WHY YOU ARE NOT INSPIRED

As a child, I was wildly creative. I genuinely did not care what others thought of me; painting on walls and writing my own music, and making movies with friends. Growing from this carefree child into who I am today, I ultimately lost the time and, with that, the fervor for creating. My days wereContinue reading “WHY YOU ARE NOT INSPIRED”

THE MONTH OF MAY

With it being the first full week of June, I thought it’s now a good time to begin a new segment in the Chocolate and Politics register: monthly favorites. In order to break up the philosophical, profound blog posts with something a bit lighter and easier to digest I am introducing a monthly roundup ofContinue reading “THE MONTH OF MAY”

I WANT TO HEAR THE STORIES OF OTHERS: MEMOIRS

During this holiday season, for the first time in my life, I was asked an interesting question by a classmate: ‘What is your favorite genre of books?’ Instinctively, I answered back with a sheepish grin that I liked memoirs. In a way, I had surprised even myself– never before had the first genre of booksContinue reading “I WANT TO HEAR THE STORIES OF OTHERS: MEMOIRS”

DEAR YOUNGER RIA

Today officially marks one week since my seventeenth birthday. As with each year, seventeen does not seem to hold any more weight than sixteen. Yet, when I reflect on all my prior birthdays, I notice the minor qualities that I have developed with each passing year and life experience. As I explained in the postContinue reading “DEAR YOUNGER RIA”

IS ASTROLOGY VALID?

Astrology is something I have always been deeply fascinated with. It is something that I personally hold ties to, for much of current westernized astrology holds deep roots in Vedic astrology which “contains within it the rich spiritual traditions and myths of ancient Indian culture” (Pamela McDonough). Astrology was consulted when my parents got marriedContinue reading “IS ASTROLOGY VALID?”

WAITING: AN ODE TO INDIA

I am a world traveler and each place I go to gives me a wealth of experiences that is unique and enriching. But, something about India is totally different than anywhere else. I guess it is because here, I am completely immersed in mundane life, and there’s something beautiful in that. Unlike other areas, itContinue reading “WAITING: AN ODE TO INDIA”

TAKING ON A NEW CHALLENGE

It has been exactly one month since I have written my last blog post. Since that time, I have had people ask me if I had “quit blogging” or “given up”, and I always told them that I hadn’t, that I was busy and tired and uninspired. Every time a new idea popped into myContinue reading “TAKING ON A NEW CHALLENGE”

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

From as far back as I can remember, I have loved to create. As a young child, creativity came so easily, I simply put pen to paper and the words flowed out as if a stream coming directly from my mind. Nowadays, the time I have to translate my thoughts into a more coherent formContinue reading “THE CREATIVE PROCESS”

MY SIXTEEN BY SIXTEEN

Last weekend, on December 13th, I turned sixteen years old. I got plenty of wishes from my friends and family and had the time to celebrate with dancing, and cake, and dressing up. I really enjoyed my birthday, and for girls in America, sixteen is a big one. However, it also made me realize howContinue reading “MY SIXTEEN BY SIXTEEN”