Like most people, I believed 2020 would, in some way, be my year or at least be the start of something great that I would ride into the new decade. The latter half of 2019 was arguably one of the best years of my life. I was experiencing new things, exploring new areas, and enjoying as much as I could before I was to hit the ground running on my professional career; however, the plans I had dreamt of, hoped for were never really came to fruition due to COVID-19.
This was the year where I was able to go back to my roots in Kerala, India (and not as the ‘first Malayalee Miss India Washington’), and really see the fruits of the efforts a passionate group of Malayalee-Americas were able to accomplish (The FOMAA Village), and actually meet the families of the lives we forever changed.
I write this piece as I know many first and second-generation Indian Americans leave our cultural communities and live their lives outside of these groups just fine. I envy them. Perhaps it was because of my upbringing, but not matter how many times I try to walk away – I find myself always coming back as I am a person who believes in the power of community, and it was through this community where I procured most of my talents and interests.
I’ve grown to realize when working in organizations, it’s tough for individuals like myself to stand up for ourselves and what we believe in due to certain gaps – cultural, generational, egotistical, etc.
And she learned this year to forever be a phoenix rising from the ashes of yesterday…
Why does the topic of “integrating the youth” in almost every agenda and association that I happen to be a part of and yet never gets fulfilled?… Read more “Leading by Example”
The fact of the matter is, you are not your accomplishments, your creations, or the sum of the various roles you play in your life – you are much more than that.
My origins as well as many of my close family and friends roots lie in Kerala, India and right now, Gods Own Country is facing one of… Read more “Kerala Flood Crisis”
our people must make room to allow diversity in the leadership we look up to. Being bilingual is not more important than character and competency. Make space for second-generation leadership and be proud of the inter-generational community we carry.
Ever since I wrote my first piece here, it feels like ages since I’ve written a post referencing back to the origins as to why I decided… Read more “A Forever ‘American Born Proud Desi’”