My Taste Buds Miss Home

Since I started living away from my parents, I’ve taken to cooking many variations of curry, because it reminds me of home and the ingredients are readily available – the paste is easily…

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Books that have Paved My Way (Part 2)

As I got older, I began reading more literary fiction. I focused on language and style, and genre fiction took a backseat. But nothing is as exciting, as thought-provoking, as heart-warming, or as funny as the fiction I read while growing up…

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Books that have Paved My Way (Part 1)

Growing up as a single child, I was never really lonely, but I did have to spend a lot of time alone. While my mother, who had quit her job as a flight attendant to take care of me…

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From Behind the Counter

While it’s wholly possible to develop culture shock or be completely unfamiliar with the way things are done while living in a new country, I managed to carve out a little space of my own…

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Sports in India (Part 2)

Previously, I started talking about some of the oldest sports in Indian culture, some of which began as means of battle and combat. In this section, I’m going to tell you more about casual sports that are played today in India…

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Sports in India (Part 1)

Sports and games are an integral part of Indian culture. In ancient mythological scriptures, battles have been won and lost over games of dice, and even the Mughal rulers enjoyed their games of live chess…

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In the Water – The true treasure is somewhere in the water, you just need to find it.

Swimming is a sea turtle’s natural instinct. It is not that hard for me. The difficult part is feeling like there is nothing I can hold on to, and not knowing where the current will lead me…

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The Balance – If you ask me what is the secret to swim well, there is one word: balance.

I am a sea turtle, always have been, always will be. The wind comes, the waves crash and the rain pours. I am on the shore, facing a long path to the ocean. I do not know what is coming. This was how I felt when I realized I would be attending…

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The Melody of My Summer Music Camp

The sleepy town of Kolobrzeg, known for its beautiful beaches, comes to life every summer as people flock there for all kinds of activities and camps. I first set foot on Kolobrzeg in July 2009 to participate in the 4th European Musical Workshop. I was only 10 years old then, and I fell in…

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Welcome to My Kaleidoscopic World

Hi, my name is Taina, and I am still trying to piece together my growing patchwork of an identity. I was born in Singapore and lived there until moving to Boston for college at age 19 – which was pretty much as far away from home as I could possibly be.

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