Anthropologist Shalini Shankar, author of Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley, was interviewed for Sunday's DNA Mumbai. Between 1999 and 2001, Shankar spent many months “kickin’ it” with Desi teenagers at three Silicon Valley high schools, and she has since followed their lives and stories. Shankar spoke with DNA Mumbai about her experiences with the teens and what she learned in spending time with them. "I was expecting desi teens to be more angst-ridden, but I was pleasantly surprised....I have to admit I really liked them. They were fun and connected to their families. They weren't the kind of teenagers who were embarrassed to be seen with their parents or loathing community events."