The Search

“I am officially an author,” I said to my wife. This happened on January 30, 2017. A remarkable day, to say the least. The aftermath: Weird, but true:  After my book was out, for weeks I couldn’t write, anything. Because I was “done”. I was “done-done”. When my wife would ask me to respond to emails, I would say something like “I don’t know how to write anymore… I’m done writing.” Even texting was difficult. Voice notes were in. My…

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The First Credit Card

1999 – 2000 Back then, I was a graduate student, new to the U.S. trying to stand up on my own feet. I did not have a scholarship yet. The situation was tight, and I was not willing to ask my dad to fund me for tuition expenses, though he would gladly do so. I was educated enough to find a prudent assignment. After learning how the credit system works, I started to apply for credit cards. And within days I…

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Making A Choice

I came to the U.S. for higher studies. Having spent all my life being around the family, surrounded with relatives and friends, and having all the comforts of life, it wasn’t easy to start a new life in a new country that was on the far side of the globe. The world wasn’t as connected in those days as it is now, and the grueling winter only made things worse. After I settled down a little, and once I completed…

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The Traffic Light

The other day when I was travelling to work: The weather wasn’t great, and I was running late due to heavy traffic. To me, the traffic on I-495 beltway feels like the whole world wants to circle around Washington D.C. all day. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman was playing in the background. It made me think about my days in the high school, and the Grammy’s that year. Minutes later I took an exit towards Washington D.C. and stopped at…

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My First Blog

A Warm Welcome to You! I truly believe that we all possess the power to carve our own life path. I hope that you will agree. My name is Viral. I live in Washington D.C metropolitan region, and this is my first blog. Buried underneath tons of rubble, when I was found alive days after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit our town, all I had was hope. A hope to find my family. With an extremely strong will to survive, and with…

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