The Style of the Subcontinent

A look at Desi Style

Category: TV


Listen, I used to watch WWF as a kid and that goes some way to explain my extreme…uh, fondness for The Rock, but can it also cover why I like John Cena so much? Idk, idk but I was looking at reviews for Blockers which seem positive (yay!) and thats when I stumbled upon two more, new to me, desi women to follow – Sarayu Blue, who also has a comedy on NBC coming out and Geraldine Vishwanathan. Their names link to their instagrams because I couldn’t find anything on Pinterest or Google that was better.


(Flats on new Years? so relatable!)


(Also, I think this dress is the cutest! like a tiny pattu pavada sort of thing)



Tiya Sircar

The real Eleanor on The Good Place is how I’ll probably always think of Tiya Sircar. I also remember her from Master of None. (How disappointing was it that Aziz Ansari was a bad date bordering on rapey? I think he had an ok but thoroughly underwhelming response, I don’t know how much I would enjoy a third season.) Now she is the mom on Alex Inc, (which sadly doesn’t have the greatest reviews) but I really hope she’s like Mindy Kaling and we just see more and more and more of her.

The article that got me thinking about this blog again

From Superhero Shows to Soaps, South Asian Actors Are Taking Over TV
This pilot season, there’s a major boom in South Asian representation—and we’re not just seeing the same old stories anymore.

Madras is Beautiful


My hometown. Wish I could be there.

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?

Hannah Simone


I am in love with Hannah Simone, who plays Cece, Zooey Deschanel’s best friend on New Girl. I loved that Cece Parekh is Indian but it’s not a big deal about her, she’s a whole character, warts and all, (except for the whole arranged marriage storyline at the end of the season which kind of bugged me for so many reasons. I think it resolved itself as well as it could have so there’s that but either way I love, love CeCe.) I never thought much about Hannah Simone herself till I found her instagram stream and saw this picture:

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I mean who hasn’t tried to put egot down? The rest of her instagram stream is funny and sweet too and she just seems so nice. Turns out she used to work for the U.N.,lived all around the world,  and doesn’t put up with a lot of bullshit so yeah now I’m in love with Hannah Simone.

(The gorgeous photos of her are by Darren Ankenman)

Dr. Mindy Lahiri


Mindy Kaling’s alterego is my new style heroine! On her blog Mindy Kaling describes her own ideal style as “80’s aerobics coach meets Maasai tribeswoman,” which I don’t think is strictly accurate but it is pretty hilarious. Anyway, about 40% of the reason I watch The Mindy Project is to see what Mindy is wearing, because I once read somewhere that we were the same size. Anyway it was all very academic until I discovered The Mindy Project Style where they actually figure out what/who she is wearing and post links so that you (I) too can rock a Wildfox Couture sweater while eating popcorn on your (my) couch. This could be very dangerous.


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