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Indian Stereotypes
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Let us assume you are all Indians. These are some rules you may have to follow. 1. Never cut your hair on a Tuesday. (This is because Indians call Tuesday as "Mangalavaram," which means "Barber's Day". Barbers do not... (more »)
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Nigeria
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It was 12:00pm on the 5st of March 2013 when I arrived in Nigeria. I shall not bore you with the details of the hustle and bustle of luggage packing and seat finding. Nor will I burden you with the details of my excruciatingly long flight and the... (more »)
Third Culture Kid
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As I tried to think of how to describe what it’s like to be a Third Culture Kid, the only thing I could think of was to relate it to a roller coaster ride. No matter how many times I’ve moved, moving always comes with a series of mixed... (more »)
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Where the Waves Crash Against the Sand
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I am a student in the most beautiful city on the face of the planet, where the mountains reach the clouds and the setting sun kisses the ocean's gentle waves as they crash gracefully against the sand. I'm passionate about everything I... (more »)
You Creep Meow This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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They arrive in pairs. Husbands walk arm-in-arm with their wives, migrating through the congested parking lot filled with forty-year old, chrome plated vehicles reflecting mid-afternoon rays of sun that brighten and warm the fairgrounds. The... (more »)
The Sway of the Palms
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A trim Cuban native stands at the tip of his rowboat, one foot placed in front of the other for balance. He uses a long, wooden paddle to dip into the calm creek-water, passing billowy fronds hanging over and protecting an elderly woman from the... (more »)
Having Everything This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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I'm doing the backstroke through 50-­degree water. The cold prevents me from swimming for more than a few minutes at a time, and yet I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. My mom throws goggles from the boat, laughing at my insanity, as I get... (more »)
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“Londoners Be Cray”
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Yesterday afternoon, Albert, my mother, and I set off for the airport. Today, at noon we arrived in Heathrow England. After crawling through numerous lines, we made it out of the airport and set off to the motel. We had 18 hours in England, and we... (more »)
The Further Apart; The Stronger the Bond
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Sometimes people come into your life for a short amount of time and leave a longer mark on you than people you have known since pre-school. It's funny huh? How people can leave an imaginary stain on your new white shirt. That's how I... (more »)
To Serve with Love
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“Okay we should makan nasih now, yeah?” said one of my parents’ friends as he spoke softly in his Malaysian-Indian accent. Makan Nasih means ‘to eat’ in Bahasa. “So this people really want to serve you guys and they woke up at five in... (more »)
Yellowstone National Park
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It is early morning. The warm yellow light of the rising sun caresses the snow-dusted, densely forested peaks. The tall mountains slope steeply down, tapering off into rolling hills and grassy plains, which end abruptly at a deep gorge. With... (more »)
Choosing to Be an American This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
At the age of four, I traveled to the United States with two strangers, my parents' friends. Today, I have no recollection of who they were or what they looked like. I do know, however, that they guided me to the land that has become my home.... (more »)
A Reminiscing Trip....
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I saw the bright, golden gate of the city of Phuentsholing (pronounced Fur-ceiling) welcoming us. ‘Welcome to the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan’ read the board above. I think it read the same in the Bhutanese or the Dzongkha language. We did pass... (more »)
Dancing in the Rain This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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During my stay in India, I lived in my grandmother's flat, a small two-bedroom in the heart of downtown Pune. We lived within minutes of the famous Laxmi Street, the bhajaii valas selling their fruits and vegetables, hawking their goods loudly... (more »)
Southern Drawl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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“My nose itches, I smell peaches. Someone's coming with a hole in their breeches. First one to say a word has to patch 'em!” This saying has swirled around in my household for as long as I can remember, popping up anytime my grandmother... (more »)
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Bazaar in Uzbekistan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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Walking down the street, you don't know how it happens – but it just happens. You're in the Qato'rtol bazaar. Looking back, there is no clear boundary where the street shops end and the bazaar begins. It's chaos, and it's... (more »)
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