An exploration of the physical frontiers that define race in America



Trying my best to be professional.

Allow me to reintroduce myself:

I am a third-year business major at UC Berkeley who has decided that spending too much time at business schools is a recipe for developing an unnatural, warped perspective on the world. This blog will hopefully help me broaden my thinking personally, and ultimately allow me to share the insight I discover with the outside world.

I come from San Rafael, California, located in the beautiful slice of heaven on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge known as Marin County. My upbringing in Marin plays an important role in how I perceive the world, and ultimately will also play a major role in the analysis you see on this blog.

My parents emigrated to the United States from India in the 1980s. My father, a software engineer, started his own company at the height of the dot-com boom of the 1990s. That decision, an incredible culmination of hard-work, hustle, and sheer luck, changed all of our lives forever. I speak to you today from a perspective of privilege, one of Marin County living, private schools, and worldwide travel, because of my parents’ hard work and determination. I strive to live life in a way that pays homage to the sacrifice my parents made for me and my siblings. But I’m also trying to make my own way.

Some other things you may want to know about me:

  • Though I am a business major, I do have a passion for both domestic and international politics. I would love to follow the career trajectory of someone like Meg Whitman, working in tech (my main passion) for a while before trying my hand at public service. Except, you know, I’d like to win.
  • I am an absolute junkie when it comes to sports. Any sport really – I’ve watched everything from curling to the World’s Strongest Man competition on multiple occasions. Shout-out to the Bay Area squads, including the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks. And of course, the glorious Golden Bears.
  • As a business major, I am obligated to name-drop my summer internships in any personal bio. I worked at Deloitte Consulting last summer as an intern, and will be working at Microsoft this summer with the SkyDrive and teams. I’m very excited about Microsoft – it’s a company that I was enamored with growing up, so working there will be a true dream come true.

Okay cool, so that’s me. But the question going through your mind is: why should I listen to this kid? What does he have to offer me?

My answer:

  • A deep exploration of some of your most fundamental understandings regarding the world around us, some of which will be turned completely upside down.
  • An academic approach that will zoom out to take a view of our entire country, and then zoom in to capture high-quality information on communities in the Bay Area.
  • A project that will hopefully be as fun as it is eye-opening, with plenty of images, video, and interviews to go around.

Sound like your type of party? Welcome aboard!