Other friends tell me they don’t even bother telling their relatives about new partners if they’re not the same race.One jokingly refers to her boyfriend as her "vanilla secret" as her extended family in India have no idea he exists.Bollywood is Hollywood on acid — in the best possible way.A typical Indian film features a clichéd story about two lovers who want to be together, but for whatever reason, they cannot be.
I went on a double date with my female Jewish friend. Obviously we're not subjected to online abuse from gossip sites (being that we're not in any Hollywood film franchises, or performing at Glastonbury).
Until the news came out that he’d reportedly proposed to his singer girlfriend. I had my first taste of this racism – because that’s what it is, no matter how subtly or politely it’s disclosed – when I was 18. It was delivered in a jokey way and we laughed it off, but there was always that sense that being with someone of the same race was the "right" thing to do. Seven years on and I still have problems with my current boyfriend, a white New Zealander.
She recently told Sunday Times Magazine that when her relationship with Pattinson became public, she started receiving abuse. Legions of Twilight fans would send her racist messages, calling her “monkey” – and they’re still going. It’s depressing that, in 2015, people can still have a problem with interracial couples. It’s something I’ve experienced personally as a British Indian.
In fact, we value them so much so, that in our native homeland, Indians still put up with arranged marriages and they're okay with it because Mom and Dad know best.
In our culture, you'll find a traditionally-rooted respect for elders that you won't find anywhere else.