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Arjun Soin

The end of the beginning

Time and tide wait for no man. Definitely for no freshman. It is only now, penning down my last column of the year, that I realize how intrinsic this phrase is to a college student’s life. An email from my high school counselor asking whether I’d be able to conduct a “high-school-to-college transition” workshop that…

Every leaderboard has a story

May 5, 2016: “Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri takes early lead with 66 at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.” It seemed almost unprecedented to read something of this sort. For a country where a single sport – cricket – is not just a norm but almost as preached as religion, this headline seems quite…

Talent can be found anywhere

Cubberley Auditorium was home to a full house. And no, it was not an exam that had it  jam-packed. It was instead an evening that every math-frenzied Stanford affiliate and Bay Area denizen had been eagerly awaiting – a behind-the-scenes panel discussion on the “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” a film based on the life and…

Nuclear comment, nuclear response

On March 31 and April 1, there was a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington that, among other motives, endeavored to provide a reliable international platform for world leaders to enter deliberations on what is perhaps the most contentious international issue of our times: commitment to nuclear security. For those of you who already view this…

About this summer…

At a time in the quarter and year where pretty much all summer plans are being formulated, I find myself pondering what the summer hustle is about. Being re-instated for The Daily’s latest volume, my musings have been legitimized for I can put them down on paper in an attempt to present my take on…

Bon voyage? Not quite…

While boundless elation at the onset of Christmas and New Year was setting in for college students across America at the end of their working terms in December, a whopping 30 plus not so fortunate Indian students were subject to torment that remains unjustifiable on so many levels.

Eighteen years later — a first!

Coming from New Delhi, I’ve always known Stanford would broaden my cultural horizons in a multitude of ways. But on Halloween weekend, that implicit knowledge was manifested in reality in its truest form. Halloween spirit (although even spirit seems like an understatement) took over, and I felt like the course of life before and after that weekend was inconsequential. The holiday suited me pretty well, as that is how I’ve grown up celebrating most grandiose Indian festivals – with the zest and zeal virtually like there is no tomorrow!

Modi in the valley

Last September was momentous for more reasons than one. It marked the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the West Coast in a whopping 33 years. Where 33 years ago India’s “iron lady” Indira Gandhi touched down in LA, this time it was the “marketing man” Narendra Modi right in Stanford’s neighborhood of Silicon Valley.
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