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New Desi Comedy on CBS

CBS has a new Borat style comedy show based on an immigrant Desi family – *A docu-comedy about a family from Kashmir and the humorous interactions they have with unsuspecting Americans.*


Watch the pilot on CBS’s Innertube. There are 4 parts.

YouTube clips of the show – http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=papdits

Your thoughts?

I didn’t care for it much at first… but upon watching it again I actually think it’s pretty funny.


Credits: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0826772/fullcredits#writers


December 8, 2006 Posted by | perspectives | 3 Comments

Muslim sitcom?

So, looks like a sitcom based on being Muslim in post-9/11 North America is in the works. “Little Mosque on the Prairie” is an attempt by its creators (both Muslim and not) to comedically protray stereotypes of Muslims in a manner which will make “Muslims and non-Muslims laugh.”

From the recent NYTimes article: “In an earnest manner not atypical of Canadians, one goal of the show is to explain Muslim behavior, or at least make Muslims seem less peculiar, much as humor about Jews, Italians or gays helped those groups assimilate.”

It’s a good idea, but should be interesting to see if they could pull it off — a Muslim series that actually isn’t cheesy or of amateur material, and at the same time translated in a way everyone can join in on the humour. Guess we just have to wait and see.

Read more about it here

December 8, 2006 Posted by | perspectives | 9 Comments

Sub-continental Sex

ash and hritik kiss

Um…some interesting scientific data on condoms being too big for Indian men? Also, Ash is busted for an onscreen kiss!

1) “A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men.” What do our guys have to say about that? Read more on bbc.

2) Who knew there is a law against kissing in public in India? Apparently it’s considered to be an obscenity.

“Bollywood megastar Aishwarya Rai, described by Julia Roberts as ‘the world’s most beautiful woman,’ committed the egregious sin of kissing her leading man, Hrithik Roshan, in her latest Bollywood movie, ‘Dhoom 2.'”

Ash gets cited in criminal case.

December 8, 2006 Posted by | RandomDesi, Relationships | 3 Comments

Clooney Goes Bollywood?

clooney goes bollywood

Be still, my beating dil.

Looks like the sexiest man in the world has his eye set on conquering Mumbai. Yes, ladies (and gents who might be interested for whatever reason), it seems George Clooney has been bitten by the Bollywood Bug.


Could we someday see the sexiest man alive shaking a leg for an hour or four in “Jab Kabhi Kabhi Kuch Kuch Ho Na Ho to Dhoom Machake Alvida Na Kehna Munnabhai” (JKKKKHNHTDMANKM for short) or some other such spectacle? Watch out, Shah Rukh.

December 7, 2006 Posted by | Film, RandomDesi | 2 Comments

Tribe in India more progressive than Maryland?

lesbian wedding in india

An Indian tribe has given its consent to a lesbian ‘marriage’ in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

A priest belonging to the Kandha tribe led the ceremony between Wetka Polang, 30, and Melka Nilsa, 22, in Koraput district recently.

Both the women are day labourers and now live together in Dandabadi village.

Same-sex relationships are outlawed in India. The 145-year-old colonial Indian Penal Code clearly describes a same sex relationship as an “unnatural offence”

Read on.


December 7, 2006 Posted by | perspectives, Relationships | 2 Comments

Vogue, coming to a rickshaw near you!

Guess what, kiddies?

Vogue is launching in India. Surprise surprise.

As if it wasn’t bad enough that starbucks was making its way over there.

Strike a pose!

Read more here.


December 5, 2006 Posted by | Beauty, Fashion&Clothing | 7 Comments

Progression in Pakistan Parental Rights?

I found this to be an interesting piece of news considering an article I wrote last year on international parental child abduction. Beyond the details, what’s interesting is the Pakistani courts ruling – is it a sign of progression or conformation?

What’s progressive is that Pakistan is realizing there is a problem and taking steps to rectify the situation (even if it’s only with the UK at this time). However, I’m not sure this case was the best to be made an example of.

BBC article last week: Court victory for Misbah’s mother

My article in MuslimWakeUp! last year: Escaping Pakistan

December 4, 2006 Posted by | perspectives, Social Justice, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The Fair and Lovely Prototype (part 2)

“Don’t play outside in the sun, you’ll get dark.”

“She’s so pretty, so fair and slim.”

We’ve all heard the familiar phrases. The idea of being fair and lovely is ingrained in our heads before we can even formulate complete sentences. Divanee Magazine published an article titled, “The Fair and Lovely Prototype” in 2004. An excerpt is below.

“Although South Asian women in the United States have now become more highly educated and career-oriented than ever, they are still entrapped by society’s unrealistic expectations and silent but deadly physical norms. We have assimilated ourselves into Western society, yet still retained the portion of Eastern mentality which can be so damaging to a woman’s self worth and self-esteem.”

We love the new Dove campaign. Check out the video below. If the link does not work then click here.

December 1, 2006 Posted by | Beauty | 5 Comments