From Rise to Fall: What Burrito Boyz Meant to Me

In the midst of teenage angst and my social displacement in high school, I found a friend in Burrito Boyz. I remember the first day I tried it: I walked – no, marched – over to the restaurant with a coterie of fast food aficionados (who happened to be Central Peel comrades). At that time, only one Burrito Boyz operated in Brampton; it is still … Continue reading From Rise to Fall: What Burrito Boyz Meant to Me

Milo Yiannopoulos is Your Fault

Here are my views on Milo Yiannopoulos: The far-right pop star provocateur, who is known for championing free speech, has recently apologized for going too far with comments that apparently defend pedophilia. These comments have been on the internet for a while, but have only come to public attention days ago. Milo talked about his own molestation as a boy, saying he was sexually mature … Continue reading Milo Yiannopoulos is Your Fault

We Are Citizens, Not Political Consumers

“The Citizen – and I’m idealizing here – was an adult, had an attention span, was patient, was interested in the common good, had some knowledge of history, had empathy for others, was open to debate, and was willing – often – to make individual sacrifices for the good of all. The ‘Consumer’ is the exact opposite of the ‘Citizen.’” – Gilbert Reid Reflecting on … Continue reading We Are Citizens, Not Political Consumers

The Rational Reasons to Think Irrationally

StatsCan released a report a few months ago which highlighted something I found very interesting. While Toronto is considered the safest city in Canada, Torontonians feel it is one of the most dangerous. Human beings care more about feeling safe than they do about being safe. This problem alone emphasizes a larger point about our inclination towards irrationality; a danger that prevents one from making objectively … Continue reading The Rational Reasons to Think Irrationally

You’re Probably Misusing the Term ‘Subjective’

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend about an album or a TV show/movie and while discussing your opinions, perhaps even debating, one of you exclaims to the other that ‘it’s subjective’, as in, it is too difficult or perhaps inconsequential to be discussing art at all because art can only be perceived subjectively? This is shorthand for saying ‘we’re all entitled to … Continue reading You’re Probably Misusing the Term ‘Subjective’

Why I Stopped Writing the ‘Story of My Life’

I recently read that often when we say that we are self-conscious, what we mean is that we are conscious of the fact that others are conscious of us (V.S. Ramachandran). It was Harris who elucidated one of the most beautiful expositions of the importance of film that I have ever heard: “The experience of sitting in a darkened theater and seeing people interact with … Continue reading Why I Stopped Writing the ‘Story of My Life’

The Case for Secular Hinduism

What do Hindus believe? The very question itself cannot be answered without disputation. The only conclusion we can aptly make about Hinduism is that it’s far from a monolith. There isn’t even such a thing as mainstream Hinduism. Is the faith polytheistic? Is it monotheistic? Is it pantheistic (only using the epithet of ‘God’ to convey the inexplicable grandeur of the universe)? There is no … Continue reading The Case for Secular Hinduism