Tag | The Desi Tag

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'Desi' derives from the sanskrit word 'desa' which means country or land.  It is often a broad term to refer to any individuals from the south asian countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka.  This blog should encompass everyone but I do believe there is always a niche to fill in the blogging world.  Therefore, I wanted to do this tag so you guys can get to know me and my roots that little bit better.  

Which Desi Country are you from?
I am from Hyderabad, India.  

Can you tell us a little about you and your family? 
My whole family speaks Telugu but my ancestors migrated from Hyderabad to Chennai and New Delhi.

What does your name mean?
Moonlight! I love my name, even though it's spelt funny.

A must-see place in your country?
This one is a toughy.  I don't want to say the quintessential Taj Mahal though I do highly recommend it- it is a breath-taking monument.  The craftsmanship is second to none.  Nevertheless, when I visited India and was blessed to have toured it, I fell in love with Jaipur and my favorite tourist destination was the Jal Mahal.  How can I not adore the pink city?

Which Desi languages do you speak?
I can speak Telugu fairly fluently, but I can sort of understand and talk my way through Hindi and Tamil.  I sound like an infant just learning how to speak, however it's better than nothing.  

What is your favorite Desi food?
This is such a hard one since all desi food is good food.  My go-to is anything with 'palak' which is spinach.  Therefore, I have to say palak paneer with garlic and butter naan or palak dosa.

What do you think describes you best as a desi?
The fact that I add achaar (pickle) to everything.  Especially Mr. Naga pickle.  I would happily carry it in my purse all day if I weren't afraid of spills or smells.  Oh and I do Bollywood Dance. 

Name one household item that best represents your culture? 
Believe it or not, we do not have a standard spice tin.  But we do have many books in our native language dotted around the house in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.  In addition, we have a huge plastic box with all of our desi occasion-wear vacuum packed inside.

What song reminds you of your country? 
Oh my goodness.  Does anyone remember Made in India by Alisha Chinai? That song by far.

A tip for smart-street shopping in your country?
Haggle haggle haggle.  And always use the line 'Well there is a guy around the corner selling it for less so I guess I will just go there' - works every time.  

What is your favorite desi movie and why?
I love all of Bansali's films because he is a genius at setting the scene, environment, and atmosphere.  Therefore, one of my favorite movies has to be Ram-Leela, and not just because I have performed to Naaga Sang Dhol more times than I can count.  A classic movie that has remained my favorite that I always rewatch is Dil Toh Pagal Hai which is a Yash Chopra movie and was the first bollywood film I've ever seen.  

Who is your favorite bollywood hero/heroine?
This one is hard.  Of all time, without competition, it's Madhuri Dixit.  However, I do think Ranveer Singh's films are more impressive, especially as he is working with Bansali.  And with that I would have to say Deepica Padukone for the same reason but I do love Priyanka Chopra for her philanthropy. 

What would your dream wedding be like?
I would be wearing simple jewellery, henna, Christian Louboutin heels and Sabyasachi Anarkali in burgundy or deep red, and it would be a small wedding with my loved ones instead of a huge get-together to keep the ceremony intimate.  

What is partying in your country like? 
I've never partied in my country to say but whenever it is a new festival, the atmosphere is phenomenal, colourful, and lively. 

If you could meet one known desi person, who would you like to meet?
This is a tough one.  I think I would like to meet Masaba because as a fashion designer she's very inspirational.  In addition, I would like to meet Sabiyasachi because he is just the King of Couture when it comes to Asian occasion wear.  Other desi individuals would include Raxstar, Imran Khan, and Niraj Chag for their music and Deepica Mutyala as I am a huge fan. And lastly, but far from the least, Madhuri Dixit. 

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