I am Deekshitha Jaligama. I grew up in Hyderabad, India and moved to Chicago to pursue my bachelor's degree in Finance.
I grew up in a traditional South-Indian family that abides by cultures, strict values, and customs. Regardless, I have been exposed to contrasting ideas, westernized lifestyles, and broader perspectives. Amidst all this, I try to strike a balance of keeping some traditional practices and values intact while also being accepting of some completely different (sometimes contrasting) outlooks.
While Indian society puts academics and only academics at the forefront, my parents encouraged me to actively engage in extra-curricular activities. This is when I started training in Indian classical dance and music. When I'm stressed about something, singing is my go-to. I also love to explore and learn to sing in languages that I don't know.
When I came back from school, I would often sit on the kitchen counter, watching my mom cook. That's how I learned to cook and now it is one my biggest stress busters. It has also, to a great extent, helped me live by myself and not miss home food too often.
That was a little about me! What do you carry forward from your culture, beliefs, and background? In this fast-paced world where everyone succumbs to some sort of pressure, how do you deal with it?