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6:45am

Wed September 18, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/18

Miss America's not fair enough... for Indians

Nina Davuluri crowned 'Miss America'

Her name is Nina Davuluri and this Indian American is the new "Miss America."  Indians are of course in a self-righteous lather about the blatant racism expressed on twitter recently, but here’s the ugly truth. Nina Davuluri can be Miss America. But she could never be Miss India. Or even Miss Indian-American Fremont. She’s just too dark

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11:13am

Wed September 12, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Fair and Lovely?

I learned about "tighty whities" in America thanks to Calvin Klein.
It was only after I came back to India that I encountered the dark side of the tighty whitey. I always knew Indians had an obsession with fairness. But I have to admit I was a little taken aback to find that in the new India you could lighten not just your face, or your arms but also your very very private parts.......