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
Gandhiji, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. are the three most well known social reformers and freedom fighters of the last century. Each of these men represented an oppressed people whose land and/or livelihood was occupied or stolen by white people. Each of these leaders fought against the unjust nature of white dominance. During Black History month, […]Read More An Easier Route – Black Americans Paved the Way for South Asian Immigrants
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
Being a train commuter, I get the chance to read quite a bit. And being a member of the Chicago Public Library, I am able to check out the newest books of the season via my Kindle. Parameters: I enjoy books which address human suffering, complicated relationships, or ones that enlighten us on life. I’ve […]Read More Cross Cultural Book Review
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
The other evening as I went about my routine of making dinner. I ran out of rice, so I went to the pantry to refill my container. I had two bags that were partially used up. One from India. One from Pakistan. As I sat they side by side, I realized… “These look the same. […]Read More Desh Hai Mera Jaisa Desh Hai Tera