Process Reflection for Multi Modal project

After listening to the audio recordings from my interview with Professor Samarth, I had a theme in mind upon which I wanted to base the multi-modal project. The Professor had talked about his cultural shifts after moving to the United States and how he held Indian culture as the centre of his beliefs. Keeping that…

Portfolio reflection letter

Dear Portfolio Review Committee Members, Coming from a country where English is not the first language, I was anxious taking the ENG-101 course because I had very limited experience writing in different genres, catering to a specific audience and clearly focusing on the purpose of writing. However, as the end of the semester approaches, I…

A review of the food at Chatpati: Simply dosa-licious!

Coming from India, my expectations of finding good Indian food in Atlanta were not very high. I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to Chatpati where the food not only exceeded my expectation, but left me craving for more. Chatpati is a small, family-owned eatery in Patel plaza, which is an open air marketplace, located…

Process reflection for the interview

The first step I took while composing the interview article was to organize the ideas I got after going through my transcription of the interview audio. I listed bullet points of the themes and thoughts I wanted my article to incorporate before deciding a structure of how to portray them effectively in an order that…

Part of where you’re going is knowing where you’re coming from

“I moved here very late in my life. I was almost 35 years old. By this age, a person tends to develop certain values and beliefs that become central to our identity. Adapting to the culture and lifestyle of an immigrant was harder for me because of this reason. The learning process was not easy,…

The Strong pull of nostalgia: A review of “Swades”

Swades is a movie that’s different from conventional Bollywood dramas. It’s not a family-centric comedy, neither is it a romantic movie filled with choreographed dance sequences. It is based on themes that can often go unnoticed. The nostalgia faced by the diasporic population, the dire poverty of villages in India, the caste system, and lastly, an…

Diasporic life in Jhumpa Lahiri’s works

These stories written by Jhumpa Lahiri resonate themes related to immigrant life. The interpreter of maladies focusses on the cultural divide between Indians and Indian immigrants whereas the third and final continent explores the struggles which many immigrants in a new country face. While the exact descriptions and details of Lahiri’s writing may not be…

An interview with an International Student

Interviewer: Praniti Mehta Interviewee: Srivats Agarwal          Srivats came to Emory University from Kolkata, India in the August of 2016 to pursue a liberal arts education. He believes that the idea of choosing what you want to study as you go through college and explore various subject matters is a brilliant concept. Back home,…

A report on Sonya Quintanilla’s presentation

20th February 2017   The Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) department along with the department of Art history arranged a talk on paintings from Mughal India in the Carlos museum. The honorable guest speaker was Sonya Quintanilla who is the curator of the Indian and Southeast Asian art wing of the Cleveland museum…

Remembering Partition: An alternative view to history

The book “Remembering Partition” brings to light the volatile period that marked the end of the British rule in the Indian subcontinent. The partition of India and Pakistan has been written about by Pandey from a different perspective. He claims there to be two versions of history: The historian’s history and a survivor’s account. In…

Lifestyles of the British and the Indians: A stark contrast

The British living in India included servants of the government, officials, army officers and their families. Over a period of time, the British established themselves as superior to the Indians in terms of status because they belonged to the ruling class. The masses were oppressed and helpless. The differences in income arose from the systematic…

The Scandal of Empire

The chapter claims that the very roots of the British Empire started with scandal. The main purpose of the chapter is to establish that scandal random rampant in the ranks of the East India company and the set-up of the British in India. The exploitation by Lord Clive and Lord Hastings were the only ones…