A Bollywood Affair: A Digital Autoethnography

Ellis et al. describe autoethnography as "retrospectively and selectively writ[ing] about epiphanies" (2011, p. 4). As such, 'A Bollywood Affair' is a pastiche of digital media which outlines the respective experiences of a cultural insider, and cultural outsider as they experience Bollywood cinema. View the project below. Digital Artifacts Vlog: Bollywood for Dummies https://youtu.be/plywPQDVBjc Digi … Continue reading A Bollywood Affair: A Digital Autoethnography

Zindagi Gulzar Hai: A Refreshing Romance

★★★ Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2012) by director Sultana Siddiqui is a Pakistani drama which delves into the unexpected romance of Kashaf Murtaza (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroon Junaid (Fawad Khan). The pair won awards for their performance, scoring best actress and actor at the 2014 Lux Style Awards. Worlds collide as polar opposites are brought together, … Continue reading Zindagi Gulzar Hai: A Refreshing Romance

Buddhism: Spirituality, Mudras, and Fo Guang Shan

Recently, Josh, Allanah and I conducted an autoethnographic study about Buddhism. Honestly, we chose to do so, because there was a Buddhist temple nearby to our place of study, and because all of us had little to no prior experience with Buddhism. Thus, this autoethnographic journey would be one of discovery, and unexpected epiphanies.

Pink: the gripping social-thriller you must see

Trigger warning: this review discusses themes of sexual assault. ★★★★★ Pink is an extraordinary film. The courtroom drama by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury was released in 2016 and has already won 11 awards including Best Film on Social Issues (2017 National Film Awards), Best Film (Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2017) and Best Film, Actor, Dialogue … Continue reading Pink: the gripping social-thriller you must see

eBook: Mudras of Buddha

I have embarked on a cultural journey: into the mudras of Buddha. Starting with a shocking discovery: Buddhism is not technically a religion since Buddha himself is not a god, but a man. This made me think: maybe my idea of Buddhism was completely wrong.

Bollywood: More Than Just Musicals

The practice of reflexivity throughout the research process highlights the importance of declaring and taking responsibility for our positioning as researchers. Pitard J (2017 p. 9) 'Reflexive' thinking is a phrase which is often found alongside 'autoethnography'. As Pitard 2017 (p.9-10) explains, there are two types: personal and epistemological, which are explained below. In this … Continue reading Bollywood: More Than Just Musicals

Om Shanti Om: A Bollywood Gem

★★★★★ If you're looking for funny Bollywood musical to warm your heart, Om Shanti Om is the movie for you. Om Shanti Om (2007), is a fantasy romantic melodrama directed by Farah Khan and starrinf Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Deepika Paudukone. The film has won 26 awards including Best Composer (Asian Film Awards 2008), … Continue reading Om Shanti Om: A Bollywood Gem