Aesthetics, Comedy, Emotion, Emotions, Ethics, Existentialism, Films, Foreign Films, Friendship, Heartbreak, Identity, India, Indo-Pak Relations, Language, Life, Love, Movie Reviews, Musical Reviews/Critiques/Thoughts, Philosophy, Philosphy of Film, Racism, Relationships, Stand-Up Comedy, Thoughts

My Strange Relationship with Indian Movies

Author’s note: I use the term Hindi films, in the place of Bollywood films for personal reasons. For more information, check out Margaret Redlich’s blog and her book, that touches on why we should no longer call Hindi films, Bollywood movies. Also, for my non-Desi readers, the term Desi (THEY-SEE) is an umbrella term to describe people of South Asian…

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Talk Faithfully To Me: Religion & Language

I’m not a religious studies scholar by any means. I honestly, have a limited understanding of what I practice myself. Nonetheless, it doesn’t interfere with my status as a believer. Furthermore, when I do read (as I often try) my faith only becomes reaffirmed. However, it still baffles me when I hear people hold strong to these weird ideologies and…

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Careers, Emotion, Emotions, Ethics, General U.S. History, History, Identity, Life, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Social Justice, Thoughts, Utilitarianism

Remembering the Memphis Sanitation Strike, 50 Years Later

This past week, I was at the Asian American Journalist Convention in Houston, TX; my hometown. I was privileged to meet some wonderful people and hopefully, future employers. I also was invited to attend NBC University, a day long workshop, sponsored by NBC (obviously). We were asked to produce a script on a particular story and we would get critiqued…

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What You Know ’bout Green Eggs and [Happiness]?!

Dedicated to the great friends I’ve made this year: Tarik, Yusuf C., Moadh, Maaz, Yusuf B., Ola, Denise and Stephanie, Brian, Dylan, Kensi, Delilah, Kuba, Teri, Grant, and Jessica Thank you guys for your generosity and making this semester so memorable.  Also special thanks to Asad, Ashley, Ahmad, Krystle, Nathalie, Kyle, Vincent, and Zenoor for their close friendship and timeless…

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Cortes, Diaz, and Emotions: Comparing Texts for Feelings & Legitimacy

I did an essay a year or so ago for my Senior Seminar History class and I decided to revise, edit and post it here. This is my contribution to the History of Emotions. Determining the ethics of actions taken by humans is a challenge and narrowing it down to intentions, helps it seem less complex. Judging the intentions of…

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Aesthetics, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Comedy, Ethics, Existentialism, General U.S. History, Global Conflicts, History, Identity, Life, Palestine, Philosophy, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Social Justice, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Utilitarianism, World Wars

Does History ACTUALLY Repeat Itself?

This essay was inspired by my beautiful and supportive fiancé, Emily. A couple days ago, my lady was in town and she told me she heard this quote on NPR and was curious what my response on it would be. In all honesty, I tried looking for the quote albeit not very vigorously so you’ll have to bear with the…

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Will there ever be peace between India & Pakistan?

Pakistan Zindabad! Jai Hind! Azad Kashmir! (Pakistan Live Long! India Live Long! Free Kashmir!)  Today marks the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence from India. And tomorrow, will be the 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence from Britain. Strangely, we cannot celebrate the two events together. Just ask bollywood playback singer, Mika Singh. Poor guy had the purest intentions to have Pakistanis…

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Loyalty and Slavery, Is there a Difference?

This is such a broad question to ask, of whether or not loyalty to something signifies that one is subservient in the ideological sense. If I am going to swear my allegiance to my country, does this mean I am forbidden from criticizing it? If I were to do so, does that mean my status as a “loyal citizen” is…

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Why I Am a Muslim

My sincere apologies for the delay in writing this. I was supposed to publish this after the end of Ramadan, but I got caught up with other things. Please excuse me and Eid Mubarak! The fact that I have to explain why I believe what I believe is really annoying. This is an issue that plagues Muslims worldwide, where we…

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Silent History: A Review/Explanation of An Inspiring & Impacting Book

The following essay was written for a scholarship that I applied to. The prompt was to write on a book that inspired and/or has impacted my interest in studying History. This was not a difficult question because, though there have been many books, essays, and lectures from professors that have been positively influential to me, the foundation of what inspired…

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