Diligent Candy is a blog, which is written and curated by Amrita Das.
I am what I like to call a local [international] blogger. I have lived in Amsterdam since 2006 (with a short stint in Singapore in between). While I am nourished by the city I live and love in, I can’t help but bring into it the “living” I have done so far. Thus, while I admire the delicate flakiness of a well-cooked kabeljauw fillet, sudden pangs for fresh hamour from Dubai Creek or rohu from the Mahanadi can make me feel strangely nostalgic, as a result verses of poetry (might) occur during this phase.
I am a writer, former communications professional, aspiring photographer, artist, accidental academic, teacher, an INTJ, voracious reader, proud mother, and indulgent wife.
I am also a PhD candidate – Promovenda at Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Humanities. My PhD topic [NWO Mosaic doctoral scholarship winner] is The American Ghazal: an immigration of an Arabic Poetic Form (1960-2010). I am hoping (golden word) to finish my Phd dissertation in the academic year 2017-2018. Inshallah!
My thesis contributes to the transnational turn in the humanities, which investigates how cultural influence moves across borders. My personal journey across several countries: India, United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, England, Singapore, and The Netherlands, entangles with the themes that I have dealt with in my PhD dissertation. Namely, the changes occurring from border crossing; in the definition of home, in the different understanding of gender, in self awareness and expression of sexuality, in complicated intersectionality, and in the representation of race and ethnicity.
I enjoy teaching and coaching, and strongly believe in safe classrooms and active learning environments.
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