Nithin Coca, MIA

Nithin Coca, MIA

It finally happened. I’m done. It is with both a sense of relief, and also some nostalgia, that I write this post. I sit outside the same cafe where I wrote my post on the meaning of grad school a few months ago, on the corner of 120th and Broadway, overlooking...

Destroying Good

I recently read this in a book by Barbara Demick called “Nothing to Envy,” on the North Korean famine. “Yet another gratuitous cruelty: the killer targets the most innocent, the people who would never steal food, lie, cheat, break the law, or betray...
Fearing Homogenuity

Fearing Homogenuity

When I was 19, I prepared for my first big trip abroad, to study abroad in France. For me, it was the chance to finally see the world. I’d traveled abroad before – a few times, in fact, but mostly to the same place, India. Europe, then, was a great...
A New Perspective on Colonialism

A New Perspective on Colonialism

Kampala, Uganda Comparisons are the unavoidable kick of travelers. Part of the quest of traveling is to gain perspective about the world, to understand it better. We see where we are through the lens of where we have been, our life experiences, which both cloud and...