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
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) […]Read 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, […]Read More Being White in India – Privilege and Power
Living and working in India can be a strange mix of personal and professional, informal and formal, fascinating and frustrating. As a Westerner, one of the biggest struggles I had was figuring out how to navigate personal and professional life while remaining in the appropriate frame of mind for the moment or context I was […]Read More Three Tips for Succeeding Professionally in India
We recently started getting Hindi channels at home in the US. The other day I mentioned to another non-desi friend, that I had watched the Colors Screen Awards on my new channels. When I mentioned this, she asked me “Wow Jess, so do you know the actors and actresses enough to get all the nuances […]Read More Don’t Risk Being a Bollywood Outsider
In the past couple of years I’ve noticed that many caucasian people I’ve come in contact with are experiencing a growing discomfort with being white. Something within us feels a bit guilty, like we are the ones who have caused the world’s problems. We think of the Nazis, the British in India, slavery in the […]Read More Why I’m OK Being White
A lot of people have asked me over the past year: “What do you think of the show Outsourced?” “Did Outsourced really depict India?” “Is the work environment in India really like that” In the beginning NBC had a lot of potential material to work with. Most Americans are curious about exotic India. A fascinating […]Read More Why I Found NBC’s “Outsourced” Irrelevant