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Thursday, August 12 2004

Beyond the Horse and Carriage: Understanding Arranged Marriage

The arranged marriage is in fact far from a single, monolithic institution, but rather a range of ideas and practices that can mean many things to many different people.


Wednesday, July 14 2004

Sexuality on the Subcontinental Screen

From Bollywood's latest, raciest song and dance numbers to the newly released, controversial Girlfriend's, it's going to take a lot more than these types of frivolous female exhibitions -- two lesbians making out, the token 'loose' woman character slinking sinuously through a crude dance routine -- to signal the arrival of an honest treatment of sexuality to Indian cinema.


Wednesday, June 16 2004

You Are What You Wear?

Can one wear clothes from other places without comprising one's own cultural integrity?


Wednesday, April 28 2004

Whose World Cinema?

The language of 'world cinema' is highly reductive, often compressing all artistic decisions made in a film from another country into irreversible inferred statements about the singular essence of that entire country or culture itself.


Wednesday, February 11 2004

Wickets and Missiles

The cultural flexibility for which South Asian cricket stands... is what will ultimately turn away the dark forces of the war-mongering, chauvinist nationalists.


Thursday, December 18 2003

Beauty Queens and Fairness Creams

Their true significance in the context of modern Indian society lies in the fact that behind their chiseled, smiling faces lies a wave of an almost terrifyingly aggressive commercialism.


Tuesday, October 21 2003

Fantastic Trash, Modular Man, and the Postcolonial City

While the city of Chandigarh -- modular man -- marched visibly, unabashedly into scientific modernity, Nek Chand -- the trash man -- began secretly transforming his odd collection of junk into art.


Tuesday, September 23 2003

On Film Stars, Politicians, and Gods

Sometimes, when reality gets too unreal, you have to let unreality become real.


Wednesday, August 20 2003

1-800-Call-Center: India as the World’s Receptionist

Many Indians are now merely perceived as better equipped to serve Western companies.


Thursday, July 24 2003

Crossing Borders, Writing Back: The Work of Arundhati Roy and Mahasweta Devi

Novelists across generations and national borders have had feet planted simultaneously in the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, creative writing and journalism.


Thursday, June 26 2003

From the Harvest Festival to HOVA—Bhangra Meets Hip-Hop

Bhangra enters the American popular consciousness . . . and a new hip-hop anthem is born.


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