Thursday, March 13, 2014

What is a DESI??

As we published our blog on Facebook and were talking about it among our friends  we came across a question regarding our title, "Desi's in the Arab Land". Frankly speaking , to my naïve mind it never occurred that the term desi would not be comprehended by many. Yes in my mind, as the world knows the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans etc to be Asian they knew us brown skin people to be desi's. But I was kinda wrong. Sorry. So here is a better introduction :)

According to Wikipedia "the word 'desi' evolved from the Sanskrit term 'desha', meaning country. With time its usage shifted more towards referring to people, cultures, and products of a specific region .
Desi  is a Sanskrit term for the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent or South Asia and, increasingly, for their diaspora. Desi nations include India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Maldives".

Urban dictionary:

Word derived from Sanskrit. Means "one from our country"; a national opposed to a foreign. Usually refers to people from India, Pakistan, & Bangladesh.

For Indians/Pakistanis/Bengalis abroad, it has become a term that mainly identifies another fellow Indian/Pakistani/Bengali

Another meaning of desi according to oxford dictionary is "Un adultered or pure" as in desi ghee.

But for us DESI means everything home. The sounds, the faces, the voices, the smells, the taste. Its everything desi, pure. Don't get me wrong the sights, sounds and smells of KSA shouts home for us too. We are a confused species of desi, that call two places there home..... confused yet proud ;)

So, in honour of the desi in us we are going to start Desi Corner on our blog. In here we will attempt in our very small way to show you what desi is. Be Warned its going to be colorful!!!



  1. Hello

    Yes now this term is familiar to many but you have really explained it very well.
    I hope you will check;
    thank you

    1. Thanks for the lovely comment and for stopping by our blog.

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