Dear America, End Gun Violence// rants & rambles

Dear America-

Honestly, I should have said this a long time ago.

215 days into 2019, America had witnessed 249 shootings. Mass shootings.

As an American, born and brought up in America, I’m ashamed. Isn’t America supposed to be the “land of the free”? The “home of the brave”?

I don’t think there’s anything brave at all about grabbing a gun and shooting a whole bunch of people. Is there really any reason to still be proud of my country when everything is crumbling around me?

Yet I am still an American. I belong here, and there’s no changing that.

However, what we can change is the fact that there were so many shootings in barely 200 days. Is that ok? Can we just slap a label on it and agree with President Trump for everything?

The world is watching, guys. The world’s watching America flustered and stammering all over the place. They’re laughing at us. And we’re okay with that? We’re going to take it and stand there, ashamed, looking at our feet?

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Diving Into Religion: Hinduism Q&A ft. moi… and another Q&A

The title is interesting.

Yeah, I should really spice up my intros.

Hey hey hey! Once again, I’m stealing an idea from the wonderful Bayance. Her Q&A about Islam was wonderful and eye-opening, leading me to think about how lots of people don’t know anything about Hinduism, and it would be wonderful to see what questions you have!

I want you guys to comment below any questions you have about Hinduism. From meditation and yoga to rituals and beliefs to food and holidays- I would be thrilled to answer them!
Please note that I have the right to not answer anything that makes me feel uncomfortable. But I know you guys are great and I hope I don’t have to exercise this right!

This is another small-ish post-
wait jk I’m writing this backwards and now it’s at like 1000 words and I oop-

-but I think that’s okay. Anyways, the Q&A will be super long assuming people even want to read this post and give questions so this will be the calm before the storm.

Btw I’d like to thank Olivia @ Purely Olivia for making me become re-obsessed with changing the font sizes 😉 so you can totally blame her for the cRaZiNesS.

And can I just shout-out Mukta for a moment- she hasn’t posted in a while (WAIT! NEW POST JUST CAME I’M SO HYPED WHOOO) but she’s SO sweet and we have SO much in common and she’s Indian (and I’m pretty sure she’s a Hindu, I don’t know though…).

I’ll be accepting questions until August 15th, when I’ll start compiling the answers (I’ll do my best to be as accurate as possible) and hopefully get them out faster than my last Q&A!! It took like a month smh I’m great…

Continue reading “Diving Into Religion: Hinduism Q&A ft. moi… and another Q&A”

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Halló! And:

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(Well, at least where I live it’s afternoon…)

Friday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and I thought that I might as well post something or the other about that since I may or may not post something else until then.

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Some of you (and lots of people out there) ask, why is women’s day important?

Lemme tell you why.

  1. Women have not always had the same rights (and many still don’t) that men have had. It’s important to recognize how much our world has grown in the area of gender equality.
  2. To celebrate all of the important women in our lives- and all the women who have achieved great things in spite of gender barriers.
  3. We need to highlight the lives of everyone (meaning men and women and everyone else) who work hard to fight for what they believe- everyone deserves an equal chance in all areas of life.

It’s important to note that Women’s Day does not mean that it is only for women to celebrate. Everyone should rejoice that we have come so far- but still have a long way to go. Oh, and here’s something else:

Feminism isn’t for girls and women only. Feminism means that you believe that females deserve equal rights. Men and boys believe that too. Feminism doesn’t mean that you believe women are better than men. That’s an extremist case- most feminists don’t believe that at all, because it’s not true.

For some reason, almost all of my guy friends think that feminism means that… I really don’t know why. It makes me sad to think that feminists have such a bad rep because of all the people who have made others believe this.

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Thanks for reading!

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P.S. I have lots of new designs and cool stuff like that so I re-did my send off.

P.P.S. Remember that Halló in the beginning? That’s Icelandic, in honor of 2018’s country that’s the most equal towards both genders.

 

Poems + Worms Matter!

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Y’all… I’m definitely trying to post more often. I want to build my blogosphere and it’s gonna be quite the ride! Today I have a short collection of poems inspired by the nature around my home city- green, rainy, and even the occasional snow(!). Also, I have a dear story about saving an animal at school.


Path of Colors

Blue and green is to be seen

around the way through the journey

into the bushes, out the trees

slinking through the path as a fox.

 

Crying Heavens

Every drip, every drop-

Every tearlet falling from the sky

belongs to the heavens who cried.

 

Fighting as Rain

When all that is left is panic and pain,

one must turn to the droplets of rain

that fall without worry, never halting.

Be the ones who keep calm, be the change.

Be the difference we’ve all been waiting for.

 

The last one was because of an experience that I had recently. It seriously rattled me, and I thought that the rain is a beautiful way to capture the essence of calm. When it’s just one of those blue days with rain pouring down, I admire and adore the rain. The rain gives you a reason to turn away from all your problems and watch it fall. It’s just incredible. Nature is incredible!


Today during lunch, my friends and I were just eating, minding our own business, laadeeda, when we spotted a tiny thing crawling on the concrete, inching (more like millimeter-ing) its way to the grass that was but a couple of inches away. Immediately two of my friends (let’s call them M and V) and I were concerned and started hatching plans to help the earthworm.

We tried to put a leaf near the worm (whom we eventually named Squiggly. Don’t ask, it was M’s idea. She’s… something else.) It didn’t work, plus my hands were shaking. Hey, I was holding a lunch box in one hand and a leaf in another! V offered to help and while I was putting my lunch away, M ran to get one of those cutlery packs from the cafeteria. Ya know, those ones that come in a plastic cover with a straw, spork, and napkin?

Anyway, V wanted to use the spork to pick up Squiggly, so we tried…. It didn’t work. Squiggly kept falling off, so we had to try something else:

Que the maniacal thinking and musing!

We gave using the straw, M’s idea, a go: Squiggly curled his/her little body around it and we watched in anticipation, hoping that he/she would do it! It took a couple of tries, but Squiggly managed to wrap its body around and we gently moved it to the grass. It worked!!! We were all so happy even though all we did was move a teeny worm- but that’s because we understood that all lives are valuable, and a couple of minutes is definitely worth a life.

Thanks, guys, if you managed to struggle through this post! I have a beloved quote here, marking the end of February and Black History Month:

No person has the right to rain on your dreams. -MLK Jr.

And bye!

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(I have a new send off now!)

 

Black History Month+Women’s Empowerment

Hello, lovelies! It’s Adi here, and I know that last post I said I would be doing a challenge, but I sadly have to delay that to the next post for an impromptu blog entry.

You guys probably know that it’s Black History Month, right? Well, I thought I’d post something to honor this historical month. We all know that racism is still prominent in everyday life, but life has definitely improved for many of us. Black History Month is to honor all of the people who fought for Black lives and who were part of the civil rights movement. Also, March is Women’s Empowerment Month, so I thought I’d combine these two for this post. Here are some prominent (but sadly underrated) African American women who accomplished lots and fought for their rights:

  1. Claudette Colvin. This strong teenage girl fought in her own way to end segregation. You may know of Rosa Parks, the iconic woman who refused to give up her seat in a bus for a white man. Well, several months before Ms. Parks made a stand, Claudette Colvin in fact did the same: she refused to give up a seat for a white passenger and was taken to jail. Why was she forgotten? It’s not completely known, but many have guessed that Rosa Parks made a better icon than a school going teen for the movement, so Claudette was not acknowledged.
  2. Bessie Coleman. Bessie was born in a highly segregated time, which made achieving her dream even harder, being a half-Native American and half-African American woman. Coleman set her sights on her goal and didn’t stop anywhere until she reached it. With the help of a successful millionaire, she traveled to France and got a pilot’s license, making Bessie Coleman the first licensed African American female pilot.
  3. Althea Gibson. Althea was a highly qualified tennis player who won her first tournament at the ripe, young age of 15. She played at the American Tennis Association, which was reserved for black players. Then she challenged racism by breaking the color barrier and playing with people of all colors at Forest Hills Country Club and finally became the first black player at Wimbledon.
  4. Charlotte Ray. This educated woman became the first African American female lawyer in the United States of America and the first to be admitted in the bar in the District of Columbia. She studied at Harvard and got a law degree, but sadly her race and gender provided too many obstacles for her career and Charlotte Ray became an excellent teacher in New York.
  5. Recy Taylor. Taylor was just a normal woman living in Alabama. Until she was walking home from church and raped at gunpoint by six white men. She promised to stay silent in order to get home to her husband and daughter, but Recy Taylor did quite the opposite. Having suffered terrible injustice and trauma, Taylor spoke out about her assault alongside Rosa Parks, who began her career in civil rights as an anti-rape activist. In protest of her speaking out, Taylor’s home was bombed and destroyed by angry attackers. The police did nothing to help her, but Recy Taylor never gave up telling her story to all who would listen in order to shed light on the inequity that happened to many black women.

These five black women were brave and fighters throughout their lives who deserve to be remembered. As you go along your daily life, think about all of the people who sacrificed so much to get us here. Be grateful that our lives are much easier than the struggles they went through.

And on a less solemn note, happy late Valentine’s day! I promise I’ll post the 20 questions (hehe) soon. Byeeeeeeeee!

heri,

Oddity

P.S. That’s bye in Swahili!