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
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
I’ve noticed a peculiar trend. Behind a screen of nationalism, there are two polarized views that the outside world holds about India – simultaneous idolization and distain of Indian culture. Where does this come from? There is no question that India is a land which pulls the extreme emotions out of nationals and visitors alike, but is there […]Read More Colonialism and Self Respect in the 21st Century
As one walks down any Indian street, you will find one thing which is unmistakably unique to South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures – lingerers. Men running chai stalls, taxi-drivers, tailors running a store – most of them just waiting around for a customer to come by. Not to mention pedestrians teenage boys crowded around […]Read More India and the Art of Mindful Lingering