It all started in my first semester of college. I was sitting in political science class, and my professor was speaking about political strategies in building alliances. He told us the idea that, “Bridges are stronger than bonds because bridges are based on difference. They take a while to create but last longer.”
As an Indo-Caribbean without an ethnicity box to check, a mandir (Hindu temple) member, and a first generation youth it has been a process for me to find ways to connect my experiences with members of other cultures. After being introduced to so many different cultures by being a student in NYC, I realized that diversity brings a certain richness and interesting quality of life. But it is often harder to build bridges from small communities like mine to larger ones. That idea became the catalyst for my entire journey to build bridges within and from my Indo-Caribbean community
You have a lot of posts about the Indo-Caribbean community, do you write for a local newspaper?
Right now I have a bi-weekly column titled “Cultural Perspective from Generation Y” in a local community newspaper titled The West Indian (it is distributed primarily in Queens throughout Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, and Jamaica). Through my column, I write from the perspective of a first-generation youth on cultural events, community books, independent films, and youth-centered organizations. You’ll be seeing a lot of posts transfer over from my column to my blog as a means to share the rich community life with a wider audience.
Are you a college student? Did you have any internships or are you involved in any programs?
Currently I am a student at Baruch College in Manhattan, New York with concentrations in Journalism/Creative Writing and Religion and Culture. In the Summer of 2011, I interned at the non-profit organization Girls Write Now, which is the first organization in the East Coast linking under-challenged NYC girls with professional women writers. Now I work at my school’s Career Development Center as a student career advisor. I’ve also become a part of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence program at my school.
Do you have any other interests in writing besides Indo-Caribbean community life?
In addition, as a young Indo-Caribbean woman in the city, I find there is importance in a personal voyage and the struggles one faces along the way. Being Indo-Caribbean has become a way for me to relate to many women who share a similar experience of feeling marginalized at times. And coming from a country twice-removed, from India, to Guyana, to NYC has given me a lot to write about. I hope to make a positive impact through covering stories of personal experience and conducting interviews with innovative and successful women.
Why create this blog?
My hope is to use this blog as an online portfolio and to gain feedback from my readers. I’d also like to get my work out there as a writer and journalist. Please support me if you like my work by hitting the subscribe button or following my blog.