My Influences

Books / Short Stories(in no particular order)

absolutely life changing

  1. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanthi
  4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  6. The Ones Who Walk Away by Ursula Le Gruin
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Some articles that have impacted me while writing ajourney2success

What It’s Like to be Bullied:

Madison Holleran

Lessons from Grey’s Anatomy (It’s super education trust me, I’ve learned a lot)

Paul Kalanthi


Shooting an Elephant-Orwell

Politics and the English Language

Any poetic work by 

Sarah Kay Spoken Word

Pablo Neruda

Rupi Kaur


  1. Malala Yousafzai
  2. Paul Farmer
  3. Gandhi
  4. Nelson Mandela
  5. J.K. Rowling
  6. Dawn Loggins
  7. Michael Phelps
  8. Barack Obama
  9. Rosa Parks
  10. Thomas Edison
  11. Mark Zuckerberg

Film: Movies or TV Shows

  • Patch Adams
  • Freedom Writers
  • Forrest Gump
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Wonder Woman
  • Lala Land
  • Grey’s Anatomy


  1. Fraser Heights: Ms.Rakkar, Mr. Pocock, Mr. Ahn, and Ms. Murray
  2. University of Toronto: Dr. Joy Fitzgibbon, Dr. George Elliot Clarke


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