Shubham Arora

 
Critical Edition and Annotated translation of a tenth-century Sanskrit sex-manual
Faculty of Arts
Kurukshetra
India
International Tuition Award
 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

In the modern era of technical advancement, I think it is equally the time for looking back at our ancient knowledge and reviving the lost cultures of the subcontinent. To have a holistic viewpoint, it is, indeed, necessary to merge Eastern traditionality with Western research pedagogies; which is why I feel like pursuing my doctorate from the Department of Asian Studies, so that I may learn theories and methodologies for understanding Indic traditions and deciphering Sanskrit literature. The dignity of the royal language of Ancient India and its literature is fading. My research is an effort to reconstruct its lost importance. Narrowing down my research to a step ahead, I propose to revisiting anew and translating the Sanskrit manuscripts imbued with the secret knowledge for the benefit of mankind. In addition, I am well-versed in the technique of preserving manuscripts. I, therefore, thought that my overall experience, be it education or job background or my spiritual interests, is going to be my biggest asset while being pursuing a graduate degree.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

One of the noteworthy reasons behind my interest in pursuing my higher education at this Canadian university is that the curriculum of UBC is much more advanced, challenging, and research intensive, which will allow me to enhance my academic skills and critical abilities further. I already have a strong background in various aspects of the study of Sanskrit texts, manuscripts, and study of religions. I strongly feel I am adequately skilled to be part of this program. The previous studies and academic experience of mine prepared me for opening doors to new horizons and taking endeavours to promote the study of South Asian tradition, Indic literature, and Sanskrit.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Course work, language program, research, and professional methodologies.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

It's serenity...

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

That's a very interesting question. I really enjoy(ed) the coursework; writing assignments is something I am always curious about as they give me a platform to explore my ideas, delve into them and of course, present them in an academic style. And the best part is, my assignments turn into conference papers.

What do you see as your biggest challenge(s) in your future career?

My ignorance.

How do you feel your program is preparing you for those challenges?

I feel coursework for two years is a boon. It is helping me a lot in learning and exploring new concepts and ideas every single day.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

My thirst for learning; a constant quest for new knowledge.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

I walk on the Main Mall; I dance; I cook; I gym; I explore new places; I read books (Koerner Library is my favourite place); I hang out with my friends.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Come. Explore. Rejuvenate. Make serious efforts. Expand yourself. Live a life.

 
 
Shubham Arora, UBC graduate student ambassador