Author Archives: mallorywaytashek

Inaction: The most telling form of action

  I have always believed what I was told. I have never been the girl interested in politics.             I believed that conflicts in Africa, Indo-China, and especially in the Middle East were too complex for me to ever understand. … Continue reading

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Awkward Girl Spotted at Hindu Temple

The constant sound of ringing bells filled the air. Crowds of people. Wisps of incense swirling around our heads. Piles of shoes filling up every corner. Visiting Hindu Temples always prove to be a sensory over-load. Walking around and observing … Continue reading

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Women in Islam

The following is a poem I wrote about my experiences so far in the city of Hyderabad. It is here that we have been learning about the Islamic faith and working on better understanding women in Islam. Through my confusion, … Continue reading

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Tiripur and the Identity of a Girl

Over the past week, our team got the chance to travel to one of the most textile-heavy, and child labor-dependent cities in all of India, Tiripur. During the trip, we learned about the “Sumangali Scheme” that is occurring in many … Continue reading

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Asking the Hard Questions

As I sit near my window and listen to a Bangalore rainstorm, I am reminded of the thunderstorms I enjoy back in Minnesota, However, it was today that I came to recognize many of India’s cultural norms and  how truly … Continue reading

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