This website started back in 2007 as a blog about the lives and times of Indians living abroad. About the things they do, the things that affect their lives, about how they perceive India and their reactions to events happening back home.
India – from the eyes of a non resident outsider, i used to call it back then. You can read the original amreekandesi about page here.
Living away from home gives you a new perspective on the state of affairs. It makes your heart pine for the country. It makes you sad every time you read a report about the latest gruesome murder in Delhi. It makes you feel like you’ve personally been stabbed with every new scam perpetrated on the nation.
It makes you want to do something for the country. It makes you want to change stuff. It makes you responsible. It makes your chest swell with pride every time you hear about that woman who gave up a fancy job to teach poor children in a UP village.
I lived in the US for 5 years, and then moved back to return to where i really belonged. The ‘returning to India’ experience is documented in a few posts i wrote around that time.
There’s a lot of things that need fixing in India. A lot that frustrates you and makes you want to bang your head against the nearest paan stained wall. We may talk about belonging to the security council and lap up flats that cost a crore, but the fact is that politics and corruption have eaten our insides. And ultimately it is the fault of all of us. We will have to change first before we talk about the system.
At the same time, there’s only as many serious pieces you can write before you are labeled a ranting troll, or need to check into a rehab center following a depression induced nervous breakdown. Which brings us to satire.
Satire has been employed since ancient times to vent our frustration about things that bother us, without really calling a spade a spade. Or a corrupt politician a corrupt politician. In simple words, satire is the truth sugar-coated in humor to blunt the impact. Or increase it, depending on how you look at it.
You cant survive in India without a sense of humor. There’s so much craziness that you will just suffocate if you cant lighten up. Most of the posts on this site are satirical in nature. This takes the form of secret diaries, open letters, and fake news among others. Read other posts classified as satire here.
All the posts are just my reaction to events happening in the country. Behind it all there is a heady mix of pain, frustration, desperation, at times even admiration.
It is all meant in good humor. No ill will intended. No malice meant against anyone, well, mostly. Just my way of reacting to current events, and letting off some steam without going Arnold Schwarzenegger on the bad guys.
If you are any of the below, this website may be the wrong place for you.
1. Less than 13 years of age
2. Have strong political views
3. Belong to the Congress party [Ok just kidding. ANY political party]
4. Get easily offended.
5. Dont have a sense of humor
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