POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 14, 2014 AT 16:40 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 14, 2014 16:40 IST

The powers of social media. All it took was a tweet:

The Finding Fanny star, rightly outraged with a tweet (since deleted) by a news outlet, followed it up with two more tweets:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 14, 2014 AT 16:40 IST, Edited At: Sep 14, 2014 16:40 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 12, 2009 AT 16:11 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 12, 2009 17:00 IST


So you grew up hearing about the insane popularity of songs such as Aawara HuuN in Russia? Meet Tajik Jimmy. In the words of the New York Times:

The rise of Mr. Allaberiyev, widely known as Tajik Jimmy, a migrant worker in a provincial Russian stockroom who delivers astonishing renditions of Bollywood musical numbers, is one more testament to the strange power of the Internet.

A little more than a year after one of his performances was filmed by a co-worker with a cellphone and posted online, Mr. Allaberiyev cannot walk through a crowd in the Russian capital without being stopped by fans. This is especially remarkable given the place that Central Asian migrants occupy in Russian society: members of a vast and nearly invisible work force, targets of derision and occasional violence...

...Indeed, the voice seems to come out of nowhere — a clear, warbling Hindi falsetto, complete with percussion and twanging sitar solos. For an impoverished boy growing up on a Tajik collective farm, there was no greater pleasure than Bollywood films, which were approved by the Communist Party as a politically safe diversion. Mr. Allaberiyev’s family understood that he had a gift; by the age of 7 or 8, he could commit songs to memory and repeat them with eerie accuracy, after watching a movie twice.

...HE sang as he watched 1,700 sheep and fed cows for a wealthy Uzbek trade..

Clearly, Bappi Da has one more hit to crow about. More at the NYT: On Web, Storeroom Crooner From Tajikistan Is a Star

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 12, 2009 AT 16:11 IST, Edited At: Sep 12, 2009 17:00 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 14, 2009 AT 13:28 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 14, 2009 17:35 IST

Sandip Roy in Colorlines:

I remember the age of the underwear-smugglers.
When I left India almost two decades ago to come to America, my mother folded every spice I could possibly need into my underwear. Turmeric, cumin, little green pods of cardamom—all packed carefully between layers of underwear, socks and computer science textbooks. I wasn’t the only one. I’ve met Indians who smuggled in mangos, homemade pickles and ready-to-fry puris stuffed with peas. In those days before 9/11, customs officials were not very interested in me—a young, single, brown man from a turbulent part of the world. They (and their sniffing dogs) were much more preoccupied with middle-aged Indian women visiting their sons. They were rifling through their luggage, searching for contraband mangos and gourds.

Fast-forward 20 years...

India is everywhere. It’s in Booker Prize lists, spelling bees and specially-for-you nuclear deals. It’s in Sukhi’s homecooked chicken tikka masala paste at Whole Foods. It’s in Bhangra aerobics classes and Britney remixes. Newsweek called South Asians the “new American masala.” Five hundred years after Christopher Columbus thought he had discovered Indians, we are truly found.

And I am not sure how I feel about that.

More here

HT: CM Naim

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 14, 2009 AT 13:28 IST, Edited At: Jul 14, 2009 17:35 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 09, 2009 AT 23:00 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 11, 2009 02:19 IST

My big Bollywood break came while I was walking down a side street in Mumbai, talking on a cell phone to a man named Imran.

"How many people with you?" he asked.
"Just me."
"No problem. You got long hair, short hair?"
"No hair," I said.
"No problem. You how old?

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jan 09, 2009 AT 23:00 IST, Edited At: Jan 11, 2009 02:19 IST
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