — and politicians in general — and staying civil and respectful at the same time.
Also, please like The Undergraduate Times on Facebook, and subscribe to their mailing list. They have some really good articles written by undergraduates (like myself). It’s insightful and amusing at the same time. 🙂
Yet another rape-murder case in India. And once again the victims were Dalit — or the Untouchables, the group of people that are considered to be outside the caste system and deal with garbage and dead bodies (unholy things in other words). I agree that the “boys will be boys” phrase needs to stop. But Indians and those of Indian descent need to change their attitudes on the social hierarchy that is still present as the caste system, even though India officially abolished the caste system after it’s independence in 1947. Yes it is hard to change a tradition that is thousands of years old. And yes it will take time. But change has to start from the cultural norms and attitudes, and the best place to start for India is the caste system. It is stupid. It is wrong. And it is just another form of oppression. There is nothing different between me, a Brahmin, and my friend, a Sudra. We both have dreams and aspirations; we both want to make a difference in the world; we love our friends and family. Yet the caste system says that I am inherently better than my friend because of our previous lives. To be honest, I don’t give two shits about my previous life or my next life. I’m living my life now, and that’s all that really should matter. So the whole deal about karma and caste is just another way to oppress the lower castes and sub-castes. And raping/murdering Dalit girls is an open show of the power the monsters possessed because they were — probably — of a higher caste or sub-caste. They were taught to be that way, and we can try to change their attitudes. But we shouldn’t be reactive and change the attitudes of criminals. We, as Indians, no matter where you reside in the world or how you feel about the caste system, should be proactive and learn to change our attitudes first. So that crimes like these will never be committed in the first place.
It’s been a while since the elections in India, and to be honest, I don’t know enough about Indian politics and politicians, sadly enough. But I have heard my parents discussing the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the implications of the BJP sweep in the parliament. So I decided to learn more about the Indian political system, with the help of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his segment “India Jones and the Elections of Doom”. (Which is worth watching to understand the fundamentals of Indian politics.) So this post is technically late, but I had to take some time to learn more about Modi – or “NaMo” as he is affectionately called by his followers.
And no, I’m not talking about bears, lions, and tigers (oh my!), but actually more about us: human beings. We are probably the least moral, most ridiculous, most despicable and deplorable animals to inhabit this wonderful planet. We destroy plant life, destroy animal life, destroy the possibility of more diverse life, destroy each other, destroy our own selves with harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases (Of course, they don’t exist! What are those stupid scientists talking about anyway?), etc. But the most despicable thing we can do, among some others, is rape, publicly humiliating rape.