Women Weigh In On Diwali Barbie


Did Mattel get the Diwali Barbie right? Earlier this month, PRI’s The World interviewed Sepia Mutiny’s Anna John, fellow sagehen (chirp!) and blogger Nina Jacinto, novelist/poet Chitra Divakaruni and Professor Inderpal Grewal about one of Mattel’s newest additions to its Barbie line.

You can still listen to the report online at The World’s web site.

I agree with John’s assessment of the doll’s outfit—it looks like a lehnga outfit more than a sari. I also thought Divakaruni summarized the significance of the doll well as “a small step in the right direction” but “not a giant leap for mankind or dollkind or womankind.”

What do you think?

December 18, 2006
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  1. May 10, 2007, 10:20 pm random

    I posted my thoughts on Mattel’s history of Indian Barbies here: http://tweenscene.wordpress.com/2007/05/02/ha-aka-mattel-does-india/

    Your link was useful in finding out what other bloggers/media figures made of it