My Name Journey: An Indian Woman with a Western Name, Returned

My parents are traditional Brahmins from Northern India. They immigrated to Canada and birthed and raised their five children there. Four daughters and a son. (Oh, the burden within a largely patriarchal Indian society!) I am the last born of this particular parade, and the only one who happened to be given a western name, after the first four were given traditional Sanskrit names. The funny thing is that I am the only one that is connected to their tradition on a spirit level. … More My Name Journey: An Indian Woman with a Western Name, Returned

“You looks like Indian” – The Fine Balance of Being an Indian from the West, While Living in India

I have both travelled through and lived in Mother India several times, anywhere from three months to a year at a time, and each time I still find myself working on the balance of being an Indian born in the west, while journeying in the east. Because you see, I know better. Or at least, I should. Or so that’s what I’m told, in various direct and indirect forms. … More “You looks like Indian” – The Fine Balance of Being an Indian from the West, While Living in India

Be A Solo Woman Traveller in India, It’s OK

The truth is I’ve met countless western women who clearly have a longing to travel to the Mother Land. But. They don’t. Why? Fear. Fear for their safety. Fear of the unknown. Fear they won’t be able to hack the “assault on the senses,” they’ve heard so much about. But mostly fear of the local men, considering local rape is rampant (92 women raped daily in India, according to National Crime Records Bureau 2013). … More Be A Solo Woman Traveller in India, It’s OK