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Mirza, Sahiba and the wise old men..

Punjab is one of the most beautiful states in India. What place in India isn’t great already? There’s a life experience on every stone…

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Now that we Like BlackLives Can I finally be Brown? – Indian Girl

From Racism in the UK to Colourism in India, we’ve always been told to be more “white”, I think it’s time to be “brown”.

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What Being Half-White Taught Me.

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This is the best novel on Indian culture I’ve ever read

I haven’t seen many people reading novels written by Indian authors or books about the Indian culture. I don’t know the reason for it, but I think there are some great reads among them. I came across this particular book “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi, when Reese Witherspoon recommended it in her book club.

For those who aren’t familiar with what henna is, it’s a pattern that’s usually drawn on hands by a thick brown herbal paste. The print stays for about a week and it’s a must have at a “rich and elegant” Indian festival.

The story’s based on a 30-year-old woman called “Lakshmi” living in Jaipur during the 1950’s after running away from her abusive husband. She draws henna patterns for the elite women of the society. One day she meets her sister whom she didn’t know existed until then. Her life becomes a roller-coaster ride after that.

Why I love this book so much is because it’s so colorful and everything’s perfectly elaborated. The colors of flowers, fragrances of sweets, feel so real. Joshi also shows the nature of the Indian society driven by the cast system and the way it’s affecting this woman’s life as she fights for her place by herself.

I finished this book in just two days. It was that good. I highly recommend it and I invite everybody to enjoy it.


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My name is Meera.

When you look at me, What do you see?

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