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In the Wilderness, My Arabic is Weak

Here’s a question for you. “How can you tell what the best compromise is? The answer: when no one is happy.” Picture this: it is the Friday morning before my First Shabbat in Israel For The Right Reasons. I’m sitting … Continue reading

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Always Pack Extra Tums and Other Things I Know

For four summers, I have developed a sort-of ritual. I bake in the Arizona sun for a couple of weeks, scour my medicine cabinet for sunscreen or Tums, and pray for my visa to arrive on time. My post-spring semester … Continue reading

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Repetition

To get to the Lufthansa lost and found desk during a layover in the Frankfurt airport, you need to have a true friend or two to help you withstand the scary emotional implications of a lost iPhone go through customs … Continue reading

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Long Hugs and New Friends

In India, I hear more. When you strip away the constant noise of needless newsfeeds and buzzing text notifications, you aren’t left with silence. Instead, there are the sounds of birds in the morning, of rickshaws honking meters away, plates … Continue reading

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Gut Feelings

There was something I couldn’t put my finger on about the hotel we stayed at on Mandarmani beach. Something felt off. Initially, I had a few vague reasons that explained my discomfort. Immediately, upon opening the gates of the hotel, there is a row … Continue reading

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Why Swimming Pools Are a Human Right

The Ganges River is seeped in holiness, tradition and pollution. Each year, millions of Hindu pilgrims travel to its riverbanks to bathe in its holy water and cremate their dead. I have a memory from last summer of floating in a … Continue reading

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People are Flowers and Master’s Degrees are Stars

Two summers ago, while sitting in a hot, unair-conditioned room in IIT-Bombay I finally got it . There, I learned about the CTARA institute, an advanced degree program for developing rural alternative technologies. I captured a lesson that I carry with … Continue reading

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