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
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
As I am now a regular visitor of Bihar, I hear a lot of talk about Bihar being lawless and corrupt. The picture of the past is still lingering, but people either haven’t seen the new Bihar, or are unwilling to let go of the old dusty stereotypes. For too long, Bihar has been seen […]Read More 3 Reasons Why We Need to Change Our Minds About Bihar
“we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea.” -The Book of Tea In my travels I like to observe the differences in the way people approach life and how food and drink habits indicate that. In the East you will find people stopping mid day- many times to enjoy a […]Read More Musings of Tea