The Style of the Subcontinent

A look at Desi Style

Month: August, 2013

Desi Art for the Home

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Recently I was looking for a housewarming gift for a friend, who had lived in Bombay (you can’t make me say Mumbai!) for a while. Naturally I turned to Designwali for some desi art inspiration and I found quite a few great ideas and then I stumbled on MoochChaap’s Etsy store.  I love all their Bombay inspired pieces and in the end, I think I may just get these for myself instead of my friend. Don’t worry, I found some good stuff that I think she will like as well.

These pieces were inspired by the Art Deco New India Assurance Building and I love, love, love the clean lines and the architectural drawing feel of the prints but most of all, it just evokes so much nostalgia in me for my student days in the YWCA in Colaba.  They also have some great graphic Animal prints as well as a series on Hindu Gods. I really, really love the series on Mumbai Transport – this is where I’m having a tough time making up my mind. Get them all right?


Archie Panjabi/Kalinda Sharma


Kalinda is the third side of the triangle of cool desi women on TV, I guess. I’ve been trying to figure out who else is on TV after reading this article and reading this quote

Of course, black and white are not the only colors of diversity. In recent years, there’s been a startling, largely unheralded boom of South Asian characters, thanks to writers and actors such as “The Office” ’s Mindy Kaling, “Parks and Recreation” ’s Aziz Ansari, and “Community” ’s Danny Pudi, along with characters on “Smash,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Whitney,” and “The Good Wife.” (At times I’ve wondered if this isn’t a psychic workaround: is brown safer than black?)

and really, of course apart from all the names mentioned here, the only other desi person I can think of is Padma Lakshmi.

Anyway, the first time I saw Archie Panjabi was in Bend It Like Beckham, which is one of my favorite movies  of all time. She’s the goody-good older sister Pinky and it was a little electric shock when I recognised her on the Good Wife. Such a kick ass character Kalinda Sharma is. She is the one embodying “subcontinental style” here.

I didn’t really want to do this post because I really can’t find anything much on Archie Panjabi, (like I couldn’t even really figure out where this picture is from); which is sort of nice because it means I can see only Kalinda when I’m watching TV but I’d like to know more about her too. Does anyone have any links to interviews about here?

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