Why Burma is Our Future

Why Burma is Our Future

The distant, penetrating booms had never been heard before in mystical Mandalay. They were similar to thunder, yet didn’t seem to come from the sky. In fact, only one person in the royal city, a young Indian waiter-boy, knew what the sounds were. The blasting...
Asian Street Food is Fast Food

Asian Street Food is Fast Food

Ubiquitous, cheap, filling, and, most importantly, delicious. Street food and Indonesia are often seen as one and the same. They are outside the shopping malls of Jakarta, providing a cheap alternative to western-priced fare inside for mall staff, tucked into alleys...
Life, Death and Remembering

Life, Death and Remembering

One day, when I was in high school, I returned home from school to find my grandma, Amama in Telugu, laying on the sofa, still. I walked over, slowly. This was strange, I thought. She was usually out and about, or, would have woken upon hearing me enter. I looked at...
The Rise and Fall of Couchsurfing

The Rise and Fall of Couchsurfing

Last year, after finals, I decided to take a break and attend the weekly Couchsurfing meetup in New York City. Though I was an active traveler before, Couchsurfing in Europe and Asia and hosting and organizing events in San Francisco, here, in New York, school and...