If you thought racism is not an issue in India, you are hugely mistaken. In the land of diverse cultures and castes, racism has become such an intrinsic part of daily life that they are used as "harmless" jokes.
While watching the movie '2 States' recently, I was appalled when the Punjabi protagonist Krish's mother boasts about her son's fair complexion to his Tamilian girlfriend's family. According to her, her son's girlfriend may be fair skinned, but that cannot be said of all "madrasis" (a slang that commonly refers to all south Indians). They all have a dark complexion (kaale), she argued.
And to top it all, more often that not, it is all taken in jest, with most people often having a good laugh.
But being half-north-east (my mother is from Nagaland), I feel the larger brunt of racism is endured by the people from the north-east. With jibes such as 'Are you from China', or 'You look chinky, where are you from', the good people from the north-east are poked fun at all times.
If you thought racism is not an issue in India, you are hugely mistaken. In the land of diverse cultures and castes, racism has become such an intrinsic part of daily life that they are used as "harmless" jokes.Read More »from Read this and ask yourself, are you racist?
Ever taken a ride on a motorcycle taxi? They're not always the choice of the affluent but solo travelers can enjoy unusual experiences in Nigeria, Thailand, Cambodia and even in GoaBy Bijoy Venugopal | Traveler – Wed 23 Apr, 2014 11:48 AM IST
As travelers, we have all experienced claustrophobia, and the worst example of it is perhaps being crammed in a moving vehicle with half the village population of humans, children, livestock, fish and vegetables. It's one thing to experience this aboard a bus or a truck, or even a taxicab full to the gills with people, but ever tried it on a motorbike taxi?
Yes, a motorbike taxi isn't always a ride for two. There’s a joy in it, no doubt, for the inveterate solo wanderer, but for most people in many parts of the world, these undignified modes of public transport are ways of life. They are cheap and often the only option available to them.
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A motorcycle that can carry 10 passengers sounds uncanny but in the Philippines, such two-wheeled vehicles, known as Habal-Habal, routinely carry up to that many passengers along with their baggage. They are most common in remote villages that have rough and narrow roads. The ride is often used by farmers taking their goods to market.
Habal-Habal is a
'Yahoo brings Vikas @ Home' is a brand new 52-week video series from Yahoo Lifestyle Cuisine. Every week, Masterchef Vikas Khanna will bring you one dish that has made a difference in his life; as he shares the recipe, he will also share his experiences and stories behind that recipe. Stay tuned for an exciting 52-week journey with Chef Vikas.
EPISODE 21: LAWRENCE GARDEN PANEER PAKORA
This week, Chef Vikas shares memories of being his grandmother's apprentice. Lawrence Garden was the first restaurant they opened. While the original restaurant closed when Chef Vikas moved to the US, some recipes, like this one, will always remain close to his heart.
Read More »from Vikas@Home: Lawrence Garden Paneer Pakoda
1 cup gram flour (besan)
1 heaped teaspoon carom seeds
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
Salt to taste
500 gm cottage cheese cut into 1/3 inch thick slices
2 large tomatoes, finely sliced
Oil for deep frying
2 cups breadcrumbs
3 teaspoons chaat masala
1. In a mixing bowl, combine gram
- Lucky Magazine | SHE – Tue 22 Apr, 2014 12:49 AM IST
by Hillary McDaniels
Becoming a princess overnight: it's something we've likely all dreamt about since childhood. But since the likelihood of us becoming the next Princess Grace or Duchess Kate is pretty low, we'll just have to settle with daydreaming about what we would do if we were suddenly royal. From the jewels to the gowns to the official portraits, being regal comes with tons of amazing-not to mention incredibly stylish-perks.
In honor of Queen Elizabeth's 88th birthday today, we're taking a look at her stunning personal jewelry collection-along with a couple of the most famous coronation crowns. Click through above to marvel at these incredible family heirlooms with us, and let us know what you'd wear if you became instant royalty!
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When my sister and I were little, our dad would announce his arrival every evening by whistling outside the window. It was a ritual; we would hear his Rajdoot motorcycle rumble to a stop, and then the familiar whistle would follow. My sister and would leave everything we were doing and rush out to greet him.
My dad recently celebrated his 60th birthday. "I have finally become a senior citizen," he exclaimed to me. We have both seen each other grow older, through my teen tantrums, leaving home for studies, and marriage, and through his innumerable official trips, transfers and his illnesses. But every now and then, when I watch a video such as this one, I cannot help but be transported to the beautiful days of old; a simple time when my father would come home from work, much to the glee of my sister and I.
Whether you have a dad or you are a dad, this video is sure to bring back some memories. Share them with us. Leave your comments in the space below.
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