Thursday, January 1, 2009
If that isn't magical, I don't know what is. Stay tuned for what hopefully will be a more eventful year here at Hadji.
Oh, and welcome back to the country, SM.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It was bound to happen. The glitz of globalization provides its own culturalThe call center is the new go-to stereotype about India, and India, unfortunately, seems to have embraced it whole-heartedly. What at first might have been an interesting observation about India's middle class has transformed into a trite source of humor about Indians trying their hardest to mimic the West. Jokes about fake names and accents from the American media can sometimes be disturbing, and I can't help but be reminded of the colonial Babu figure, the Indian who tried his hardest to be British, only to turn into a source of comedy because of his hopeless inability to overcome his inherent Indianness. Hollywood has produced it's equivalent to Bollywood's outsourcing comedies with the new film The Other End of The Line, starring some dude from Desperate Housewives and Shriya Saran, one of the Tamil film industries most successful actresses. The film deals with an Indian call center worker who travels to America to find her true love and escape her oppressive parents and blah blah blah blah. I doubt the movie's going to do that well, honestly, so I don't think we have much to worry about, but still...
cliches. The call center is the most widely shared temptation among the
chroniclers of new India," said S. Prasannarajan, editor-at-large of the popular
English-language magazine India Today. "For the metaphor hunters of Indian
popular culture and fiction, the call center has replaced the old snake charmer.
Monday, October 20, 2008
So I've been M.I.A. for a while, but I felt it was extremely important that I bring some attention to an online project called 42 Writers for Liberty. 42 British writers have each written extremely short pieces of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction to protest legislative action that might increase the amount of time a prisoner can be held in Britain without prosecution. I particularly recommend Tahmima Anam and Nadeem Aslam's contributions, though all of them are worth reading. I always like to see projects like this that combine art and political protest, and I think that this project is a great effort.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"And it is permitted to be said such things as, 'well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.' Well the correct answer is he is not a Muslim. He is a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: what if he is? Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? The answer's no. That's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president?"Finally, someone has publicly made this point! And people will hear! Colin Powell just may be influential enough for both Republicans and Democrats to think twice about this statement.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Navratri starts this Tuesday. Hit up your favorite Garba/Raas, especially the ISA/Satyam one next Saturday (October 4th)
- Heroes in real life!
- Hatchet writes an article on how weird our school is. Can someone tell me the point of this?
- Vern still sucks.
- UPD might be packin' heat.
- Hadji is now read here, here, and here.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Seriously, the flavors are absolutely delicious. The best part is the patient ladies behind the counter that let you sample whatever flavor you like before you buy. I find it most satisfying mixing a creamy flavor with something fruity; Your taste buds will hook you up with their hottest friends for doing them such a big favor. The other best part is that it's quite far up Wisconsin Avenue (Wait, what? It's good that it's far? Are you on drugs, Hadji??). No, Hadji is not on drugs, but the inaccessibility makes it a great place to gather friends and hike up to, and since it's not close by, it won't get old.
So, while the weather's still nice, gather your friends (or that girl you've been
Dolcezza: Artisanal Gelato is located at 1560 Wisconsin Ave, with other locations around the city. DolcezzaGelato.com
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Arundhati Roy looks beautiful and mysterious in the 1998 portrait of her, taken after her success with her brilliant (and so far, only) novel The God of Small Things. A slightly senior South Asian Literary Superstar on display is Nirad Chaudhuri, whose beam and bowler instantly made me think of the Kooky Senile Uncle who always insists on giving you toffees that may or may not be decades old and you have to accept them because he's just so darn nice and also he's your Elder.
The portrait of Salman Rushdie (which I can't find online so now you have to go to the exhibit!) is dramatically lit, almost lampooning his intense, fatwa-garnering persona. A sense of peace radiates from him though, and it's a great example of Avedon's ability to capture the soul of his subjects.
Overall, fans of Avedon's early, much revered fashion photography for Harper's Bazaar may be disappointed, for this show is focused solely on the intervening years, when he grew as a photographer and developed an interest in politics and war. Perhaps the most striking, and harrowing, juxtaposition of photographs is the grinning "most decorated soldier" in Vietnam with the large closeup of the disfigured face of a Vietnamese woman who survived a napalm bombing attack.
Avedon's famous biennial-election marking portfolio of the 69 most important figures of the Washington establishment of 1976 is also on display. Titled "The Family," it is perhaps the best display of his minimalist, revealing portraiture style, with a number of familiar faces to boot(Ralph Nader, Bush Sr., Donald Rumsfeld).
His last assignment for the New Yorker, which was left unfinished due to his 2004 death from a brain hemmorrhage, was a chronicle of the US during the months leading up to that year's presidential election. Selected photographs from that collection, "On Democracy" are definitely worth checking out, both for Avedon's rare forays into color photography and for the relevance to this year's election.
Ultimately, the show has great selections from Avedon's career. In particular, I think the Vietnam-era photos and his various portraits of protestors and politicans alike will be of interest to everyone.
This is just a short, quick post about two events going on this week and next week that new Indian people on campus should be attending:
Friday the 12th (before you go out and have a livin' spree):
And Next Wednesday the 17th:
Man check that fresh-to-death flier designing.