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For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

December 03, 2021

For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

We sat down with the finalist to chat about focaccia, the one spice she can’t live without, why she didn’t kiss Mr. Spatula, and what’s next.

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

December 01, 2021

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

A 1992 Miss Universe loss would lead to over a decade of Indian domination at global beauty contests.

For NYC Council Member-Elect Shekar Krishnan, Solving Systemic Inequality Starts from Within

December 02, 2021

For NYC Council Member-Elect Shekar Krishnan, Solving Systemic Inequality Starts from Within

The first Indian American to represent Jackson Heights and Elmhurst has long advocated for change. Now, he has a plan to fight for change from the inside.

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

November 30, 2021

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

Shoojit Sircar’s “Sardar Udham” is the latest in a long line of Bollywood portrayals of the Indian freedom fighter, but the first to delve into his humanity and nuanced politics.

Editor's Picks

How Diwali Marketing Went Mainstream in the U.S.

November 03, 2021

How Diwali Marketing Went Mainstream in the U.S.

More brands than ever before — ranging from Target, Lego, Instacart, and Lexus to local fireworks companies — are promoting their products to Indian Americans with targeted Diwali ads.

Why There Are 25 Clock Emojis but No Dosas or Samosas

October 27, 2021

Why There Are 25 Clock Emojis but No Dosas or Samosas

A decade since the launch of the first set of 722 standardized emojis, people are still petitioning for better representation of the very cultural objects that they hold dear.

The Rise of Sexy South Asians on Screen

November 02, 2021

The Rise of Sexy South Asians on Screen

Brown actors like Simone Ashley in "Sex Education," Raymond Ablack in "Maid," and Punam Patel in "Special" are finally getting the sexy storylines they deserve.

How Hollywood Found Hinduism

October 11, 2021

How Hollywood Found Hinduism

Celebrities like Julia Roberts, Madonna, and Miley Cyrus have been criticized for co-opting Hindu traditions. But it was often Indian gurus who sold them a new form of spirituality.

Business & Tech

Fabindia: How an American-Founded Brand Defined the Handcrafted Indian Aesthetic

November 16, 2021

Fabindia: How an American-Founded Brand Defined the Handcrafted Indian Aesthetic

John Bissell’s cult lifestyle brand has supported rural artisans for over 60 years. But will the company’s looming IPO put this very mission at risk?

How Diwali Marketing Went Mainstream in the U.S.

November 03, 2021

How Diwali Marketing Went Mainstream in the U.S.

More brands than ever before — ranging from Target, Lego, Instacart, and Lexus to local fireworks companies — are promoting their products to Indian Americans with targeted Diwali ads.

Why We Rarely See Bengali Restaurants Outside Bengal

November 09, 2021

Why We Rarely See Bengali Restaurants Outside Bengal

Is London’s Chourangi a sign that global appetites are changing, or will Bengali food take longer to make its well overdue mark?

Why There Are 25 Clock Emojis but No Dosas or Samosas

October 27, 2021

Why There Are 25 Clock Emojis but No Dosas or Samosas

A decade since the launch of the first set of 722 standardized emojis, people are still petitioning for better representation of the very cultural objects that they hold dear.

Crossword

"Play by Play"

October 31, 2021

"Play by Play"

Our October 2021 crossword.

"Across the Pond"

August 28, 2021

"Across the Pond"

Our August 2021 crossword.

"Kitchen Talk"

September 30, 2021

"Kitchen Talk"

Our September 2021 crossword.

"Inner Child"

July 30, 2021

"Inner Child"

Our July 2021 crossword.

Culture

For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

December 03, 2021

For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

We sat down with the finalist to chat about focaccia, the one spice she can’t live without, why she didn’t kiss Mr. Spatula, and what’s next.

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

November 30, 2021

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

Shoojit Sircar’s “Sardar Udham” is the latest in a long line of Bollywood portrayals of the Indian freedom fighter, but the first to delve into his humanity and nuanced politics.

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

December 01, 2021

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

A 1992 Miss Universe loss would lead to over a decade of Indian domination at global beauty contests.

“The Cheetah Girls: One World,” 13 Years Later

November 23, 2021

“The Cheetah Girls: One World,” 13 Years Later

The movie is a classic problematic fave: it used India as a mere exotic backdrop, but still gave us some of our first Indian crushes in U.S. television.

Fiction

Fiction: It Started with a Dream

November 06, 2020

Fiction: It Started with a Dream

In the winner of our spooky horror fiction contest, at a family get-together, the line between Maya’s recurring nightmare and reality blurs.

Film & TV

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

November 30, 2021

The Diluted Revolutionary: Bhagat Singh in Hindi Cinema

Shoojit Sircar’s “Sardar Udham” is the latest in a long line of Bollywood portrayals of the Indian freedom fighter, but the first to delve into his humanity and nuanced politics.

Bilal Baig's “Sort Of” is a Love Letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans People

November 22, 2021

Bilal Baig's “Sort Of” is a Love Letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans People

The queer, transfeminine playwright and performer is challenging the status quo with their latest CBC and HBO Max series — and not without a little bit of fear.

“The Cheetah Girls: One World,” 13 Years Later

November 23, 2021

“The Cheetah Girls: One World,” 13 Years Later

The movie is a classic problematic fave: it used India as a mere exotic backdrop, but still gave us some of our first Indian crushes in U.S. television.

‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ is Horny, Hilarious, and Heartwarming

November 18, 2021

‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ is Horny, Hilarious, and Heartwarming

A solid cast and smart writing drives HBO Max’s sharp-witted comedy, the latest project from Mindy Kaling.

Food

For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

December 03, 2021

For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection

We sat down with the finalist to chat about focaccia, the one spice she can’t live without, why she didn’t kiss Mr. Spatula, and what’s next.

India’s Burning Hot Love for the Sizzler

October 26, 2021

India’s Burning Hot Love for the Sizzler

The scorch-your-tongue dish grew popular in the 1960s, but few know how it came to India. Some say California, others Japan, but the real story is not so straightforward.

Why We Rarely See Bengali Restaurants Outside Bengal

November 09, 2021

Why We Rarely See Bengali Restaurants Outside Bengal

Is London’s Chourangi a sign that global appetites are changing, or will Bengali food take longer to make its well overdue mark?

The (South Asian) History of Curry Powder

October 18, 2021

The (South Asian) History of Curry Powder

Today, as much as we accuse those who use the word “curry” of painting subcontinental food with a broad brush, the history of curry powder is inherently South Asian.

Opinion

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

The U.S. administration congratulated themselves on their evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. A volunteer on the ground in Kabul writes about how botched these efforts really were.

Opinion: Why I Hate Seeing Diversity on Dating Shows

September 23, 2021

Opinion: Why I Hate Seeing Diversity on Dating Shows

Reality dating shows still feature a largely white cast who sideline contestants of color — emphasizing the racism we face while dating.

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

October 15, 2021

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.

Opinion: The Audacity of Culinary Caucacity

August 27, 2021

Opinion: The Audacity of Culinary Caucacity

Gene Weingarten’s Washington Post article isn’t the first time mainstream media has tried to pass off racist commentary as satire, humor, or harmless.

Politics

For NYC Council Member-Elect Shekar Krishnan, Solving Systemic Inequality Starts from Within

December 02, 2021

For NYC Council Member-Elect Shekar Krishnan, Solving Systemic Inequality Starts from Within

The first Indian American to represent Jackson Heights and Elmhurst has long advocated for change. Now, he has a plan to fight for change from the inside.

A Border Apart: Stories of Families Divided by Partition

October 28, 2021

A Border Apart: Stories of Families Divided by Partition

The effects of Partition in 1947 still linger today. Families separated by the borders between India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh tell their stories of love, heartbreak, and finding connection.

Meet the Newly Elected South Asian American Lawmakers

November 12, 2021

Meet the Newly Elected South Asian American Lawmakers

Affordable housing, environmental protection, and racial equity top many of the to-do lists of the newly elected legislators, such as Shahana Hanif from New York City and Aftab Pureval from Ohio.

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

The U.S. administration congratulated themselves on their evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. A volunteer on the ground in Kabul writes about how botched these efforts really were.

Profiles

Bilal Baig's “Sort Of” is a Love Letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans People

November 22, 2021

Bilal Baig's “Sort Of” is a Love Letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans People

The queer, transfeminine playwright and performer is challenging the status quo with their latest CBC and HBO Max series — and not without a little bit of fear.

In Poet Natasha Rao’s "Latitude," Nature is Sublime

September 24, 2021

In Poet Natasha Rao’s "Latitude," Nature is Sublime

The debut collection — winner of the First Book Prize — is a meditation of the natural world, full of “Krishna-skin skies” and “snow that melts to milk.”

How Ajay Bhatt, Co-Inventor of the USB Port, Became a Rockstar

October 05, 2021

How Ajay Bhatt, Co-Inventor of the USB Port, Became a Rockstar

Twenty-five years ago, the universal port changed computing as we know it — but the inventors never profited. We interviewed him to find out why that was intentional.

Prateek Kuhad Isn’t Obsessed With Being “Different”

September 21, 2021

Prateek Kuhad Isn’t Obsessed With Being “Different”

We spoke to the singer-songwriter, whose fans include Barack Obama, about what hasn’t changed with fame.

Science & Technology

How Amar Bose Engineered Today’s Sound

July 19, 2021

How Amar Bose Engineered Today’s Sound

A curious Bengali American kid with a love for tinkering built a multi-billion-dollar company and changed the way we listen to music.

“Be Careful”: WhatsApp Forwards Spread Fear and Misinformation

May 06, 2021

“Be Careful”: WhatsApp Forwards Spread Fear and Misinformation

Messages intended to increase awareness of potential COVID transmission among South Asian Americans, but the impact has been more alarming.

 “The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations

May 11, 2021

“The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations

India’s elite continued to vacation in the island nations amid a raging pandemic.

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

May 05, 2021

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

With the country’s overburdened healthcare system focused on fighting COVID, non-COVID patients assume lowest priority.

Sports

India’s Siddis and the Olympic Dream

August 05, 2021

India’s Siddis and the Olympic Dream

India has won only 33 Olympic medals since 1900 — none in track and field. Now, new local sports programs are working with Siddi athletes to produce Olympic glory.

How India Made Chess and its Champions

April 13, 2021

How India Made Chess and its Champions

The country that invented the ancient game is now producing some of the world’s biggest chess champions.

How Dream11 Became India’s First Gaming Unicorn

June 14, 2021

How Dream11 Became India’s First Gaming Unicorn

India's fantasy sports platform has captured the attention of the country's rabid cricket fandom. Now, it wants to be India’s only answer to sports.

All Punch, No Pay: The Story of Pakistan's Female Boxers

December 15, 2020

All Punch, No Pay: The Story of Pakistan's Female Boxers

Once lauded internationally, Pakistan’s best female boxers are fighting to make ends meet.

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