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BOLLYWOOD LET ME CALL YOU OUT REAL QUICK: RELIGIONISM AND ETHNICISM IN BOLLYWOOD

(Disclaimer: I wrote this like months ago, in case something I say doesn’t make sense time-wise.)

I hope religionism and religionist are actual words…

White privilege, Gandhi, man—I’ve been going HARD lately. So I was like, I should definitely do something light-hearted this week. But then I figured, I might as well get it all out, you know?

BOLLYWOOD.

Cheerful…

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Scenic…

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Romantic…

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And overall just a hoot, right?
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Mhmm. It is all of those things. But, as I’ve mentioned before, sometimes, bollywood gets a little bit offensive.

Just…

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A tad…
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rude.
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When portraying minorities. The minority I’ve noticed being discriminated against the most is Sardars, who are Sikh men who wear turbans. Sardars are almost always portrayed as drunk, irrational, uneducated men. Some infamous offenders are Jab We Met and Veer Zaara (although Bachchan isn’t actually wearing a turban in Veer Zaara). Also, Sikhs are often shown doing things that are blatently against Sikhsims, such as idol worship, and, overall,  Bollywood mixes Hinduism and Sikhism. A lot.  And I have a couple issues with that.

First, the whole drunk thing. An argument I hear for this very often is, “But it’s true!! Sikhs ARE drinkers!” Okay, I get it. It is true. But…it’s true to the point that it’s like, an issue. Like, the biggest issue for us, basically. Drugs and alcohol are killing Panjab. 73% of Panjabi youth are addicted to drugs. Not just users. Addicts. I have family members who have had to recover from serious drug problems at very young ages. And yes, Sikhs are known to drink. Fine. But does that mean that Bollywood has to portray Sikhs as alcoholics all the time? Think about little Sikh boys and girls. When all they is  see Sikhs portrayed as is drinkers, that’s what they’re going to think is expected of them. And so how can we ever progress? We can’t. And Bollywood’s not concerned about it.

Now when Sikhs are somewhat reasonable people in Bollywood, it’s great! But, it’s also not, because, the more reasonable they are, the more the movie makers want us to believe they’re actually Hindus. They do pooja, worship idols, have Hindu weddings, and do other things that I don’t even know what they’re called, because as a Sikh, I never learned them. Also, characters who are Hindus often wear karas. This I just don’t get. Like, I was thinking about it the other day–karas were given to Sikhs so they could be identified as Sikhs on the battlefield. And so I was thinking, I get that religious traditions blend together sometimes, but karas are for ride or die Sikhs, like, literally. When I was in India, I noticed how there isn’t really a line between Sikhs and Hindus, and that scared me a little. We make up just 2% of India’s population, making it totally possible for us to kind of get washed away. And seeing so much Sikh-Hindu confusion in Bollywood seems like a symptom of this. Even Rocket Singh, which is the best portrayal of a Sikh-Sardar Bollywood has ever done, shows Sikhs praying to pictures. This even got my grandma heated. So you know it’s not just me, a rebelious youth. Also, there’s the fact that the Indian constitution says that Sikhism is part of Hinduism. SO YOU KNOW, THERE’S THAT.

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Look, I love watching B-wood movies. And I’m not trying to turn anyone off of them. I just feel like we need to be aware that they don’t portray minorities, like Sikhs and Muslim, well. I don’t think anyone should stop watching them. But when you do watch them, and you see that the only Sikh and Muslim characters are the rickshaw drivers or something like that, notice. Just notice. And if you want to stand up in the theater, declare the movie ethnicist or religionist, walk out, and hold a picket-sign protest, feel free. If you feel like sending a strongly worded email to Karan Johar about how, while you have marathons of his movies every rainy day, they are damaging the image of minorities in front of an international audience, be my guest. Or blog about it heatedly. Either one.

See you next time, hopefully engaged readers,

-M

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!!BALLEWOOD!!

Go back up. Read the title. Make sure you don’t think it says “!!Bollywood!!” Now look back down. Your man could smell like Old Spice.

 

If you don’t know those commercials, this has undoubtedly been an awkward intro for you.

 

Guys. It’s been a few months now that I’ve had the TINIEST obsession with Bollywood. But it’s kind of over now. I have moved on. But it’s okay! Let me explain what has happened.

 

Here, let’s set the scene. You’re just outside, I don’t know, Amritsar, Panjab, admiring the mustard fields.

 

wearing your nicest Patiala salwar

 

eating some saag and roti, yum.

 

When, all of a sudden, you get some saag stuck in your throat (wow smooth I didn’t even know that was possible). You cough. Your companion of choice

 

asks you, concerned, if you need some water.

 

“Paani cheye?”

 

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EVERYONE. SPEAKS. HINDI. IN INDIA. EVEN IN PANJAB.

Not saying you do, Mickey Singh. You good.

“Thx.”

 

Okay, not everyone spoke Hindi in Panjab.  But A LOT of people did. And I wouldn’t even be that mad, right? If it weren’t for the fact that Panjabi is a dying language. But it is…so…

 

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And, I mean, I get it. Hindi is to India as English is to America. I definitely speak more English than Panjabi, and I am Panjabi. So how critical can I be to Panjabis in India who speak Hindi? But I guess I was just expecting to hear more Panjabi, at least in Panjab, you know? And after visiting Panjab, I gained such a huge appreciation for Panjabi culture and the language, even more than I had before. And there’s obviously nothing wrong with non-Panjabi cultures, IT’S NOT THAT, OKAY? It’s just that, Panjab, atleast the state in India, is so tiny compared to the rest of the country.

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And while I was there, it just kind of hit me how possible it is for Panjabi culture in India to kind of be washed away and forgotten, because it’s such a small part of the country, geographically. So basically I’ve become that auntie at gurdwara that tells you you must speak Panjabi, beta. That’s the whole point of what I’m trying to say, summarized into one convenient analogy.

 

And so now that I’m back in da states, I’ve kind of been watching Panjabi movies a little more and Bollywood movies a bit less, because of the bigger appreciation I have for all things Panjab.

AND GUESS WHAT.

I ❤ THEM.

THE…PANJABI MOVIES. YEAH OKAY. YOU GOT IT.

No, they’re not usually as high-budget as Bollywood movies, and yes, they can be somewhat corny, on occasion. But like, who doesn’t love corn?

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So one of the movies I’ve watched is called Chak Jawana.
I actually saw this before I left for India. It’s all about this dude and his friends in Panjab who do drugs and drink a lot and how drugs are ruining their pind (villiage) and Gurdas Maan comes to help. Drugs are a huge problem in Panjab, so I loved the message of this movie. The corn factor in this one can sometimes be a tad high, but it’s totally worth it. You will cry. Wait when did this turn into a movie review.
I also saw Sadda Haq before I left for the homeland.
It’s depicts the Sikh genocide of 1984, and it’s pretty great. Sad, but really really good, and much needed, in my opinion. And while most of the movie is serious, there’s a really cute song in it!
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As you can see, it’s not a Bollywood-scale dance number, but it’s still really sweet and enjoyable!
Another movie I saw before the trip was Long Da Lishkara <3333333333333333
I haven’t seen the whole thing, but it’s kind of an older one and it’s soooooooo great so far omg. My mom first saw it when she was a young lass, and she loves it too. And did I mention IT MADE GURDAS MAAN FAMOUS?!? Like he’s not even the main guy in it, in fact he plays a hermit-y guy, but he sings so well throughout the movie and tugs at the heartstrings sooooo incredibly much, that everyone was like WHO DAT.
This is his best-loved song from the movie, and possibly his all time best-loved, “Challa.”
GAHHH IT’S SO BEAUTIFULLY SUNG AND THE MUSIC IS BEAUTIFUL IT’S LIKE A CLASSIC PANJABI TUNE AND THE LYRICS ARE SO SAD AHHHHHHHEOIGJKLD.C
OKAY. Now that I’m back, two of the Panjabi movies I’ve watched are……….Jatt and Juliet and Jatt and Juliet 2

And I guess they really did me in. I am now in love with Panjabi movies. These two were so hilarious and great, and there’s just no going back for me now. Plus, I found out (thanks to the internet) that, just like there’s a name for the Hindi/Mumbai movie industry– Bollywood–there’s a name for the Panjabi movie industry. And it’s Ballewood.

I DIED. IT’S SO PERF.
“Balle Balle” is like a Panjabi phrase you say when you’re like, dancing, or if something good happens lol. BALLEWOOD. I JUST CAN’T.
I was so excited when I found this out that I even edited the “Cinema of Punjab” wiki page to mention “Ballewood” but I guess someone unedited it or something,  idk. Idk how Wikipedia works.
Anyways guys, I don’t know what it is. Maybe I love hearing people speak so much Panjabi. Maybe I love that they show Panjab. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t need subtitles to watch them. But Panjabi movies are my thang right now ❤ I would ABSOLUTELY recommend them to you guys, but I haven’t run across any versions with English subtitles 😦 So if you don’t know Panjabi, this might hinder your ability to enjoy them, just a bit. But hopefully they’ll start making them with subtitles? That’d be cool! Then more people could enjoy them!
Okay, imma peace out. Bye the way, I’m still trying to think of a way to finish telling you guys about the trip. But at the same time, I’m wondering how much you guys want to hear of it? I mean, I could write posts on posts about the trip, and I’d love too, but is that what you guys want? Do you have anything you for sure want me to talk about regarding it? Or any suggestions on the best way to blog about it?  LET ME KNOW! PLS!
Bye ily 🙂
-M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PREPARE YOURSELF

(I apologize for the probable abundance of grammar and spelling mistakes and overall rachetness of this post. It is late and I am terrible.)

T-minus 9 DAYS until your girl’s taking off! And while I’m going to have posts while I’m gone, they mighttttttttt be on the slightly shorter side. Maybe. I don’t really know. 

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BUT in case they are, fear not. Imma hook you guys up. The following are some of my FAVORITE online desi Youtubers, bloggers,  etc., that are always there to fill my heart with joy and brownness. So if you get lonely while I’m gone, maybe you can check them out! Everything is all linked up and stuff, for your clicking pleasure 🙂

*AND NO, I AM NOT JUST DOING THIS BECAUSE I DIDN’T PLAN A POST THIS WEEK. I DON’T CARE WHAT VOICE OF REASON TOLD YOU…*

1) JUSREIGN

Okay if you’re Punjabi, you probably already know him. But if you’re not, or if you are and you haven’t checked him out, do so! He’s a hilarious Youtuber who constantly holds it down for the Punjabi/Sikh communtiy. His vlog channel is great as well. 

2) SUPERWOMAN

Again, I feel silly introducing her, because she’s so well known already. Another great youtuber, also holding it down. Plus she got that girlllll power! Oh, and she has a vlog channel too!

3) BROWNGIRLBLOGGIN

A Brief Anecdote:

For a long time I read her blog (and loved it every time I did) in silence. Then one day I finally plucked up the courage to comment, and I linked her here as well. I was kind of like OMG WHAT DID YOU JUST DO THAT FOR SHE’S GOING TO COME HERE NOW AND READ THE BLOG AND LAUGH AT ITS WEAKNESS AND MY NAIVETY. OR WORSE, SHE WON’T. But I was wrong. She came to the blog and commented, and even tweeted me, and it was the greatest thing.  :)))

ANYWAYS. BGB is a hilarious blogger. Definitely go check out her stuff, and bring a box off tissues, because you will laugh so hard you WILL cry. Also, sometimes you will cry actual emotional tears. Because it gets deep sometimes. 

4) BOLLYWOOD RECAPS

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I think I told you guys about this blog before. It’s genius. The name kind of explains it all: it’s got a bunch of recaps of your fave Bollywood movies, done in a hilarious way. It’s even enjoyable if you haven’t seen the movies!

 

5) HUMANS OF KARACHI

Source: Humans of Karachi

Basically, this is part of a project that photographs average citizens of various cities across the world. In my search for South Asian cities in the project, Karachi, Pakistan, is the only one I’ve really come across so far. It’s soooo interesting and beautiful. You get a picture of a person, and, if you’re lucky, a bit of his/her story. One of my favorite things about Humans of Karachi is that it shows people from all walks of life. There are even some Sikhs and Hindus photographed!

6) KAURISTA

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Another one you might know already, but it’s awesome nonetheless. Kaurista has kind of a polished blog/online magazine vibe, and it discusses issues brown people often face and whatnot. 

7) AYESHA AROUND THE WORLD

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One of my Punjabi sisters BRUUUUUUUAH friends traveled a bunch of places in Europe this past summer and blogged about it! Okay this isn’t really desi…but she’s desi! Also, she went to Turkey, so almost desi? Yes? The Turkey posts were my fave 🙂

Okay, and last but not least…

8) Zayn Malik

The ultimate desi.

No but all jokes aside, HE WORE. AN UCHKIN. GUYS. ZAYN WORE AN UCHKIN THIS PAST WEEK AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. I KIND OF…SCREENSHOTTED IT…AND…EDITED IT…AND I MADE IT LOOK REALLY NICE, BUT MY PHONE IS IN THE CAR AND IT’S COLD OUTSIDE AND IT’S OUT OF BATTERY SO I CAN’T SHOW YOU. BUT I WILL SHOW YOU SOON. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. 

Ahem….I’m sorry, I got a little dizzy there, my bad.

M, what are you talking about?

I don’t know voice of reason. I feel like I totally just blacked out!

M…did you take your pills today?

What pills?

…*whispers* your fangirl pills!

OH! Oh gosh, I didn’t. Wait…did I just…fangirl?

…mhmm.

In front of them???

It’s okay, M. It’s okay. 

I’m sorry guys. I’ve been meaning to get my little…err…problem under control. But it doesn’t seem to be working. 

Have a great week! 🙂

-M

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When brown people see each other in public…

…it goes one of three ways.

Scenario 1: STARE LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE

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and i was just like–

girl she did not sa--

girl she did not sa–

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Wait…Is that…

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…a brown person??

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*20 minutes later*

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but if one of you tries to wave? or acknowledge the other one in any way?

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WTH?? She’s actually acknowledging me?!?! ABORT. ABORT.

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SO ANYWAYS GUYS HAHAHA.

SCENARIO 2:

Ignore like there’s no tomorrow. (Usually happens among the younger crowd.)

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Desi. 12 o’clock. Don’t make eye contact. I repeat. Don’t. Make. Eye contact.

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Oh god. Time to get my ignore on.

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go away plz man

Aaaand finally…

Scenario 3:

Notice the other brown person, smile at them, maybe wave, and be on your way. 

Uhh..M?

Uhh..M?

…Pssst! Hrithik!! That was your cue, man!

I’m sorry M, but I still don’t understand this scenario? Acknowledge the other desi? Wave??

Oh my God. Hrithik. Just like we practiced, ok? Shahrukh will help you out, right Shahrukh?

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Of…of course..

Okay, great! Let’s try this again!

Scenario 3:

Acknowledge the person, and smile and wave to him/her!

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good…

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okay…

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come on guys come on you can do this!

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M! I can’t do this! 

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I’ll be in my trailer.

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I’m sorry.

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ME TOO. HRITHIK OUT.


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GUYS! GUYS COME BACK.

…Ok. Well…this is just awkward…

REALLY THOUGH. HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THIS? WHY. WHY DO WE DO THESE THINGS. I’VE DONE IT. YOU’VE PROBABLY DONE IT. ALWAYS SCENARIOS 1 OR 2. NEVER 3. WHY??

If you’re a brown person! I challenge you! Next time you see a fellow brownie who you don’t know personally, try scenario 3! And I have a feeling this might go for other…groups? of people as well. Like, I don’t know, if you’re a blogger. And you see someone else who you know is a blogger but you don’t really know him or her. I have a feeling this would trigger scenario 1 or 2. I just have a feeling. Like the peas did.

So you try it out too, ok?!

Okay. I have an offended Shahrukh and a distraught Hrithik I need to take care of.

SEE YOU GUYS IN A WEEK. MAKE IT A GREAT ONE! SMILE LOTS! : ))))

-M

PS SORRY IF THIS WAS WEIRD, I DID IT IN LIKE .2 SECONDS I’M SORRY D:

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Bollywood Music =/= Punjabi Music

*This post consists mostly of videos, so please click them to get the most out of it! : ) But you don’t have to if you don’t want to! But I would! Okay. See you in the actually post. Love you. Bye. 

**Oh wait, also, I’m so so sorry for not posting this Sunday! I was at my grandparents’ house helping them get ready to move to a different city. I should have foreseen that I wouldn’t be able to write a post, I’m sorry :/

So y’all know I love Bollywood, right? Because I do. But there are some things about Bollywood that make me kind of go

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One of these things is when Bollywood tries to do Punjabi music. They just can’t seem to get it right. Except for that one time that they did…

Not one gosh darn Punjabi function goes by without this beautiful song. Thank you, Lehmber Hussainpuri. Thank you :’)

But that’s besides the point. Usually when Bollywood tries to recreate Punjabi/Bhangra music, it ends up going something like this:

Nagada Nagada. Great song, but it just doesn’t do justice to traditional Punjabi folk music. So basically what I’m trying to get at here is, if all you’ve heard of Punjabi music is Bollywood’s attempt to do Punjabi music, you have not heard Punjabi music. *Pats your shoulder*  I know, I know. You’ll be okay. I’m here to help you fix this. Below are some prime examples of  bumpin’ Punjabi music that Bollywood just can’t seem to touch.

 

1) Bhagra Ishq Da

Basically the translation that’s not really the actual translation–Bhangra music is love’s grandpa. Lol. 

2) Chite Suite

Basically the translation that’s not really the actual translation– Look at this man I got a stain on my white freaking suite oh wait maybe this is a metaphor bc I didn’t intend to fall in love with you and my love for you is like a stain on my usually cool, heart-breaker ‘tude.

3) Sona

Basically the translation that’s not really the actual translation–Why you gotta wear all that bling? girl you ARE da bling, YA FEEL?!?

4) Moorni-Balle Balle

I still don’t know if it’s called Balle Balle or Moorni…but Basically the translation that’s not really the actual translation– You’re basically a fine peacock-like specimen, where are you going with your peacock self?? Balle balle.

5) Promiscuous (The Josh Desi Remix)

 

 

Okay, so not exactly a 100% traditional Punjabi song, considering it’s mixed with Promiscuous, but it’s so freaking good! Punjabi people tend to like Hip Hop, and mixes like this that are done SO WELL DONE make us extremely happy : )

And yeah!  I know that Bollywood music is pretty popular these days, but  Punjabi music isn’t as well-known.  So I’m really interested to know what you guys think! Also, I know this was on the short side, but stay tuned, I’ve got a long one for you this coming Sunday!

See you then!

-M

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Summer Bucket List: Desi Edition!

This one’s going out to my summer bucket list buddy 🙂

If you’re hitting that wall right about now–you know, the wall:

June 7th:

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SCHOOL’S OUT SON! BRUUUUAAAH!!!

June 12:

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This is still great and all…

June 16th:

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2 more months…

Well don’t fear!! Here’s 7 desi-related things that you can do this summer, whether you’re South Asian or not.

1) Read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

2) Watch a Bollywood movie with the volume turned down and the subtitles turned on— It’s like a whole different movie.

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3)Try a food that you’ve never had before— If you’re Tamil, have a makki di roti. If you’re Kashmiri, have some Hydrabadi biryani. If you’re not South Asian at all, just go to Udupi. And you might want to take a bottle of water  with you, unless you want to end up like Taani Partner-

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On that note–

4) Have a gol gappa competition with someone–gol gappas are spicy but delicious. It’s cruel, when you think about it. But see who is stupid enough to can eat the most! When you’re face feels like it’s vibrating, you should probably throw in the towel, a lesson I wish someone taught me earlier.

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(Tip-Do NOT have this competition with a South Indian if you are not one yourself. They will school you.)

5) Get Roohafza-Wasted

If you’re Muslim and you’re fasting this summer, you might already be stocked up.

“The Summer Drink of the East” And of heaven.

6) Go up to a desi person and act like you’re family. Just speak their language and smile. Doubtful? Don’t worry, Hrithik will demonstrate.

Hrithik!

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Yes?

Do your thing, please!

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Ok.

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I will cut you.

I will cut you.

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Thanks, Hrithik!

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If you’re not desi, I’m interested to know how that one goes for you.

And finally-

7) Discover a new part of the human body. Oh wait, you’re Harminder Singh Dua? Oh, well it looks like you’ve already got that under your belt. You’re belt of awesomeness and intelligence.

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I hope your summer is off to an AWESOME start!

See you next week 🙂

-M

P.S- –

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This is a Preventative Poo-Post Measure

Hey there! How’s it goin? Unfortunately this week I didn’t have time to plan a post 😦 So I thought I’d write one right now and post it tonight, but that would just make me feel like poo because it would probably end up being a poo-post. And nobody likes poo-posts. Then again, Monday posts are pretty poo as well, just because they’re a day late and all…but I think they are less terrible than hastily-written poo-posts on Sunday nights so I’m going to opt for the Monday post.

However, I won’t leave you empty-handed here– I know how intense those cravings for South-Asian culture can be. I’m not a villain. This is a playlist I made a while ago with my favorite Bollywood numbers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHZn85RsrCE&list=PLDGFF7mTdC9zHrx5Pga-BcfBk9UM2jTBd Some videos are on there twice, some videos have been deleted, and it’s basically a hot mess of a playlist. But at least that’s reflective of this hot mess of a blog, so do I get points for consistency?

See you tomorrow 🙂

-M

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