New York wakes to Culture – Karina Pandya – A book review

As an avid reader, I recently had the opportunity to explore into the captivating book, “New York wakes to Culture“. Written by an experienced content creator and author Karina Pandya , this book provides a comprehensive and personal insight into the culture and lifestyle of New York City. The author delves into the city’s cultural identities, exploring the various ethnic neighborhoods that exist within the city and how they contribute to its diverse and evolving culture. The book also highlights the simmering racial tensions within the city and the impact of the US presidential election and COVID-19 on New York’s culture. The author reflects on her personal experience of growing up in New York as an immigrant, with a rich cultural heritage from both her parents’ backgrounds and her own American identity.

The author shares her experience as a journalist working at a New York newsroom and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her work. The author reflects on the need to remain objective while still adding personal flavor to her content and the pressure of balancing her workload with her need to remember the past. The book also explores the various parks and attractions in New York City, such as Central Park, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Garden. The author reflects on her typical Saturday during the pandemic and her experience with the city’s artists, musicians, and TV shows.

Throughout the book, the author grapples with the theme of the indelibility of memory and the struggle between the demands of the present and the importance of preserving the past. The author reflects on her childhood memories growing up in Manhattan and how they have been impacted by the city’s cultural fragmentation due to COVID.

The author also shares her experience of living in a divided society and the racial attack on her parents that eventually led her to leave New York. The author reflects on her comfort zone, her apartment, and her pet cat, and concludes the book with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, highlighting the small joys in life despite the challenges of living in a fast-paced city like New York. Overall, the book offers a captivating and personal insight into the culture and lifestyle of New York City, exploring the complexities of its diverse communities and the impact of external events on its residents.

No Boundaries

Why are there differences

When we all are one

Why are there boundaries

When the world is one


Religions made us worship

It didn’t divide us in two

It was to purify our souls

To believe in truth


Culture made us colorful

It taught us how to live

It didn’t made any headways

To disrespect how others live


God played his part somewhere

He didn’t create equal souls

Diverse in nature he created

What we call  human as whole


To understand the purpose of living

And living is to create happiness

Why is there so much animosity?

When happiness is not fulfilled


The creation of power spoiled us

It made us create boundaries,

Breaking the wall of harmony

Building the walls of differences


To know that history repeats itself

I am not a free soul of my wishes

I am living with restrictions without will

To respect the laws of boundaries

Plan went wrong

My Friend Chatur Ramalingum explains his sorry exit from MNC … !!

And before I knew it, I had hit “Send”, oh god what did i do, i hope that this doesn’t reach them ! please god save me from this misery.

Guess what? here i was in a confused state !! when bad luck strikes it strikes hard, here is the insights of what i would say “this should not have happened”

Few weeks back, i was assigned a project to survey, a secret project to know what the employee’s think about their managers and boss, this does sound hilarious but as they say “the boss is always right”.

So here i was in a mission to betray my colleagues emotion towards their manager and boss on a PPT (powerpoint presentation)!

Plan was to disguise my talks in such a way that i had sympathy towards them, a sense of worry, this was the only tool to take out best of what they had stored inside them which they never had the guts to speak aloud towards their higher authority …

opportunities were ample … conversing when we had tea breaks, lunch, evening breaks, after office etc…!! so i used all of it to know what they felt and what changes they need !!
I guess i had cover all the employees and their frustration talks .. now was the time to had to the creative table and jot the points !! good part of this presentation was i wanted to keep the comments author anonymous, if the managers required details i might provide them on the basis that they don’t reveal the source as me !!

So coffee and laptop my 2 friends did there job and i drafted 2 presentation NAMED “DON’T BE MAD” and other “PLEASE CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE” !! lol i know its provoking to the managers but then it keeps them hooked to the presentation !!

The worst thing in the drafts were that i had not removed the names of the employees as for yet in both the presentation, which i was intending to do afterwords !! finishing the presentation on late sunday night i felt a sleep without removing the names and did not send the email…

As usual i woke up late monday morning .. My boss called up early and asked me: i cant see the presentation on my email! i was like (holy ****) i told him i have completed the presentation and would send him in 15mins !!

In a congested state of mind and my boss voice playing drums in my head … in a hurry i attached the 2 presentation without removing names of the employees in the comments and cc’d it to the team as well !! (in a team email every one in the office gets the email its like a broadcast message) … as it was my old habit to cc all being a HR of the company !

As i was having break-first i heard a ring .. it was my phone … boss calling … crap now what …
Boss exclaimed : i need you here right now !! i said leave everything and just rush to office !!
rest was history as they say !!!

Here is the snapshot which played R.I.P. for me !!

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