Now That It’s Cool To Be Indian

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Something odd that has been brought to the surface recently is how things taken from Indian culture that once evoked responses of disgust are now “cool”. I read a post on the Facebook group #SubtleCurryTraits about how the stereotypical “white girl” who years earlier considered turmeric disgusting in “yellow rice”, now adds tumeric to their chai teas for the “health benefits”.

Well, the tide has turned. The teenage heart throb of my youth, Nick Jonas, chose to marry the stunning, Priyanka Chopra. But despite this change in heart by America as a nation, I’d argue that things really aren’t better. You must be thinking- isn’t this sudden love of all things Indian supposed to be great news? Indian culture may now be “in” but the truth is that I still know too many Indians who are ashamed of their culture, petrified of being labeled a FOB and are unable to erase the years of shame that we’ve associated with being Indian because of pop culture’s previous narrative. A message in which the worth or lack thereof, of an India in media was communicated by the void of people who looked like me on television shows, ads or magazines
and honestly, even within India’s own media that continues to refuse to include women of medium or darker shades on media platforms.

We still live in the same country in which I heard the white kid next door telling me that my people should get out of his white neighborhood. There are still people who are told that they smell like “curry”, presumably from people actually knowing what curry smells like. Or you still find the white guys on dating apps who only like Indian girls and treat an entire people group as a fetish. This leads to whole groups of desi people who refuse to engage in anything that associates them with their culture. Forbidden activities include but are not limited to: eating with their hands, being caught speaking their mother tongue or even spending a week in India.

The truth of the matter is that it’s not actually cool to be Indian. It’s only cool in the same way that people like dressing up on Halloween or decorating their Christian tree once a year, it’s exoticized. But even when this fad changes, I’ll still wearing my lengha blouses mixed and matched with American gowns. I’ll still try to rock my lengha skirt with a button down and my salwars pants with American tops. Because just as much as I identify as an American as my nationality, I am still and will always be Indian and that doesn’t need to be cool to you. It’s me.

Mac Pro Palette

macmac1mac2mac3After getting my makeup done professionally for the first time last Saturday, I felt inspired to begin my own “high-end” makeup palette after years of really only using drugstore products and the occasional item from Sephora. The pro palette is magnetic! I was going to buy magnets but the pans stuck by themselves to the pro palette. One tin is from my Ipsy bag and does not stick magnetically but everything else is great. The purpose of this palate for me is a “go-to” everyday essentials kit. I have three eyeshadows, concealer and blush! All that’s really missing is powder, eyeliner and some mascara but otherwise I’m set with this for really any basic makeup looks I may want to achieve.

Below are the Mac items in my palette, one blush was part of my Ipsy bag so I’m not sure where that’s from.

Powder Blush (Pro Palette Refill Pan)
Burnt Pepper

Eye Shadow (Pro Palette Refill Pan)

Print

Eye Shadow (Pro Palette Refill Pan)

Brule

M·A·C Studio Finish Concealer (ProPalette Refill Pan)

NC40

Pro Palette Large / Duo (Compact)

Salwar Sunday- May 29,2016

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve gotten a little lazy with posting my weekly outfits. However, I think it’s important to create spaces to share my culture- so these will still be happening! Some more exciting things are still to come. 🙂

Now back to this outfit! It’s maybe 8+ years old and still holding strong. My salwars have really taught me the vale of investing in quality clothing. I still find the contrast of black with the swirl of red, blue and silver so beautiful.

Sari Sunday: January 31, 2015

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My mother came back from India after being away from 2 months and she brought back with her some beautiful pieces of clothing. This salwar top was stitched for me because my sister has one that she wears in white. While my mom was in India she got me one in creme and black.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON! (Sari Sunday: November 15, 2015)

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This week’s Sari Sunday features the phenomenal Shannon Mathew. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON! I’ve known this beauty for her entire life and I’m so happy to feature her in this week’s Sari Sunday. Thank you to Susan Mathew for taking these pictures! I hope our poses aren’t too offensive….

Sari Sunday: November 8, 2015

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This week’s Sari Sunday is neither a Sari or something I wore on Sunday. Opps. Haha I wore this dress for a bridal shower yesterday and paired it with henna stickers on my hand. I got the stickers from a trip a few years ago to India. It started to come off but still looked pretty good all day. I love this dress! I wish I had more with a similar design. It was purchased at Marshalls.