Category Indianness

Happy New Year!!! (Indian Wedding Pt. 4)

Happy New Year!! And welcome 2013!  I celebrated with my family on Sunday night by throwing a huuuuuuge party, one we’ve been planning for almost a year now.  Oh, and my sister happened to get married too. See how excited she is? She’s supposed to be meditating and praying for her husband’s long life in […]

Mehndi Hai Rachne Wali (Indian Wedding pt. 3)

What I love most about weddings are the constant reminders of how much love there is in the world. Our house is full of family: 3 aunts, 3 uncles, 2 cousins, 1 grandma, and a whole contingent of our family friends from Canada. Each day, a new group of loved ones arrive and it’s overwhelming […]

Christmas in the Wedding House (Indian Wedding Pt. 2)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Normally, Christmas at my parents’ home is a small affair (I do look forward to mom’s yearly gift of funky knee socks, matching underwear, and dish-washing gloves.) From time to time, we gather our extended family in one place and herd them towards a movie theatre. This takes serious cowboy-like skills, which […]

Yeh Jo Desh Hai Mera

The more time I spend in Uganda, adapting to Ugandan culture, the more I think about India, and what exactly it means to be an Indian-American expat (as opposed to American Indian?)  Which is not necessarily the cultural experience I thought I’d be having, but considering the significant South Asian populations in East Africa (culturally […]

Libya in Kampala

In an effort to try and see more of Kampala, I went to visit the Muammar Gaddafi National Mosque in Old Kampala after work. It was as opulent and beautiful as it was ironic. Majestic, no doubt, but it’s a weird thought, admiring the manifestation of Idi Amin’s dream, made possible by Muammar Gaddafi’s money.  […]

I give you my heart.

Just because I’m the lame friend among our group of interns here doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy Kampala’s truly excellent nightlife from time to time.  Above is Kampala, as seen from our director’s home in Mbuya.  On a clear day, you can see all the way to Lake Victoria.  Sooo… what do I need to […]

Week 1

Remember that one scene from The Namesake movie where Kal Penn’s character goes for a run somewhere in archetypal India, and runs into a cow or a holy man or something and then gets chased by a bunch of confused Indians? Yeah. Color that me. Kind of. I mean, yes, yeah, I don’t run often, […]