Fall 16, Spring 17

Allegra Kartha


My name is Allegra Sahana Kartha and my junior year will be spent studying in Pune! I am beyond thrilled for this experience! Aside from my academic background, I am also a social justice activist and educator for many communities but my main feild is with Queer and Trans People of Color like myself. I am also quite the boollywood fanatic and have ever since watching my first film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). The music, dances, and overall aesthetics within the films are what have drawn me closer to my indian heritage and culture. This upcoming year in India means more to me than I could ever describe. All of my family members have made trips to India by themselves at my age and have had transformative journeys. For Indian Americans like myself and other multiracial,ethnic americans there is a diasporic disconnect from the mother land growning up and being raised in a western society. We are either completely disconnected from our cultural or anesestiral heritage or longing to be back in our homelands. For myself, I grew up disconnected from my biracial/multicultural heritage and it was only as a grew older I began to rediscover that. Going to India has been something I have wanted to do since I got to college. In an interview for American University the admissions officer asked me where I would go if I was to study abroad. Unknowingly and authentically I responded by saying I would go to india to reconnect with my ethnic roots while also helping Queer and Trans folks or women. It was then that my dream to go to India became more than a dream but a goal in reality. I have long awaited to not only begin this trip to learn and grow academically and proffestionally, but also to reconnect with my cultural, ethnic, and racial heritage. I hope you join me and read about my journey of "re"self discovery this upcoming year. 

POSTS BY Allegra

Apr 24

Allegra's Words of Wisdom: 25 Pieces of Advice

Be as present as you can be. Enjoy every single moment in every day. the whole semester goes by so fast.

May 01

Reverse Culture Shock is Real

This year has gone by too quickly and now I only have two weeks left in Pune! My host parents left yesterday to see their daughter in the U.S. and it was the first of many goodbyes. I cried obviously, I absolutely hate goodbyes. It was so hard to say goodbye to them. They are a part of my family now and they have done so much for me the entire year that I was in Pune.

Apr 18

Internship Expectations

One of the interesting things about the program here in India is the internship aspect of the program.

Apr 14

Vishu Holiday in Kerala

This weekend I went back to my home state Kerala to celebrate Vishu with my family. Vishu is our new year and is usually a time to be with family.

Apr 08

Overwhelmed in so Many Different Ways

I write to you from Chennai, another wonderful port city in the south.


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ABOUT Allegra Kartha


American University


Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Aisian Studies


Pune, India

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