About the comic
Fried Cheese Balls is a funny look at memory, culture & identity from my life as a second generation Indian American who split time between India & the US. These include lost in translation moments, culture clashes, the dichotomy of being a single child living in a big multi-family home in India and celebrations of the absurd. Updates mostly take the form of a classic newspaper comic strip, blog posts and occasional full comic pages describing Indian Things.
About the author
My name is Arp – which is short for ‘Arpan’. How would you pronounce that? Take a sec to think about it, then click below to compare.
[accordion_wrap][accordion id=”pronounce” title=”How’s my name pronounced?” open=”false”]It’s pronounced Or-pōn. And that pronunciation is only specific to the 13% of Indians people who speak Bengali (along with 98% of Bangladesh).[/accordion][/accordion_wrap]
How’d you do? No one likes having their name mangled on a regular basis – now you know why I stuck with Arp once a friend bestowed the nickname on me in high school 😉
I was born in 1972. I didn’t speak a word of English until I was 5. I spent 6 months a year in India until I was 10, missing most of the school year (my first full year in school was 4th grade). My education up to that point was India itself – Calcutta’s city streets, my family, culture and life in general – and American TV.
My major influences are Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes, Berke Breathed’s Bloom County, Herge’s Tintin and Monty Python.
This comic has been percolating for several years. I decided to take the leap when I realized it’s been over 20 years since I’ve seen my family in Calcutta (now officially called Kolkata). I’d like to get my memories down before they fade too much, in a form that my kids can enjoy.[zp_portfolio items=”-1″ columns=”2″ category=”1″ filter=”off” load_more=”false” ]