What is the strongest tie you have to your home country?
How does your schooling inform your own identity?
On this episode, I chat with Aakshi Sinha about her upbringing, growing up all over India, and then going away for college at Minerva University. Aakshi bravely shares stories from her boarding school days, from complicated hierarchal relationships, to coping mechanisms through music and community building. Together we explore subjects of mental health, seeking therapy, discovering one’s sexual identity and the importance of representation. One topic we keep circling back to is Partition and Independence, and Aakshi asks a very important question: how much of history is actually felt in the present?
- On Children by Khalil Gibran
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
- 1947 Partition Archive — a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to archiving the people's history of Partition
- Gaysi — safe zone and platform exploring the intersection between being Desi and queer
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The in-betweenish pod is produced by Beatriz Nour
Music is composed and produced by Malik Elmessiry