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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
Recent Activity
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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
Just ask Sophia Coppola: something lost in translation is the greatest lament we may never have enough understanding to express. As I explore poetry in Spanish and attempt to translate in my novice capacity, I'm so frustrated by the beauty that is lost on me. But there is also something... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Wanderling
the edges of the universe are ever-expanding fleeing from itself everyday every night but yet i cannot leave this place this love affair with the palms and the stars my home where you have always been Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Wanderling
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Read more at http://www.newsgram.com/hinduism-highlighted-beautiful-hindu-temples-australia-2/ Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at My Veda:
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Read the full story at : http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/hindu-americans-oppose-textbook-edits-by-curriculum-commission--/article_e34e2e8c-f518-11e5-a4b4-3fd7876cbff5.htm Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at My Veda:
I've always liked the boys who blaze through yellow lights on empty streets, lust for fated tragic endings like the ones seen in smoke rings, and can never fall asleep before the witching hour. But your favorite flavor is vanilla, you wake with a smile, and something about the sound... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Wanderling
... and then suddenly I started writing poems about someone new Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Wanderling
I'll let you dream of solitude But with one arm around my waist And your uneven breath on the back of my neck My love While I stare at the ceiling and imagine the stars Alone together Together alone. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Wanderling
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Life should be chiefly service. Without that ideal, the intelligence that God has given you is not reaching out toward its goal. When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit. Paramahamsa Yogananda (1893-1952) Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at My Veda: