on english tea and beauty

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Malvika Dang is a sophomore at Bennington College from New Delhi, India. She is interested in exploring the nexus between Political Anthropology, Literature and Video in the sphere of migration. Her creative work plays with layers of cultural language, imagery, and juxtapositions; a mirror to her experiences with borders and belonging.

On english tea and beauty captures the remnants of a post-colonial India and Indian feminity, embodied in the process of making English tea. A person in a saree. Saree undraping as haphazardly as the twirling milk in tea. Lipstick foisted on lips, unfoisted on lips. Love for the sun but hatred for its mark. English tea, but from Darjeeling. Beauty, but British. The luring calls of the chaiwaala banging the steel spoon but there is no chai tea, only tea.

On english tea and beauty, a personification of tea and beauty, an amalgamation of indigenous and colonial. 

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