Youth

Secular India?

Secular India?

  Recently, I was tasked to explore a topic of interest in the modern world for my history class. Immediately, I was drawn to the Indian independence movement. India is so incredibly diverse. It is home to a myriad of languages, dialects, cultures, and regions. I...
Because She Has Hope: Youth Essay Winner

Because She Has Hope: Youth Essay Winner

  Thirty years ago, my mother stepped off a plane and tipped her head back to feel the American sun beat down on her face. She brushed her thumb over the golden band on her ring finger. The subtle movement was involuntary, the reflex of a young woman longing to see a...
What Does 17 Mean?

What Does 17 Mean?

I found out about the Parkland shooting the way I usually do –  through the notifications on my phone. I remember waiting in my AP U.S. History classroom for class to start, and my phone buzzed with a CNN news alert “Florida school shooting: At least 17 dead.”...
Grameen Pragati

Grameen Pragati

I’m Anav Mehta, an 8th grader at Hyde Middle School in Cupertino, California. My family runs a charity called Grameen Pragati for which we raise funds by running marathons to fund projects. Grameen Pragati was founded in 2011 in San Jose, California by my parents...
Bollywood: Can You Make Up Your Mind?

Bollywood: Can You Make Up Your Mind?

“Dekhiye,” snaps Kajol, staring fiercely into Shah Rukh’s playful gaze. “Please leave me alone.” Her words are powerful, and her message is clear. It’s a warning sign, one as clear as crystal and firm as stone. Yet her words are accompanied with the romantic...
Indian Monsoons in California: A Time to Celebrate?

Indian Monsoons in California: A Time to Celebrate?

Usually I love the rain––I love how it washes everything away, how it makes new buds pop up from the ground, the smell of wet dirt after the first rain of the season––but this year, it’s different. This year, that smell is laced with the smell of smoke. This year,...