Malang or the Wandering Sages are found across the region. Many of them flock to the Shrine of Saints to get their Spiritual-high (sometimes it is the actual). But they are not just that simple a character. They bring in their own diversity and complexities - of how they act, carry themselves and above all look. For example there is this one who adorning these very stylish stone necklaces around his neck is also seen using his smart phone. In fact he doesn’t stop there when he goes on to take pictures of any beautiful girl he sees pass by. Then there is this duo of Malang (I call them Alpha Papa) who would not accept any other Malang infringing their space when they are swirling. And then there are those who will make sure that they are in every picture being taken.
It is in my view a world of intrigue, style and complexity. If you ask me, they are the original Desi Hipsters.
notable south asian americans → Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla is the 1st Indian American astronaut and 1st Indian woman in space.
Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, 1961, Chawla was the youngest of four children.
Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen in the 1980s. She earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988, having previously obtained her masters degree from the University of Texas. She began working at NASA’s Ames Research Center the same year, working on power-lift computational fluid dynamics.
In 1994, Chawla was selected as an astronaut candidate. After a year of training, she became a crew representative for the Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics and Computer Branches, where she worked with Robotic Situational Awareness Displays and tested software for the space shuttles.
Chawla’s first opportunity to fly in space came in November 1997, aboard the space shuttle Columbia on flight STS-87.
In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage into space, serving again as a mission specialist on STS-107 in the Columbia space shuttle. The mission was delayed several times, and finally launched in 2003. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew completed more than 80 experiments.
Chawla and the 6 other crew members died on February 1, 2003 while Columbia was attempting to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the course of her two missions, Chawla logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. After her first launch, she said, "When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.”
(via Nola Taylor Redd)
I always saw in the movies that if you slept reading a book, you’d dream about it. In grade 3 everyday I’d sleep with her autobiography on my chest.
Don’t call me beautiful
I don’t care
call me intelligent
tell me my laugh is contagious;
that I made you smile
tell me I have something to offer.
I don’t think it’s a problem. I’m actually looking back at myself. I got my parents a house and bought them all sorts of stuff but I left out the most important thing. Being affectionate
Lee JongHyun at Hello Counselor
On over-affectionate son
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