Project Kahaani

Ishita's Kahaani

Ishita's Kahaani

I am blessed to be surrounded by an unusually artistic family. My mother loved dance and practiced bharatanatyam until she injured her back in a skiing accident.

When she noticed my penchant for dance, she enrolled me with the best bharatanatyam guru, which was 40 min away from my house at least 2x a week. She forced me to go even when I complained about feeling “sick” or flat out just didn’t want to get yelled at that day for bad form...

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Abhishek's Kahaani

Abhishek's Kahaani

People ask me if I struggled in acclimating to America or if I ran into excessive racism/bullying. Given the nature of being uprooted from India at a young age to come to America, you would assume that I had a hard time acclimating. That could not be further from the truth. I like to think that I embodied my version of “normal-cy” well throughout my life. At 5 years old, I took a one-way ticket from Mumbai, MH to Phoenix, AZ with my parents and did not look back. An energetic,...


Pranita's Kahaani

Pranita's Kahaani

I think my parents are the coolest people I know. They raised me with the same Indian culture as every other Indian kid, but they weren’t your run of the mill Desi parents. We facetime way too often, crack jokes about my nonexistent love life, talk about flatulence and GI health at the dining table, and lots more but that’s not why I respect them as much as I do. My parents showed me affection in speech and in action, they encourage me to be independent, to question things...


Sumant's Kahaani

Sumant's Kahaani

I was an introverted kid in high school who grew up in Maryland for most of my life. Like many of my peers, I was at times picked on at school for my culture. Anything ranging from the Indian food I ate to using references from Slumdog Millionaire. “Did your parents live in slums?” The worst one for me was when pictures of me wearing Indian attire with a red turban were uploaded to facebook. I later came to find out that my fellow classmates ended up...


Mohammed's Kahaani

Mohammed's Kahaani

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So I moved from India at the age of 7 months and basically grew up in the US. But up until 10, you wouldn't have guessed that about me, you would have thought that I grew up in India and moved here. My parents were assimilating slowly to this country and being the only child, were major influences on how I grew up. When they moved, they were still very rooted in their ways. My first language was Hindi/Urdu, my first favorite movie was Sholay, and I only listened...