I like Barbie Kali

Barbie Kali

Naturally, there are plenty of Indians offended by this art but I’m not one of them. My only quibble is the blond hair, which just doesn’t work with the blue skin.

I’m curious how many other Indian-Americans out there just thought that our gods & goddesses were Kooler Than Jesus (see what I did there – besides dating myself…).

Walking on water is pretty cool; so is parting the Red Sea. Turning water into wine didn’t sound cool until I hit college.

I will smote thee down with my 3rd eye...

But our gods could disintegrate you with one glance from their third eye (Shiva).

Or throw lightning bolts (Indra).

Or just kick-ass in combat (Durga).

Super strength was a given; so was the ability to increase in size as needed.

We had multiple arms (Kali, Durga), often with weapons.


The ability to grant luck/good fortune (Lakshmi, Ganesh).

And be a font of straight-up destruction (Kali, Shiva).

Plus – we had the monkey god Hanuman, who could fly, had super strength (he once brought back a whole mountain when he couldn’t figure out which herb he was looking for) and was a walking encyclopedia.

And – joy of joys – I just googled, looking for a picture of Hanuman and found that his story has been animated using the original Amar Chitra Katha style – here’s the part where he brings the mountain back:


In case you’re wondering, that’s the sun he’s got stashed in his bogol.

Our deities had superhero powers and I would’ve LOVED to have a Shiva & Kali action figures to play with as a kid. Superman and Wonder Woman have no chance against them – and neither does Jesus.

It’s no wonder I liked superheroes growing up.

Source: Virgin Mary, Jesus and Saints as Barbie dolls by Argentinian artists Pool Paolini y Marianela Perelli – Swide

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Arp Laszlo

Hi, I’m Arp! I make comics and write about life as an Indian-American with late-diagnosis ADHD. I’m a self-taught and self-employed creator so I write a lot about art, learning, and entrepreneurial stuff that I’ve picked up along the way.

My stories are kinda weird, because that’s just how I am. My formative influences are Indian mythology, Batman, Tintin, 70s Bollywood, Ray Harryhausen, and Monty Python. There’s no way anything normal could come out of that, right?

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