An excerpt of a cover letter I wrote in junior year of college remains close to my heart to this day: “At a point of confusion earlier this year, I miraculously discovered Timmhotep Aku’s First Listen review of Swet Shop Boys’ debut LP, Cashmere, in which he describes the fight with duality that Indian-American rapper Heems and Pakistani-British rapper Riz MC overcome together, writing, ‘Though separated by religion, nationality and the Atlantic Ocean, the two find common ground in hip-hop…’ Such a robust, collective entry into the music industry by two artists—who are products of the different sides of the India-Pakistan partition—helped me understand the potential for the dual consciousness to be utilized in positive ways.”
It was this realization that helped me accomplish many feats in my writing, not only in embracing the heritage my parents passed down to me but also in breaking through expectations or norms set upon me from birth. In many instances I touch on topics like diaspora because it’s an experience shared with millions of other people raised in the US by immigrants. In other instances, mainly my Instagram profile, I write about mundane things. And in many instances I write about a lot of topics that cross over with those two, predominantly music. My aim is to express this unique identity I’ve formed through my experiences and give people in similar situations something to relate to, connecting music, literature, politics, and other modes of identification with one another through it. Take a look at my research projects or blog to discover more, and subscribe or follow my social media to keep updated.