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2011 Personal Statements – My Past Can’t Tie Me Down

March 21, 2011

My Past Can’t Tie Me Down I remember a time when I would sit in my neighbor’s house drinking milk that had a cloying smell. My cousin would come running in, yelping with pain and cursing in Tamil between her husky wails. “Let him go to hell,” she would shout. My neighbors would automatically lock […]

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2011 Personal Statements – From Field To Fortunes

March 14, 2011

From Field To Fortunes It’s four in the morning when I head towards the vegetable and cow feed farm on a small parcel of land owned by our family. My hands are numb from the cold morning air. I clench my fingers around a large spade and walk towards the water tank. I open the […]

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2011 Personal Statements – In the Embrace of Opportunity

March 7, 2011

In the Embrace of Opportunity “You are wasting your time,” a prosperous looking man scorned at a business entrepreneur who had just arrived in Bangalore from America in 1995. “And wasting your money,” an even older looking man added. His eyes shone like two pennies. The others who had come as a group to see […]

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2011 Personal Statements – In Pursuit of My Father’s Happiness

February 28, 2011

In Pursuit of My Father’s Happiness I heard a loud shriek, and ran out to see my father bringing his hand down in big swings at my mother. She was screaming even louder as she covered my sister. My father was drunk and persisted in beating my mother. There seemed no stopping his anger. I […]

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