*just for fun
I once gave up the page, for the stage
In my experience with the Indian culture, success is measured by the color of one’s scrubs, not the strength of one’s sources. Writing catchy headlines and landing big scoops are not the building blocks of family pride; it's which hospital your residency is at or which b-school your MBA is from. So when I committed to Boston University as a journalism major, my friends and family in the Indian community gave me patronizing smiles and turns of the head that said: “Oh, journalism? That’s cute, but what’s your real major?”
I told this story on the Paramount Stage in Boston part of the Boston Globe’s live storytelling event: Globe Live. As I spoke about being an Indian-American female studying journalism, more than 600 people listened. I was the only intern in the show, joined by editors, long time columnists and famed reporters. Watch it - and let me know your thoughts!
I have an Instagram dedicated to quinoa
If you're in need of some cooking inspiration, check out my food Instagram @eatprayquinoa. There's over 100 original recipes that I've shared over the past 7 months, as part of my journey toward a healthier lifestyle. While the aesthetics have been fun to play around with, most of my meals are very simple to create and ideal for tired students. Some of my favorite recipes include Pad Thai Quinoa, Cauliflower Pita plate, and a very classic daal (which is an Indian-spiced lentil dish).
When I'm not at the news desk, I'm on the dance floor
After dancing for about 11 years through a small town association, I've joined an all-female fusion dance team at Boston University, Chankaar. We combine Bollywood, hip hop, classical and contemporary styles of choreography and compete around the nation with other college teams.
Dance teams in the Bollywood circuit usually create a piece based on storyline, whether it be about two characters falling in love or a brother-sister duo looking for a way to break from traditional Indian norms. While I'm on stage, I recreate my love for storytelling in the form of movement, expression and song.
And finally, I wouldn't be a good journalist if my life didn't revolve around deadlines. When my team performs, we have about 6 minutes to tell a story through dance, to hundreds of people. So...how's that for time management skills.