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Here are some of our favorite articles we keep returning to — and we hope you do, too.
How Sabyasachi Found Himself
As a young designer at New York Fashion Week, Sabyasachi Mukherjee was told to go back to India. He returned to one of his favorite cities on his own terms.
How the West Deemed Eating With Your Hands “Uncivilized”
And why the practice persisted in South Asia anyway.
How ‘Jab We Met’ Changed Bollywood Romance Forever
The 2007 Imtiaz Ali film broke the rules of Hindi cinema, creating a female lead with depth and a romance rooted in friendship. Fifteen years later, it remains the perfect rewatch.
Why Endometriosis Is Often Ignored Among South Asians
Even with debilitating pain and clear symptoms, many South Asians with endometriosis wait years for the diagnosis and treatment that could change their lives.
Why the West is Afraid of Color
The colorful (and enraging) history of how neutrals and monochrome became the preferred Western aesthetic.
The Legacy of British Colonization in South Asia
Sixteen stories about the British empire, the royal family, and how they changed the subcontinent.
Remembering Partition and Independence, 75 Years On
Ten in-depth stories about the historical event that forever changed the subcontinent.
Why South Asian Americans Overwhelmingly Support Abortion
Despite not openly talking about it, many South Asians are pro-choice. We dig into why and their reactions to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Why South Asians Often Have Multiple Birthdays
Sure, two birthdays means double the cake, but for some, it’s also a reminder of a turbulent past.
‘Chutney Popcorn’ Reimagines Family and Motherhood
Nisha Ganatra’s 1999 film about a lesbian artist who becomes a surrogate for her sister remains ahead of its time.
Why “Best Of” Lists Often Overlook South Asian Cuisines
But as these restaurants and chefs rack up recognition and business from ardent fans, do mainstream accolades even matter?
The Many Magical Lives of Kumar Pallana
The one-man variety show was born to be a star — but it took perfecting death-defying stunts, a chance encounter with Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson, and seven decades before Hollywood took notice.
In ‘Ms. Marvel,’ Culture and Faith are Superpowers (Review)
With the first-ever Pakistani American Muslim superhero, Marvel’s limited series flips the script on how Muslims and Pakistanis are depicted on screen.
Celebrating Pride Month: 2022
This June, a roundup of 15 stories from our archives about queer South Asian history, icons, and culture.
Dismantling the Brown “Glow-Up”
The concept of getting hotter with age — also known as “glowing up” — isn’t new, but South Asian TikTok influencers question what this trend really celebrates.
Met Gala 2022: New South Asian Looks, Familiar Problems
Celebrities including Simone Ashley, Riz Ahmed, Mindy Kaling, and Prabal Gurung walked the red carpet. But industry insiders say that the annual fundraiser isn’t as glamorous as it might seem.
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 2022
This May, a roundup of 15 stories that celebrate South Asian American life, love, culture, and history.
Parminder Nagra Should Have Been a Superstar
'Bend It Like Beckham' turned Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers into overnight celebrities — so why didn’t it do the same for its British Indian stars?
The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’
The film bent the rules so that others could break them. We examine its impact 20 years later.
Celebrating Dalit History Month: 2022
In celebration of Dalit’s History Month, here are some of our stories on Dalit history, culture, politics, literature, film, and more.
How Cartier Built an Empire by Claiming Indian and Islamic Art as its Own
From its Tutti Frutti collection to bejeweled cases, the French luxury jewelry house has long appropriated Eastern influences, calling it aesthetic exchange.
Celebrating Women's History Month: 2022
This March, read some of our best stories on icons across film, music, food, business, comedy, and more.
Our Top 15 Stories on Love: 2022
From interracial relationships to how South Asians fell in love with Korean dramas, dive into our favorite stories about love.
Celebrating Black History Month: 2022
To mark the start of Black History Month, we revisit the often-overlooked and intertwined histories between Black and South Asian communities.
In ‘Writing with Fire,’ Dalit Women Redefine What it Means to Be Powerful
The documentary is not just the story of the remarkable women-run media company Khabar Lahariya, but that of India's underserved Dalit communities, of news going digital, of press freedom.
Who is Sunny Balwani?
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has accused her number-two of psychological and sexual abuse, yet little is known about him and his motives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Asians in Therapy: Challenging Norms and Taboos
As therapy becomes more mainstream and accessible, a new generation is reclaiming their mental health.
The Cultural Appropriation of Dalit Music
For Dalit artists, music and performance have been tools of cultural resistance. But mainstream Indian media has glamorized and sanitized this history.
The Rise and Fall (and Rebirth) of the U.K.'s Daytime Dance Parties
In the 1980s and 1990s, South Asians created a community around daytime raves in the U.K. Now, a new generation is trying to reignite that same magic.
Why India isn't Known For its Alcohol
France has champagne, Japan has sake, Scotland has whiskey. So, why isn't India famous for an alcohol of its own?
How the Brown Mom Became a Diaspora Comedy Favorite
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?
How Nighties Became a Wardrobe Staple for South Asian Women
In a culture where women’s bodies are so heavily policed, the shapeless nighttime garment has become a daywear favorite and a symbol of freedom.
Thuggee: “The Cunningest Robbers in the World”
In the 1800s, the British claimed to have vanquished a secret cult of Kali-worshipping murderers in India. But did they ever exist?
Our Stories on Afghanistan
As we work to center Afghan voices and commission pieces with their words, revisit our stories from our archives.
How “Harold & Kumar” Sold a Way Chiller American Dream
The stoner buddy comedy starring John Cho and Kal Penn changed the way Hollywood looked at “model minorities.”
Disney Channel’s “Spin” Makes Culture Clash a Thing of the Past
The network’s first TV movie to feature an Indian American lead says that it’s OK to be unapologetically cool.
How Bollywood Failed Kashmir
Hindi cinema has long viewed Kashmir through a glossy lens, erasing its people, their agency, and their political histories.
One Year On, Justice Eludes Fahim Saleh
On July 13, 2020, the Bangladeshi American tech entrepreneur was murdered in his NYC apartment. Over a year later, his family is still seeking justice.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
How America’s Patel Brothers Won the Indian Grocery Game
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?
20 Films and Shows to Watch During Pride Month
From Bollywood to art cinema, these movies and TV shows celebrate queer characters and storylines.
Why South Asians Feel Abandoned in the Anti-Asian Hate Conversation
The recent spike in and discourse around hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians in North America has brought up familiar feelings for South Asians. But not all feel like they’re part of the conversation.
Know Your Muses: The Queer Camp of Sridevi
The Brown queer community found camaraderie in Sridevi’s fun-loving but rebellious characters.
Celebrating Pride: 2021
This June, a roundup of 15 stories from our archives about queer Brown history, icons, and culture from South Asia and around the world.
BYJU’s: From a Classroom to a $16.5-Billion Ed-Tech Giant
Byju Raveendran, a tutoring whiz and India’s youngest self-made billionaire, built India’s most valuable startup. But the story isn’t without controversy.
Horror in Hounslow: The Chohan Family Case
In 2003, a family of five vanished from their London home; what followed was a shoddy police investigation.
"Swades" and the NRI Burden
The 2004 Shah Rukh Khan-starrer doesn’t show a glamorous diaspora, but rather, the political responsibility of returning home.
How Twitter became India’s COVID E.R.
Jaded by the health care system, Indians are taking to social media, offering and requesting help to save lives. But this is no feel-good human story.
Valarie Kaur: “Grieve with Us, Stand with Us, Reach Out to Us”
The civil rights lawyer, filmmaker, and Sikh American activist speaks out about the recent Indianapolis shooting, which killed four Sikh Americans.
Why Bollywood Loved — and Lost — Fawad Khan
It’s been over six years since fans have seen the iconic Pakistani actor in Hindi cinema.
How the Indian Media Became a Funhouse Mirror
Should the media reflect the will of the people? Or tell the truths you might not know? For Modi supporters, the answer is clear.
What Recipes Leave Off the Page
Recipes, family legacies, and lore are passed down in the kitchen, not the written word.
Celebrating Women's History Month: 2021
This Women’s History Month, read some of our best stories on icons across politics, music, food, art, business, comedy, and more.
Why Brown Moms Love Princess Diana
The South Asian women who came of age in the 1980s viewed Lady Di as both a contemporary and a cautionary tale.
Rekha, Amitabh, Jaya: A Silsila of Deprivation
Decades later, Bollywood’s most infamous love triangle seems even more tragic than we first thought.
Deep Dive: Inside the Indian Twittersphere
How the BJP exploited Twitter and created the world’s largest non-stop political campaign.
Our Top 15 Stories on Love
From interracial relationships to 18th-century Urdu poetry to an ode to the guava, dive into our favorite stories about love.
The Horny Sophistication of “Choli Ke Peeche”
Let’s take a walk down mammary lane and dissect the scandal and power that surrounded one of Bollywood’s most tastefully titillating songs to date.
The Lost History of Bengali Harlem
The stories of working-class South Asians in New York City point to a history beyond the narrative of assimilation.
Celebrating Black History Month
To mark the start of Black History Month, we revisit the often-overlooked and intertwined histories between Black and South Asian communities.
How Riz Ahmed Stretches Culture
Fifteen years in, the multi-hyphenate actor and musician consistently produces the deep cuts when it comes to Brown culture and history — and, now, he’s creating for himself.
Why Some Pakistanis Will Miss Trump
For many living in Pakistan, Trump’s administration will be remembered as a respite from drone strikes, and from the war in Afghanistan.
The Rise and Fall of India’s Congress Party
How the party of the left turned “secularism” into a dirty word.
How Lijjat Became a Global Papad Brand
The story of a women-owned cooperative that turned 80 rupees into a business worth millions of dollars.
2020 in Review: Our Top 10 Stories on Food
Our most drool-worthy food features from the year.
Our Top 15 Stories of 2020
The most-read articles this year.
Sex, War, and Saadat Hasan Manto
A writer who sought both justice and pleasure, Manto told the truth but didn’t preach it.
Eating Disorders: Recovering While Brown
What does recovery look like when not just your community, but even doctors don’t take you seriously?
Let's Talk About Eating Disorders in Brown Families
Food in Brown homes can be a love language, a guilt trip, or even an apology. So what happens when eating becomes disordered in a culture so centered around food?
Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids
Days before he passed, an emotional clip of me telling Alex Trebek I learned to speak English by watching "Jeopardy!" went viral. This is for him.
The Love and Irreverence of Mira Nair
The director — whose films have launched careers, won international awards, and dazzled audiences with their earthy sensuality — looks back on four decades of “riling people up.”
What Makes Shah Rukh Khan A Superstar
How King Khan romanced audiences for over three decades, and why they’re still smitten by his charm.
The Making of a Witch
South Asia has a centuries-long history of making — and killing — its witches. For some women, the crime is independence and liberty. For others, mere existence on the margins.
Lesbian Lovers, Dildo Shopping, and Other Mughal-Era Poems
Rekhti, a lost genre of Urdu poetry, centered the female experience — despite being written by men.
How a Bengali Tycoon Pioneered Strippers for Women and Became a Murderer
A series of gruesome deaths transformed Chippendales — an erotic nightclub for women with male strippers — into a real-life murder mystery.
How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War
Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”
How a Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market
Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, an immunity booster, as a cure for COVID-19 to regain his slipping grip on the Indian market, but instead found himself engulfed in controversies.
How Ancestry Test Results Became Browner
South Asians curious about their genetic ancestry have had a front-row seat to the technology's evolution — and some are left wanting for more accurate results.
Opinion: Yes, Patriot Act Oversimplified Things — Thank Goodness
The show wasn’t perfect, but access to credible news is a luxury and there shouldn’t be shame in learning from visual, jargon-free crash courses.
The Multiple Dealbreakers of Netflix’s “Indian Matchmaking”
Netflix’s latest attempt to corner an Indian market is entertaining but overlooks crucial issues in the arranged marriage industry.
The Evolution of Padma Lakshmi
Her latest show “Taste the Nation” is just the culmination of who she’s always been: an authentic food writer, history nerd, and steward of culture.
Who’s Afraid of Ifti Nasim?
The swashbuckling life and legacy of a Pakistani American gay icon.
Indo-Chinese Is More Than Fusion
Indo-Chinese food takes the most electric, savory, and often spicy flavors from certain Chinese dishes and dials them up tenfold.
Revisiting the Model Minority Myth, 20 Years Later
Two decades after the publication of ‘The Karma of Brown Folk,’ Vijay Prashad revisits his seminal book and advocates for concrete change today.
The Deal of a Lifetime: Reliance’s Jio Platforms
Major investments into an ostensibly asset-light tech business are actually betting on Jio’s telco dominance. Everything else is just the cherry on top.
Even a Pandemic Can’t Stop the Indian Mango
Nearly 15 years after the infamous “nuclear mango deal,” Indian mangos are still hard to come by in the U.S. But there’s still hope.
Irrfan Khan, the People’s Actor
Amid Bollywood’s commercialism and Hollywood’s token characters, Khan carved out a niche for himself with pure technical skill.
The Unexpected Rise of Rishi Sunak
U.K. citizens are finding comfort in the Chancellor’s well-informed nerdiness during an uncertain time.
Never Have I Ever Seen A Show Like This
Yes, Mindy Kaling’s highly-anticipated Netflix series was worth the wait.
The Pickle Ready for the Worst
Even in the best of times, South Asian pantries are stocked with staples that last. In the worst of times, we learn why that is.
The Uncancellable Jameela Jamil
In a time where beauty and marginalization are both strange forms of currency, some react to the Jameela Jamils of the world as hoarders of wealth.
CAA and The Instagram Baddie
Should diasporic influencers pause self-exoticizing on Instagram and sound the alarm against fascism?
The Citizenship Amendment Act and the Indian American Obligation
A dispatch from India’s protests, and why they matter for the diaspora.
The Not-so Model Minority
How 'model minority’ became a definition to create the one-size-fits-all Asian American.
The Weight of Gold for Rohingya Refugees
After losing everything they’ve owned, Rohingya view gold as their most valuable tangible asset.
Not Your ‘Good’ Immigrant
India is one of the top sources for unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. — not just doctors, engineers, and academics. Why doesn’t anyone talk about them?