A Glimmer of Spring

[A stone's throw away from home.] Sometimes I pause and wonder about what I have done to deserve everything that I have today. I'm never the most hard working student in the classroom, not the best friend/protege/leader, not the most devoted daughter at home, and my husband is definitely the better half in our partnership. And… Continue reading A Glimmer of Spring

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A Breakdown of Winter

[Maybe listen to Wikan's wonderful playlist while you're here.] "So, after a semester, did you feel like you've grown, Afu?" Was a question from my good/amazing Bangladeshi-American friend that caught me off-guard during our small-group dinner a couple weeks ago. My instinct—which I followed—was to answer yes. But when he continued with, "In what ways?", I had to think it through. Indeed, when… Continue reading A Breakdown of Winter

On Marrying Your Black Swan

[Captured by Ben Laksana, July 23rd, 2016.] Nobody thought I would've tied the knot at age 24—yours truly didn't either. It seemed too early, rather rushed, and surprising. But as Nassim Taleb points out in The Black Swan, regardless how much we'd like to suppress it, unlikely events take place all the time and almost always, they are the ones that yield in massive… Continue reading On Marrying Your Black Swan