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

Feb 18

Letting Go and Learning Flexibility

If someone were to ask me what advice I would give to study abroad students coming to India...

Feb 07

Living in a Demonitized India

People were just hanging out with friends, chatting, and waiting in line.

Jan 30

Indian Bathroom Etiquette 101

When you go anywhere outside of the U.S. you realize how much different that place is from the U.S

Jan 27

Getting Back to My Roots

Coming back to India this semester is even better than orignally arriving.

Nov 29

Finishing off the Semester with a Packing List

As I start to pack for my next adventures in the North, I have thought of some words of wisdom to give when it comes to packing!


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ABOUT Allegra Kartha


American University


Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and Aisian Studies


Pune, India

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