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Souls of St. John’s

By Hanan Majid

I run a Facebook page titled Souls of St.John’s. It grants an insight into the inner thoughts of my peers at St.John’s through brief stories.LiamDuring my summer vacations in Kashmir, I was under incessant police curfew, which was mainly due to clashes between Kashmiris and Indian forces. To me, however, there was a bigger internal clash within the identities of Kashmiris. Confused if I was the only one with identity confusion, I sought my peers to share their inner conflicts. And thus the page was born.


My family made me a good listener. which I realize is an underrated skill. Some may even argue that it’s not even a skill, how disagreeable. In our family gatherings, discussions over tea were often the trend. Patient, critical listening is a skill that is on a decline today, which makes me a rather rare commodity in the market of academia obsessed with talented speaking.


I listen carefully to my subject while taking the interview and follow up on their answers. After they are finished talking, I spend a lot of time trying to link all of the things they told me and make it into a short story.

download (1)I always let my subject decide the place they want to get their picture clicked. This way, they feel confident. After I have the picture and the story, I show it to the person it belongs to and if they like it, I share it.

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