Who Am I?

What best defines me is perhaps my identity as an Adult Third Culture Kid.

An Indian by birth and an Internationalist by citizenship is what I would like to believe I am. Most of my life and my identity has been shaped by growing up in different countries in Southeast Asia and Africa. I’ve also had a share of time in my own country, where I’d been for a decade before moving to Europe to study again. As a result, I’ve found myself constantly struggling to understand the meaning of home and to find a place where I belong (if there’s any such thing). I’m still on a journey to discover that.

If there’s one thing in life I would love to do, it would be to travel, travel, and just travel. I could spend my whole life travelling and living in various countries. I always feel I haven’t travelled as much as I should have but I realise I would probably have to be born a few times to see everything the world has to offer.

I strongly believe that being a citizen of a bigger world is much more important than being a citizen of a country. Borders restrict us, make us view others as enemies, and create barriers that should not exist in the first place.

I have varied interests. I’ve already mentioned one above – travelling. However, I also have a passion for films and animation and I could go on talking about them. I love photography, poetry, history, art, literature, and I also love learning about new cultures and languages. I’m also an environmentalist at heart and want to make a big contribution to the planet someday.

This blog will feature some of my interests. All the photos on this blog – apart from those pictures you will see on movie or book reviews – were taken by me. I also do not like to do any post-processing on photos so none of my photographs have been edited or post-processed in any manner (unless it is mentioned).

This was a blog containing my poetry when I initially started it in 2009, but I deleted all the posts that I’d put up in 2009 (and I am afraid I might’ve permanently deleted some of my poems in the process). I decided to start afresh in 2011 so that I could find a reason to keep writing. I’ve put up some other poems now just for old times’ sake.

Thank you for visiting my blog!:)


131 thoughts on “Who Am I?”

  1. Such a wonderful blog here Anarya! I’d definitely visit often 🙂
    -Mheg ❤

  2. Indeed, being a citizen of the world, instead of just one country is far more enlightening. Thanks again for stopping by my FB post. Bella

  3. Great blog! I love that you don’t do any post-processing on your photographs, they are magnificent as they are. I get a little tired of looking at all of the saturated/instagramed travel pictures out there, yours are a breath of fresh air!

    • Thanks so much Rachel! I dislike post-processing, but I did it for one of my posts (but I mentioned it there). :). Post-processing is not only a hassle as you have to sit and correct every photo, but it kind of defeats the purpose of photography (I think so at least). Thanks so much for your comment! You have a wonderful blog yourself. 🙂

  4. Hi there,

    Thanks for stopping by The Legion of Door Whores and for leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please take a look at my blog sites http://reflectionsofchina.worpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com , I do hope you will take a look and enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, certainly one worthy of a follow. Thanks again, Regards Mark

  5. Thank you for liking my blog, Anarya! I’m really happy to have received mail from WordPress telling me that two people liked my post, Yet another blog. I have been blogging on and off for years and I’m way past expecting people to drop by. I am currently working in China where WordPress is censored thus I had to create another blog on another website. (I’m home for summer break hence website censorship is not a problem.)
    I love photography, too and I’m not so much into editing my photos although I do edit some. There was a time when I’d like to think of myself as a purist when it comes to photography but somehow that has been diluted through the years.
    I will read the entries you have on here before I return to China.

    Take care and God bless!


    • My pleasure Cristy! You have a great blog and I’ll be sure to check out the rest of your posts soon. I’ve heard about the censorship in China, and that’s a shame.
      Your photos are great. I can understand that some photos do need editing so yeah, post-processing sometimes is inevitable.
      Take care too and I’ll be dropping by your blog too. What’s the address of your other blog?

  6. Thanks for liking my blog post. Your point of view is right on the money and your interests wide-ranging. I enjoy your writing style, too.

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love what you said about the purpose of borders. Maybe sometime in the future, humanity will evolve to that point. Traveling is a passion so many share and I’m anxious to read about your travels – and poetry!

    • Will be checking out more of your blog soon – it’s wonderful :)! And thanks so much for visiting mine. Glad you liked the point about borders because I always wonder about that one. You cross one border to reach another country – when in reality it’s just the same strip of land. Thanks a lot – I’ll try and write about my travels as much as possible :)! And the poetry too 🙂

  8. Owen Hyde said:

    really very nice blog. useful for readers.

  9. Unique blog site! Thank you for visiting mine and by doing that, for alerting me to your work. Thank you also for liking my “Rumi” post. I very much look forward to reading your work here.

    • Thank you very much! It was my pleasure to visit your blog – you have a lovely one and I’ll be sure to check it out more often. Thanks for dropping by 🙂 🙂

  10. Hi Manisha! I have just nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award


    I would be honoured if you accept!

    Best regards, Arlen

    • I’m very, very honoured, Arlen, that you would nominate me for this award. I don’t know if I truly deserve it! But I’m so honoured all the same. Thank you very much 🙂

  11. I’m an ATCK, too 🙂 It’s very nice to meet you, via your Like on my blog. How wonderful that we bloggers can connect with people all over the world by posting a photograph! I’m enjoying going through your blog. Best to you 🙂

    • Glad to meet a fellow ATCK :D. Yes indeed, it’s great how one can connect in the blogging world. You have some amazing photographs on your blog and I enjoy seeing them :). Thanks so much and I’ll be stopping by your blog often!

  12. Totally agree about there being no borders …. Had there been borders (As there are now, with immigration etc), there would be no Ibn-e-Batuta, Marco Polo, Columbus…. list goes on and on….

  13. What camera do you use? Love your photos. I am having problems with my camera. The pics are blurry and any time the background is even slightly brighter than my subjects, my photo is awful. But I hate to use the flash. Any recommendations? It’s just a point-and-click.Canon Powershot A720IS

    • Hi Winn. I use a Canon Rebel XT, otherwise known as the EOS 350D – it’s a DSLR so I suppose that explains the quality. Thanks a lot for liking my photos :).
      Point and shoot cameras do have the blurring problem a bit – but I’m not very sure why your background is slightly brighter than your foreground. What modes do you have on your camera apart from automatic flash and no flash? Which mode do you generally use? I don’t pretend to be an expert on how to take photos, but maybe if you experiment with the different modes and options, you might get better photos. I’d suggest you try as many modes and options as possible – play around with the white balance (which will be on your options menu), or your ISO even.

  14. Sounds like we have a lot in common. Nice to meet you.

  15. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and my post about Noank, Ct. In return I have found your blog—very interesting reading. I especially like and agree with your views on being a world citizen. I will be stopping back often, hope you do the same. My usual posts are about food from my home kitchen, but I will be including more posts on travel as I do more of it,

    • It was my pleasure :). You have a wonderful blog – one which I will surely keep visiting. Thank you so much for your comments. I’m glad you agree with my world citizen views :).
      Food is always very interesting too and I love different kinds of cuisine so keep posting as much as you can about the food from your home kitchen. Looking forward to more of your posts.
      Thank you so much for visiting! 🙂

  16. Hi there I so relate to your love of travel travel travel and I am just about to embark on an adventure that will see me homeless and excited to see new places and met new people, Do you recommend anywhere? Take care Susan

    • Hi Susan! That’s incredible! Which continent are you heading to? No matter where you go, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time. I could of course recommend Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Kenya (but then again, it depends which continent you’re visiting, and I’m yet to travel to many more countries. Have a great time and thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

  17. I don’t, as a rule, edit my images. By the time I’ve written and posted the story, I’m usually suffering fatigue. I never crop either. I like to just post pictures as they are. I have been known to kick in contrast.

    Yes, everyone should travel. I like your internationalist outlook. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful views on the world!

    • Exactly! I think it takes too much effort to edit photos. I guess non-edited photos are much more natural somehow but then I don’t have anything against people who edit their photos :D.
      Thank you – I’m very honoured you think they’re wonderful views, especially coming from a seasoned traveller such as yourself 🙂

      • OH, i’m blushing now, more like a weathered traveler. Yes, I like to take pictures and upload them. Editing is good, depends really on the shot. Have a wonderful day ! What is your next adventure planned? Do keep us posted!

        • 😀 Yup, depends on the shot as you said. Sometimes editing a pic really adds some character to it. I’m not sure about my next adventure yet – but I hope I get to go somewhere soon. This year I only managed to visit Sri Lanka, Malaysia (for a second time) and Singapore. But if I’m lucky enough to go somewhere else, will keep you informed! Have a great day yourself 😀

          • Great, do keep me informed, I follow your blog and get updates, thank goodness for RSS feeds! I never been to Sri Lanka, that must be amazing, being a Buddhist country. But I’m all Buddha-ed Out!

            • Sure will do :). Thanks for following :D!
              You should go to Sri Lanka if you can. I wasn’t that overwhelmed with the idea of going there – but when I went I was in awe. For me it was a family trip – so basically we ended up seeing 5 of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites there in 10 days. Very hectic, but wonderful. I wrote about one of those sites here – if you want to get an idea of the place. Planning to write about more of those sites soon.

            • oh thanks for that recommendation, and I will check out your link and read your story with interest, sounds like Indonesia, one of those places that are underrated, but when you arrive, u realize its got so much going for it! Can’t wait to see your pictures, and S L is closer to you than me! I’ve met some lovely people from SL too!

            • Thanks a lot :D. Indonesia’s been on my list forever now so I’d better go when I can. I guess the only place in Indonesia that’s so well known is Bali, when I know there’s a lot more to it than just Bali. All the other places there are underrated.
              Sri Lankans are very courteous and polite – a lovely bunch of people. SL is definitely closer to where I am now – so I had to go! It’s quite a cheap country to around too. So in case you ever head to India or its whereabouts, add SL to the list!

  18. We have similar ideas about life at large. Just a tiny part that is different, about the processing of the photo. Just like the poem, we look at the World through our eye, and the same thing that we look the world through the camera, and to capture our vision, and dreams, not to impress others, but to touch our own heart. I don’t have camera like Nikon D800, my camera has a limit up to iso400, post processing is then a important step to bring out the clarity, brightness, and contrast. In the past, we bring all the filters with us and carry them to take a photo, and use all kind of chemical to process the film for a specific effect, and now we just do it digitally, such is the advancement of the technology (even making them black and white is the altering of our perception on the photo). In any case, most importantly, when I take a photo, what Kind of world i want to show to myself, and what ideas I wanted to convey to myself, is more than the question if it is post processing or not. =) it seems I have too many ideas again. By the way, Anarya is a female or male’s name, I often think it is a male’s name.


    • Hehe – well it’s not like I have a problem with post-processing as such. I’ve just never been a big fan of it. I understand your point completely. Ultimately it’s what works best for an individual. I like putting up photos the way I took them – that’s the case with most things I do. But yes if a photo needs post-processing, it needs to be done anyhow. :). I just usually refrain from doing it for some reasons. 🙂

      One of my post has post-processed photos but I mentioned that on the post. No issue as such. I’m just more into the ‘natural’ look of things I suppose. I agree that post-processing does bring out some interesting character in photos sometimes though. Your ideas are welcome – so no problem at all 🙂

      Anarya is a female name :D.

  19. Thank you for visiting my web site so frequently. I appreciate it. I hope you find the meaning and purpose for your life. Sincerely, Jim

  20. Thanks for dropping by and liking my post 🙂 I got the same wanderlust, as well as the love of photography, art and literature. You got a wonderful blog here, cheers!

  21. Thank you very much for following my new photography blog. I am very honoured. My apologies for taking so long to return the complement, as I completely lost track of who I have responded to. Your articles are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  22. Hi – thanks for the highly enjoyable read, and congrats; you’ve been nominated in the Adventurous Blogger Award.- please follow instructions on my posting to complete award, thanks.

  23. Hi MM!
    Thanks for stopping by and liking my posts. It’s encouraging to see that you are following my blog.

    Your blog is really nice and I enjoyed reading it, specially one on Sri Lanka. I too wanted to share my experience of Sri Lanka, but I am sure I can’t cover it the way you have done it. 🙂

    I am not sure if the competition on Adventurer Blogger Award is over or not, but my best wishes are with you. All the best and keep posting like this.


    • It’s my pleasure :). You have a fine blog and I would love to read about your travels in Sri Lanka. Where all did you go? I’m sure you can write about your experiences there very well indeed :).
      I got an Adventure Blogger Award nomination but I am yet to write the post accepting it. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts Mayank. Much appreciated!

      • Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂
        I will surely write on my experience traveling Sri Lanka as we covered 5-6 places in 10 days. It’s just that I am lazy to take out pictures from my external HDD. We had been there 5 years back on our extended Honeymoon and covered Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, some place in south, crossed Galle (saw the effect of Tsunami), Bentota and Colombo.
        I completely agree with you that the locals are very nice and polite and the place is so neat and clean. I think most locals except for the Metros are nice whether you are in Sri Lanka, Turkey or India. They are more contended with their life and are always happy and gentle. In fact, I’ve been thinking of writing on that thought for sometime, but will soon put it down on my blog.
        Take Care!

        • That’d be great. I’d love to read about all your travels there :D. I also visited about 6 places in 10 days with my family (earlier this year). You basically visited the places I didn’t visit (apart from Kandy, which I did visit), so would love to hear about your experiences.
          It’s true – people in metros are usually not so friendly. I guess it has to do with their busy lifestyles. I didn’t really stay in Colombo so I don’t know what the situation is there with the friendliness.
          Please do tell me when you write about S.L, in case I miss it on the WordPress Reader. 😀
          Thanks and take care!

          • Here’s one on my thoughts on the effect of our busy lifestyles while living in Metros. http://panthatva.wordpress.com
            I agree with you that SL is a hidden gem to visit and I have recommended to a lot of my friends and acquaintances. I know two families who had visited it recently and both the families loved the country.
            I will update you once I upload my post on SL.

            • I just went through your post – a very interesting one!
              Yes, SL has a lot of things to see though it’s a small country. I would like to visit again and see the things I didn’t see.
              Sure! Waiting for your SL post 😀

  24. Hi, Anarya. Thanks for visiting several posts of my blog.

  25. Like your writing style! 🙂 xo barbara

  26. Hi Anarya,

    Hello! I like your identifying yourself “as an Adult Third Culture Kid”, which reminds me of “Third Stream Music”, a term coined in 1957 by composer Gunther Schuller in a lecture at Brandeis University to describe a musical genre that is a synthesis of classical music and jazz.

    So, it would seem to me that you are a citizen without border, a child of the world, and a person of many interests, all of which are admirable qualities to possess.

    What “new cultures and languages” have you substantially come into contact with and learnt?

    I wonder why you initially deleted some of your poems. Were you under some sort of personal crisis or doubt?

    Let’s keep in touch through our blogs, and I welcome your feedback when you visit my blogs.

    Happy Sunday!

    • Hello SoundEagle,

      Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and liking and commenting on so many of my posts. I think that is the only identity I truly have. Third Culture Kids basically spend the most important ‘growing-up’ years of their lives in a culture different to their birth culture. I grew up in mainly 4 different cultures and I am very confused about what culture I really embody the best. You’re right about the citizen of the world – because most Third Culture Kids think of themselves that way! Thanks for the explanation of Third Stream Music because I didn’t know about it at all. It’s sort of a similar concept. 🙂

      Well I know about four languages (which is not much at all), but during the time I was growing up, I was constantly exposed to various cultures in Eastern and southern Africa and Southeast Asia (Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia). These were the regions where I lived and grew up (which were not actually my ‘home’ countries). Then of course the other countries I visited on trips also added to more cultures. There’s still a lot more travelling to do and now that I’m an adult, I understand its importance better.

      Well I just started the blog for a class assignment and when the assignment was over, I didn’t really see the point of putting those poems on the internet. Then almost 2 years later I decided I could start the blog again :).

      Yes, I’d love to be in touch. Need to check out your blog too.

      Happy Sunday to you too and thank you!!! 🙂

  27. fivereflections said:

    i hope your wish to travel becomes your way of life – you could create a character and write novels as reflections of your adventures… i would find them filled with excitement… hold on to your open mind – adopt all cultures!

    very nice to meet you

    David in Maine USA

    • Anarya Andir said:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope it continues to be my way of life. That’s a great idea. I will definitely think about that – it’s an awesome idea :).
      Thanks so much for dropping by David. Very glad to meet you too 🙂

  28. itchyfeetme said:

    thanks for dropping some likes on my site. will have to be dropping heaps in yours. your kind of writing and thinking is excellent. worth reading and following.


  29. I just nominated you for the beautiful blogger award. Here are the details: http://reenareigns.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/beautiful-blogger-award/
    Have a great day!

  30. Hi Anarya,

    Good news! I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 award.

    The rules of the award are at



  31. itchyfeetme said:

    Hello there,
    I have just bestowed you a Star for the Blog of the Year Award. I have always admired your work. Keep it up!
    Can check my related post: http://itchyfeetme.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/blog-of-the-year-award-timely-for-a-christmas-prezzy/
    Happy holidays!

  32. Extreme TCK said:


    I’m 25 years old and have lived in 10 countries so far, (Sudan, Austria, Botswana, Ivory Coast, U.A.E, Ethiopia, Egypt, Canada, U.S.A, and the U.K). I’ve also lived in those countries more than once. (Ethiopia to Canada, Canada to Ethiopia, Ethiopia to Egypt, Egypt to Ethiopia, U.K to Ethiopia and Ethiopia to U.K) So I guess those count as “moving” experiences as well. I came across your blog when searching the net for something to describe who I am. Glad I found you website. Just wanted to say hello really and to say thank you for this blog. I certainly feel like I am not alone anymore 🙂

    All the best!

    • Wow, you’ve lived in so many wonderful countries!!! 🙂 Glad to meet a fellow TCK. I’m sure you have some amazing experiences which I’d love to hear about. Ethiopia has always been really fascinating to me (no doubt Egypt as well). Do you have a blog or a site? Would be very happy to follow you! Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a note. I really appreciate it 🙂 :D.

  33. I like your nom de plume but then again, I’m partial to anars! 😉 (happy to find your site!)

  34. As a fellow TCK I know exactly where you’re coming from!
    Great blog 🙂

    • Pleasure to meet you! Where all have you grown up (as opposed to the question we TCKs hate – the ‘where are you from’ question)? 😀

      • I grew up mainly around Southeast Asia – China, Malaysia, Thailand and India. When people meet me for the first time they normally struggle to place my accent. For some reason people often guess Canadian or South African even though I’ve never lived in those places!

        • Wow, that’s awesome! Where in China and where in India? Haha – tell me about it. The accent thing always confuses people. It’s quite hilarious actually. 😀
          I get a lot of the accent thing too – and I still don’t know what accent I have!

        • And ideally I should have asked you where in Thailand and where in Malaysia (but I’m guessing KL and Bangkok, unless I’m wrong :P). Thai food is awesome 😀

          • Hmmm let’s see. In China my family lived in Changchun (way up north) to begin with and then moved to Changsha (down south). In India I went to an international school in the Nilgiri mountains of Tamil Nadu in the south. And you’re wrong about Thailand and Malaysia 😛 I was actually living in the Cameron Highlands (a mountainous part of Malaysia) and Chiang Mai 🙂
            I would love to visit the places you grew up in. To my shame I have not been anywhere in Africa yet. I especially want to see Kenya.
            Where are you based now?

            • Ah I’d love to visit China (I’ve been to Hong Kong but that’s nowhere close to what I think the mainland would be like – and that was before the handover.) I’ll check out Changchun and Changsha – they sound lovely :D. Hope to go to mainland China someday :D.
              Wow, where in Tamil Nadu exactly?
              Aww darn – I’d gone to Malaysia for the second time in my life last year. Wanted to go to Cameron Highlands but could never make it there :(. I’ve seen the photos though and it looked lovely.
              It’s so awesome you were in Chiang Mai! I’ve passed by Thailand several times (because that was the way to get to Cambodia), but I never really made it outside Bangkok or Pattaya. Big pity. But I loved the country! Need to go back someday.
              I’m sure you’ll love Africa. Do see if you can go there some time. I haven’t seen as much of Africa as I would have liked to but I always like saying I’m part-African :P. Guess I left my heart back there. But I do love Southeast Asia a lot as well.
              Currently I’m in India – I repatriated – but not out of choice. Where are you based?

  35. I was in Ooty. I guess you know of Hebron School? I miss India terribly. It’s been years since I last saw it. What a wonderfully diverse country! Which part of India are you in? And if you’re not there by choice where would you rather be right now?
    I’m currently in my ‘home country’ England, but I take any opportunity to travel that I can get.
    Oh, and thanks for liking stuff on my blog. I appreciate your comments. It’s good to have feedback from a felllow TCK 🙂

    • Hmmm…no I can’t say I’ve heard of Hebron School. But I have been to Ooty :). How long were you there? Nice to know you remember India fondly. It definitely is a very diverse country and a fascinating one.
      I guess I’d rather not be here because I am from here :P. I’d rather be travelling I suppose – living in many other countries. Most of all, I wish to go back to Zambia I think, at this moment.
      I’m in Karnataka right now, but I’m actually from Orissa.
      How do you feel being back in England? It’s great you’re travelling a lot! I guess I’ll always feel like I don’t really belong in India – but I don’t even know where I belong. I’m sure you understand that feeling well.
      It’s my pleasure! Found your blog when I was looking up posts on Kurdistan on the WordPress reader. So glad I came across your blog :). Lovely to hear your experiences! And definitely coincidental that you’re a TCK too 😀

      • I was in Ooty about 5 years, but I wish I had been able to see more of the country when I was there. One of the highlights of my time there was a trip around North India with my class. But other than that I spent most of the time in Tamil Nadu, with the odd trip to Bangalore and a yearly visit to Kerala.
        I guess I’m used to being back in England now, but yeah it will never be home to me. Truth is I feel like a stranger and an outsider wherever I go. That’s the downside of being a TCK, but of course there are huge advantages that come from being exposed to multiple cultures. And I’ve been privileged to make some great friendships with people from many different nationalities.
        I will be keeping an eye out for new posts on your blog 🙂

        • Woah, 5 years is quite a while. I can see why you are attached to the place :). Well I suppose that happens when one is a kid. We don’t have the money to go around a place (and we’re too young to travel alone too). I feel that about the countries I lived in as well. Wish I were earning then :P.
          Still, you did get to see South India primarily, with a bit of the North. I think that’s quite good. Maybe you can come back one day and cover the rest!
          Awww yeah I can imagine. Same thing here. Trying to adjust but in my heart I don’t feel I belong. But then like you said – we are outsiders everywhere! And the lovely side of being a TCK is definitely the multiculturalism that comes along with it.
          Thanks a lot! I’ll be doing the same and will be back to check out more of your blog soon 🙂

  36. I agree with your opinion on borders, and the way you phrase it indicates a truth of how borders are more prolific than just the physical geographical boundaries that government’s impose. Thank you for sharing insights and humor about the 3CK life, cheers!

    • Hi! Glad to meet a fellow TCK :). Indeed, I suppose for all us TCKs, borders are quite frustrating. I think it is also the notion of ‘my country is better than the one in my neighbourhood’ that we can’t really digest too well

  37. Great introduction. I appreciate your identity as a global citizen. Look forward to explore your blog.
    Cheers 🙂

  38. Hi Anarya, which is a lovely choice for a name:) Thanks for liking my blog post – and I always love it when someone new does that because I then get an opportunity to explore another’s blog. Love what you’ve said here about borders; it reminds me of something Joan Baez (a well-known American folk singer) said in her autobiography about nation-states being the cause of so much division and warfare.

    Take care…

    • Thanks so much :). I love your blog, because that’s a part of the world I’m very interested in. Haven’t visited your blog in a while though because I haven’t been very active on my blog lately :).

      Thank you! I’d never heard of Joan Baez, but I like the point about nation states being the cause of division and warfare. It’s quite true. If we weren’t so crazy about ‘our country’, ‘our countrymen’, we’d probably be able to see each other as human beings rather than different races and nationalities.

      Take care too! And thanks for dropping by :)!

      • For some reason, I’ve suddenly had my email inbox filled with notifications of this post; perhaps it’s because you, yourself (like I did) took a long break and your blog has come back to life? In any case, I’m appreciative because I’ve been reintroduced to your blog and to my own as well, which I have neglected for too long.

        With respect to Joan Baez, I thought perhaps you might appreciate a bit of an introduction to a shy but iconic individual who was one of the game changers of my own generation (one of the many boomers 🙂 ) Here’s a link to a youtube video of her which includes a very brief overview of her life, intermingled with snippets of her astonishingly beautiful voice. Worth looking at if you have the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cctnrQahffg

        Now I am – thanks to you – going off to finally write a piece on the Yezidi people who I had the pleasure of meeting last year before ISIS raised its ugly head on the scene.

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  40. I discovered (more like, stumbled across) your interesting blog and pleasantly surprised to read about me in your “About me” page! Now, how often does that happen? Sounds incredulous? Let’s see.
    Born in India to parents of Persian (Iranian, really) stock.
    Grew up in many parts of the world.
    Graduated from Barca (and still pay my taxes, often evade, in Español.
    Worked all over S America, N Africa, M East, C Asia & India.
    A confirmed nomad that does not recognize (I know, that’s a bit grande) nation-states & nationalities. Consider patriotism the perfect example of a parochial mind.
    Speak 6 languages (none with any competence).
    Wanted to study film making at EICAR in Paris but parents refused to pay for it 😦
    I binge watched world cinema right through college and nearly flunked engineering.
    Still watch 5 films a week and write review blog.
    I travel through out the year (for work though) and blog (sometimes) about it.
    Home is where I am!

    So, here from one nomad to another *a high five* 🙂
    Blog on 🙂

    • Hey there!

      Thanks so much for your comment. Happy to meet another TCK :). You sound a lot like me!

      You seem to have a fascinating life! Where can I find your blog? Thanks for the follow :). Much appreciated.

      • Hi, you are welcome. I am very glad to meet (!) you too, a fellow TCK 🙂 Yes, we sound a lot like each other, thus far. But, I am not sure if you are as unique (mother called it “abnormal”) as me though. I am bit (no, really a lot) schizophrenic in a fun sort of way. I enjoy (some may say, suffer) from an acute case of multiple personality syndrome (I have so far discovered 14). Yes, I do have a fascinating life (lives, 14 and counting)! I write in so many places (14, you know) that I have almost lost track of some. Anyways, here is one that deals with my passion (more like obsession) with movies!
        The raison d’etre is here:

        • Abnormal is cool – I suppose we all have our abnormalities. I’ve been called weird and eccentric more times than I’d care to remember, and I’m brazenly proud about it.

          14+ multiple personalities? My my. You should write a book.

          Thanks for the blog link. Will check it out 🙂

      • P.S: you don’t really need to publish my reply (no value to your readers and it’s mostly a response to you alone). Your call, though 🙂

        • Oh, I didn’t know there was option to keep it private. I haven’t been using WP for a while, so I’ve gone back to being a bit illiterate about it 😛

          • No, it’s more like if you didn’t click the “approve” button it will be held for moderation and only you can read. But all that depends on the settings you have chosen. But if you use the mobile app then it works more like a WhatApp chat!

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