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. … 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), … 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 … 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 … 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 … More India and the Art of Mindful Lingering
Built on drama, jealousy, lies, and mistrust, Firangi Bahu was just like every other saas/bahu drama on Indian television, with one exception, a British bahu instead of a homegrown one. After one dreadful season, Sahara One cancelled it. The show shows Camili (British born 20 something) who met Pranay (a wealthy Gujurati boy studying in London) … More Firangi Bahu- Does This Really Represent Indian/Western Marriages?
I recently had an opportunity to share my story of racial identity. This is a much more personal blog than I usually write, so please respect my story in your comments. Growing up, I didn’t realize white people in America had a “culture” as I was living in a fairly homogenous community. As a young child, … More Being White in India – Privilege and Power