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Nazar or the “Evil Eye”

Background/Context:The interlocutor (AG) is a roommate of the interviewer (INT). She grew up in the Bay Area with a rich Punjab heritage. Description: (told over text)(AG): “The evil eye for Punjabis is called nazar, and like other cultures it means someone is jealous of your successes. It has to do with people’s auras, so if… Continue Reading »

Menstrual Taboos In Modern-Day India

Informant’s Background: My informant, SV, is a recent graduate with a Master’s from the University of Southern California. He is 25, was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and moved to the United States to attend a graduate program at USC. Post-graduation he remains in Los Angeles hunting for a job. Context: My informant is my… Continue Reading »

Use And Misuse Of The Left Hand In India

Informant’s Background: My informant, SV, is a recent graduate with a Master’s from the University of Southern California. He is 25, was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and moved to the United States to attend a graduate program at USC. Post-graduation he remains in Los Angeles hunting for a job. Context: My informant, SV, is… Continue Reading »

Gendered Dining Customs In India

Informant’s Background: My informant, SV, is a recent graduate with a Master’s from the University of Southern California. He is 25, was born in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and moved to the United States to attend a graduate program at USC. Post-graduation he remains in Los Angeles hunting for a job. Context: My informant, SV, is… Continue Reading »