Gandhi: A Man of Change

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Our first club meeting was a HUGE success and we’re so thankful for all of you who came out to see what amazing things we have in store for our lovely Intandesis this school year.

A mere 5 days (and 144 years) ago, a leader was born. I may sound like an overly dramatic TV commercial, but I kid you not, this guy was the bomb. While I highly doubt those around at the time of his birth took one look at this newborn and said “Yep, he’s the future of India,” there is no doubt that Mahatma Gandhi grew to be a truly awe-inspiring individual. Gandhi was both a political and spiritual leader and was at the forefront of the Indian Independence Movement. Although a nationalist leader, he promoted fighting against the oppressive using non-violent tactics and the practice of Satyagraha. Bapu, as he was lovingly referred to, is to this day, considered the Father of India. He may have been born into a nation ruled by the British Empire but he died in a nation that had won back its freedom thanks, in part, to his tremendous work.

Bapu possessed leadership qualities that many of us hope to exhibit. Willpower. Determination. Peace. Love. And many more. What qualities do you feel make an effective leader?

Discovering the leaders within us all,

Intandesh

Disclaimer: The joking manner in which I blog is in no way meant to downgrade Gandhi Ji’s life and accomplishments or to disrespect the man himself. It is simply my way of blogging. I truly apologize if this post offended anyone in any way, shape, or form.

We Want YOU!

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Club Fair (where I lost my voice in the midst of yelling/screaming for people to join our club), Henna/Scarf Fundraiser, first club meeting of the year. Phew! This has been an eventful week. And we here at Intandesh can’t wait for you guys to see what else we have in store for you. Trust us, this is nothing. And guess what!! We have board positions available! So if you want to be part of our crazy and fun board family and are a Santa Clara University undergraduate, JOIN US!

Positions are available for……

SECRETARY

EVENTS COORDINATOR

FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE 

If you’re interested in any of the above-mentioned exciting and valuable positions, email intandesh@gmail.com with your name, year, and the position you’re interested in. Remember, just because we’re a South Asian club, doesn’t mean you have to be a South Asian to join. 🙂

And if you have any questions about any of the positions mentioned or the club in general, please feel free to email us and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

Working as a team,

Intandesh

Where’s Your Inspiration?

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Before I begin… WELCOME BACK BRONCOS!!! School is now in session 🙂

So this blog, as you may have noticed from the name … cough.. Intandesh Inspirations.. cough is about us (Intandesh) showing you (the follower) what we find inspirational and hoping that, through our words, you may find some inspiration. I sincerely hope that these blogs we create for your reading pleasure each week do inspire something within you. I’ve found that, as I write them, I learn something new as well. But you know what? I wanna know more, needy as I am.

Personally, I find inspiration in quotes. As you may have discovered by now, I have acquired a never-ending list of them and share them every moment I can get. Lucky you 😀 I’ve found that people find inspiration in a multitude of different places. And they might not even realize it when said inspiration strikes. Along with quotes, I have absolutely fallen in love with spoken word poetry. One of my all time favorite spoken word poets is Sarah Kay. The first time I watched her perform her poem, “Should I have a daughter”, I was hooked. If you haven’t already, I would recommend checking her out here. I guess you can say that I find inspiration from words. There is just something so powerful about what an individual can do with some simple words. What amazes me is that I can practically pinpoint the moment where the inspiration-striking began. But I hadn’t realized at that moment that this would be something that could potentially change my life or my way of thinking. Who knows, maybe it’s the same case for one of you?

So where do YOU find your inspiration? Is it a hobby? A person? A class? A billboard? Dare I even believe, a blog? Tell us what inspires you in the comments below!

“Inspiration is everywhere and often in unexpected places. You just have to keep your eyes open.” – Unknown

Finding inspiration anywhere & everywhere,

Intandesh

A Recipe for Success

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Perseverance. Excellence. Achievement.

During my latest doctor’s visit, I saw these three quotes on the walls of the room (yes, I have a habit of finding quotes in the most random situations) and they struck a chord with me.

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.” – Samuel Johnson

“The will to do, the soul to dare.” – Sir Walter Scott

“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself.” – Mack R. Douglas

These three quotes respectively represent perseverance, excellence, and achievement. With classes beginning in a mere 7 days for all us Santa Clara University undergrads, I figured some pick-me-ups to get everyone back into the swing of things were in order. I don’t know about you guys, but even while keeping myself busy with work, this summer has been incredibly long and I can’t wait to get back to that study grind. While college is fun and exciting and a place where we learn more about ourselves, it is first and foremost, a place where we learn and broaden our brain’s horizons. And who doesn’t want to succeed when you’re paying the amount we do for tuition? But of course, like everything else in our world, success doesn’t simply present itself to you on your doorstep with a nice, pretty red bow attached. If only. You have to work to succeed. At least, most of us do. But let’s not get into that. And everyone needs that push to succeed, whether it comes from within you or from an outside source – a friend, a mentor, a family member, anyone.

So the moral of the story, my dear Intandeshis? Work with diligence now, knowing one day it will get easier. Have the will and courage to do so. And make sure to commit yourself fully to whatever you aspire to do and to achieve.

Hoping for your success,

Intandesh

Around the world in 80 days?

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I recently traveled to Canada for a wedding (which is why I was late on my post last week, sooo sorry!). And as my fellow Indians will probably understand, there are plenty of weddings to go around due to the sheer number of relatives we seem to have. And anyone who has been to a proper Indian wedding will also understand that they are filled with tons of colorful outfits, multiple events spanning up to a week, and meetings with family members you didn’t even know you had. It is all around absolute craziness and I love every second of it. Yes, even the sleepless nights – even if they come back to bite me in the … derriere … later.

So my recent trip got me thinking. I’ve traveled quite a bit for a university undergrad. As Saint Augustine once said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I am proud to say that I have read ten pages, having been to a grand total of ten countries. Gotta love those sky miles. Wooh! And yet, there are soooo many more that I hope to one day visit. Frankly, a large part of the reason I have actually gotten the chance to visit all these countries is because my family members don’t seem to like sticking to one place. They’re literally all over the world, in places you wouldn’t even expect. Seriously. Who ever heard of an Indian living in the Philippines? Italy? Well, you guessed it, I have at least one family member in each of these countries. At least I save on the price of hotel rooms.

I personally love traveling. I love every aspect of it. The moment when the plane speeds up and takes off. When you touch down or arrive at a new, never-before-seen-by-your-eyes destination. Everything is different when you arrive at a new place. The smell. The atmosphere. The people. It’s like opening your eyes for the first time all over again. You’re essentially a newborn baby, re-learning everything around you. It gets even crazier when you visit a place where the driving direction is completely switched and all of a sudden, everyone is driving on the left side of the road instead of the right. Talk about having your mind blown, confused, and disoriented all at once. For me, traveling is simply magical and sometimes I wish I could spend my entire life doing it.

Enough about me. Which crazy, exotic places do YOU have family in? And if your family is a little less nomadic and a bit more normal than mine, where would you like to visit? Where HAVE you visited? Favorite country? City? Specific place? Share your memories and tales with us in the comments below!

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
-Anais Nin

Traveling the world,

Intandesh

Appreciation

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Now, usually, I’m not big on chain mail. I see that “Fwd:….” in the subject line and automatically delete it. But I recently received a chain mail that really spoke to me. There wasn’t much in it, just this simple picture.

The quote is what I felt is incredibly important. Situations such as these remind us of how much we truly have in the world. Many of us, myself included, are guilty of rushing through life and not really stopping to realize what is going on around us. We complain about the smallest things. “I don’t get paid enough.” “My car is a piece of junk.” But, we don’t think of those who don’t have that which we take for granted. Children such as the little girl shown in the picture above are all alone in the world. The only thing they want is a mother to comfort and love them. People all over the world live in such poverty that they are lucky if they get even one bite to eat a day. There are literally millions of stories similar to the one above.

So, which societal drawback/need do you feel is important? Is there a charity or organization that you are an advocate for? Do you have strong ties to a specific non-profit? Tell us what societal dilemma you’re passionate about bringing to light in the comments below!

Appreciating a bit more,

Intandesh

Family & Traditions

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Every year around this time, many Indians across the world, specifically Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, celebrate the old tradition of Raksha Bandhan, also referred to as Rakhi or Rakhri. While it is unknown when this tradition originated, it dates back to the time when kings and queens ruled and is even mentioned in stories about the ancient Hindu gods and goddesses. This year, the holiday fell on August 21st.

Raksha Bandhan is a tradition centering on the relationship between siblings. Women and girls alike tie a rakhi, or sacred thread, on their brother’s wrist. Since Indian families are very close, cousins, and even friends are oftentimes considered brothers as well. My family tree might not show this but I sure do have A LOT of siblings. And don’t even get me started on the amount of nieces and nephews I have – or munchkins as I lovingly refer to them.

Got a little side-tracked there, didn’t I? So essentially, the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist to represent love and the brother’s vow to care for his sister. Raksha Bandhan literally means bond of protection. This ceremony and the thread also represent unity. Technically, siblings are supposed to get along on this day, but I may be guilty of picking a fight or teasing regardless. oops. Siblings also feed each other traditional Indian sweets. YUM! And I haven’t even gotten to the best part…….there’s money involved 😀 The brothers give their sisters gifts and that generally translates into cash. Since when have men been known to shop anyway?

So what traditions does your family have? Do you do something special for parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, friends, neighbors, pets, etc…? If so, let us know in the comments below!

“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”
-Clara Ortega

With love,
Intandesh