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Faren Rajkumar
Finding meaning even where there isn't.
Graduate Creative Writing and Poetry student, music teacher, writer and photographer - Windswept swirls of ink and giddy phrases spill from me - Thank you for reading! My name is Faren, and I live in South Florida. I'm a real life poet, and I dabble in tons of art forms and genres of writing, obsess over literature and nothing makes me happier than the end of a perfectly crafted sentence. Whatever I'm doing, I'd rather be reading or writing. I'm also a long time violinist and huge foodie - I dream of moving to a big city where writing, music, art and good food can comprise my life everyday. I adore anything reminiscent of a time past; sometimes I feel like an old soul just waking up in the wrong body. I also have an affinity for all things Eastern: food, languages, culture, philosophy, religion... I'm an Indian gal who loves America, but never forgets where she is from. I'm here to share all of these things, the things I create, the things I love and the things that inspire me, with you.
Interests: Poetry, literature, music, food, memories
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I could hear my heart break When I learned that clouds are made of water droplets And not the delicate threads of my imagination Like my body, so heavy Also forged from water Instead of the dust and deliberations of a dream Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Wanderling
Sing hallelujah You are a man of god In possession of faith Unlike an atheist A creature of no faith Religion-less Denying words that condemn flesh And command a fall before a climb What are words? Portentous things My song is in the sky, in the open air I sleep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Wanderling
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Tonight, we'll be under the last "black moon" until July 2019. The opposite of a blue moon, and aptly named, a black moon is what we call the second new moon of the month. No light in the sky but the stars and the occasional passing satellite. I couldn't help... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Wanderling
There was heat at your lips And on your furrowed brow The room was dark and silent But for the roaring of the sky I thought wolves or coyotes Then remembered wild things don't live around here A half empty bed welcomes the beasts Who curl up beside me and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Wanderling
forest fires are sometimes an artificial controlled burn a scheduled and slow forty-eight hours of heat and smoke "it's good for the soil" seem bad for the trees, to me once i watched one of those fires by the side of the interstate the birds were screaming from afar and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Wanderling
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Brahmachari Vrajvihari Sharan will serve as Georgetown’s first full-time director for Hindu life starting this fall, making him the first Hindu priest chaplain in the United States, according to a campuswide email sent by Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., today. Sharan is also Georgetown’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at My Veda:
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WASHINGTON D.C., August 23, 2016 (Washington Post): It took petitions from everyone from schoolchildren to members of Congress, and 12 years of waiting. Soon, a long-hoped-for goal will be a stickum-backed reality of less than a square inch: a new postage stamp recognizing the holiday of Diwali. The stamp, announced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at My Veda:
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Your first love is me (I hear waves crash when you laugh) My first love, the sea Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Wanderling
a curved piece of watermelon rind sugar sweet pinkness gnawed all the way down to the bottom stray popsicle sticks and melting ice cubes in one last glass of lemonade the end of summer on my mind Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Wanderling
It's been a while since I dove deep into a creative pool. But starting my official, formal education in poetry has awakened me again. As I compiled a list of literary magazines and publications that I'd like to see my name in before the next summer, I stumbled across this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Wanderling
KAPAA, HAWAII, August 5, 2016 (HPI): Back in 1992 Hinduism Today developed a list of 12 Megatrends (and 8 Minitrends) focusing on the continuing evolution of Sanatana Dharma. This list is dated, and so we are preparing an upgrade, and seeking creative and savvy input that will make the 2017... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at My Veda:
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In Sanskrit, Guru means ‘teacher’, one who dispels the ‘darkness of Ignorance’ and brings wisdom. Therefore, to mark the importance of Gurus, Guru Purnima is celebrated in India every year. Needless to say, for thousands of years, the festival of Guru Purnima has held a great significance for Hindus in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at My Veda:
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The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) recently organized an event in San Francisco to spread awareness about Hinduism and building relations with various communities in the US. The event, organized on July 16 at the Taj Campton Place in San Francisco, witnessed speeches, touching on a variety of subjects in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at My Veda:
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WASHINGTON: Tulsi Gabbard, the first ever Hindu elected to the US House of Representatives, has asked a Californian educational board to give Hinduism its due place in school text books and not to describe it inaccurately as 'religions of ancient India'. California State Board of Education is in final stages... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at My Veda:
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Mangalsutra, the wedding chain worn by Hindu women, is usually chosen married according to the customs of the groom's family, with gold being the common element in all. It is equivalent to the ring worn in Western wedding tradition.Every region has its own beautiful interpretation of the marital cord though.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at My Veda:
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AROUND 570,000 YEARS AGO, A Meteor hurling through the atmosphere at 90,000 km/h crashed near what is now the small town of Lonar in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India. The impact created a crater 1.8 kilometers in diameter and 137 meters deep, that bears a lake that is mentioned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at My Veda:
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Rajiv Malhotra has taken a powerful stand to ward off a clear and present danger and appeals to us all: “It is clear to me that many present-day Hindu leaders are ineffective in understanding and engaging the world of non-Hindus. We tend to either avoid the differences that arise or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at My Veda:
I've read legends of fire-borne fury Of women and witches scorned And great men with stolen crowns Snakes sharing a single tongue of flame Setting worlds ablaze Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Wanderling
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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, May 26, 2016 (edx.org): This religion course introduces the rich and diverse textual sources from which millions of Hindus have drawn religious inspiration for millennia. The Bhagavad Gita has offered philosophical insights to a number of modern thinkers. This course will introduce important passages from important Hindu sacred... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at My Veda:
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Siddharth Tadepalli, TNN | May 18, 2015, 01.04AM IST HYDERABAD: Iron Age may have come into existence in Telangana much before the rest of the world. At least that's the conclusion reached by archaeologists excavating the University of Hyderabad campus who found iron artefacts dating back to roughly 2,200 BC.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at My Veda:
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Washington: A California commission — mandated with recommendation and revision of school text books — has rejected demands of replacing India with South Asia for pre-1947 references, which had become a major bone of contention from various academic groups in the US. The California Department of Education's (CDE) Instructional Quality... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at My Veda:
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The Indus civilization flourished for half a millennium from about 2600 bc to 1900 bc. Then it mysteriously declined and vanished from view. It remained invisible for almost 4,000 years until its ruins were discovered by accident in the 1920s by British and Indian archaeologists. Following almost a century of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at My Veda:
Every unexpected noise was an alarm intended to awaken the slumbering instincts of my unheeding mind. A snapping branch. A chittering animal. A rustling bush. The gentle drop of water onto the surface of a half-concealed and moonlit pond. I jumped and clung to you, my nervous excitement leading me... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Wanderling