India

Blindian Skin

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Two moments touched me in my identity feels at the airport in Goa: 1) I saw an ad for sunscreen with a very pale woman (at least ten shades lighter than nearly any locals I have encountered since I have been in Southern India) promising to let you enjoy the sun without risking a tan […]

India

Universal Brown Girl

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  I have what I refer to as the “universal brown girl” look. I have caramel brown skin, dark brown eyes and black curly hair. As far as global diversity goes, I may posses some of the most geographically non-specific physical traits possible.  If I keep my mouth shut and dress appropriately, I can adequately […]

India

Only Child

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So this is where it starts to get a bit raw. My father remarried and had two other daughters, after he left my mom and me. I have attempted to contact them over the years but to no avail. People often ask me about my family in India. Do I know where they are? Will […]

India

Avoiding India

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My mother is named Barbara Williams. She is an African-American woman born in Valdosta, GA and raised in Detroit, Michigan. My father was named E.S. “Chandra” Chandrasekaran. He came from India as an international chemistry student. I never knew him because he left me and my mother when I was a baby. I don’t know […]

Career

Leaping Into the Unknown

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Friday was my last day as Managing Director of Communications at the Drug Policy Alliance. I’ve had a phenomenal experience with the organization, full of the most brilliant and dynamic people I have ever known. I’ve watched the work transform and evolve in so many ways. It’s been an honor, and I’m excited to see […]