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Finding Deś in the City

January 22, 2010

Someday, a friend from another planet will say to me, “I’m visiting Earth next week, but I only have three days there. Which city should I land in?” I know my answer will be, “New York.” I also know that when my alien friend walks out of JFK airport and stands in line for a taxi, there is a one in three chance that she will be allotted a taxi with a South Asian driver. There is also a one in five chance that the driver will be a turbaned Sikh, from Punjab.

When I first landed in New York, I lucked out on both counts. That was my first taste of Deś in the City. Over the following months, I have made it my mission to ferret out all things South Asian in the City. Anish Kapoor has been viewed at the Guggenheim. Desi food has been sampled at both Lexington Avenue and the East Village. Sun dried tomatoes, mexican peppers and sour cream have all been put to work in my Desi kitchen. I suffer pangs of homesickness when I see Desi   handicrafts at flea markets, or signs for Yoga centers. I have already added the Desilicious parties to my calendar, so I can go shake my a** to some Bollywood dhikchik-dhikchik.

I have decided to record all these things faithfully on this blog, for the benefit of all my future alien friends. But if you happen to have an interest in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, and find this blog useful, I don’t mind. And if you are Desi yourself, I’d love to know how you found your Deś in the City.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 10:19 am

    Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please 🙂

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