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The Audial World of A Café

As an undergraduate at Duke University, I took a class on anthropology of sound, studying the culture of sounds and the sounds of different cultures. We have covered materials in which the sound of a church bell has constituted a unique and shared communal identity. Even in the absence of any clear geographic boundary, a fading or closing sound of a church bell allowed local commuters to know when they were back home or...

The Flowers Never Made it, But Love Has

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Honey! Sorry, the flowers caught traffic and wouldn’t make it there on time.” She is away at a psychology conference in Austin Texas. The night before she flew off we had lobsters to celebrate Valentine’s in advance. With her usual charm, she tried to learn what I had in stock for her for the Valentine’s Day. I am never good at keeping surprises, not even our engagement proposal. However,...

Little Brother Shields Baby Sister From Punishment

This post is dedicated to a second grade little boy who tries to shield baby sister from receiving punishment for not turning in her homework. A chill breeze reminds people the turning of the season. Soon this part of Tibet will start to receive its regular snowfalls. A row of adobe houses amidst rolling green hills serves as the entire school facility for the local kids. Nothing about the morning suggests anything different...

Hydraulic Fracturing

(Source:gaslandthemovie.com) One of the most heated environmental debates has recently centered on the costs and benefits of shale gas extraction, namely through an unconventional gas exploration technique known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The fossil fuel industry lauds the opportunities that shale gas and its production can bring. To the proponents of gas drilling, shale gas production means job creation, economic...

Here is Home & Love is Forever

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you! Yes, I do. I love the fact that it is not only during the hours of happiness do you glow with melonly gentleness, but at the presence of seemingly insurmountable challenges your sweetness remains the same. I love the fact that even under the depth of a winter storm, you make me envision us holding hands in the golden glow of a peeking sun at the horizon. Countries may have borders....

Noise @ Nightfall

This post is as much of a heads-up for potential future tenants of this house as it is to unload a cacophony of noises, which through time has almost engraved in my bones and driving me crazy. 666 Crescent (modified) is too old to stay quiet. Imagine yourself living underground, where the city’s water lines run, as you try to drift off to asleep, water kept splashing against the half empty pipelines. It is like the sound...

Control Gun, Now!

  Bang. Bang. Bang. On university campus in Virginia, in a cinema in Aurora, in a high school in Columbine, and now at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, bullets are flying across U.S. states, striking innocent people as they fly, taking young lives, turning holiday into tragedy. Every single time, the media follows, police storms, and people outcry. However, as soon as the news fade, campus reopened, and...

COPs With Procrastinator’s Syndrome

United Nations’ Climate Talk, the Conference of Parties (COP), has recently been diagnosed with chronic Procrastinator’s Syndrome. The illness exacerbates in environment, where there is higher presence of atmospheric GHGs concentration. Its symptoms include willingness to trade current actions with distant visions, fear of any SMART (specific, measureable, accountable, reasonable, and time-bound) plans and commitments,...