damaged goods.

On the inside We’re both damaged goods With me spilling blood from every single crevice And you releasing smoke from the open holes But we try to cover our wounds Pretend that we don’t exist on the same plane It doesn’t work You see my scars And I see your bruises But we still live […]

homeward bound.

Twenty years ago, Krishna Anand began living a double life. It was the same day he left everything he ever knew in Jaipur, the pink capital of India, and moved to Rumson, New Jersey. Despite leaving home, home could never leave him. He may have trudged his way to a green card, an American drawl, […]

15 minutes.

In 15 minutes, anything can happen. It takes 15 minutes to play a halftime in basketball. It takes 15 minutes to turn dry pasta into a meal. It takes 15 minutes to tell someone they are loved. You could be alive one minute, and then dead after 15 minutes. Everything happens so fast. There’s no […]

living in memories.

The green worn-out Heinken bottle hasn’t been used in years. But, today, it’s been shifted from it’s place on the mantle to the hardwood floor again. It clinks when it first drops, before rapidly blurring into nothingness when I flick it. It’s the first night the four of us have played since high school. Years […]

saying goodbye.

At age 7, I realized nothing lasts forever. I watched my mom pick up the cracked Budweiser bottles off the floor, clear out half the dusty closet, and take our family photos out of frames. The next day, dad drove away in the red Jeep. That was the last time I ever saw him. After […]

destination unknown

In a month, you can go for the happiest person in the world to the complete opposite. It happened to me. It can happen to anyone. A month ago, I was at home for the first time since I started college. It was a strange feeling but home still feel like home. I had my […]

college update.

All my life my parents have taught me the importance of education. It’s been deeply ingrained within my blood and bones. When I got to college, I didn’t quite understand how I was receiving this so-called education. It perplexed me- I didn’t spend nearly as much time studying or attending class as I did in […]

lost cities.

Land, sea, and air. It takes a rickety bus, a wobbly boat, and a shaky flight to transform a vision into a reality. But, when the travel finally ends at a destination, that is when the journey truly begins. Machu Picchu, nestled on a remote mountain in the Andes, swarms with civilisation today. As one […]

about last summer.

I watched the gears flick up and down, the lights causing reversal or standstill. I longer for the control, to be able to play or pause time. But, that was impossible, so I intended to get as close as I possibly could. The next day, I went from passenger to driver. As my foot dangled […]

my life as told by emo songs.

As I have spent my entire life surrounded by emo songs, they are the story of my life. Age 8, my dad blasting “We Will Rock You” by Queen in our living room. The words sound slurred, nothing makes sense to me. All I want is for the sound to die and for my cartoons […]