Aarti Virani is an arts and culture writer, with a focus on the South Asian diaspora. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Surface, CNN.com, and Vogue India. She is based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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.
October 11, 2021
As therapy becomes more mainstream and accessible, a new generation is reclaiming their mental health.
September 22, 2021
As South Asian entertainers — from Lilly Singh to Poorna Jagannathan and Pinky Patel — pay homage to Brown moms, can they overhaul cultural stereotypes without reinforcing them?
August 30, 2021
Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi immigrants have been a big part of the chain’s success. But as larger franchise networks take over, newer arrivals can no longer get their foot in the door.
August 02, 2021
For many new immigrants, the store was a saving grace in a world full of Wonder Bread and Ruffles. But for their children, is the supermarket still a necessity or simply nostalgic?
June 16, 2021
The group, over a 100 years old, has recently come under scrutiny for casteist labor practices in New Jersey, but has long been known for temple building around the world.
May 26, 2021
A new ethnic studies curriculum for California’s public schools was poised to become a national blueprint; instead, it is now a mere recommendation.
May 10, 2021
What makes you feel like you belong is profoundly personal — especially for those who grew up in the close-knit Indian diaspora of Kobe, Japan.
July 20, 2020
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