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November 2008

My Grandfather’s Funeral

Today was Papa Ji’s funeral. His wisdom and love made me who I am — and inspired Divided We Fall. I stood before his casket adorned with flowers, where his face shone regal in a red turban, and gazed out at a hundred people who had gathered in the small chapel. I never write down what I will say before an audience, but today, I knew I needed to draw courage from words on paper.  I clutched the pages and spoke through the tears: My Beautiful Papa Ji, In the beginning, there were sounds: your voice at my childhood bedside, teaching me to […]

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Election Night 2008

Today marks a new era of possibility for America and the world. After seven years of despair in the shadow of September 11th, the election of Barack Obama as President throws wide open the doors to the future, and I am left blinking in the light. September 11th was the nightmare from which we could not awake; the election ushers in a new era of possibility I keep mistaking for dream. The world unites again, this time in hope and celebration, that a visionary may be elected president of the most powerful nation on earth. “This victory alone is not […]

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