Being born in Montreal, the child of South Asian immigrants, my desi (Indian/Pakistani) heritage played an important role in my upbringing. I spoke Urdu at home with my parents (primarily my Mom), watched Indian movies, Pakistani dramas and listened to Indian songs while hanging out. In fact I didn’t realize exactly how desi I truly was until I married someone of a different culture.
Since then I have come to realize how important it is for me to remain connected to my desi heritage as well as introduce my children to the culture and traditions of their maternal grandparents. Lately, I have discovered an incredible way to do just that and it is amazing what a difference it has made.
I have been binging on Indian movies and Pakistani dramas on Netflix. I would never have imagined that to be possible but with the perfect picture quality (which would often be an issue with DVD’s or VHS cassettes growing up (no, YOU’re dating yourself!) it is such a welcome change. Not to mention the fact that my children and husband who do not speak very much Urdu are able to comfortably follow along with subtitles (who am I kidding, I sometimes lean on them as well)!
I cannot tell you what a game changer this has been for me! I get to share my the culture of my ancestors with my own family in an entertaining way. It has been incredible. Watching Indian movies and Pakistani Dramas in not just for the desi’s amongst us, it is for everyone. If you need a nudge in the right direction, here are some of my favourite Desi shows on Netflix
Zindagi Gulzar Hai – description (warning: HIGHLY addictive)
Humsafar – description (warning: BINGE WATCHERS BEWARE)
Dangal – grab a box of tissues with this one
Dear Zindagi – Cute and entertaining. A departure from the typical Bollywood storyline.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun – a Bollywood classic.
DISCLOSURE: Please note that I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and receive certain perks as part of my membership. All opinions are 100% my own.