Are You Indian? is not a book to judge by its cover. Sanjit Singh’s volume thrives on an in-your-face farce-type of comedy writing about what it means to be a native Asian from India living in the United States. The author writes candidly, and uses long-faced caricatures (not my favorite images, some are unpleasant and creepy to look at) of his “people” to illustrate the main points in the book. The point is–how can anyone understand the principles of Indian culture, rituals, home-life and family traditions without being from India? Well, reading this book will make anyone an expert of sorts.
First the reader is encouraged to take a short quiz to determine if the person is “really Indian”. To be clear, “real Indians” are then distinguished from Indian wannabes and non-Indians. Singh then goes on to explain the early