Positivity – A Good Thing ?

The Confidence Game… I have been doing a fair bit of self-reflection lately. As I am making a long trip to India, the break and the voyage is a good time to take a step back and take in all of life’s experiences this year. One of the things that has changed about me, after…

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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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Those Days in London

La Dolce Vita (sweet life) of a student… Recently, after a long hiatus, I picked up a PG Wodehouse “Jeeves” Omnibus. PG Wodehouse is the genius behind the much-loved character, Jeeves. Jeeves became so entrenched in the popular imagination, that there was once (before Google) even a search engine named “Ask Jeeves”. Jeeves, a gentleman’s…

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A Labyrinth of Language

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”- Nelson Mandela…

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Where is your “Caput Mundi” – Capital of the World?

We were greeted with warm “Buongiarno”s amidst the crisp fresh morning air when we landed in Rome. It was spring, and I was there to attend a global event organized by the non-profit organization I belong to.

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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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As a Youth in Singapore

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Commonly referred to as the “Little Red Dot”, Singapore has grown from a tiny fishing village to a cosmopolitan hub in the span of fifty short years.

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The Shore – 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 a boarding school after kindergarten.

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