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Akhil Sharma —
born on July 22, 1971,
Akhil Sharma is an award-winning Indian-American author and professor of creative writing... (wikipedia)
During my breakdown, many things, tiny things I had not even registered before, had begun to torment me with guilt. I used to steal Splenda from Starbucks. I would go into a Starbucks whenever I needed the sweetener and would take a fistful of packets, even when I didn't buy a coffee.
I am shamelessly biased about the people in my life, and it makes sense to me that other people are the same.
We are all human beings, immigrant or non-immigrant. We all feel fear. We all love and become confused when we don't act as well as we would like to. We all get depressed and have feelings of uselessness. All of these things are true and have always been true.
It's easy when you grow up in fear to act out of fear. I don't want to embrace that fear; I prefer to be kind.
I thought it was quite wonderful coming to America. I think immigration is a very difficult thing, but America is a very wonderful place.