At age 7, when I had to be hospitalized in the middle of the night for a particularly distressing stomachache, my parents had no choice but to leave my older brother in the care of our neighbors. Even so, there was no hesitation in making that decision; our neighbors had been our friends since we […]

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When I first came to the United States, during freshman orientation, several people were surprised to learn that I’m trilingual. I’m fluent in English (of course) and Hindi, the national (though not official) language of India. Additionally, my mother tongue is Marathi, the primary language in the state of Maharashtra. Although I was born in […]

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Columbus Day is approaching, and it has me asking, “Why are we still celebrating this?” Every second Monday of October, the United States has a federal holiday that only an assortment of schools and businesses actually observe. But let’s be real, why do we still celebrate this holiday? Its named after a man whose greatest […]

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When you attend a school as large and diverse as Boston University, you’re bound to meet people from all over the world — people with entirely different experiences, languages and lifestyles than yours. And it’s an incredible feeling to get to know those people who are different from you; it breeds tolerance, acceptance and humility. […]

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While the election results took a toll on the United States a few days ago, the citizens of India were shocked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to withdraw current bigger currency notes worth 500 and 1000 rupees. Although it sounds ridiculous to carry notes worth that much, these values roughly translate to $10 and […]

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New Delhi has always stood tall as the capital of India. Complete with modern architecture, well-built roads and manicured gardens, the city exemplifies this progressive and culturally driven country to a T. However, all that glitters is not gold. New Delhi has been facing some troubles that cannot be excused. New Delhi is the most […]

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This November will be full of new releases, including heart-wrenching stories, both true and fictional, that will make you think. As you’re planning your weekends up to the holiday season, watch these dramas, memoirs and documentaries. I dare you not to be inspired and moved. 1. “Loving” (Nov. 4) Mildred and Richard Loving married in […]

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October is hallmarked by Halloween and Columbus Day, but Boston University’s international ambience will often shine a light on foreign holidays, one of which is Diwali. Diwali is a five-day primarily Hindu festival that celebrates the theme of good triumphing over evil in the world. The main night takes place on the new moon in […]

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Every summer, Harvard University opens its doors and welcomes thousands of students from all over the world who have enrolled themselves in an enriching seven-week experience to intellectually challenge themselves. This summer program is the ultimate Harvard experience where students live in on-campus housing, enjoy their meals in Annenberg Hall, take courses under the direction […]

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Every girl can tell you the unfortunate story of getting her first period. The first chaotic panic of thinking you’re dying from what can only initially described as a vagina nosebleed. Or fumbling with tampon applicators and being self-conscious of the sound the plastic makes when pulled from the sticky side of a sanitary pad […]

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