Like most people, I believed 2020 would, in some way, be my year or at least be the start of something great that I would ride into the new decade. The latter half of 2019 was arguably one of the best years of my life. I was experiencing new things, exploring new areas, and enjoying as much as I could before I was to hit the ground running on my professional career; however, the plans I had dreamt of, hoped for were never really came to fruition due to COVID-19.
I implore you to think before you start pressuring young women and men in the community – is this what YOU want or is this what THEY want? Why is it that you’re so quick to judge women and not men? Why do we have to stoop to their level to get something accomplished? Why can’t we be better?
It’s been weeks since the pandemic has consumed our lives, but it’s been months since the virus decided to infiltrate our it. We’re in the middle of… Read more “Why I’m staying quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic & what you can actually do”
This was the year where I was able to go back to my roots in Kerala, India (and not as the ‘first Malayalee Miss India Washington’), and really see the fruits of the efforts a passionate group of Malayalee-Americas were able to accomplish (The FOMAA Village), and actually meet the families of the lives we forever changed.
I write this piece as I know many first and second-generation Indian Americans leave our cultural communities and live their lives outside of these groups just fine. I envy them. Perhaps it was because of my upbringing, but not matter how many times I try to walk away – I find myself always coming back as I am a person who believes in the power of community, and it was through this community where I procured most of my talents and interests.
Historically, South Asian cultures embodied a very patriarchal society. Women hardly ever took the chance to voice an outstanding opinion about anything – including their own life. Unfortunately, this mindset has carried on and into the lives of our so proclaimed “modern day South Asians.”
I’ve grown to realize when working in organizations, it’s tough for individuals like myself to stand up for ourselves and what we believe in due to certain gaps – cultural, generational, egotistical, etc.
our people must make room to allow diversity in the leadership we look up to. Being bilingual is not more important than character and competency. Make space for second-generation leadership and be proud of the inter-generational community we carry.
Ever since I wrote my first piece here, it feels like ages since I’ve written a post referencing back to the origins as to why I decided… Read more “A Forever ‘American Born Proud Desi’”
The issues I will talk about are both temporal (generational, tradition vs. modernity) and spatial (geography, environment). First & Second Generation Indian-Americans are Indian and American, trying to balance… Read more “The Juxtaposition of Indian-American Culture”