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Thoughts on Tolkien & writerly advice from the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016

I decided to start reading The Fellowship of the Ring again after many, many years. The last time I read it was in 2001 before the movie came out, in an effort to know & remember the book before the movie potentially spoiled the memory. I didn’t know that I had no reason to worry because Tolkien is a writer who needed to be reeled in by an editor. Trying to read Tolkien is a chore. It’s actually not fun or interesting. You know That Guy in every bar who talks too much about stuff no one cares about? Tolkien is that guy in … Continue reading

Aziz Ansari in India

Aziz Ansari Goes to India

I just finished watching Parks & Recreation last week (boo hoo :() and developed a much greater appreciation for Aziz Ansari over the last few months. The guy is effortlessly funny and entertaining as hell. He just wrote a short article in the New York Times about going back to India for a family wedding that’s worth a quick read: I relate to my cousins in wildly different ways. We all get along well, but it’s easier to connect with some more than with others. Three of them grew up in the States; four were born in India, but later moved to New … Continue reading

“India in a Day” – a crowdsourced film by Google

I came across this recently and it’s a really cool idea. A crowdsourced, user-generated film all on one day – October 15, 2015: India in a Day is a user-generated film all about India, shot in a single day, by you. On Saturday 10th October 2015, you will have 24 hours to capture your story on camera and show us how India is changing. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into a documentary film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and Anurag Kashyap and directed by Richie Mehta. They released a sneak peak video that’s pretty cool: I’m … Continue reading

Outsourced

Review: I watched the Outsourced tv series – and loved it

We got a trial of Hulu a month ago and while seeing what they offered, I noticed Outsourced. It rang a bell; I have a faint memory of seeing the 2006 movie that inspired it but had no idea there was a tv show (we haven’t had cable for at least 10 years). It was a pleasant surprise – an American tv show set in India, with a mostly Indian cast? Hot damn – that’s some progress right there. Or at least I hoped it was progress because there was an excellent chance that the show would suck. Except the show … Continue reading

Barbie Kali

I like 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. But our gods could disintegrate you with one glance from their third eye (Shiva). Or throw lightning bolts … Continue reading

6 Things All Immigrant Kids Experience by AJ+

Yep – I related to most of these, particularly the name thing. My parents chose a name (“Arpan”) that wasn’t spelled anything like the pronunciation (Or-pone) – and it’s pronounced differently depending where in India you are. And while I didn’t have school lunch issues (my mom usually made bad Western sandwiches I didn’t eat), sleepovers and camping were things that Other People Did. I finally went camping for the first time at 24 with my future partner and loved it (now I refuse to camp without a trailer or something to simplify things with 4 kids involved). Dating thankfully … Continue reading

Amitabh Bachchan – the comic book superhero?!

Apparently, my childhood is incomplete because I completely missed a comic book starring Amitabh Bachchan. This man was my idol back when I watched Indian movies – and I only watched his movies, for the most part. I figure that I missed it because it sold out and TV was very limited there in the 80s and it was likely not considered news-worthy. Here’s how the idea was hatched: Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan was the result of an incident that IBH publisher Pammi Bakshi witnessed while she was standing in the balcony of her flat (or so the story goes). Bakshi … Continue reading

Meet the Patels?!

How did I not know about this – an actual movie about Indian-Americans in the theatre?! This is total date night material. In other news, yes – I’ve been awol. Work has kept me busy and now I realize why comic creators have buffers – a completed number of comics that keep things from stopping in case the creator is way too to create one week. I’ve got about 5 strips mapped out that need to get drawn and that should get me back on track. I also have some movies I’d like to discuss (like Bend It Like Beckham, which holds … Continue reading

the silence of our friends

The Silence of Our Friends

Comics are a powerful medium. When I have new graphic novels in the house, I like reading them first thing in the morning with my coffee. Today’s read was The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos (writing) and Nate Powell (art), with the tagline The civil rights struggle was never black and white Starting in 4th grade and until I finished high school, I went to Catholic school. In 1981 we moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, one block from Thomas Hooker School. My parents were happy that I could walk to school and I was looking forward … Continue reading

snakes and ladders

Snakes and Ladders was not just a game…

Anyone who’s spent time in India with family has surely played Snakes & Ladders (and not the wussified Western Chutes & Ladders). It’s a simple game of chance where you roll a die, move the number of spaces defined by the roll and – if you land on square at the bottom of a ladder or a snake’s mouth – move up or down. These days I loathe games of chance where there’s no skill involved but as a kid, Snakes & Ladders was a nice way to pass some time. What I did not know was the history of the game as a … Continue reading

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