Bollywood likes to try new stories every once in a while, but I do believe that there's a classic recipe amongst brown people for a box office win. While I can't give you all the ingredients, the essentials are no secret: Ultimately it has to be about family relations. Someone has to get married. Someone… Continue reading How To Make A Great Hindi Movie
Allow me to explain what being a smoker feels like; Imagine you're opening a tap, and you dip your finger into the stream. A glass is filled with crystal clear water. To the touch, the water is cold, but on your tongue, the water is foreign. It is not quenching or sustaining anything but your… Continue reading Smoking a cigarette: a flame at one end, and a fool at the other.
A feature on Zahrina Valley. Aamir Khan's recent Indian movie, Secret Superstar, has come to South African cinema. Amidst the familiar popcorn and the klanks of Suncoast casino comes a movie about a Muslim girl who finds a passion in singing. Except, she has to keep it a secret. The idea of a Muslim girl… Continue reading Could this be Cape Town’s latest vocal star?
Ah yes! We are the generation of feeling awkward and uncomfortable in perfectly normal social situations. A perfect example is, when I’m asked of my welfare by an unfamiliar group of people, I supply them with the history and nature of potatoes, rather than a simple ‘’I’m okay’’. I’ve been told on numerous occasions that… Continue reading Situations that turn me into a socially awkward penguin.
Being angry seems to be a bit of a cycle. You get angry about some injustice, then people start being weary of you because they don’t like angry people, then you get more angry because you’re now angry and you’re alone. You even get angry for being angry! I get it. I run a Woc… Continue reading Laments of A Mad Brown Woman.
Let's take a Lal Qilla Supreme Sella Indian Basmati Rice - and the bag it is presented in; On the official Lal Qilla website, it states that the word 'Basmati' has a Hindi origin, meaning the ‘Queen of Fragrance’. The rice is produced in the foothills of the Himalayas in India. The website also states that the rice… Continue reading Don’t talk to me – talk to my Basmati.
According to some brown communities, there are three stages in a girl’s life. The first, when she is too young for marriage, the second, when she’s ready for marriage, and the third, when she’s past her prime and is considered a lonely spinster (bring on the cats!). Far too many times I have come across… Continue reading The appropriate age for marriage?
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The Miss World pageant started in 1951, and has since been surprisingly less unbiased in their candidate selection and winners than you’d think, what with the history of the world and all. In its fourth year running, Egyptian born Antigone Constanda was crowned queen, and if you ask me, that’s a pretty progressive choice for… Continue reading Reita to Manushi: A Recap of India’s Most Renowned International Pageant Winners
Brown people love drama, hey. You never see those 'doom doom tananas' going out of style on our shows. We also really love beauty. But what Indian culture really loves, is Eurocentric beauty. So what is Eurocentric beauty? It’s when being beautiful is defined by looking like a white person. Look at the features of… Continue reading The Brown and the Beautiful