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Close encounters

Laid Bear

I looked out of the bus and saw a woman walking with five pugs scurrying ahead of her on leashes. The man sitting beside me noticed me curiously observing the legion of canines. “Did you know that 68 percent of all American households have pets?” he asked me as the
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Chasing a cliché

Lost in Translation

To all the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, blissfully ignorant, incoming freshmen, Only halfway through my first semester at Berkeley, during which I have never once stopped flailing along, inelegantly trying to get my shit sorted out, I really don’t think that I’m qualified enough to address you all. Now, if you wanted
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Places and pasts

Between America and Me

“ If I were an animal I’d be a capybara!” A what? My American friends are back at it. They’re talking about their favorite type of tree, that time they saw it in that one national park, and how much they “need their nature”. I guess I like nature. But
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In solidarity with Pittsburgh

Jew-ish

On Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, a man went into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people. According to the Anti-Defamation League, this was the largest attack on the Jewish people in U.S. history. I wish I could say that I was shocked when I heard the news. I was sitting
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Compost bins are half full

Laid Bear

I used to get home after a tough day at high school and watch shows on the Travel Channel to unwind. Other than the usual Anthony Bourdain shows, I’d find myself watching shows on American food more often than I wanted to. Typically, the hosts of these shows satiated their
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Swiper no swiping!

Lost in Translation

The axiomatic phrase “Actions speak louder than words” has always been popular amongst the millennials. Be it flipping someone off or intensely double-tapping an Instagram picture, we seem to prefer gestures and contractions — anything to replace words and show our affection, aggression and other assorted emotions in an efficient,
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Here and away

Between America and Me

I’m a sucker for self-help routines. Over the years, I have compiled a rulebook of life advice ranging from “hacks” I borrowed from Silicon Valley gurus to virtues I learned from my grandparents. Sometimes these hacks entail waking up at 3 a.m. for an oddly specific meditation regimen or taking
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Not a free pass

Jew-ish

Recently, I participated in a Herculean battle unlike any other, filled with tears and copious amounts of coffee. It was a momentous occasion in history — it was a Facebook fight. The subject: white and Jewish men fetishizing Asian women. The opponent: a Jewish man claiming that such an accusation
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abhishek-roy_online

Tip of the iceberg

Laid Bear

The crowd applauded loudly as the magician slowly slid a razor-sharp sword down his throat. The magician bowed as he finished the act by politely asking us for some money in return for the show. He tried to persuade us to tip by saying that he swallowed an entire sword
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Only child but never alone

Lost in Translation

People often talk about the emotional trauma of being the middle child, or the struggle of living in the shadow of a successful sibling. But I don’t think the general population quite grasps the ordeal of going through your teenage years as an only child. Not to be overly dramatic,
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