Sunday, April 12, 2009


Hi! I know, it's been a while. Sorry. I didn't have anything to say for a while, but I'm back!

So, over spring break I saw "Slumdog Millionaire" and loved it! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Surprisingly, it only made me want to go to India even more. My parents don't get it. We left the theatre and my dad said, "So, you still wanna go to India?" They were shocked when I said "Yes!" It is a little surprising. The movie doesn't exactly highlight the good points of India. But none of it was unexpected. I was aware of the conditions in the slums and life of the urban poor in India. I think that what I liked about the movie was that it showed a more realistic side of India. It wasn't like movies like "The Cheetah Girls: One World." It didn't show the beautiful colors, palaces, temples, and people. It didn't have sparkling streets that were completely empty. "Slumdog Millionaire" showed a more gritty side of India. It was heartbreaking but I think it takes us out of that Orientalist view that many Americans have of India. I felt like I was really seeing India, which I haven't felt with any other movie (and trust me, I've seen a lot of them).

If you've never wanted to go to India, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about and think I'm out of my mind. But I think for anyone who has wanted to see India, the true India, it makes sense to you.

Well kids, that's it for today. I promise I'll write again soon.

Bon voyage,
Erika America

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