5 nods to Indian culture with the Sharmas

The Sharma sisters are new in the ton Bridgerton Season 2. While the Netflix series has been praised for its inclusive characters, the Sharmas are the first to come from South Asia. Being Indian and growing up away from London means Kate and Edwina had a more worldly upbringing. Bridgerton Season 2 did the job of including accurate portrayals of Indian culture in subtle yet profound ways.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for Bridgerton Season 2.]

Kate, Edwina and Mary Sharma in season 2 of “Bridgerton” | through Netflix

Edwina and Kate’s use of endearing words like “Appa”

Kate and Edwina Sharma grew up in Bombay, India. It wouldn’t be surprising if the sisters used common Indian words of affection and said a few words in Hindi. In fact, Kate’s very first word in Bridgerton Season 2 was in Hindi. When Lady Danbury wants to question Edwina’s teachings, Kate reassures her that she has learned to be near perfect and can speak Marathi and Hindustani.

Throughout the season, fans fell in love with how Indian endearments were often used with the Sharmas. An example is how Kate and Edwina often call their father “Appa” and call their mother “Amma”. Fans might hear from time to time that Edwina calls Kate by the Indian word “Didi”, which means older sister. Kate also often calls Edwina “Bon”, which means sister in Bengali.

The use of Indian jewelry and wedding details in ‘Bridgerton’ season 2

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Part of the glamor of being part of high class society in the ton is the immaculate jewelry worn by the female characters. On Edwina’s wedding day to Anthony, there is the heartwarming inclusion of traditional Indian jewelry. Kate pulls out a pair of gold bracelets encrusted with green jewels.

She explains that they belonged to her mother and that she wore them on her wedding day. According to Medium, bangles are an integral part of Indian wedding tradition. “Bangles are traditionally part of the solah shringar of Indian brides,” Medium explained. Bracelets represent the long life of a husband.

fans of Bridgerton Season 2 may have also noted the other little nod to pre-wedding Indian wedding culture. A fan on Twitter noticed how when Anthony walks past Kate, their little fingers almost touch. In Indian wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom often hold little fingers in anticipation of the union.

Kate hates English tea in ‘Bridgerton’ season 2

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So early in the series, Lady Danbury learns Kate’s true intentions as to why Edwina should marry a nobleman. In the first episode, Kate explains how she taught her sister everything, even how to make a “pitiful excuse for the tea the English love”. Kate then announces that she absolutely hates English tea.

One of the subtle nods to Indian culture in Bridgerton Season 2 was where Kate added flavor to her tea. At the Bridgerton Estate, Kate brews a cup of English tea with signature Indian spices. The South China Morning Post identifies the spice as crushed cardamom pods. She then adds milk to make a version of “masala chai.”

Kate takes care of Edwina’s hair in a small scene paying homage to Indian culture

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When Edwina’s stay at the Bridgerton estate doesn’t lead to a proposal before the big party, she voices her concerns to Kate. Later that night, fans can see a subtle but heartwarming display of Indian culture in Bridgerton Season 2. Kate dips her fingers in a small bowl of heated oil.

She then proceeds to massage and run the oil through Edwina’s hair. A fan on Twitter comments on the scene, saying, “Many South Asians grow up having their hair oiled regularly by an older parent or caregiver. It is so heartwarming to see these cultural practices showcased in this season.

The practice can be used as a stress reliever and is appropriately suited when Kate and Edwina have a meaningful conversation about Edwina’s self-esteem.

The Indian tradition before marriage in season 2 of “Bridgerton”

Mary, Edwin and Kate in season 2 of

Mary, Edwin and Kate in season 2 of “Bridgerton” | through Netflix

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An example of the Netflix series including Indian culture that fans loved was Edwina’s pre-wedding ritual before she married Anthony. Despite the complex relationship between Anthony and Kate, the Sharmas display an emotional and heartwarming tradition.

The first scene of episode six begins with a modern rendition of “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” as Kate mixes turmeric and a white powder with water. Dressed in turmeric-colored robes and surrounded by the same colorful flowers, the Sharmas take part in the Haldi ceremony.

The application of turmeric paste is intimate and assures the bride of glowing skin on her wedding day. According to Town & Country, the scene is impactful because “it’s just the three women performing a ritual in a foreign land where the sum total of their cultural grounding is each other.”

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