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April 22, 2014

An Open Letter to the Boy Who Molested a Hamas Rocket

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You don’t know me, but this past January you did something that’s been rattling around my mind ever since. It was the middle of the afternoon in Sderot, Israel. We were on separate tours of the same local police station. I had no idea what our guide was about to show us, but I can […]

March 26, 2014

Land of My Father*

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I love Puerto Rico. But not because it’s ‘paradise.’ I love it for all of its unadvertised beauty. I love it because Vice is confused as to whether it should send me the news in Spanish or in English. I love it because everyone is a die hard Yankee fan – which means we keep […]

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March 17, 2014

Sometimes I Wonder

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When I daydream, I reminisce about the many places I’ve been and all the people I’ve met. I like to wonder about what they’re doing now, and where they’re headed. Whether it was my Nicaraguan barber who’s been saving up money to send home, the child asylum seekers in Denmark waiting to hear the result […]

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July 29, 2013

In Europe, I’m Indian

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It happened in Denmark. It happened in Austria. It happened twice in Serbia. “Is your family from India?”  One time I even got “I could’ve sworn you were a Paki.” It doesn’t bother me, it’s just a curious question that I haven’t really been asked before. Back in the States I’ve heard people say that […]

July 28, 2013

What I learned from backpacking

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Bear with me; I’m more of a “Here’s what I thought about all this week” than a “Here’s what I did today” kind of guy. Last week I found myself traveling through the once former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Djordje and I took an overnight train from Belgrade and arrived in the capital of Hungary ten hours […]

July 25, 2013

Serbian Street Art

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As an international affairs major, my practice is to examine all aspects of a society without prejudice or over-analysis. I become an amateur anthropologist whenever Djordje takes me on a tour around town. My mind habitually examines everything from food, advertisements, social interactions between friends to the graffiti on the walls. As a New Yorker, my […]

July 24, 2013

Living In Postcards

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New York City’s reputation exceeds itself. One mention that I grew up in Manhattan and everyone gives me the universal ‘wow’ face followed by “No way” and “That’s mental!” I’m starting to get the feeling that people think I live in a postcard of New York surrounded by flashing lights and high-end retail. The reality […]

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July 13, 2013

Beograd, The White City

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It’s been about a week since Djordje and I landed in Belgrade. I never realized how much it meant for Djordje to reconnect with his family until I saw the smile on his mother’s face. The cost of being an international student trying to make it in America is that Djordje only gets to see […]