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Niluja Albert

Niluja Albert

Born in Colombo, Niluja grew up in Scarborough and currently works as a high school Mathematics teacher. She is also the CEO and CoFounder of Diaspora Debates. Niluja earned an HBA double major in English and Mathematics and her B.Ed., both from the University of Toronto. She is currently working on her Masters of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Niluja is an eternal optimist, with a particular interest in social commentary pertaining to the assimilation of Tamil culture in North American society.

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    Are You Tamil and Privileged?

    As children of the Canadian Tamil Diaspora, sometimes we’re just not in tune to how much our parents sacrificed to raise us in this country as we focus on the personal challenge of trying to assimilate with North American culture.  My father came here with just the clothes on his back, yet instead of recognizing the value of this, as a child I was consistently frustrated by his obsession with the word 'No'.

    Author:   |  Published: August 27, 2014  |  3 Comments

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    Thaves Ponnampalam’s Menyou “The Taste of Success”

    Most founders of start-up companies begin at the bottom, often becoming entrepreneurs right out of school with only passion and an idea to their name.  For Thaves Ponnampalam, starting his own company was never part of the plan.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Thaves worked for a corporate investment services software company for seven years. 

    Author:   |  Published: January 7, 2014  |  Leave your thoughts

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    The Good Girl Complex

    The good girl is a badge that many Tamil women are conditioned to wear with pride – but how do you discover who you truly are underneath the surface of this restrictive label? 

    Author:   |  Published: October 21, 2013  |  2 Comments

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    TC Trailblazer Vipoositha Gnanenthra “For the Love of Fashion”

    Like any artist, trailblazer Vipoositha (Vipoo) Gnanenthra’s career in the fashion industry is a constantly evolving work in progress. For the most part, fashion photography is an unchartered career path in the Tamil community, and Vipoo hopes her contribution to this art form is laying the groundwork for other aspiring Tamil artists who share a love of fashion.

    Author:   |  Published: September 10, 2013  |  Leave your thoughts

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    TC Trailblazers – Abby Gnanendran

    Earth Rated PoopBags was not the first product that Abby Gnanendran believed in. From the young age of 16, Abby was bit by the entrepreneurial bug. Starting with web design, selling services, and experimenting with numerous different ventures helped Abby discover his present career path.

    Author:   |  Published: September 3, 2013  |  Leave your thoughts

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    Single, Tamil, Female… And I’m Divorced

    There are many titles I have been taught to wear in my life- daughter, sister, aunt, wife and graduate- but I never thought I would add one more to the list. Divorcee. This article is NOT being written because this is a title that I am proud of and definitely NOT something I ever expected to happen, but it happened.

    Author:   |  Published: July 8, 2013  |  5 Comments

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    One Million Bones: Genocide Awareness Project

    One Million Bones is a social arts practice and art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by genocides throughout history. Their mission is to increase global awareness of the ongoing devastation of genocide, raise funds to protect and aid displaced victims and educate students about tolerance through art and social activism.

    Author:   |  Published: April 3, 2013  |  3 Comments

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    The Power of Autism

    In Sri Lanka, there are a reported 39,000 children with autism. However, with no continuing data collection or improvements in screening tools, this is likely a gross underestimate. In India, the Autism Resource Centre in Tamil Nadu reports ~ 1 in 150 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Author:   |  Published: February 26, 2013  |  1 Comment

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    The Formula for Beauty

    In our superficial society, there are numerous theories that attempt to explain how we measure and identify what is beautiful. Mathematically, the golden section is used to analyze ratio, proportions and symmetry to establish a standard of beauty.

    Author:   |  Published: February 5, 2013  |  5 Comments

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    Left Brain, Right Brain

    “According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. A person who is "left-brained" is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a person who is "right-brained" is said to be more intuitive, creative, thoughtful and subjective.”

    Author:   |  Published: January 2, 2013  |  4 Comments