There She Is…Miss (Indian) America…

Oh, how the pageant world has changed. Pageants now span all ages, education and socio-economic levels, with everything from Toddlers & Tiaras to our country’s most renowned pageant, Miss America, representing the genre. Yet the one barrier we have consistent trouble overcoming in this arena is the race boundary. Isn’t it amazing that we as a nation can welcome into our homes a beauty queen as unrepentantly ridiculous as Honey Boo-Boo, but a great number of us shudder at the thought of one Nina Davuluri being crowned Miss America.… [Read more]

Perfectly Untraditional —Interview with Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Writing and travel are two eternal passions for Sweta Srivastava Vikram. Her debut novel Perfectly Untraditional has received good attention and critical acclaim in India, her native land. While living in New York, Vikram is connected to Indian culture via a timeless bond which shows in her novel. Let’s hear from her about her cultural and writing experience in connection with Perfectly Untraditional.… [Read more]