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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A few years ago, I was sitting on the couch in my home in India watching one of my favorite “One Tree Hill” scenes on television: Haley and Nathan’s first kiss. Except, I was actually not, because the Central Board of Film Certification, the censor board in India, had cut the kiss. I was enraged, […]

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Our planet has a dark history of discriminating against minorities. Our ancestors did it, we continue to do so today and, sadly, it is very possible that the coming generations will find a new minority to continue this trend with. The tragedy is that discrimination is most definitely ingrained in our society. As children, discriminatory […]

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From birth to death, most people have extensive reports of their medical well-being. This practice never seemed bizarre to me until I learned that it is currently being applied to plants. It took a moment, but my amusement dissipated and now having reports on the health of crops, regardless of how many of them there […]

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Considering how volatile the job market has been recently, we all applied to Boston University, at least to some extent, because of the employability of the university’s graduates. It is reassuring to know that the tens of thousands of dollars we spend on tuition will eventually make their way back to us. And who can […]

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Nepal instated a new constitution Sunday. My immediate response upon hearing this was delight; this constitution promises to enforce secularism and democracy, while simultaneously protecting religion when needed. After years of political unrest, interim constitutions and monarchies, this seemed like good news. But was I right in my assumption? In Nepal, this constitution has been […]

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On Monday, the Indian Supreme Court lifted a ban that it had implemented earlier last month on Santhara, a religious practice in Jainism which consists of preparing for death by stopping the consumption of water and food. It is commonly practiced amongst very old or terminally ill Jain followers as a form of purifying the […]

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About 600 students in eastern India were expelled for widespread cheating in ongoing 10th grade examinations. Upon reading about the incident, I was appalled and instantly thought of the whole episode as wrong and immoral. It put my country under a degenerate light. It made me want to try to understand the reason behind the extensive […]

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I like options. I like to know I can binge-watch “Gilmore Girls” if I want to, I can sleep in if I want to and I can eat whatever I want to. I like my options, and I like them no matter which part of the world I live in. But, unfortunately, I will not […]

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By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer @shizupates After much pleading and persuasion, my parents were able to convince me to get on two absurdly long flights to the motherland: India. If you’re considering traveling to India (or any other foreign country, for that matter), here are a few tips to keep in mind to be a […]

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