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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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HELLO

Listen, it’s been a week. I’m sure it’s been some form of a week for you too. So let’s do something fun this post. Let’s just chat. No. Even Better. Let’s chaat.

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Anyone? Anyone? (K DO ME A QUICK FAVOR AND PLS TYPE “ANYONE” AND SEE IF YOU SPELL IT “ANYWONE” BC I DID IT LIKE 5 TIMES.)

 

Speaking of chaat…I miss food in India. And I miss how often people eat in India. When we were there, skipping meals was totally out of the question. In fact it was more acceptable to have 2 dinners in one night than no dinner. And I’m a 2 dinner type of girl NOMSAYN.

 

 

Oooh has anyone seen Disco Singh?

 

 

 

 

 

For those who don’t know, its a Panjabi movie that was just released and it’s said to be REALLY good, as it has a super talented cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch it, but until then I will be patiently waiting. Here in America…in the Bible Belt. Yeah it might be a while.

 

OH YEAH AND ALSO

HAPPY VAISAKHI GURPURAB EVERYONE!

Vaisakhi is a festival marking the beginning of the harvest season in Northern areas of the Indian subcontinent, celebrated by many religions–

 

 

 

But for Sikhs it’s also a religious holiday, because on Vaisakhi of 1699, our tenth prophet, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, gave Sikhs their identity (uncut hair, karas, kirpans, etc.) and established the warrior-mentality that Sikhs would use to fight injustice and violations of human rights. Jusreign explains it pretty well–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHvZeo057jc

 

ANYWAYS. Yeah. That’s about…all I got? Idk. Listen guys. I have a lot of stuff I want to post about. Like deep stuff you know. BUT I JUST DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT’S GON GO. But obviously I have to because the posts tend to be dull these days, because I’m not talking about what’s on my mind–which is always when the interesting posts happen. So okay. This is my promise to you. Next Monday, I’m going to talk about something big. Something that’s been irking me. I don’t know what it’ll be, but it’ll be good.

 

See you then?

-M 🙂

 

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SILK ROAD REPUBLIC

Why are all my post titles in caps these days. 

Okay, so a couple of weeks back I came across this really cool clothing line called Silk Road Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basically, it’s a contemporary Afghan clothing line started (I believe) by a woman of Afghan descent living in the West. 

This clothing line struck me for many reasons. Firstly, “Silk Road Republic” is a very awesome name. Cause like, the Silk Road is like that area:

And republic is like…fashion. You know. Fashiony things. Like Banana Republic. Okay and SECONDLY I thought it was cool because I LOVE seeing and learning about ethnic wear from all over South and Central Asia. And I hadn’t seen very many retailers for Afghan wear before (not that I had really looked thoroughly). And this one has an awesome website and everything! The final thing that struck me about Silk Road Republic was how beautiful the clothes are. When most people think of Afghanistan, they think of war and barren fields and miles upon miles of dull land and overwhelming hardship. People also don’t tend to associate Afghans, particularly the women, as fashion-savvy, because of spread of the image of the impoverished, widowed Afghan in a dusty, light-blue burqa. And I mean, it’s totally fine to work a burqa, if that’s what you like! And it’s true that burqas are widely worn in Afghanistan, particularly in the past couple of decades. It’s just that they have not always been common practice in Afghanistan, nor are they the only thing Afghan women have ever worn, the way we might think they are. Afghanistan has a rich, colorful history and culture, just like the colorful clothing sold by Silk Road Republic. The website’s “about” reads–

Once the center of the Silk Road, Afghanistan and its people have held onto many treasures. Afghans are a beautiful mixture of different cultures and backgrounds blended into one identity and with this we build onto fashion. After decades of invasions and civil wars, Afghanistan lost many beauties, including its posh sense of style. The traditional clothing were being made and sold by middle aged men, because women were not allowed to take part in any business outside their home.

Slowly and steadily, the world is beginning to see the hidden treasures of Afghanistan. We at Silk Road Republic want the world to realize these beauties through their fashion, where the east meets the west.

 

How beautiful is that?

I wish the people behind Silk Road Republic all the success they deserve for doing such a cool thing. Definitely go check out their stuff! They have some beautiful things I’ve got my eye on for when I have enough cha-ching. 

And tell me what you guys think in the comments! What’s the ethnic wear where you’re from, or that you like the most? Mine has got to be Panjabi Patiala salwars…so comfortable! What about you? Also, I’ve been wondering if what’s sold by Silk Road Republic is specific to any one ethnic group of Afghanistan…they have quite a few ethnic groups within their borders, and I’m guessing there’s some variation in their dress. What do you guys think?

Basically what I’m getting here is just please leave a comment about anything really, that’d be great 🙂

 

See you next week 🙂

-M

 

P.S: Some interesting things are going on in Pakistan right now, including their dealings with the Taliban and with religious schools, known as madrassas….I will definitely try to post sometime this week about them. In the meantime, you can get some good info on it all here. 

 

 

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I’M HERE. I’M HERE WITH A POST. SNOW QAWAALIS ETC.

Day 21 of M’s absence. Blog takeover is almost complete. Last step remains: remove whale background. Why is it still–

VOICE OF REASON!! BUDDY!!

M! WHAT…WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

 

What do you mean what am I doing here!? I’m back! We got the laptop fixed!

Oh…well, I meant…why HAVEN’T you been here?? I’ve…missed you!

 

Really?

Yeah…of course…why wouldn’t I. 

I don’t know, V, I’m sensing some sarcasm…

Sarcastic, who me? NO. *slams door*

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It’s good to be back 🙂

We got a new keyboard for our laptop! 😀 We spilled cha on the old one, lol. Silly brown people. 

And oh! Happy belated Valentines Day!! I was bummed that I didn’t get to post the week before Valentines Day. Ever since the V-Day post last year I’ve been kind of nervous as to how I was going to live up to it this year, since so many people seemed to like it. But now I think not being able to post was actually a good thing HEAR ME OUT. It kind of made me realize that I shouldn’t try to outdo myself like that on the blog. I wrote that post because I had had the idea in my head for a super long time to talk about Panjabi love stories, and I just thought Valentines Day would be a good day to do it. I didn’t know it was going to become my most-loved post. And so I think I should just stick to that mindset, and write posts that I really want to write because I really want to write them. Is that gucci with everyone?

Alright, speaking of posts and whatnot, I don’t have anything planned right now lol. So let’s just talk! Everyone grab some cha. And keep it away from your keyboard.

It snowed so much in North Carolina where I am omg. And when it snows here we don’t know what to do. This was literally us this past week.  AND ALSO. It snowed in Panjab this week! I’ve always been under the impression that snow in Panjab is rare, but I’m starting to suspect it’s just not recorded officially every time that it happens. Like, in 2012 it snowed in Panjab and it got a lot of media coverage, with claims that it was the first snowfall in Panjab, India in decades. But I’ve been checking out some videos on Youtube, and it seems like people have been uploading videos of snow and hail in Panjab every year for a few years back, including this year, 2014:

And of course it snows in Kashmir quite a bit:

As well as Himachal Pradesh, which is part of the Panjab region, and used to be part of Panjab state as well:

*Sigh* Snow in India, man. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful. When it snows here I pretend like I’m in Kashmir. 

Alrighttttttttttt. What else is new. Hmmm. Oh okay omg I stumbled on this AMAZING song on Tumblr:

http://www.tumblr.com/search/heeriye+faqeeriye

IT’S SO GOOD. YES, IT’S IN PANJABI. BUT I FOUND AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION: http://zouve.com/punjabi/heeriye-faqeeriye-satinder-sartaaj-lyrics-english-traslation/

Some parts are lost in translation, of course, but I mean hey. Even if you don’t know Panjabi, you can still enjoy this flippin’ song. Play it. Play it now. And turn it up loud. Annnnd close your eyes. You. Are. Welcome.

It’s by Satinder Sartaaj, who’s a pretty big Panjabi singer right now. I’ve always known he was pretty off the chain, but after hearing this I looked him up a bit more and it turns out he’s studied music in college, and has a Ph. D in Sufi music! That’s so insane to me! Like I didn’t even know you could get a Ph.D in Sufi music!! Sufi music, by the way, is like a type of music that’s popular in South Asia and I think some Muslim countries outside of South Asia as well. I’ve been listening to Sufi music foreveeeer, thanks to my mom. It’s just such a beautiful form of music. When I think of Sufi singers, I think of a bunch of dudes, and these days some awesome ladies, sitting on the ground playing various instruments and singing with all their heart.

A Sartaaj example:

A classic example:

A bollywood-ified example if you fast forward to 3:10:

And a parody rap/hip-hop version 🙂

  So there ya go. Those were all qawaalis, which is the more romantic branch of Sufi music. The other types are mainly religious, and just as beautiful 🙂

So yeah. I guess that’s it, guys. Idk what else to talk about. Actually I kind of do. But it’s late and this post is already long….man, I feel like there are so many things I’ve been wanting to blog about that I *still* haven’t blogged about. I need to get on dis. .Anyways, you should comment things! Down there! Do it. Do it now. Do it please. Also follow me on twitter if you want, idk

https://twitter.com/emkayjay

 

Aight, well see you guys next week 🙂 I promise I will be less all over the place 🙂

-M

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MAKEUP TIPS FOR THE BROWN FOLK

Kind of a departure from the norm, but I thought I’d mix it up a little! South Asia is my biggest passion, but, fun fact about me, makeup is actually pretty high on the list too! I’ve learned most of what I know from Michelle Phan, but sometimes I find the things that work on her don’t work the same way on me, color-wise. I’ve also found that there are things that I LOVE doing that seem to work even better because of my color!  I share them wit u now. 

First of all, I want to make clear that there is a HUGE  range of skin tones desi people can have.

They can be dark and beautiful.

They can be light and beautiful.

And they can be anywhere in between. And beautiful.

Our skin can be darkest brown or whitest white. We can be born with black hair or blonde. Brown eyes or blue. Our physical features don’t define whether or not we’re brown. Trust me, I’ve seen everything I just listed on a brown person, naturally.

Okay, that kind of got off topic. But it’s just a pet peeve of mine when people are like “Oh, you don’t look Indian.” We don’t have to fit into some kind of mold to be classified as our ethnicities.

Okay sorry. Basically what I’m trying to get at here is that these tips might not work perfectly for ALL brown folk…but imma do my best! These are things that I’ve found have worked for me. And I would define my self as Sonam Kapoor-colored, in terms of skin, hair, and eyes:

If you’re Kareena-colored of Mindy-colored, you can still try them out, they could work for you too!

1) FILL IN YOUR EYEBROWS.

Okay. I have naturally thick eyebrows, and I don’t thread/wax/pluck them because of my religious beliefs. So I’m never in danger of having overly plucked eyebrows, but I’ve found that, just because they’re naturally thick, it doesn’t mean they don’t benefit from some filling in! I just make sure not to use something too dark to do so. I use something around this color:

And it just kind of fills in all the gaps! Some of my eyebrow idols include…

Olivia Culpo

Lily Collins

Kajol (obviously)

Lucy Hale

Lourdes Leon

And, of course, Brooke Shields. The Goddess of Eyebrows.

2) DARK LIPS

I was always under the impression that dark lips are a risky move. But once I actually tried it out for myself, I found that they’re actually pretty easy to pull off on my skin color. I soon realized that dark lips look amazing on pretty much every person of color.

(^^I think she’s technically white but still)

3) COLORED EYELINER/SHADOW

I’ve found it really pops! Especially turquoise!

4) WINGED LINER

We as brown people were made to rock winged liner.

And yeah! Man…I feel like I had more tips in mind when I was planning this post…which now escape me…I’m probably going to remember them all in a couple of days but I won’t be able to post them because I’ll be in India. Gosh dang it. Oh wait, okay I got it. I’ll just share them with you telepathically when I remember them. Keep your brainwaves loose.

Let me know if you have any tips, whatever your skin color is! 🙂

-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

and i was just like--

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?

Of...of course..

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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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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CHUCKING SAMOSAS AT ONE DIRECTION

Okay, so in a couple of weeks I’m going to a concert.

This act is composed of five dudes.

One of them may or may not be desi.

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“sup guys”

judge me ok lyke i dont even care aight? im going and no one is stopping me ok?

So because I’m desi and Zayn is desi, I feel like I can somehow get his attention. This is how I see things going:

Zayn!

“Zayn! Zayn bhaya!”

And then he’ll be like

“huh?”

And I’ll be like

What do you think about the new parliament members of Pakistan being sworn in? Cool stuff, huh?

“What do you think about the new parliament members of Pakistan being sworn in? The 14th National Assembly! Cool stuff, huh?”

T...tujhe dekha toye jana sanam...?*

(Uh oh, think fast. Bollywood lyrics?) “T…tujhe dekha toye jana sanam*…?”

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“PYAR HOTA HE DIVANA SANAM!”

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“YEAH BOIII!!!”

*INITIATE DESI BONDING*

ashfaqmialol

I swear to God the only thing missing will be a field of yellow flowers.

If all else fails, I’ll just throw samosas at his face.

See you next week!

-M

P.S- HA you thought this post was over?! Naah son! It’s time for….

UPDATES IF YOU EVEN FREAKING CARE ABOUT THEM

Here in this Updates if You Even Freaking Care About Them, I am excited to announce that this coming Thursday is my LAST EXAM. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, RIGHT?? I’ll have slightly more time to work on my posts again, and they will go from this terrible bakwass to…slightly less terrible bakwass!

Also, I added a glossary page. It defines some words that I use a lot that might not be words err’body’s familiar with. So read it. Study it. Love it. Just do whatever you have to do to make yourself comfortable.

Oh yeah, and this:

*Just skip the ad, okay? It’s worth it:

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I Be On My (Punjabi) Suit

There comes a time when one must turn off Kourtney and Kim take New York in order to write their blog post. This is that time for me.

Before we proceed, please click “play” to set the mood and enhance the following reading experience. I  promise it’s somewhat relevant to this post :

Thank you.

AIGHT. So Spring’s coming up. Actually it’s here.Bag up the sweatpants, make a quilt out of your cardigans, and bring out that pastel colored ish. From what I learned form Michelle Phan, Spring is a big fashion season or something. So what better a time than now to rap wit chu guys about desi fashion, AM I RIGHT?? 

No? Okay…well the whole Spring thing was just a pathetic excuse for me to talk about desi clothes because I’ve been wanting to do that lately. So Imma do it anyways 🙂

Desi countries are very diverse, including in their clothing. Many people know about sarees, but there are also lehengas, salwar kameezes, , and a bunch more. SO LET’S GET STARTED, HUH? First up, we got the saree.

The saree dates back to the time of Indus Valley Civilization, which was around 2800-1800 B.C. To wear a saree, you basically have to be wearing a shirt underneath, which is more visible in this picture of Aishwarya Rai: There’s also a skirt at the bottom. Basically, the 6 or so yards of cloth, which is the saree, is draped over the shirt and the skirt in various ways. There are TONS of ways to drape the saree. Like tons. Idk how to express that further. In my teenage mind, “tons” is the most accurate description of a large amount. So tons.

I’ve never actually worn a saree, but here’s a  short memoir of wearing a saree by my sensational Telugu friend who wore one last night:

It made feel pretty I guess
It’s a little tight around my waist
so I couldn’t wait to get it off
 but many indian woman wear them on a regular basis so they must be comfortable
of course those daily sarees aren’t as gorgeous as the special event ones but

Thank you for those words.

So yeah! Sarees are worn in many places in India, but not all. For example, I’ve never actually worn a saree. I don’t think they’re too common for people from the state of Punjab. But in many other places in India, as well as parts of other South Asian countries, such as Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, sarees are worn.

ON TO….

SALWAR KAMEEZES!!

Look how sassy this woman is tho.

Anyways, salwar kameez.

BRUUUUAAAAAAH!!

Sorry.

So the salwar kameez is worn in India, especially in the north, and also in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and various areas in central Asia. These are very common in the Punjab region of both India and Pakistan and are often referred to as “Punjab suits.” As a Punjabi myself, salwar kameezes are the norm for my family, and omg. They are so gosh darn comfortable. Like do you see those pants? They’re unbelievably baggy and wonderful 🙂 So the “salwar” is the pant part, and the “kameez” is the long, tunic-like shirt. According to Wikipedia, “kameez” comes from the Arabic word “qamis,” which is possibly derived form the Latin word “camisa,” meaning “shirt.” It’s also possible that it comes from the Hellenistic Greek word “kamision.”

Yay for linguistic connections!

Anyways, there are different types of salwars, like the Patiala salwar, which is super baggy and has a ton of pleats:

There’s also the pajama (prounounced pahj-um-ah), which is a tight sort of pant that you wear with the kameez:

Notice the piece of cloth around the sassy purple woman’s neck. This is called a “chunni,” or “dupatta.” Most of the time, these just serve as matching scarves that can be worn different ways with the salwar kameez. For Sikh women, though, the chunni serves as a head covering.

Many Sikh women wear a turban. There are more Sikh men who do so–somehow that’s how it’s developed culturally. But it’s not because it was thought that men were more deserving of turbans than women. The Gurus were pretty clear on that. But often, Sikh women wore the chunni over their heads. Some Sikh women still wear a chunni on a day to day basis, and all Sikh women cover their heads when in a gurdwara or in front of the Sikh holy book, either with a chunni, a turban, or both, like this-

Men are required to cover their heads in the same circumstances as well.

And taking us home is…

The Lehenga Choli!

The lehenga is a long skirt that goes to the feet, and the choli is the shirt worn with it. (Not to be confused with chollai, which are chickpeas lol). So to me, it seems like the lehenga choli is kind of like what’s worn underneath a saree (which, remember, is the name for the 6 yard piece of cloth which is draped over the shirt and skirt). Right? Cause like, the saree is a shirt, a skirt, and a piece of cloth, and the lehenga is just a shirt and skirt. Okay wait, this just in, from my mom: the lehenga skirt is more elaborate than the skirt worn with a saree. Okay. Well there goes my theory. Growing up, I’d usually wear salwar kameezes to gurdwara and other desi functions, but every now and then I’d wear a lehenga. Since I was used to the whole pants and shirt deal, lehengas always seemed more girly and dress-like to me. They’re definitely more dress-like, because there are no pants underneath the skirt.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this journey into the land of desi clothing. Do you guys have any cultural clothing, desi or not? Yes, that was my attempt to get you people to comment. Seriously though, feel free to comment 🙂 I’d love to hear what you have to say! And I guess now would be a good time to do this:

I’ve been wanting to say thanks to everyone who’s been commenting or reblogging or liking or following. I’m just a random brown teenager with a somewhat dysfunctional life. In tenth grade I had to start a blog for school, and called it ShadesofBrwn. After the class ended, I started the weekly post thing, and I’ve really enjoyed rambling endlessly writing about my heritage and stuff and learning LOADS along the way. And if you’ve commented or reblogged or even just read any of my stuff, that really, sincerely, means a lot to me 🙂 ❤

Sorry for being awkward.

See you next week!

-M 🙂

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