Personal Essay: Describe The World You Come From

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Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. I come from a family of traditions and culture, which shows in our celebrations. Although we observe ‘our’ festivals, yet we also embrace Christmas, Eid, Gurupurab and Buddh Purnima, as my family believes in ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’, which translated means, the world is one family. I have imbibed the same perspective and am sensitive to cultures and diversity. We a nuclear family of my parents, both of who are professionals, my elder sisters and I. Sanjana Didi is elder to me by seven years and a psychologist. Ranjana Didi, though my senior by five years, is more of a friend and we treat each other like…show more content…
Also, they encouraged me to focus on my dreams and follow them, do whatever I aspired to, so long as it was the ‘right thing’. My mother, a Star Wars enthusiast, always cautioned me to beware of the ‘Dark Side’! Therefore, my parents encouraged me to discover the poet in me; supported me as I got my anthology published. Importantly, my family, believed in me. Consequently, they were the first ‘fans’ of my now acknowledged award winning Internet-based project. While my father and my mother prepared me to achieve as much as I could, they also instilled in me the importance to ‘paying it forward’. Furthermore, rules did not determine nor control my life at home; rather my parents followed the ‘laissez faire’ policy, observed regular family time and trusted their children. Importantly, curfew time was the same for all of us, my two elder sisters and I. They did not come home early when they were sixteen, nor did I stay out later than they did, when I reached the same age. Therefore, I grew up in a household that practiced gender equality; if the scales were tipped at times, it was in the favor of three strong women. (357

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