Ah, Diwali! A favourite time of the year for most of us, and now it seems one that Carrie enjoys it immensely as well. A week ago, the new chapter of Sex and the City titled And Just Like That aired a Diwali-themed episode (titled Diwali), one in which Carrie accompanies her new friend, a powerful New York City realtor named Seema Patel ( played by the lovely Sarita Choudhary of Mississippi Masala and Homeland fame) to her parents home for a Diwali celebration.
Being the cult classic that it is, Indian fans of SATC were thrilled to see an Indian-origin character in the series. So, as they tuned in to watch the episode—and watch Carrie don a Falguni and Shane lehenga with a flower-mohawk headgear—you can imagine that expectations ran high. And, while the ladies of SATC are always a delight to watch, there were some *major* issues that have been brough to the world's attention by netizens and Twitterati alike. Here are 4 aspects of the And Just Like That Diwali episode they feel should have been done differently.
1. Carrie is Seemingly Unaware of What Diwali Is: As a 55-year-old woman living in New York—a city known to be a melting-pot of international cultures—Carrie seems to have never heard of the most popular Indian festival and is conveniantly told about it by her friend Seema for the first time.
2. Errrrm....She Calls Her Lehenga a Sari: Carrie dons a Falguni and Shane Peacock lehenga with a flowered mohawk for the Diwali celebration, and decends the steps of her brownstone apartment to the tune of Humma Humma (hey there Rehman!). Watching a longtime fashion icon don an Indian outfit was exciting for fans (while that flower mohawak did devide them), except for the fact that she refers to her dupatta-less lehenga as a sari, even calling a store filled with lehengas as sari shop, in the scene before. Oh no...Carrie, Seema...No!
3. Seema's Parents are Obsessed With Getting Her Married: Seema's Indian parents are portrayed as not so flattering stereotypes of what we can assume to be a skewed perception of Indians, pushing arrange marriage on her, grilling Carrie about her white boyfriend,dropping fatshaming comments, you name it, they do it!
4. Not ALL Indians are Your Mystical, Spiritual Advisors: In the car on the way back from the party, Seema ties a thin, presumably sacred red thread around Carrie's wrist and proclaims it to be the Hindu symbol of strength. While it is a sweet moment given the shows plotline, it does feel a bit trite to unoriginal that the one Indian charecter on the show is the one offering spiritual encoragement and handing out objects with sacred significance.