Blog Post: Bob Dylan and the ‘Fallacy of the Cliché’

I've wondered a bit about Bob Dylan's win of the Nobel Prize. I've heard a lot of people complain, a lot of people rejoice. I listened to Patti Smith sing after waiting through an hour of buffering. So I'm sitting on a train in Kerala, perhaps the most beautiful natural landscape I've ever witnessed, and…Read more Blog Post: Bob Dylan and the ‘Fallacy of the Cliché’

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Blog Post: Goodbye Ramblings and Sentimental Panderings

Drink deep the dust of the world around you, it's vanishing as we speak. Drink deep the cow shit and the poverty, drink deep the human ash and give it a home inside of you where it belongs. and there I was, sitting in my solo rickshaw, gasping for breath, taking big old gulps while…Read more Blog Post: Goodbye Ramblings and Sentimental Panderings

Blog Post: The Importance of Being Foreign (and Earnest)

As our time left on this program has begun to dwindle, the sentimentality of our group has reached and all time high. At lunch we sometimes discuss the things we will miss the most about Varanasi, about India, and about this program in particular. One afternoon my friend stated that the thing she will miss…Read more Blog Post: The Importance of Being Foreign (and Earnest)

Blog Post: A Short and Open Letter to Members of my Mother’s Generation

Hello facebook friends of my mother’s generation. I love you guys. Most of you pop up on my Facebook feed because you are friends with my mother, the parents of my childhood best friends, or my mom taught your children art lessons. You all have cooked me dinner, listened to me tell you what I’ve…Read more Blog Post: A Short and Open Letter to Members of my Mother’s Generation

Blog Post: Voting in Varanasi

Today I made a Facebook post–– my first overtly political Facebook post–– that read: “Today I hand glued 7 stamps with Gandhi's face on them onto a makeshift envelope. I handed it to the man behind the open-air counter at the dusty postoffice. We spoke in short Hindi sentences, "I'm a student," "50 rupees," "how…Read more Blog Post: Voting in Varanasi

Sketches: Sikh Portraits

Here are three quick sketches inspired by the people I saw on our groups class trip to Amritsar, Punjab. This city, on the Pakistan border, is a largely Sikh population and serves as the greatest pilgrimage site for people of this faith–– the Golden Temple. Their devotion to service, feeding everyone, and faith touched my…Read more Sketches: Sikh Portraits