Who am I?
My name is Rahul Mediratta and I am originally from Toronto, Canada.

When I was 19 I self-financed a backpacking trip around Western Europe. This experience animated my vision for my life as a gypsy scholar. My subsequent pursuits took me throughout North America, Western Europe, South Asia, and East Asia. I have lived for extensive periods in Canada, the US, England, and India. I am now 30 years old -- ten years (or so) since my initial trip abroad -- and am a citizen of Canada, an overseas citizen of India, and an international student in the US.

Ethnically my family is Punjabi and culturally we are Hindu Punjabis, which I have discussed here. In addition to English, I am fluent with Hindi. I am less fluent with Punjabi and French. I have fond memories of language instruction for German and Japanese, though I cannot remember much from these classes. I enjoy numerous types of cuisine and I consistently enjoy the classic combination of protein wrapped around flat bread: Lebanese shawarma, Turkish shish taouk, Iranian kebabs, Indian roomali roti rolls, Mexican tacos, American burgers, and so on. I am also quite obsessed with creamy desserts such as Indian kulfi & rabri & kheer, Italian gelato, Mexican flan, American key lime pie – omg I am salivating already!

What do I do?
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. 

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Who is Winston, and why is he in Wonderland?
Winston is the protagonist in George Orwell’s dystopian 1984. Wonderland is the setting for Lewis Carroll’s fantastical Alice in Wonderland. How might an oppressed person like Winston express himself in a limitless world like Wonderland? I try to use my blog for this purpose – to express myself with freedom and just as much thoughtfulness. Incidentally, my favorite novels throughout high school were dystopian and utopian, such as Brave New World, The Chrysalids, Clockwork Orange, Gulliver's Travels, The Handmaid's Tale, and Utopia, to name a few.