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Priyanka Chopra's Response to Ayesha Malik at Beautycon: A Communication Disaster

Miss World, award-winning Bollywood actress, breakthrough Hollywood star, a champion of women empowerment, UNICEF Goodwill Brand Ambassador. The list of Priyanka Chopra's achievements go on and on. Impressive, very impressive, and by no means were any of these milestones small feats to achieve - especially for a woman of color. She voiced her personal experiences and opinions on racism, diversity and gender quality at every relevant forum she was invited to speak on. But recently, at Beautycon in Los Angeles, Priyanka Chopra's response to Ayesha Malik, an audience member, was dangerously problematic, and displayed her lack of maturity in dealing with a confrontational situation. 
But before you proceed, please read this CNN article for a recap of the entire exchange between Malik and Chopra, and more importantly, for context on Malik's statement regarding the actress' alleged hypocritical stance on peace and humanity. 
My issue is with the way global icon Priyanka Chopr…

World Refugee Day - 5 Things You Can Personally Do To Help

My grandmother was a refugee. A teenage girl all of 16 years of age, one night in mid 1947, she and her family faced a situation where they had to abandon their ancestral home in the Sindh province (now in Pakistan) and flee overnight to the Indian side a month before Partition of India was officially announced by the British. Layered with as many clothes she possibly could wear, with some jewelry in tow, she and her family members fled at night, avoiding the consequential brutality and rioting that ensued as a result of Partition in the months that followed. Property, wealth, friends and businesses, all had to be left behind. She recounted her time spent at a refugee camp where she learnt how to read and write in Hindi. Remember, this was a language foreign and unknown to Sindhis. Amidst everything else that they had to adapt to in their new environment, they also had to learn a new language where even the script was different and written from right to left. Sindhi families had to re…

Touring Armenia during The Velvet Revolution

I had the opportunity to visit Armenia in April 2018 (long overdue blog post, I know). But it's not a country I knew much about. Think Armenia and chances are, you've read about the Armenian Genocide where 3/4th of its population perished - the controversy behind countries and world leaders acknowledging this as a 'genocide' ensues. One of the fascinating things I learnt was that today in Armenia, the population stands at just under 3 million (to put this in perspective, Mumbai city in India has a population of 18 million). But check out this stat; around 11 million Armenians live outside the country as migrants (most of them in the U.S.)! Right from the late 19th century, there have been three waves of massive migration from Armenia. But barring its troubled history, surely there's more to this landlocked tiny country? I was in for a surprise. In the very days we visited Armenia, the country made global waves with its Velvet Revolution, a watershed moment in its h…