Jay Leno and the Golden Temple

Feb 27, 2012

by Rajshree Solanki So have you heard the one about Jay Leno and the Golden Temple? A recent sketch on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (aired January 19th) featured a clip of the Republican candidates and their summer homes. The last image was supposed to be the summer home of Mitt Romney. The image […]

It Must Be That Time of Year!

May 9, 2011

by Rajshree Solanki “Raj! Lauren was taught a song at school,” Lauren peeked behind her grandmother’s legs and sheepishly looked at me.  “Her friend’s mother came into class and taught them an Indian song.  Lauren, would you like to sing it to Raj?” Five year old Lauren nodded slightly and came from around her grandmother’s […]

Dr. Mehta Found a Lump

Oct 7, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki Dr. Mehta found a lump my mom’s breast. I just found this out after calling my sister to wish her a happy birthday. “Did Dad tell you that Mom is going to Surgical Associates tomorrow because of a lump in her breast? “What?” “Dr. Mehta found a lump and decided to send […]

I say American. You say I’m not: Part I

Sep 21, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki “Where are you from?” is such an innocent question. People come from all over the place to work and live in DC. It’s a way to break the ice. I’ve been living in the DC area for 10 years, and when I hear that question, it seems innocent. Is it really an […]

Something to Chew On…

Aug 16, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki I’ve noticed around the DC area that more people are bringing in their lunches in tiffins. Tiffins have become an eco-friendly, hip way of bringing your curry chicken salad sandwich. For me, a tiffin just reminds me of my childhood and feeling different from everyone else. In My Big Fat Greek Wedding, […]

The Peabody Essex Museum and the Indian American Community: A Case Study on Community Consultation

Aug 4, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki I had gone up to Salem, Mass., for work and was lucky enough to have some time to stroll around the Peabody Essex Museum’s India Gallery. Upon entry to the exhibition Faces of Devotion: Indian Sculpture from the Figiel Collection, I was greeted by bronze sculptures of Shiva and Durga dressed in […]

Vox: Prejudices in Sound

Jun 9, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki So what’s in a voice? Does your demeanor change when you hear on the other end of the phone a person with an Indian accent helping your computer, banking, or other issues? [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption=" "][/caption] Indian people are fully aware of what their accents sound like. Because of that, […]

Cultural Transitions… or Should That be Transmissions?

Apr 28, 2010

by Rajshree Solanki Asking an Indian American what it’s like to be an Indian American, is like asking a fish what its like to be wet. I don’t know. How do you define yourself? Is it the clothes with the matching bindis and bracelets? The speaking of tongues … many, many tongues? Maybe making that […]