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Souvik, a researcher at heart, loves the quirky world of science. As part of his immigrant journey, Souvik sought to understand & imbibe the American culture often leading to memorable, humorous outcomes. Souvik takes this opportunity to talk about Food, American Food and its associated culture that defines Who You Are. His piece is titled: "Wheat or Wheat".
Chandreyee is an accomplished orator and was in the cast of the 2014 Boston performance of 'Listen to your mother', a national annual event held across the US in celebration of motherhood. She has spent her childhood in Africa & the Middle-East, finding her way to American shores for graduate school. The intervening years in India were a hodge-podge of cultural confusion, just like the America she stepped into. In her story, "Odometer clicks", she speaks of this patchwork quilt of different-ness.
Tapati Lahiri moved to London as a newlywed with her student husband for what she thought was two (maybe three) years! From London, her immigrant voyage took her to Cambridge, MA in 1969 and she has been living in South Kingston, RI since 1970. After leaving Kolkata, she relived her city through aerograms, those "blue squares" that are currently on the verge of extinction! In "Letters from my mother", she reads excerpts from two letters that were before and after a monumental event in her life.
Mahua is a mom who works in a school district mostly composed of minorities and immigrants.Her experience of immigration is similar to that of many of her Indian friends. It's about our journey of thousands of miles, pursuing higher education, creating homes, starting new families, and building a new life on an “unaccustomed Earth”. Our roots grow deep as we form our new homes. But what if....what if life takes a totally unexpected turn? Her story is a look into these turns, these moments of dark and white, in a different light...in different colors, sometimes unknown to lot of us."
Nilay came to the USA in 1991 as a graduate student and never went back. His Indian roots form the basis of his global worldview. Nilay speaks about an event that many immigrants, irrespective of their country of origin, can identify with. When you live in the land of freedom, the inability to exercise any kind of freedom during a period of intense personal crisis forms the basis of his "confession".
Author of three books, Abdullah Shibli is a columnist for the The Daily Star, Bangladesh’s largest circulation English language newspaper. Economics, short stories and non-fiction are his genre. He wants to tell the next generation about Bangladesh, his homeland...anecdotes from his college years in Dhaka, and his adventures in Barishal and more importantly share memories of his parents. His piece is titled: "What I want to tell Shakir, Naushi, and Mira".
A retired professor of Anthropology and a practicing psychotherapist, Dr. Manisha Roy is a published writer in two languages: English and Bengali. She says "I chose this topic because it was one of the most profoundly shocking experiences I have ever had while living in this country as a student. This event hit hard the stereotype of perception of a typical American I carried around. The event shook me to the core and I repressed it so deeply that I never talked about it until now, forty-six years later! This act by a 23 year- old history student as a protest against an unjust war taking place ten thousand miles away made me feel ashamed of my narrow orbit of a student-life..."
Saptak is a recent grad from Tufts University, working in the Boston area. His story is about childhood and coming of age memories! Growing up is hard to do - especially when your childhood was so much damn fun. He recalls his neighborhood shenanigans, his days of hanging out in college, and discovers that the life answers he's looking for may just be rooted in his past....
Shuvom is a sophomore, with an interest in philosophy and sociology. Outside of school, he participates in math competitions and programs, the debate team, and various other academic activities.He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and moved to Massachusetts when he was a toddler. His story is about growing up in the culture surrounding education largely due to the stereotypes of Asian and South Asian parenting.