In India “Guest equals God”

April 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog

In India "Guest equals God"

To say traveling to India was LIFE CHANGING sounds dramatic, but that’s exactly how I feel. There is something super empowering about being able to walk around in a country you’ve never been- and never imagined being. And then… feeling completely welcomed. Jokingly I’ll say I felt like Oprah, because everyone was so happy to […]

While I was in India… they took my picture…

April 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

While I was in India... they took my picture...

While here in New York City a shapely black woman with curly hair is (almost) a dime a dozen– in India we are a rear commodity. While walking the streets of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Pushkar– my picture was taken several times. Some people asked and some people snuck and just took my picture. So I started to take their pictures […]

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