This time of year always brings about the customary reflections on the past 12 months; causing people to wonder if they’ve effectively spent them becoming their best selves, and achieving the lofty resolutions they may have drawn up last January.
It seems like there’s no shortage of announcements about unique shows coming to Toronto these days. And the city is enjoying its place on the global stage, more than living up to its reputation of having a vibrant arts scene.
My parents’ first concern when I told them I wanted to live in Chennai for a while, by myself, was for my safety. They weren’t really worried about my decision to leave a full time job to join my friend’s production company and begin an international business in India.
It is no secret that India is a nation obsessed with fairness – a country that constantly conveys to women that fair is beautiful. From skincare products like Fair & Lovely and White Tone, the beauty market is filled with dubious creams and powders that claim to make women more fair and “beautiful.” This message is repulsive and absurd.
On my second visit to Chennai in January 2015, I went out to lunch with a few of my co-workers at Behindwoods. I wanted to try the soup starter but I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish the large portions I saw being served. One of my teammates said “we’ll share” and as the waiter came by he told them “We’ll have the sweet corn soup, 1 by 2”.