A look at the diverse Asian Indian (Desi) cultures experienced in North America by those who are blessed with Desi friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
State Masala: Northeastern States
The audio tour of India with a visit to seven very small states in the far northeast of India that are collectively known as the Seven Sisters. In alphabetical order, the states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura. Three of the states have a Christian majority.
State Masala: West Bengal
The audio tour of India continues north along the east coast of India to visit the state of West Bengal. West Bengal is well-known for its massive capital city of Kolkata and for Mother Teresa.
State Masala: Odisha
Learn about the eighth-largest Indian state by area and the 11th-most populous, Odisha (formerly Orissa). Odisha has a largely rural population, and Odisha's cuisine is known as India's best-kept secret.
State Masala: Andhra Pradesh
If you want to know about the number #1 city for producing IT workers to North America and how one state became two in 2014, be sure to listen to Episode 21 as Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states.
State Masala: Tamil Nadu
If you want to know why Desis from Tamil Nadu may be "bothered" when another Desi speaks indi to them, be sure to listen to Episode 20 as Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the state at the southern tip of India.
State Masala: Kerala
Indian states are normally identified by the main language spoken, but within each state there is a masala of cultures, festivals, foods, communities, and religious practices. Episode 19 of Desiland Masala continues its virtual audio tour of India's states with a focus on the southwestern state that has the highest literacy rate, longest life expectancy, and 360 miles of beaches, Kerala.
I am learning so much about the culture of the Desi Masala that is moving to my region and can’t wait for the next episode!