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June 30, 2021

“Fire”: An Inextinguishable Part of Queer Brown Cinema

The 1996 film was the first in India to portray two women in love. Some called it revolutionary. Others called it a war against Indian culture.

Meher Manda

June 23, 2021

The Second Globalization of Turmeric

For centuries, turmeric has categorically been the South Asian spice. But, in recent years, it has exploded throughout the West, from face masks to lattes and beyond.

Dur e Aziz Amna

June 29, 2021

Edwina and Nehru: Love in the Shadow of Empire

The last vicereine of the British Raj and the first prime minister of India shared a profound connection that still captures imaginations today.

Sukhada Tatke

June 21, 2021

Ma Anand Sheela: Mother of all Problematic Faves

You did not — and do not — want to mess with her. But part of you is oddly obsessed with her.

Imaan Sheikh

Business & Tech

July 21, 2021

Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens

The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”

Poulomi Das and Imaan Sheikh

July 15, 2021

What Zomato’s IPO Means for Indian Tech Startups

The first Indian IPO of the year, which raised $1.25 billion for the company, could herald a new era of exits for Indian tech startups.

Poulomi Das

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.

Atul Bhattarai

July 09, 2021

The Rise of South Asian Rental Startups

Several startups are competing to be the Rent the Runway of South Asian fashion. But does the market exist for them?

Leigh Cuen

Crossword

June 25, 2021

"Flying Colors"

Our June 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar

April 09, 2021

"Think Twice"

Our April 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar

May 12, 2021

"Oh ya!"

Our May 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar

Culture

July 23, 2021

Why Sri Lanka Loves Russian Literature

The Soviet Union translated Russian books in local languages as a propaganda tool. Decades later, those books still hold influence in Sri Lanka.

Zinara Rathnayake

July 20, 2021

“Welcome to India”: The Internet’s Earliest Diaspora Inside Joke

The 2002 parody song by Ludakrishna and MC Vikram spoke to many of the anxieties of the Indian diaspora and created a mutual shorthand for millions.

Hershal Pandya

July 22, 2021

Why “Delhi Belly” Remains Bollywood’s Best Slacker Comedy

Ten years ago, Bollywood made a runaway hit about that period in your 20s when life goes to shit. No film has since come close to replicating it.

Poulomi Das

July 19, 2021

The Powerful Lens of Danish Siddiqui

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, who died July 16 amid Taliban crossfire, age 38, vividly humanized his subjects — a gaze that didn’t look down on people, but right at them.

Poulomi Das

Fiction

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.

Hira H. Arif

Film & TV

July 22, 2021

Why “Delhi Belly” Remains Bollywood’s Best Slacker Comedy

Ten years ago, Bollywood made a runaway hit about that period in your 20s when life goes to shit. No film has since come close to replicating it.

Poulomi Das

July 12, 2021

Never Have I Ever Season 2 Lets Itself Down

The show’s second season struggles to shine as bright as its first. The writing does a disservice to the actors’ hard work.

Ishani Nath

July 13, 2021

Opinion: Kumail Nanjiani and the Hollywood Gaze

Nanjiani is the latest to go through a physical transformation that seems like a requirement for Brown men in Hollywood to get mainstream roles.

Amil Niazi

July 08, 2021

“An Icon, A Star, A Diva”: How Priyanka Made Drag History

We talked to the reigning queen of “Canada's Drag Race” about her drag, coming out to her dad via the show, sharing gowns with Priyanka Chopra, chicken nuggets, and changing the world.

Imaan Sheikh

Food

July 16, 2021

How Assamese Pithas are Going Mainstream

A new crop of entrepreneurs are serving up these traditional rice flour-based delicacies at scale — and, in turn, bringing them from the kitchen to homes outside Assam.

Arundhati Nath

July 06, 2021

Tamarind: India’s Quintessential Candy Flavor

Although tamarind has always been a large part of savory South Asian cooking, its sourness also has a sweet side.

Nikhita Venugopal

July 07, 2021

How India Loved, Lost, and Returned to Coca-Cola

In India, a bottle of Coca-Cola is synonymous with celebration. But the country's love affair with the soda wasn't always smooth sailing — Coke was banned in India for nearly 20 years.

Poulomi Das

July 02, 2021

How a Portuguese Technique Led to a Bengali Sondesh Explosion

Nearly 500 years ago, the Portuguese popularized milk curdling in Bengal. Bengalis would add sweetness and create a rich delicacy.

Tania Banerjee

Opinion

July 13, 2021

Opinion: Kumail Nanjiani and the Hollywood Gaze

Nanjiani is the latest to go through a physical transformation that seems like a requirement for Brown men in Hollywood to get mainstream roles.

Amil Niazi

April 28, 2021

Opinion: Ambedkar’s American Comeback

Despite America’s relatively newfound interest in Ambedkar’s work, it will take another decade for him to become a household name.

Suraj Yengde

June 24, 2021

Opinion: Your Nostalgia Doesn’t Cancel Out Enid Blyton’s Racism

The late author’s books contain incredibly anti-Black content and imagery. Why, then, do Indians give Blyton a pass?

Priya-Alika Elias

April 01, 2021

Opinion: The Resurrection of Imran Khan

Despite a long and fraught journey, Pakistan’s prime minister might be the first to finish his term in the country’s history.

Wajahat S. Khan

Politics

July 21, 2021

Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens

The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”

Poulomi Das and Imaan Sheikh

June 29, 2021

Edwina and Nehru: Love in the Shadow of Empire

The last vicereine of the British Raj and the first prime minister of India shared a profound connection that still captures imaginations today.

Sukhada Tatke

July 07, 2021

How India Loved, Lost, and Returned to Coca-Cola

In India, a bottle of Coca-Cola is synonymous with celebration. But the country's love affair with the soda wasn't always smooth sailing — Coke was banned in India for nearly 20 years.

Poulomi Das

June 28, 2021

The Myth of Canadian Niceness

The country’s public image as a nation of polite people is cracking under the weight of discrimination and violence against immigrants, indigenous people, and minorities.

Imaan Sheikh

Science & Technology

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.

Atul Bhattarai

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.

Poulomi Das

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.

Snigdha Sur

April 29, 2021

How India’s COVID Surge is Fueling the Vaccine Diplomacy Debate

Who gets to decide which country gets which vaccine?

Devanshi Patel

Sports

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.

Poulomi Das

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.

Rabia Mushtaq

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.

Bhavya Dore

July 09, 2020

A Pommel Horse, Masala Macaroni, and an Olympic Dream

Gymnast Akash Modi — part of a “tight-knit” group of South Asian Americans in the sport — is aiming for an Olympic medal.

Nirmal Mulaikal
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