Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why POC Aren't Kale And We'd Rather Have Wine Than Your Tears

I'd like to talk about what constitutes kindness and bravery, and what any of it has to do with writing romance. But there is so much, so many different threads, that I'm not sure how to pull them together — especially without citing hundreds of years of racial disparity, colonialism, colorism, segregation, privilege, etc. It's a lot.

You can read some brilliant thoughts on what's going on in Romancelandia right now — what HAS been going on for decades — by Courtney Milan, Melissa Blue, and Zoraida C√≥rdova.

Now here are some of my thoughts.  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Suleikha's Epic Bollywood Recs Post

Buckle up, folks. This is a huge recommendation list of Bollywood films. For those of you just joining the party, "Bollywood" specifically refers to big-budget Hindi-language films made in Mumbai, India — though I DO have some indie/arthouse Hindi films on this list because they're awesome and you should watch them.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If it's one-hundred percent in English, it is not a Bollywood film. It might be Indian arthouse, though. Similarly, Gurinder Chadha, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta and Danny Boyle are NOT Bollywood filmmakers. Bride and Prejudice is not Bollywood. Fire is not Bollywood. Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely not Bollywood.  
I've split the films up by categories so if a favorite of yours doesn't pop up in one place, it may be listed under something else. I've linked to some reviews where I can. Y'all know what IMDB and Wikipedia are, so I trust you to do that if you need to. Most of these films should be available via Netflix and online retailers. I've tried not to be that jerk who lists movies you can't find.
Also, I don't have a whole lot of Salman Khan films on this list because he makes me rage-y. I'm sure someone can rec you his greatest hits in the comments!
Classics Through the Decades
Shree 420 (1955)
Mughal-e-Azam (1957) Based on the allegedly real-life tale of future Mughal emperor Jahangir and a dancer named Anarkali, 
Aradhana (1969) Sexiest. Song. Of. All. Time.
Bobby (1973) 
Sholay (1975) Spaghetti western, desi-style!
Silsila (1981) Scandalous because it allegedly mirrored the actors' real-life affair.
Lamhe (1991)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RWA15 Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

On Sunday, July 26, I wrote up a very measured and rather SRS BZNESS account of attending this year's RWA. Now, I'd like to rattle off some of the other experiences I had. It wasn't all microaggressions and diversity panels. There was a whole lotta fun and a whole lotta silly. (And, at one point, a whole lot of tequila.)

•I Kool-Aid Womanned my way onto The's romance panels on Tuesday night with Maya Rodale, Sarah MacLean, Alisha Rai, Carla Neggers, Feminista Jones, Rebekah Weatherspoon and Jordan Silver. (I said the word “orgasm.” A LOT. And on Periscope! Eep.)

Alisha, me, Rebekah's mojito, and Rebekah's photo skills
•Me: “Why is this bar so empty and unprepared on a Saturday?”
Alisha Rai: “Honey, it's Tuesday.”

•Protip: Never order a mojito at a Russian vodka bar.

•I found soon-to-be RITA winner Meredith Duran at the Literacy Signing and she autographed Lady Be Good for me.

•I did a vodka shot at Lorelie Brown's table at the Literacy Signing. (Zoe Archer saw the whole thing. #sorrynotsorry)

•I hugged Lauren Dane...and then basically never saw her again. Heh.

•I fangirled at Bec McMaster, because I LOVE her London Steampunk series.

•I got recognized from Twitter by Beverly “bow down to her freaking awesomeness” Jenkins.

•I caught the tail-end of the Thursday morning breakfast buffet with Katana Collins. (I hope all of that leftover bacon went to a good place.)

•Our Bollywood Basics panel proved that the power of Ranveer Singh's oiled-up chest cannot be denied.