Me and My Ideas
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 02/20/2007
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
Surya & I were looking at our heritage. Finding out our real origins and stuff like that really fascinates me. My parents already told me stories about our family from the last 4 or 5 generations. Since then, our relatives are so strange and crazy. I am curious to go back a couple of generations but I don't think anything will change. So nice to know that I came from a bunch of weirdos. Not only are our family weird but also boring. They had just boring ordinary lives and nothing interesting. For one thing, half of them are Malayalees and that might explain it. Yes, I just said, what you think I said. I am half malu so I can make fun of my own heritage.
Yesterday, Surya looks at me and said, "We have a task to do. We're going to break the boringness of our lineage." Looks like we will live much more interesting lives than our weird family. Surya wants to be in the FBI and I want to be a writer, missionary and a bunch of other stuff. And of course if you surrender your life to Jesus, life will be on the fast lane and never boring. Both of us are adventurous and risk takers (within the limits of basic common sense and reason).
Maybe I will start wearing dresses and skirts more often. I went out downtown and couldn't see even one lady in a skirt. On extremely cold days, its understandable. Also, I always hear girls say how hard it is to find jeans/pants that fit. It's easier for men to find pants because guys sizes are based on waist and height. For women, theres other things to consider and there's no standardization in sizes like you could be wearing a size 8 in one brand and size 4 in another brand. And, sometimes in the same brand you switch another type you have to go up or down one size. This is why shopping for pants take a long time. But, with a skirt fit, the only thing that really matters is the waist and of course modesty such as length. And, knee-length skirts look better.