MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS

I am excited. Finally, after over two years, my family is embarking on an international vacation. Each time this happens, I count my blessings; I am immensely grateful for the countless unforgettable trips my parents have allowed me to experience and I truly feel that it is the best gift they could have ever givenContinue reading “MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS”

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”

WHY I DELETED TIKTOK

In 2019, I made the choice to download the up-and-coming app TikTok. Like its antecedent Musical.ly, I assumed TikTok would be another entertaining pastime that would provide a creative outlet and area to explore a new online community. And for a time, that is exactly what it was. 2019 was a year I consider toContinue reading “WHY I DELETED TIKTOK”

ENTITLED TO NOTHING

The feature of entitlement is one so surreptitious, but also commonplace nowadays. It is not exactly narcissistic nor patronizing, but something more intricate, difficult to recognize. Entitlement, like other deep-seated qualities, often goes unnoticed as it has become so habitual and almost necessary in society. The awareness I have cultivated for this particular feature, whetherContinue reading “ENTITLED TO NOTHING”

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

History is a complex and multi-faceted subject. It is literally and simply defined as the past: past events, significant figures of the past, and the past decisions which have created the circumstances in which the world lives today. However, with history being focused on the past, it is natural to ignore the fact that theContinue reading “HISTORY IN THE MAKING”

NEW YEAR, SAME ME

Welcome back readers of Chocolate and Politics. Here we are again, the beginning of a new year, a fresh start full of endless possibilities and resolutions. Many of us will spend the next few weeks carrying out big plans of ‘spending less money’ or ‘eating more vegetables’ or ‘reducing screen time’. Common resolutions inspire thoseContinue reading “NEW YEAR, SAME ME”

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”

YOU ARE A WHOLE, NOT A PART

The world works in strange and often illogical ways. One of these ways is the concept of grouping. In our more primitive times, humans naturally looked at the world in groups; some grouped together to hunt, some grouped together to guard the dwelling. People were grouped based on their skill sets and capabilities. As societyContinue reading “YOU ARE A WHOLE, NOT A PART”

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

As we enter into the month of November, I anticipate that the goals of each of my readers will include finding greater gratitude in the pleasures of daily life. One thing I often notice teenagers taking for granted is the importance of family and the values that it has instilled in them. Oftentimes, teenagers haveContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY”

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?”