Colonialism and Self Respect in the 21st Century 

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 

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Being White in India – Privilege and Power

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

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Three Tips for Succeeding Professionally in India

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 … More Three Tips for Succeeding Professionally in India

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What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Indian Society

“We all have our parts to play in society, and we must all be allowed to play them.” -Lord Grantham There are striking similarities between the formal, high context cultures of the grand homes of early 20th century England and modern Indian society. Many of the quotable moments of the  much beloved English drama are almost … More What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Indian Society

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Why I Found NBC’s “Outsourced” Irrelevant

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 … More Why I Found NBC’s “Outsourced” Irrelevant

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Cultural Values in Kids’ Movies

Movies reinforce ideas of family, culture, and societal expectations to kids, but especially they reinforce expectations of love and relationships. If I ever had doubts about this, they vanished last night as I watched “Shrek Forever After”. An innocent kids movie, as I watched it I realized how much these kids of movies subconsciously influence … More Cultural Values in Kids’ Movies

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