On my way to work today the cover of AM New York caught my eye.
On jackson heights: “”We’ve put 74th Street on the map,” said Dass, a former president of the Jackson Heights Merchant Association. “This area was not known before. But now, it is known all around the world. Last year, Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg visited here three times.”
The Big Brother/Shilpa Shetty controversy is making more headlines than Ashwariya and Abishek’s wedding announcement.
India has stopped manufacturing Jade Goody’s perfume.
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You can watch the episodes on youtube
What do you think? Ignorance or racism? According to ITN News, it’s a debate that has sparker a bigger reaction than Saddam Hussein’s hanging. Apparently 70X more complaints have been about the shilpa shetty treatment than the hanging.
Paris-Nicole? So yesterday. Jennifer-Angelina? Who cares anymore.
Looks like we’re so starved for juicy celebrity spats here in the US that Stephen Colbert had to poke around Bollywood to find a good one. Amitabh vs. Shah Rukh: Whose side are YOU on? After analyzing all the facts, Colbert finally picked one.
If you want to skip the rest of Colbert’s insightful, thought-provoking commentary and get right to the (hilarious) masala, jump ahead to the point where there’s 1:51 left in the clip.
For those of you pay $10 for each desi and arab channels you subscribe to on the satellite dish, someone (a non-desi) just forwarded me this site because I just came back from Pakistan.
Once you register you can watch MTV Pakistan, Zee TV, Al-Jazeera International and much much more!
Check it out:
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
I didn’t care for it much at first… but upon watching it again I actually think it’s pretty funny.
BUT WHERE ARE THE BROWN PEOPLE IN THE WRITING AND PRODUCING CREDITS? HUH? HUH? HUH?
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
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.'”
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.
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”