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Meet the Staff: Shritin Patel

Half written sentences with potentially witty things wait impatiently on a crumpled piece of paper with more scratch marks than my cat’s favorite shoe.

My City Year

City Year is an education based non-profit organization that takes 17-24 year old young adults from all over the country and gives them the opportunity to serve in inner city schools with at-risk youth.

Greetings from Gujarat

Whilst sitting inside Papa Johns eating my mushroom and cheese pizza and listening to Justin Beiber's "Never Say Never", I almost forgot which country I was in until I went to take a sip of water and realized I couldn't because I didn't know if it was bottled or not.

Dear Scott Adams

I have been sitting at my computer screen staring at the blank page in front of me for several days. No matter how many times I read your post titled "Pegs and Holes" I cannot seem to shake it. That was not a compliment.

The Suitable Boy Checklist

'Suitable Boy' Checklist: Educated? Check. Good family? Check. Wealthy? Tall? Fair? Hot AKA Jay Sean? (Ahh, wishful thinking). Appropriate caste? Che...wait..WHAT?

Storyteller: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A while ago, whilst gobbling up anything and everything I could get my hands on that was written by Indian authors, I came across Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Beggar Mafia Gets Rich While Children Pay with Their Lives

Whilst Perusing (a daily ritual for me) at work, I came across something that made my blood boil and made me feel sick to my stomach. Literally. A 7 year old Bangladeshi boy was brutally mutilated by gang members because he refused to beg for them on the streets.

Bollywood Induced Pyaar

I absolutely adore Indian music. It is as essential to my life as the very air I breathe. I can literally find an Indian song for EVERY mood I'm in.

Baseball & Bollywood

"You're only American if you're born on American soil." My head swerved around so quickly it almost snapped. Befuddled, I answered with "I was not born in America, but I am American."

Homosexuality: The Holy Grail of Indian Taboo

“Indian people are not gay,” a relative retorted in the heat of a continuous and fruitless debate at my house.

Two Faced

I was sitting inside of Panera Bread one morning completely consumed by my strawberry and granola parfait that I almost missed the man sitting at the table across from me.

The Real Raj of Your Dreams

In short, my perfect guy was Raj from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Oh Raj and his artfully messy hair, his dazzling musicality, and his ability to make me go weak at the knees with just one glance.

The New Kid on the Block

This morning started out as any other: I woke up, went downstairs, got my cup of tea and two biscuits, and turned on the television to CNN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. I knew it wasn’t going to be a good day when Natasha Curry was laughing on my television screen instead of Robin.

Life’s a Series of Bloopers

Sean O’ Casey says ”All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” I like that. In fact, I love it.

Not Wanted: Selective Diversity

Imagine this: You’re strolling down the sea wall with the love of your life, a beautiful blue pastel sky as your backdrop. The fluttering breeze plays with your hair while above, seagulls chase after one another in a daring game of tag.

It’s a Love/Hate Thing

Why do people do the things they do? Why do they say the things they say? Why do they feel the way the feel? So many questions, but no answers in sight. I can however, speculate.

Burgers and Chai

I can still remember the feeling of embarrassment and contempt I felt at my culture when my 5th grade teacher refused to take any of the food I made because she thought I had a disease that afflicted my hands. That “disease” was my henna.

Inner Peace

At my yoga class today, my instructor said something interesting and profound: " If you change your wants into preferences, you open yourself to a whole new world. Wants breed expectations, and expectations lead to disappointments; and expectation and disappointment are horrible companions to have."
cultural appropriation

Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’: Cultural Appropriation or Not?

Is Coldplay’s new “Hymn for the Weekend” music video starring Queen B and Bollywood beauty, Sonam Kapoor yet another example of cultural appropriation in pop culture or is Coldplay truly appreciating Indian heritage?

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