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6 Bollywood Films to Watch Right Now

Posted on June 20, 2016 in Film & Music/ India
Lauren Somewhere Travel and Culture Blog

When I first started getting into Bollywood movies a little over two years ago, I was immediately intrigued. The color. The music. The over-the-top acting. What’s not to like? Well, actually, a lot of things. For starters: the lack of dynamism in female roles, misogynistic undertones, predominantly fair-skinned actors featured, and so on.

The Bollywood industry churns out thousands of movies a year, but not every movie contains these problematic issues (or at least not as heavily). You can find movies that are entertaining, but also deep and astoundingly beautiful in both design and story. Read more..

How to Fall in Love with Mumbai (Bombay) in 6 Easy Steps

Posted on June 18, 2016 in India
How to Fall in Love With Mumbai (Bombay)

I really don’t know why, but somehow Mumbai always gets a bad wrap with foreigners. Okay, that’s a lie — I guess I know why. It may have something to do with its reputation for being a poverty-ridden city that’s filled with underworld criminals and heaps of hair-pulling traffic. And you wouldn’t be wrong to think that. But just as the entire country of India is a land of wild contradictions, so is the magnetic city of Mumbai. Read more..

How to Pick a Yoga School in India

Posted on June 16, 2016 in India
How to Pick a Yoga School in India: Fire Ceremony in Rishikesh

When I first arrived in India last September, the last thing I wanted to attend was a yoga class. Sweating in the never-ending humidity of monsoon season and making a complete fool of myself in the process was a thought that paralyzed me. I sure as hell wasn’t going to endure an entire yoga teacher training course.  Read more..

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