Two huge Bollywood blockbusters just hit theaters in the last two weeks across the world. Both are selling out as crowds flock and millions of dollars have been made so far. On the surface both films look quite different. Padmaavat is an epic drama about two warring kingdoms, staged in the 13th century. It capitalizes […]Read More What do Padmaavat and Pad Man have in common?
It seems that North American and Indian parenting styles have many opposite features. Lets have a little quiz just for fun. In which culture would you hear the following statements, North American or Indian? “Its the school’s fault that my kid hasn’t learned to speak yet.” “Just let him pee his pants in public, he […]Read More East Meets West Parenting
If you’re ever heard of the “Five Love Languages” concept, you probably know about its popularity and worldwide reach. The love languages books have been translated into 50 languages around the world, but are they all applicable to other cultures? Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Gifts and Acts of Service are the five […]Read More Making the “Love Languages” Cross Cultural
America is individualism to the extreme. We let the “self” define everything. To us, societal and family ties mean very little compared to other parts of the world where you are defined by your group. In the West, we have this idea that we are the author of our own future, our identity and fate. […]Read More Rachel Dolezal is a Product of Extreme Individualism
Rabindranath Tagore is considered one of the masterminds of modern Indian civilization. While mostly known for his artistic endeavors in literature, music and education, Tagore was also an active cultural anthropologist. The magnitude and influence of his poetry and music often overshadows the observations he made about culture. Gandhi and Tagore had wildly different perspectives on India’s interaction with […]Read More An Isolationist India and Tagore’s Lost Dream
India has gotten negative press regarding its treatment of women. The Jyoti Pandey case only brought shame and terror and has severed the conscience of the Indian people. The tragedy of rape is being examined on many levels of society. So why do we allow the film industry to show sexual exploitation as entertainment? In “Monsoon Wedding” (2001), […]Read More Does Bollywood Promote Rape?
My grandma’s vaccum cleaner taught me a valuable lesson. I have never seen anything like this. This thing probably weighed 40 pounds and it came with a 25 year warranty. Being a Millennial, I was baffled when my Grandma told me she bought it in the 1970s. How was this thing still working? Traditionalists/Silent Gen (1927-1945), Baby Boomers […]Read More The IKEA Generation