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
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
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, … More An Easier Route – Black Americans Paved the Way for South Asian Immigrants
Growing up I thought racism was something “out there.” Slavery, the KKK, and white supremacists were what I thought of when I heard the word “racism.” Of course, it wasn’t something that hit close to home for me or that I even acknowledged as a problem. I knew there were racists in our country, but … More The Racist Inside
One of the hottest songs of 2012 “Fevicol” from Dabangg 2 shows item girl Kareena Kapoor Khan dancing with Salman Khan, in a neon lit Kanpur brothel. Available girls hang from every window and the clinking of payal can practically be heard as young girls follow Kareena in a seductive dance. By-standing men throw wads of rupees … More Does Bollywood Portray Sex Slavery as Cute and Funny?
“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