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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on June 15, 2011 No Comment
Adventures in Hindi Reality TV: Ratan ka Rishta (Part II)

As I tune in to tonight’s episode (14, but who’s counting?), Ratan is saying things about the different suitors, in what appears to be a slightly mocking tone. Her current target is Abhinav Sharma, the tallest of the bunch, a New Delhi software developer with a gaunt face and smoothed hair. The […]

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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on June 15, 2011 2 Comments
TV ain’t always easy: Ratan ka Rishta (Part I)

I am spending the summer in India with my wife and her family.  While I generally find it hard to forgo watching television, my desire to vegetate in front of frivolous entertainment has been severely challenged by the predominant share of programming allotted to films and serials in Hindi, a language I have not […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 9, 2011 1 Comment
“Excuse me, are you English-medium?”

The late afternoons-when my husband and I play badminton in a park in a Delhi suburb-are a 100-and-something degree Fahrenheit here, extremely hot and dry. All day, we wait anxiously for the mercury to dip just a little so we can go out and play. The park is fun not just because it’s a lush […]

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