Articles of personal opinion that analyze topics such as pop culture, politics, science, history, racial equity, gender and the Asian identity.
Dear Mother Earth
A letter addressing the earth detailing natural disasters of 2022, progress in sustainability, etc.
Not Safe for Wellbeing: Toxic Relationships in Teen and Adult Fiction
To end the guessing game, I’m going to name two titles:
1. Twilight. 2. Fifty Shades of Grey.
Whatever your immediate reaction—slow realization, confusion, or abrupt bodily repulsion—they are all valid. These two titles have solidified themselves as bestselling titles both on bookshelves and in the cinema—either as guilty pleasures or as titles deeply ridiculed in pop culture, depending on how much cringe your brain cells are willing to resist, particularly when it comes to the term ‘toxic relationship.’
Reflection on Diaspora Poetry
This is the core of a diaspora poem. For me, it is a eulogy. Grief in every word. Mourning the motherland.
Dancing with Chained Feet
Dynamics of caste and gender in the Indian Classical Dance tradition.
I tried Hoisin Duck wraps from (almost) every UK supermarket
It felt like it didn't matter which supermarket I went to, they would almost always have hoisin duck as an option on their meal deal shelves. So I decided to put that theory to the test: can I find hoisin duck wraps in almost every supermarket? How do they differ depending on where you shop? Why is hoisin duck as a sandwich option almost as common as chicken and bacon, or tuna and mayonnaise, in the UK?
My Body Belongs to the Liberal State:
Decoding the Politics of Control Embedded in India’s Liberal Abortion Laws
Our Prince Charming
It's possible. 25 years ago, on November 2nd, 1997, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on TV. In the past, there were many adaptations of the beloved tale, but it was Whitney Houston’s TV production that truly made the magic come to life.
Our Favorite Nostalgic Childhood Movies
A study conducted by the National Institute of Health revealed the brain takes meaningful memories and ties it to contextual events which are eventually stored in our long term memory. In essence, the brain associates certain memories to emotions or past events.
"And the prize goes to...": Nobel and Bias in Accolades
Every laureate receiving the Prize in 2022 is white, including only two women out of the eleven (non-organization) winners. Additionally, every laureate is based in Europe or the United States. The prize, tracing back to 1901, has been criticized over its history of eurocentrism. Each year, critics point out the lack of representation of people of color, women, non-Europeans, and non-Americans in the group of winners, particularly in the science categories.
It's All For Show
I’ve come to realize that I have departed from the innocence and spontaneity of childhood friendships, entering into a world where human connections are, more often than not, goal-oriented, unauthentic, distant, and unreadable.
Complacency under Queen Elizabeth's Rule
Today’s discussions declare that it is difficult to disentangle the Queen from colonialism and imperialism. The monarch serves as a symbol for the British empire, and this is exactly what Queen Elizabeth was. She was a symbol for an empire that was built off of genocide and violence, which is why many of those belonging to colonies or former colonies subjugated by Britain have mixed feelings towards her.
Jugjugg Jeeyo: A Modern Romance and its Influence on Divorce Normalization in Indian Culture
This film is important today because it provides interesting insight into family dynamics when faced with relationship strain. Despite its two-and-a-half-hour runtime, I think it’s worth the watch. It presents itself as an interesting film to show your non-Indian friends just how out of hand some relationships can get, especially in different cultures where the rules and social norms are unfamiliar to someone who did not grow up from that background.