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Reflecting on Being 27

Looking back on the past year, when I was 27, it has been a step forward regarding career and relationships. I remember at my high school prom a Jesus-looking young gun raised a toast and said, “ A step not … Continue reading

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IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

Three important thoughts during the first month My advisor: The most educational part of the work-experience is the fact that my advisor understands and communicates that this internship is a part of my education, a large investment of time and … Continue reading

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Higher Education Can’t Wait until 2030

Please follow the link below to see my first shared article in Diverse issues in Higher Education Titled: Higher Education Can’t Wait until 2030 http://diverseeducation.com/article/82658/

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The Small Stories in Cambodia.

In June 2014, I spent roughly a week and a half in Cambodia. This was after visiting family in Turkey and before I moved to Vietnam. Memories from this trip are both scattered and vivid. Because my memory is hazy, … Continue reading

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Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

  Executive Summary The following essay focuses on the challenges and successes of Vietnam’s higher education system since marketization in 1986. The essay explores the initial reforms, demands, and requirements of the knowledge economy on modern Vietnam. The essay draws … Continue reading

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Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

The following paper explores the motives, policies, and impact of the initial 2002-2011 phase of Singapore’s hub building Global Schoolhouse strategy (GSH) . It examines the economic, labor-market, and demographic concerns that motivated the Singaporean government to aggressively internationalize higher … Continue reading

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The Ninjas of Harvest Season

The Harsh Season, the frugal months before the harvest, ended in late September. The season closed with troops of skinny men wearing hand-me-down Disney t-shirts wrapped around their faces like “Arabian ninjas” appearing in town. The men, from the surrounding … Continue reading

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Social Media and Free Speech

One of the unique conundrums of social media business is the weak entry/exit barriers. It is almost impossible for an existing social media firm to prevent a competitor from entering the market. This inability is the reason you have at … Continue reading

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Stories from Kathmandu

The Scarecrow I was amused to find a scarecrow laid out on the side of a busy road. I scanned upward from its trendy sneakers, up the slim-fit jeans, over the plaid shirt, and on to a face wrapped in … Continue reading

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Teaching Rapanese

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Meet Megashree

This is Parikrma’s star pupil. Megashree, who lives in a girls relief home, is one of the school’s most driven students. Megashree left her home optionally because her family was hindering her education. That is an enormous step to take … Continue reading

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Meet Harsha

This skeletal little figurine is my main man Harsha. Harsha is a 2nd grade boy in a 1st graders body. He is hyper cheerful. He bobs around the school with his characteristic squeaky voice. Apart from squeaking he also has a … Continue reading

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Meet Prabaka

  This is my friend Prabaka. Prabaka is a 17 year old boy from Manipur, India. Manipur is a small region that falls next to the Myanmari border. Prabaka speaks English, Kannada, Hindi, Manipuri, and a village language. He grew … Continue reading

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The Comfort Zone

One of the reasons that my writing became infrequent is because I gradually formed a comfort zone. I guess it is human nature to craft a comfort zone out of any situation. This nature probably leads to extremes like Stockholm … Continue reading

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The Maharaja of Delhi Sri Sriharsh

I arrived at the Delhi domestic terminal after a breezy flight from Bangalore. I had to wait over an hour for my friend the Maharaja SriHarsh to arrive. Waiting on a bench looking over the baggage claim I experienced India’s … Continue reading

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Intercaste Love Story

I picked up a copy of the magazine Brahmin Today: What Every Brahim Should Read No Matter Where They Are. The caste system is a difficult part of Indian society. Conversion to Islam, Buddhism, or Christianity gets you out of … Continue reading

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Dec 25th to Jan. 7th: Catch up

I havent been able to write in the last twelve days, because I am been a bit busy. The major thing that I did was visit with Rebecca in both Chennai and Bangalore. In Tamil Nadu Becca and I visited … Continue reading

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Having Too Much Fun

1st grade and I dance to Bum Bum Bole

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In Pieces

Walking absent-mindly past a construction site my usual slack jawed D- Face was stupified into a Mr. Bean like gasp of horror when I realized that the dark lump next to my feet was a severed human hand. Two men … Continue reading

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2014: India, Nepal, and Beyondistan

I learned wonderful lessons in 2013. I think that I inspired a few good things too. I measure myself by the good I inspire in others. During Summer 2012, I helped a Nepalese friend research Australian Immigration. He was unable … Continue reading

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Dec 27th: Pooping Pals

I’m sitting on a nine hour mini bus to Tamil Nadu. The bus door doesn’t close so dust is whirling inside the cabin. The bus was a lazy hour late. Standing on the side of the road I watched a … Continue reading

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Goa: Cows on the Beach

Goa: Cows at the Beach Goa is the smallest state in India. The state was a Portuguese colony until 196 when India invaded in a bloodless repatriation. The area was a haven for hippies, trance music ravers, and now a … Continue reading

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December 17th: On Adaptation

Visitors to India rarely say anything positive about Indian roads. At anytime the roads could have a zoo of animals and small children practicing ballet along the road. Overstuffed garbage trucks hang a tail of swerving motorists who trail behind … Continue reading

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December 10th: Mats Arrives

Today the Belgian teacher Mats arrived. Mats knocked on the apartment door in the early hours of the morning. I was too shaken by waking up so early to remember letting him in. He crashed on his bed and I … Continue reading

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Indian Words in English

Pajamas, shampoo, and what else came into your daily speak through India? Check out English words from Indian roots http://squirrelbasket.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/english-words-from-indian-roots/

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The Joy Of Eating

University life demands that I shuffle between two different dining halls. Both are near my house and both offer similarly amazing food. The food isn’t from a five star restaurant, but it is put together quite well. Everyday I have … Continue reading

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