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Looking for A Suitable Girl?

Looking for A Suitable Girl?

How to explain the arranged marriage to non-Indians? How to explain that it coexists in India with modernization and call centers and that women who have the agency to study for an MBA and work full-time also fully participate in the arrangement of their own marriage?...
The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

The Simpsons Show and the “Uh” Moment

In my first year as a graduate student in America, I started collecting bills and envelopes with misspellings of my rather conspicuously foreign-sounding name. Despite the care with which I enunciated it and spelled it out over the phone when I spoke to pizza places,...
Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

Lovesick Without Aloo Gobhi

Check out this movie for yourself on Saturday Oct 20, 2018 in San Jose! Details here: https://indiacurrents.com/events/film-show-lovesick/ I watched Lovesick at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, which comes with the usual homey discord of diasporic film...
Ramayana and Its Impact on Indian Society

Ramayana and Its Impact on Indian Society

During the final exams for my Masters degree, Banaras Hindu University hosted a festival celebrating the Rāmāyana from various South-East Asian countries; every evening a different country presented a retelling of their version in dance drama format. That was my first...
Unhurried Love in October

Unhurried Love in October

October is like that rare, precious and real moment which arrives in our prescribed lives completely unannounced. Like a soft petal, or a floating cloud, or a silent wave. Filled with calm and spontaneity. Making us wonder what to do with it. Savour it? Live it? Run...
Raid, A Movie That Tells A Lot

Raid, A Movie That Tells A Lot

Among the must-sees of the season is the movie Raid, a film inspired by real life income tax raids in the 1980s. Officers of the Indian Revenue Service share, in great detail, the manner in which a raid is actually conducted by an Income Tax department. It makes for a...