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By Lakshna, age 17, United Arab Emirates

My name is Lakshna. I come from a pretty liberal Indian family of 4 - my parents, elder sister, and myself. My father is currently employed in the UAE, where we recently moved to from Oman. There I went to school and became friends with Dhvani, who introduced me to Sweet Designs Magazine.

I enjoy writing purely for the freedom it gives me to say whatever I want, however I want. It brings me in touch with a deeper part of me and helps me to think things over. It's like a calming sedative. I like writing for Sweet Designs Magazine because it gives me a platform to showcase my work as something that has meaning and is read by people from around the world.

I have legion interests, ranging from reading to horse riding, from football (just playing) to collecting keychains. I also make it a point to read the main page of Wikipedia every day. ;) I don't have any particular hobby which has lasted over a period of time, but I am an ardent reader.

I am part of the Environment and Debate clubs in my school. I also am an athlete, having participated in the races and high jump events during the Sports Meet of my school.

I've read a lot of books; my favourite authors include JRR Tolkien, Matthew Reilly, Jeffery Archer, Agatha Christie and P.G. Wodehouse. I listen to a wide variety of music, with the exception of heavy metal. I'm not really a TV viewer, although I love watching movies. My favourites include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Monsters Inc., the Aladdin trilogy, The Departed, The Lovely Bones, the Transporter series, and Sleepy Hollow.

I don't have too many favourite subjects, with the exception of Psychology, English, Economics, and to some extent, Math.

I want to be a journalist, although I'm not sure in what field I want to specialise. I wouldn't want to remain a journalist for the rest of my life, but I don't know what else I will do. I plan on writing a book, and I have made many incomplete starts.

I believe in having fun and doing whatever you like and feel like doing, so long as it doesn't hurt someone. It's okay to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes are fun, and no one ever got anything out of being scared or holding back. Experience is what matters, and you gain an experience if you go out and include yourself in whatever catches your fancy. It's okay to make your own views heard, but not to the extent of turning a blind eye or deaf ear to what another person has to say. People are important. You just have to decide who's more important.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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