Monday, January 15, 2007

Surya the Desi Apprentice: Part 2 - The Great Brown Hope

The biggest desi sensation since the announced marriage of Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai has hit again for round 2! While this sensation doesn't involve a nation of a billion consulting their local astrologers and gurus to forecast their brightness of a bollywood romance future, it's right up there. Well actually it's probably also slightly below that Ganapati drinking milk miracle from about 10 years back...

Be that as it may, the Great Brown Hope, Surya Yalamanchili (who has his own personal blog here) made it through another episode by using his cunning, his wit, and unlike most other contestants, he doesn't act like an idiot. In fact he's the only person who seemed to dress the part while at the Playboy Mansion. Mummy and daddy will be quite proud that he is hanging around with those Americans with no value. Bakwas I tell you, bakwas. Surely someplace, somewhere, there is an uncle who is thinking "In my day we would be happy just to see Hema Malini shake her hips. Now that was a woman...although you mother is fine too..." Or maybe they'd say something like that. God knows. Hai Bhagwan. Jai Hind. Jai Maharashtra. Jay-Z


This week didn't really have a Surya Quote of the Episode (sponsored by Vicco Turmeric Ayurvedic Cream) because he didn't really say anything, as you can see below:

Surya Quote of the Episode: none

Ahem, see, that's what happens when you don't believe me. Our A-1 Top Class Hero didn't really have much lines but actions spoke louder than words as he walked on the catwalk, thankfully not in hot pink trunks. That element is a different issue altogether if you know what I'm talking about.

All this aside another growing phenomenon is a vociferous anti-desi sentiment on internet message boards, including NBC's. This is pretty jacked up. While some messages have been taken down, they range from him smelling like curry to perhaps his real job interview should be one at 7-11. It's sorta funny how Indians can have a free pass at poking at Indians and the same applies for other races/ethnic groups. But when you say shit like that to other people, well it's....for the lack of a more eloquent way of saying it...it's just not cool. Reading other desis say "just watch all Indians do badly on TV shows" is not really a personal thing towards the character in question as much as it is a form of slightly pointed self deprecation.
In some ways it's a little disturbing because more than being outraged at how ignorant some people can be, it triggers a bit of a flashback to when you were a kid and heard people say shit like that to you. Growing up in Southern California there weren't a lot of Indian kids in my school and I didn't really have a lot of Indian friends until college. So it brings out feelings of being an outsider all over again.

At this point some of your are thinking to yourself "Wait a second Shakes, I'm just a random guy at work who found your blog because I Googled the search terms "desi, hema malini, girls gone wild" and the next thing I know I'm stuck reading about your feelings here." Well that is just unfortunate. Perhaps THIS will suffice in the mean time. (please note the plethora of Shady Indian Guys, SIGS, who are busting out their phone cameras)

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7 comments:

Rekha said...

Thank you for the video clip! But seriously there needs to be a Surya t-shirt.

Whitney said...

I think perhaps that was a Shady Indian Girl on the video, but by far, the guys were much sketchier, one actually tries to give the girl directions at one point!

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