links of the moment: october edition.

Oct 22, 2015

This month's 'Links of the Moment' comes straight after my weekend trip to Bombay, India. This possibly explains the theme of many of the links I've included: India. Homesickness is often tough to beat, and I can certainly vouch for this. Reading about my country is a way to solve this problem; as I explored my favorite websites this month, India seemed to be a recurring theme in what I was finding. I have featured stories from amazing India-centric websites, such as The Society Co. and The Ladies's Finger; Vogue India has a story which is universally appealing: how to start your own company and have it take off. On a separate note, with Halloween approaching, cultural appropriation is an issue that hovers above our heads – and The Atlantic has your back on how to tread this area with care. Check out everything exciting on the internet this month, below. 

In an eye-opening piece for The Atlantic, Jenni Avins discusses the intricacies of cultural appropriation, arguing that it is, in fact, a positive aspect of society. I have always been a strong advocate for respecting the cultures of others when it comes to clothing; Avins discusses the Dos and Dont's of cultural appropriation, stating that it is inevitable in some form of the other in our globalized society. I appreciate the distinct and detailed points of her list, agreeing with the main sentiment: "The exchange of ideas, styles, and traditions is one of the tenets and joys of a modern, multicultural society."

When searching for "Halloween" on ASOS, many customers found that bindis (a traditional Hindu adornment that goes on the forehead) were the first products to pop up. Twitter outrage ensued and ASOS quickly removed the Bindis. As someone who has been wearing Bindis since a young age, mostly at religious celebrations, I don't mind the fact that it is worn for fashion-related reasons, as long as it is done with respect. Opinions on this topic vary, and Mic published a smartly objective article on the topic. 

Wave of Entrepreneurs by Vogue India
 Vogue India features a slew of young Indians who are innovative, pushing the boundaries and starting their own companies. What does it take to this this? A beautiful photo essay and quick interviews make for a inspirational read. 

South Asian authors have always been widely recognized for work regarding the Indian subcontinent and Indian cultures abroad. I grew up reading such work, especially taken by writers such as Jhumpa Lahiri and Suketu Mehta. The Society Co., an online magazine dedicated to delivering "South Asian traditions with a twist", has featured a brilliantly-curated list of books by South Asian authors. Options include The God of Small Things and The Art of Choosing.

Dreams of Wearing Anything I Want by The Ladies Finger
A series of photographs of Egyptian women, clad in 'conservative' clothing, features the clothes these women wish they could wear. One woman is quoted as saying "I still dream of wearing whatever I want and move freely in the streets." The photographs are simple and haunting, especially to those of us who are fortunate enough to wear whatever we want. 

– M

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