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Industry Education
Occupation I'm a social studies tutor currently teaching my very own history and geography curriculum at an academy in the Twin Cities, MN.
Location Minnesota, United States
Introduction Armchair time-traveler, world cinema and lit enthusiast, social studies tutor, student of Hindi-Urdu, and oft-accused of maintaining a scandalous array of socio-geographical interests. Whether today's the day for South Asia or South Africa or Southeastern Europe--I stand by my right to love each place in its own way...and to make wild connections and contrasts in the space between. Also I firmly believe there's a film for every ailment.
Interests Favorite soap boxes: neo-colonialist social studies education, youth empowerment, nationalism and authoritarianism's enduring appeal across borders, the social ostracism of those with chronic illness, generational blindness to student debt, the normalization of geographic ignorance, and the difference between criticizing a country's legitimacy and the legitimacy of that country's current political administration.
Favorite Movies World Cinema 1. Clear Skies (USSR, 1961) 2. Saptapadi (India, 1961) 3. Kaala Patthar (India, 1979) 4. The Cranes are Flying (USSR, 1957) 5. The Burmese Harp (Japan, 1956) 6. Mr. India (India, 1987) 7. Stromboli (Italy, 1950) 8. Ghare-Baire (India, 1984) 9. The Last Bridge (Austria, 1954) 10. Shree-420 (India, 1955) British-Euro-American Cinema 1. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 2. Wizard of Oz (1939) 3. The Third Man (1949) 4. Rebecca (1940) 5. West Side Story (1961) 6. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) 7. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) 8. Fahrenheit 451 (1966) 9. The Blues Brothers (1980) 10. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
Favorite Music Film soundtracks, sweeping orchestral melodrama from the Romantic period onward, alt-folk, Hindi, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and other world music of all sorts.
Favorite Books Some of my favorite reads of the last several years: 1. Circles in a Forest (Dalene Matthee: South Africa, 1984) 2. A High Wind in Jamaica (Richard Hughes: UK, 1929) 3. Shadows Move Among Them (Edgar Mittelholzer: UK, 1951) 4. Drawn in Colour (Noni Jabavu: UK, 1960) 5. Dragonwyck (Anya Seton: US, 1944) 6. Illyrian Spring (Ann Bridge: UK, 1935) 7. The Home and the World (Rabindranath Tagore: India, 1916) 8. Lolly Willowes (Sylvia Townsend Warner: UK, 1926) 9. The Lying Days (Nadine Gordimer: South Africa, 1953) 10. Fireflies in the Mist (Qurratulain Hyder: India, 1994)