Khalil Laltoo

Khalil is passionate about the environment, writing, and martial arts. One of the issues he cares deeply about is food justice. During high school, he was a part of his school's community action team and organized regular student trips to the local food bank and several urban farms. He is a lover of nature and has done work for the Student Conservation Association. His goals for the year are to learn the secrets of true Indian cooking, reach a greater understanding of local history and politics, develop and explore his racial and spiritual identity, and gain a new perspective on what it means to be a part of a community. Favorite Quote: "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." - Soren Kierkegaard

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A Weekend in the Village

I originally intended to write a poem about this experience, but sometimes poetry can be a bit strenuous. If a journal entry is like a window into someone’s life, then a poetry is like a prism. Disconnected events, colors, feelings, and fleeting moments are condensed…

22 October, 2018

3 Weeks In: A Poem

Dig for the Roots What is it about this land? I saw a dragon born of evening clouds bow its great head as it lost its way in the pink smoke of the bat streaked sky It is what remains of the natural here, stretches…

26 September, 2018

Encounters: Books Inc.

Almost a year ago, I was standing on line at Books Inc. on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, when I witnessed a fascinating interaction unfold in front of me. A woman had just bought an Indian cookbook and was about to leave the register, when the elderly…

26 August, 2018

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