Webcrawl Wednesdays

So my big news is… I got into graduate school! This August, I’ll be heading to the United States for my second Master’s degree at a small private college in California. My new school is one of the best in the world for my subject, AND everyone I’ve met so far is super-nice, so I’m very excited!


On that note, here’s a study that shows that taking notes by hand works BETTER than typing them on a computer


I had my issues with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but I’m loving this super-long, super-detailed review. [MASSIVE spoiler warning, for the record.]


Time for the economy-size boxes of Kleenex, ladies, George Clooney is apparently off the market. While the majority of coverage is, as usual, barf-inducing, I’m loving this Guardian article on the gendered reporting of famous people (like Mr Clooney, and like Jennifer Aniston) getting engaged/married: So ‘debonair’ George has been ‘tamed’, while ‘tragic’ Jen was ‘saved’ – no surprise there


And this Open Letter to the Future Mrs Clooney on proving the infamous Princeton Mom wrong is priceless. And proves that there’s hope for the rest of us. 


Sexism in geek culture- and especially in comics culture- is a huge, huge problem, especially when misogyny on the internet spills over into real-world threats and harassment. I’m beyond pleased to see Comic Book Resources take a stand and clean out their forums. Comics are for everyone, not just small-minded trolls. 


I could rant for days about how much it infuriates me when female celebrities (looking at you, Shailene Woodley) are dismissive of the very feminism that fought to get them all the rights and privileges they enjoy, but here, have this much better written (and less expletive-filled) article instead. 


Anyone who has the slightest interest in tech, geekery, or geek culture needs to read this article on WHY geeks are so sexist. I’m not kidding when I say reading it felt like being whacked upside the head by a clue-Mjolnir.


For something that does not involve -isms of any kind, important as they are: Honest Company Slogans.


And finally, Noah Webster’s failed attempt to change American English into lolcat; or, 26 changes that didn’t catch on.




101 Things In 1001 Days!



I’m one of those people who, left to herself, will happily spend her days vegging in front of the computer watching trashy TV and reading braincell-burning trash. So in an effort to actually get out and do stuff, I’ve signed up for 101 Things In 1001 Days.

Say what?

101 Things In 1001 Days means just that- you commit to completing 101 specific tasks in 1001 days- the idea is that a specific time-frame for goals means you’re less likely to procrastinate and actually do shit.

Great! When do you start? 

26 April, 2014. I’m a little late getting this up.

And when does the challenge end?

21 January, 2017… a little more than two and a half years!

Cool! Can I sign up, too?

Sure! All the information you need (and tons of helpful list ideas) is at DayZeroProject.com.

Without further ado… here are my 101 Things!

1. Do 100 consecutive push-ups.

2. Shoot a gun.

3. Attend a UU meeting.

4. Sing kareoke.

5. Bunjee jump.

6. Make pizza from scratch.

7. Win mini_wrimo.

8. Listen to 10 classic albums.

9. Read 50 English books.

10. Read 25 French books.

11. Read 25 Spanish books.

12. Listen to 5 new podcasts.

13. Watch 100 new movies.

14. Go to a sports game.

15. Buy my own domain.

16. Comment on 50 fanfic.

17. Comment on 50 blog posts.

18. Attend a martial arts class.

19. Volunteer.

20. Learn to swim.

21. Fix social media profiles.

22. Go vegan for a week.

23. Scan all old notes from my Master’s programme.

24. TBD.

25. Go to 5 offbeat museums

26. Take a make-up class

27. Get friends to suggest 10 books. Read them.

28. Get friends to suggest 10 movies. Watch them.

29. Visit 10 new cities.

30. Write my will.

31. Prepare my hit-by-bus folder.

32. Go to a farmer’s market.

33. See 10 live shows/performances.

34. Type 80 WPM.

35. Win NaNoWriMo.

36. Participate in a blogging challenge.

37. Get my blood sugar to normal levels.

38. Lose 10 kilos.

39. Learn photo editing software.

40. Do an unplugged weekend.

41. Take a first aid/CPR course.

42. Run a 5K.

43. Cook something from a different country every month for 12 months.

44. Bake 5 things.

45. Go on 30 friend dates.

46. Meet 5 online friends IRL.

47. Attend a TED event.

48. Create a budget.

49. Leave a nice note in a library book.

50. TBD.

51. Go to Coney Island.

52. Do C25K.

53. Do 30 days of yoga.

54. Take an online class.

55. Participate in a board games night.

56. Write a letter to myself.

57. Live in a foreign country for a year.

58. Wear makeup every day for a month.

59. Complete 7 goals in a week.

60. Read a book in a day.

61. Organise/sell/donate books.

62. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy.

63. Make a list of birthdays.

64. Document each of the tasks.

65. Run a 10K.

66. Write 10K words of original fiction.

67. Complete a jigsaw puzzle.

68. No fast food for a month.

69. Go to Disneyland.

70. Come up with 5 new holiday traditions.

71. Keep up a 3.5 GPA.

72. Host a dinner party.

73. Go on a road trip.

74. Send out 25 postcards.

75. Make crepes.

76. Back up files.

77. [redacted]

78. Update Displaced Desi twice a week for 6 months.

79. Finish a colouring book.

80. Put Rs 500/ $5 in savings for every goal met.

81. Read the Bible, the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata.

82. Do 10 creative projects.

83. Play through a video game.

84. Finish The Artist’s Way.

85. Take an HTML/CSS class.

86. Celebrate my 10,000th day on this planet [Nov 20, 2015]

87. Watch 3 TV shows that are NOT procedurals.

88. Buy a camera.

89. TBD.

90. TBD.

91. Get at least 6 hours of sleep every night for a month.

92. Sort out my Amazon wishlist

93. [redacted]

94. Donate blood.

95. Try 7 new foods.

96. Buy a lottery ticket.

97. Do 10 tarot readings.

98. TBD.

99. TBD.

100. Make a new list.

101. Buy myself a gift with the money I’ve saved.

Anyone else planning to do 101 in 1001? Let me know in the comments!

Things I Love Thursday 01.05.2014




♥ Alone time. I know some people have a thing about going out to eat or watching movies alone, but when a friend unexpectedly cancelled on me last week, I wound up going to see Captain America and grab some crepes by myself, and had a great time!


♥ catching a glimpse of the indelible ink on my finger. Despite my feelings about the field of candidates this year, I’m grateful for the ability to vote- and to live in a country that makes it as easy as possible to do so.


♥ Sitting down and reading a non-trashy, non-political magazine- I decided to treat myself with an issue of Wired just because, and it was great. I definitely need to do more of my non-work reading on paper rather than screen. 


♥ Making lists and planning the details of a BIG EVENT I can’t talk about quite yet (more details as it happens!) My little organisation-loving heart is in seventh heaven.


small pleasures:


pink fountain pens // polo mints // nutella gelato // the Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast // silver nail polish // fresh mangoes // gorgeous thank-you note cards from Paper Theatre // cat naps // finding my blogging muse again

Review: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead




When my mom gave me Lean In as a birthday present, I have to admit, I was a little nonplussed. Lean In was supposed to be for women in the upper echelons of the corporate world who struggled to balance work and family life; how much relevance would it have to a twenty-something creative freelancer with absolutely no interest in either a corner office or the ‘mommy track’?


A lot, to my pleasant surprise. 


For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sheryl Sandberg, she is the COO of Facebook, and her 2010 TED talk, ‘Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,’ about how women unintentionally hold themselves back at the table, and what they can do to change that, is the basis of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.


Although Sandberg does touch on the endemic institutionalised sexism and discrimination faced by women- a running theme through the book is the Heidi/Howard study, a 2003 Columbia showed that people’s impressions of two entrepreneurs with the exact same qualifications and personal characteristics varied vastly depending on whether they were told that the entrepreneur was male or female- she focuses mostly on the internal barriers holding women back. 


Some of the sections, although excellent advice (Make Your Partner A Real Partner, about splitting childcare responsibilities, and The Myth Of Having It All, about the dangerous, damaging quest to be a perfect mother and a perfect worker) weren’t really relevant to me, but there were two that really resonated- Your Career is a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder, and Are You My Mentor. Sandberg’s advice about there not being one way to the top, and about mentoring and both asking older, senior people for advice and helping others out is worth the price of the book, in my opinion. 


The real value of the book, though, is in the later pages. In one of the strongest sections of the book, she places the burden of achieving equality on the shoulders of both sexes, pointing out that both men and women have an interest in breaking strict gender roles and barriers, both in the workplace and the home. After all, men should no more be penalised for wanting to sit at the kitchen table than women for wanting the corner office.


Lean In is not without its flaws- for one thing- and Sandberg makes this clear in the opening chapters- it is targeted to educated professional women with some amount of privilege, and does not really speak to the needs of working-class women. Second, I wasn’t a fan of the random India-based statistics, since the issues affecting Indian women do not always match those faced by their Western counterparts. Perhaps Sandberg thought to give her book an international flavour, but she would have been better served by omitting it completely.


Finally… those of you expecting Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead to be another Second Sex or Feminine Mystique will be disappointed; it is by no means a feminist manifesto, although Sandberg herself claims the title. What it is is a smart, solid business book that should be read by everyone. 



25 Things!

Twenty-five! The quarter-century club, like one of my friends called it. I’m not one for big parties, but I do love this idea from Sarah over at Yes and Yes– a list of things to do every year, the number of things equal to how old you’re turning! So without further ado, here’s my list of 25 in 25:



1. Watch a CSK match live.


2. Go vegan for a week


3. Wear high heels every day for a week.


4. Watch Sholay


5. Make milk burfis


6. Write a paper letter


7. Go to a Pride parade


8. Read a literary book


9. Have dinner at a FANCY restaurant


10. Find the perfect red


11. Complete a jigsaw puzzle


12. Buy a lottery ticket


13. Go on a heritage walk


14. Sing in public


15. Stay awake 24 hours


16. Touch type 60 wpm


17. Have a movie marathon


18. Eat a brownie from CHOKOLA


19. Write a will


20. Get a full checkup


21. Get rid of 25 things


22. Donate blood


23. Visit a city I’ve never been before


24. Do a tarot reading for someone


25. Read the Silmarillion


 A lot of these are way, way out of my comfort zone (I haven’t sung in public since… 2000?) but I’m excited to try all of them.


Do y’all have any goals for this year? I’d like to hear all about them!

Things I Love Thursday #2

Hello my lovelies! The weather is still as hot as ever, and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of letting up. Luckily there were still some pretty cool things to tide me over…



I’m in love with Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’m only a chapter in so far, but just from the first few pages I can tell it’s going to be brilliant. Expect a full review soon!



This is probably a surprise to anyone who knows me, but one of my favourite movies of all time is Legally Blonde. It’s a fun little romp of a chick-flick- that happens to also be surprisingly feminist and non-stereotypical. Go Elle!


This week’s earworm is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. It’s a seriously fun song with an out there, strange-but-cool vibe. And, as a bonus, the vid stars one of my favourite actors, Lou Diamond Phillips!

Grab bag

♥ The Body Shop’s 100% Natural Lip Roll-On in Orange. It tastes just like candy!

♥ This awesome Captain America t-shirt!

♥ Know someone who’s an awesome baker, a kick-ass friend, or something else cool that deserves an award? Or, heck, think YOU’RE that awesome? Print up a fancy customised certificate here and let the world know!

♥ Figuring out more and more HTML. Like how to add blockquotes!

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change.”

Wayne Dyer

Webcrawl Wednesday, change is in the air edition

Displaced Desi has a new look! There will be more changes coming to the blog in the future, for the better, I hope! For now, though, here’s this week’s links!


Fascinating write-up of a journey on the Vivek Express, the longest train journey in India.


Feminispire asks: Does Your Lifestyle Make You Unworthy of Feminism?


@#!%&! As someone who has a bit of a potty mouth, I love this history of swearing from Salon.


We Have Always Fought. If you write- hell, even if you don’t- drop everything and read this article about how wrong we’ve got the narrative of female characters, especially those who fight.


Why do Men Put Me In The Girlfriend Zone? Priceless.




Things I Love Thursday #1

This is a new weekly feature, inspired by the wonderful Gala Darling. In the hopes of focusing more on the positive, here are the things I’m jazzed about this week!



I know, I know, I should be reading real books. But Caravan is brilliant- excellently researched, well-written articles, great photography, and subjects you never see covered elsewhere in the media. It, along with The Hindu and Open, are the only news publications I read since my escape from journalism school.



I finally got around to watching RDJ as the famous Consulting Detective in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Not a bad romp, all in all, but definitely only for fans of the clever Mr. Holmes. Three out of five stars.



 Yes, yes, I know, Russel Crowe can’t sing worth a damn. There are several other amazing songs in this collection, though. Eddie Redmayne’s version of ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ breaks my heart every time.

Grab bag

– the unexpected deliciousness that is homemade pizza

– Brass Tacks Madras’ new summer collection

– Yves Rocher lip balms

– this quote: Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female.’ – Diana Vreeland.

Until next time, my lovelies!


Webcrawl Wednesday, dog days of summer edition

For the past week, it’s been threatening to rain and give the city some relief from the oppressive summer heat. No rain yet- clouds, get a move on! In the mean time, have some links:


Diagon Alley is coming to Universal Studios. Best news ever Y/Y?


Love this list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about lipstick.


Very important: Just because you like it doesn’t make it feminist.


Love, love this: Coverflipped takes books written by men and reimagines what their covers would look like if they’d been written by women.


Ha! Love what these game devs did to combat their game being pirated. 


And finally… is not this Fairy Tale Battle Royale the best thing ever?