As I said in my little profile there on the right, I really love Bollywood movies. I love the cheesy and sometimes ridiculous plot lines, I love the dumbly long songs about love and heartbreak, I love the unrealistic love at first sight moments, and dramatic hero moments....I love it all!
For anyone who doesn't know, Bollywood is the nickname for the Hindi-language film industry based out of the city of Mumbai, previously called Bombay—hence the nickname Bollywood (Bombay + Hollywood = Bollywood). Though not the only film industry in India, it is by far the largest and most popular worldwide.
Now, Bollywood movies definitely aren't for everyone. They can be very long (Bunty Aur Babli is nearly 3 hours long!), there are countless (and long) musical numbers and highly exaggerated dramatic moments, and the plots are sometimes repetitive. BUT many of them are also amazing works of art; the poetry and choreography of the songs and dances are incredible, the plots don't limit themselves to a single genre, the stories are often bold and unique, and the color and culture are truly beautiful!!
My interest in Indian culture started when I was growing up in Albuquerque and had two different babysitters from India, but my love for Bollywood began after my cousin told me about a Bollywood movie she watched and showed me her favorite Bollywood song clip . The song Kajra Re, from the film Bunty Aur Babli, is a silly love song featuring 3 of Bollywood's most well-known actors of the time: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, and Amitabh Bachchan.
Yá'át'ééh shik'ei dóó wóshdéé',
Shí éí Sarena Gray yinishye. Adóone'e nishłinigii éí Bilagáana nishłí, Táchii'nii bashishchiin. Bilagáana dashicheii, Honágháahnii dashinalí. Lukachukai, Arizonadee' naashá. Los Alamos Teen Centerdi naashnish. Ák'ót'éego Diné asdzáán nishłí.
Hello my relatives and welcome,
My name is Sarena Gray. I am of the White People clan, born for Red Running Into Water People clan. My maternal grandfathers are of the White People clan, and my paternal grandfathers are of the People Who Walk Around clan. I am from Lukachukai, AZ and work at the Los Alamos Teen Center. In this way, I am a Navajo woman.
In Navajo culture, introducing myself in this way is very important because it is my way of telling you all who I am and allows us to recognize kinship ties that might exist between. This is the way I want to start my blog.
In the following posts, I will be sharing with ya'll some of things I've been doing to fill my free time while the Rona is on the loose. This might include tutorial videos of things I am trying out, reviews of movies I am watching, pics of crafting projects I am working on, or one-sided conversations about things I think are important. If you have questions or have anything in particular you'd like to see me post about, let me know.
Looking forward to sharing this space with you all!!
Love, Health, and Peace to you all,
Sarena Gray (she/her)
Sarena is a Diné (Navajo) woman with a passion for good food, natural curly hair, cheesy Bollywood movies, and Indigenous and LGBTQIA2S+ issues. You will usually find her crafting, scrolling through Instagram, and watching the same movie/TV show for the 100th time.