Awaiting Miracles

I was driving to the New Jersey Princeton Junction station in an Uber when the driver struck up a conversation about spirituality. I remember a distinct moment when he began to rave about The Autobiography of a Yogi, insisting that anyone who reads the book will experience miracles. He starts recounting how when he started to…

Screw Happiness

This past November, I was given the opportunity to speak at the TEDxGeorgiaTech Student Speaker Salon! If you’d rather read than watch, the text of the speech can be found below. Performance of “Posters” Spoken Word Poem I am tired of posters. Everywhere I go. Every doctor’s office, professor’s desk, waiting room, classroom, bedroom, everyplace…

I’m Trying

There was a time I could neither read nor write. This idea to me is incredible. As I’m typing out these words, able to convey complex ideas using words, sentences, paragraphs, I am bewildered by the fact that there was a time that I couldn’t read and I couldn’t write. I’m a little saddened that…

Beyond Rationality

We often idolize rationality as the solution to all of the world’s problems. Awareness. Education. These are always touted as the foundations of success for any plan that hopes to create real change. Especially in our current era of Enlightenment, we have come to view rationality as our savior. We believe that if the whole world was…

The Four Elements of a Balanced Life

As a kid, I used to love watching Avatar the Last Airbender, a cartoon series about a young avatar who had to restore balance in the world. Although it was just a TV show, one of the lessons it taught me is how there is something we can learn from each of the four basic elements…

Empathy and Community Service

It was the first time in my life that I had found myself on crutches. My left ankle had been sprained but with a lot of airline assistance and hopping from wheelchair to wheelchair, I had managed to travel from the United States to India. There was a lot that I learned while I was…

11 Practical Ways to Live Fully in the Present Moment

“Be present” It’s the latest catch phrase of our decade. Everyone is constantly telling us to stop worrying about the future, to move on and forget about the past and to live in the “here and now”. While almost each one of us will agree that we want to be “here and now”, to live…

What Crutches Taught Me about Life

It was a beautiful, Wednesday morning when I hobbled my way onto the campus bus and entered the Health Center. I was in a state of utter confusion and shock. Something that was just a mild discomfort the night before had turned into an unbearable pain which wouldn’t allow me to put any pressure on my left…

Five Tips for Making Friends in College

College is coming! It’s a scary time, a new environment, new people. Sometimes it’s really intimidating to make friends. But don’t worry, it’s pretty easy, here’s what you need: 1. A Smile Smiling automatically makes you approachable. Most students are just as confused and worried as you are, so smiling is an easy way of showing…

Understanding the Whole: Overcoming Writer’s Block

I like to say that I am not a perfectionist but that I have an eye for perfection. Being an idealist at heart, I feel and understand the importance of getting things right, of maintaining purity and simplicity in the smallest of things. And yet, for the past few months, this is part of what…

YOU Have a Story to Tell

If you’d rather read than listen: As I explored WishDish with a friend of mine, she immediately told me, “This seems like a cool idea, but not sure if I have anything to share. I’m not a good writer anyways.” Many of us have this same sentiment when it comes to writing, talking, or just storytelling…

Unpacking “Me” – A Dive into Identity

Originally posted on 100 Ways to Write:
I recently had the opportunity to perform a spoken word poem that I had written a while ago. And on the day of the performance, I remember staring at the words on the pages that I was holding and realizing that these phrases that once held so much emotion and meaning to me…