Posts Tagged: India

In India, the Onion Is No Laughing Matter

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In India, an onion shortage means more than just a few lackluster dinners. It’s a cipher for a whole dictionary of political and cultural meanings, as Karolle Rabarison found out while living there:

It’s no new trick for political parties to sell onions at deep discounts in stalls across major cities, especially in the capital, New Delhi….Indira Gandhi returned to power in 1980 by attacking the incumbent in this way, wielding garlands of onions at political rallies…

Gargantuan stacks of onions, eating onion slices like potato chips—Rabarison’s essay has it all.

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Pioneer Women

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My own mother bought our clothes at the mall. She didn’t allow pork in the house and mostly cooked curry. The saris she wore didn’t require needlework.

Growing up in Wyoming, Nina McConigley longed for an authentic pioneer life like she read about in the Little House on the Prairie books—and resented her mother, an immigrant from India, for not teaching her how to quilt or even bake cookies.

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The Mystery of Skeleton Lake

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Weird Event No. 1: Hundreds of human skeletons are found in and around a lake in India.

Weird Event No. 2: Testing shows that the bones are from around the year 850 and that every one of the hundreds died the same way.

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Holy Orange

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Years later, Bombay is still fresh in my mind and in my bones. As a visitor, I was naïve and lost. When I hear bells, I still see statues of Ganesh in a cool, stone temple and smell sandalwood incense.

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Kissa Yoni Ka: What The Vagina Monologues Mean In Hindi

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As reports of the utterly horrifying rape and death of a woman in Delhi have made clear, India, like most countries, can be a dangerous place for women.

In a guest post for Racialicious, Hannah Green uses an Indian performance of The Vagina Monologues as a jumping-off point for ruminations on sexual assault and women’s rights, in both India and the US.

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The Largest Intercultural Exchange

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A summer spent abroad at an Indian call center sheds light upon the many people who work in business process outsourcing, a competitive field that promises only the equivalent of around $2/hr.

Training for the job includes “‘culture training,’ in which trainees memorize colloquialisms and state capitals, study clips of Seinfeld and photos of Walmarts, and eat in cafeterias serving paneer burgers and pizza topped with lamb pepperoni.” Read about one American journalist’s experience being outsourced.

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