The South Asian Women Breaking the Divorce Taboo
As ending marriages becomes increasingly common, a new generation is speaking out to end the stigma.
Have South Asian Weddings Reached Peak Pastel?
As actor Parineeti Chopra’s wedding photos went viral, many wondered where all the color had gone in subcontinental nuptials.
How ‘It Lives Inside’ Brings Hindu Mythology to Horror
The Megan Suri-starrer taps into familiar feelings of otherness to create a new visual language for the global genre.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar and the Future of Sikh Canada
Canada is the second largest home to Sikhs in the world. But one man’s alleged extrajudicial killing could signal a new chapter in diplomacy with India.
How Humans of Bombay Lost at Its Own Game
The Mumbai-based company accused another account of plagiarism. When Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton called out the hypocrisy, all hell broke loose.
The Exciting Dating Lives of South Asian Seniors
The community often stigmatizes those who crave companionship after age 60. These lovebirds prove that the search for someone special never has to end.
King Khan: Tracing South Asia’s Most Iconic Surname
From Genghis to Shah Rukh, one of South Asia’s most prolific last names hints at the history Brown people share with Turks, Central Asians, and each other.
Black Pepper: From India’s “Black Gold” to Afterthought
Europeans colonized India in its quest for the once priceless spice. How did we start taking salt’s best friend for granted?
Who is Instacart’s Apoorva Mehta?
As the grocery delivery company goes public today, the mysterious India-born founder’s journey leaves more questions than answers.
Hasan Minhaj, Friend or Foe?
The comedian recently admitted to fabricating major incidents in his comedy specials, leaving South Asians split over his “emotional truths.”
Justin Trudeau Links Killing Of Canadian Sikh Leader To Indian Government
Justin Trudeau has said Canada is pursuing “credible allegations” that link the Indian government to the killing of a prominent Canadian Sikh leader.
Maldives and Sri Lanka May Hold the Secrets to Long Life
Life expectancy in Maldives, at 80, and Sri Lanka, at 76, are years higher than the world average, but are understudied compared to Blue Zones. Why don’t we talk about it more?
Jaahnavi Kandula Deserved Better
Seattle police killed an Indian student and laughed about it. Its aftermath has shaken the global South Asian community.
Agatha Christie, the Mystery Queen Who Won South Asian Hearts
How the British novelist borrowed from the subcontinent, became the literary grandmother of generations of fans, and changed Indian film forever.
Jaahnavi Kandula Killing: “She Had Limited Value,” Police Officer Says
Seattle police officer Daniel Auderer is under investigation for laughing after a colleague killed the 23-year-old Indian graduate student.
The Rise and Fall of Monkeys
After a long history of coexistence and even reverence, the relationship between South Asians and monkeys seems to have soured in recent years. Why?
Remembering 9/11, 22 Years On
Ten stories on how September 11 impacted the world, from the occupation of Afghanistan to anti-Muslim and -Sikh hate crimes.
‘Jawan’: What’s Old is New Again — And More Relevant Than Ever
The latest action blockbuster from Shah Rukh Khan showcases the actor’s many avatars, with epic storytelling that has long been missing in Hindi cinema.
How India Got Its Name
For a country that has renamed cities and states, the latest “Bharat” debate is about much more than nomenclature.
The Pakistan-India Space Race That Wasn’t
Despite getting to space 13 years before India and having a Nobel laureate at the helm, Pakistan would get in the way of its own greatness.
Why South Asians Prefer the Mother’s Side
Scores of South Asians swear the dad’s side of the family sucks. Is it just evolution or something else?
Rumors Spread That India Is Changing Its Name To “Bharat”
Memes abound after a leaked photo shows India used the term 'Bharat' on G20 Summit invitations.
Celebrating Labor Day 2023
Ten of our best stories on South Asian workers and their history around the world.
Why Seema in ‘And Just Like That’ Subverts Expectations
Sarita Choudhury’s Seema isn’t Samantha. Instead, she’s the best of the other characters, and a new model of a sexy, successful South Asian woman.
Shafilea Ahmed Didn’t Have to Die
Twenty years ago, parents murdered their British Pakistani daughter for daring to be herself. She would get justice only years later.
South Asia is World’s Most Polluted Region, New Study Finds
South Asians would live 5.1 years longer if air quality met WHO guidelines. The region makes up more than half of the total years lost from pollution globally.
NYC Mosques No Longer Need a Permit to Broadcast the Call to Prayer
Masjids can broadcast azan on Friday afternoons and throughout the month of Ramadan.
Brown Don’t Frown: The Science of South Asian Aging
Studies suggests that South Asians look younger for longer. That hasn’t stopped them from seeking new treatments to help turn back the clock.
The Undoing of Vijay Mallya, the “King of Good Times”
Two decades after founding Kingfisher Airlines, the former billionaire beer baron still owes India $1.4 billion.
The Bollywood Bahu Effect
Does marrying into a dynastic Hindi film family mean less autonomy and a doomed acting career? Fans are convinced Alia Bhatt is the phenomenon’s latest victim.
Why South Asians Love Feet
The subcontinent’s reverence for the lowest appendage isn’t new. Is it a collective fetish or is something else afoot?
India Lands on the Moon, First to Reach Lunar South Pole
The achievement is emblematic of a new global pecking order.
Glutathione: The Injectable, Modern-Day Fair & Lovely
Skin-lightening cream’s newer, more expensive cousin is taking over pop culture. But the latest “solution” to an age-old fixation presents new dangers.
U.K. Study: Common Heart Medicine Doesn’t Work For Most South Asians
Plavix, or clopidogrel, lowers the chance of heart attacks or strokes. But genetic factors prevent British Pakistanis and Bangladeshis from activating the drug.
How India Invented the Nose Job
Initially devised to help the mutilated, rhinoplasty has become a routine procedure that’s still taboo among South Asians.
Marigolds: How a Mexican Flower Bloomed in South Asia
The blossom ubiquitous in the subcontinent and pop culture — from ‘Monsoon Wedding’ to “Genda Phool” — isn’t native. But its mystique unites people oceans apart.
The British Museum Reports Employee Stole Artifacts, Faces Backlash For Its Own Loot
A former curator has allegedly taken jewelry, gems, and other items dating back to the 15th century B.C.
Nehru and Jinnah’s Star-Crossed Bromance
History leads us to believe that Partition alone drove apart two friends who sought Indian independence. That’s not the whole story.
Mahek and Ansreen Bukhari, the TikTokers Who Killed
A forbidden affair led to what many are calling the honor killing of a British Pakistani man. Is it?
Bengal: The Other Side of Partition
On India’s independence day, revisiting the history of a region that shaped the Partition of 1947 and modern-day South Asia.
Remembering Partition and Independence, 76 Years On
Fifteen in-depth stories about the historical event that forever changed the subcontinent.
The Big Fat South Asian Wedding is Shrinking
You’re not imagining it: many are opting for smaller, shorter ceremonies that are just as memorable.
‘Made in Heaven’ Season 2 Was Well Worth the Wait
Back after four years, the cult hit that uses weddings to examine India’s societal baggage is still preachy. But we can’t stop watching.
Can We Make AI Brown?
With the rise of ChatGPT, DALL-E, and Midjourney, addressing bias in artificial intelligence is more pressing than ever. But the solution isn’t so clear.
10 Award-Winning Wildlife Photos from Bangalore’s Nature inFocus Competition
Here are some of the most stunning winning and special mention shots from the India-based nature organization.
How Zardozi Lost Its Gold
The world’s most expensive embroidery used to use real gold and silver. Until the British came along.
Mother Teresa, History’s Most Notorious White Savior?
The controversial figure fetishized the suffering of Indians — yet the Catholic Church made her a saint.
Is Eastern Medicine the Answer for Infertility?
When all else fails, some South Asians are adding traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and other ancient practices to their fertility treatments. But do they work?
11 Kerala Workers Win $1.2 Million After Buying $3 Lottery Ticket
Radha, 49, checked the numbers on a lottery ticket and found she — and 10 of her colleagues — had won.
‘Bawaal’ Trivializes the Holocaust. No One Has Apologized.
Why did Amazon Prime Video green-light the insensitive Hindi film? And why does it continue to platform it?
Mixed South Asians are Tired of Hearing “What Are You?”
Mixed-race Asians are increasingly common, but will South Asians ever accept multiracial people as their own?
Anil Varshney, Indian American Fired for Speaking Hindi at Work, Sues Ex-Employer
The engineer, 78, filed a lawsuit in Alabama against Parsons Corporation for systemic discrimination.
How Hindu-Arabic Numerals Conquered the World
Without Indian mathematicians and Arab scholars, math would be centuries behind. But many gloss over this history.
Diaspora South Asians are Stockpiling Rice
After India banned rice exports, people in the U.S., Canada, and Australia are panic buying the grain — even non-banned varieties — leading to shortages.
‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ Review: Big Bollywood Romance is Back
But it’s not about the Punjabi-Bengali love story you think it’s about.
Welcome to the Only Child Generation
South Asian families are shrinking. Judgment from the community isn’t.
What’s with South Asia’s Kissing Cousins?
The subcontinent has some of the highest rates of cousin marriage in the world. Popular shows like ‘Humsafar’ only mirror this reality.
South Asians Need to Talk About Dementia — Before It’s Too Late
New Alzheimer’s drugs could delay cognitive decline, but South Asians might miss out on this life-altering care.
As Jewelry Thefts Rise, South Asians Lose More than Just Gold
A recent uptick in robberies has put the community on notice.
Oppenheimer’s Solace in “Becoming Death”? The Bhagavad Gita
The father of the atomic bomb turned to Hinduism not just to reckon with the consequences of what he created, but throughout his life.
Before Barbiecore Came Rani Pink
Why the punchy reddish-pink shade from South Asia has reigned supreme for centuries.
How Barbie Failed Black and Brown Girls
Life in plastic isn’t fantastic if you aren’t blonde and blue-eyed.
Vipassana: Ancient Cure-All or Current Fad?
Ten-day retreats of complete silence are no longer the pursuit of just the enlightened and famous. But does shutting up mean opening up?
Partition Ruined Modern Love. The Internet Revived It.
Borders, languages, and even shark-infested waters couldn’t stop these South Asian couples.
The Succulent World of South Asian Barbecue
The subcontinent’s reverence for grilled meats and treats transcends the tandoor.
Why So Many South Asian Men Are Mama’s Boys
The epidemic even has a name: Raja Beta Syndrome.
How the West Stole Meditation
A South Asian tradition rooted in spirituality is now a multibillion-dollar industry about productivity.
Sathya Sai Baba, the God-man Who Preyed on His Followers
Despite pedophilia allegations and efforts to expose him, the multibillion-dollar cult of the guru continues to live on.
When South Asian Women Choose to Go Child-Free
Deciding not to have kids is on the rise, but those from a collectivist culture still face rejection. This isn’t stopping them from celebrating their lives.
Why India is Home to the Last Remaining Pigeon Carrier Service
In Odisha, the practice is a testament to South Asia’s reverence for birdlife.
Firdaus Kanga’s Queer Resilience
The first Indian novelist to feature a gay protagonist proved that those with disabilities like to have fun and that being gay is no big deal.
Ashwagandha, the West’s Latest Poster Child
The herb, rooted in Ayurveda, can reportedly treat stress, hair loss, and much more. But why is science so divided on it?
Affirmative Action is No More. Now What?
Many Asian Americans grapple with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they do not support, yet used their plight to decide the case.
Jay Shetty: Modern Monk or Wellness Moneymaker?
The guru is passionate about spreading love and making you happy — but only if you pay up.
Treating Painful Sex is an Uphill Battle for South Asians
Vaginal pain is more common than people think. For South Asians, getting care is its own challenge.
Hijras in South Asia: The Divine, The Disenfranchised
British rule recast the third gender community as pariahs. Modern South Asian laws have yet to undo the damage.
Modi’s U.S. State Visit Reveals America’s Growing Reliance on India
But was an official state event necessary?
Love and Belonging in ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’
The 1985 queer romance between a British Pakistani man and a skinhead turned immigrant tropes on their head and remains prescient to this day.
DJ Rekha Wants to Make You Dance
The Basement Bhangra founder created a sanctuary for generations of South Asian Americans. The artist isn’t done anytime soon.
How Whiskey Won India
In 2022, the country overtook France to become the world’s largest consumer of the spirit by volume. Now, Indian single-malts are shaking things up.
The Hooded Gown, Suddenly, is Everywhere
As the fashion moment takes over red carpets without crediting Eastern influences, who is the look serving?
Salman Rushdie, the Maverick Who Lived
On the award-winning novelist’s birthday, we revisit how his writing molded the literary imagination of hundreds of millions.
“Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja,” the Bollywood Disco Track That Never Dies
Bappi Lahiri’s 1982 hit song has reemerged in different avatars for decades, from Soviet film festivals to Chinese protests to K-Pop.
South Asia’s Stinkiest Beloved Treat? A Laxative.
How Big Ayurveda turned Hajmola, the lip-smacking digestive aid, into candies.
Goan Food is Much More than Vindaloo
Restaurants have long reduced Goan cuisine, shaped by over 450 years of Portuguese rule, to one dish. That’s now changing — but is it enough?
‘Never Have I Ever’ Stars Reflect on What’s Next: “There’s More to Come”
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, and Richa Moorjani sat down to chat about the last season of the beloved teen comedy.
In ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 4, Devi Finally Grows Up
In her senior year and the last season, the messy but charming teen proves how far she’s come in her journey to self-love.
Did Romantic Kissing Originate in India?
For years, researchers traced the practice to ancient Sanskrit texts. Recent evidence suggests that theory might not be the whole story. Or is it?
Rekha, Mother of Bollywood Queer Icons
The Hindi film industry painted the actor as a vamp and the other woman. Yet she emerged as a flag-bearer for self-love and queer self-expression.
The Tesla Cliff Crash is Yet Another Cry for Help
In January, Dharmesh Patel tried to kill himself and his family. The tragedy unveils glaring gaps in mental health resources for South Asian men.
Dev Shah is the 2023 National Spelling Bee Champion
The 14-year-old won $50,000 and the coveted trophy. His winning word was “psammophile.”
Celebrating Pride Month: 2023
This June, dive into 15 stories about queer South Asian history, icons, and culture.
Does Yale Discriminate Against Asian Americans?
Eleven Asian American students looked at their admissions files. They were surprised by what they found.
7-Eleven and South Asians, An American Success Story
The franchise became both the lifeline of new immigrants — who own as many as 70% of 7-Elevens in the U.S. — and the punchline of racist jokes.
How Diipa Büller-Khosla Got to Cannes — And Brought Her Brand
She was the first Indian-born influencer invited to the exclusive event. The indē wild founder is now bringing more Indian women with her.
The Motel Patels Built Empires. For Younger Generations, It’s Complicated.
Gujarati Americans own over 60% of America’s motels. But, for some, joining the family business is too close to home.
The Celebrity Airport Photo: Candid or Contrived?
For Bollywood paparazzi, capturing stars come and go is less about good timing than you think.
With No Towers of Silence in the West, Zoroastrian Last Rites are a Fraught Affair
The West has no structures or legal precedent for corpses to decay in the open air. For those wishing to follow traditions, funerals are a compromise.
How Cruises Became South Asian Getaways
Bollywood and value for money ignited our wanderlust. Now, those approaching retirement and seeking comfort are some of the industry’s newest patrons.
Is the Bollywood Song Dead?
Indian music is seeing a significant shift from film songs to those of independent artists. For some, it’s about time. For others, it’s an existential threat.
How Shan Masala Spiced Up Diaspora Tables
Despite competition and import bans, the Pakistani venture built a global, $250 million business whose fans swear by its innovative spice blends.
Zarna Garg, the Indian Mom Making the World Laugh
The comedian known for her viral mom jokes is now out with her first hour-long special — and she isn’t afraid to offend you.
How Singer Set South Asian Women Up For Success
The American sewing machine had a slow start in the Indian subcontinent. Today, it has changed women’s finances, and futures, forever.
‘Jubilee’ Review: A Dazzling Homage to the Dawn of Hindi Cinema
Vikramaditya Motwane’s ambitious series explores the style and scandal of Bollywood in post-Partition and post-Independence India.
How Kumon Bred Persistence and Panic Among South Asians
The after-school program was a fixture for the South Asian diaspora. But, after peaking in the 2000s, does it now hold the same draw?
Hanif Kureishi is Inspiring Optimism — From a Hospital Bed
The British Pakistani writer of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ fame became paralyzed in 2022. His Twitter dispatches are now a symbol of hope.
‘Piku’ Reminds Us Not To Take Sh*t from the Patriarchy
The 2015 film about a widower obsessed with his bowel movements and his headstrong daughter shows us why we shouldn’t care about what society demands of us.
Haleem, Now Available Near You
For many, the meat-and-pulse stew is a rare, Ramadan tradition. Now, chefs are bringing it, along with inventive modifications, to the masses.
Padma Lakshmi on ‘Taste the Nation’ Season 2: “To Eat is Political”
We chatted with the food writer and TV host about how American food is immigrant food, why she doesn’t care about what the 1% eats, and what’s next.
Reetika Vazirani, the Forgotten Poet We Should All Know
The Indian American was a pioneer of diasporic poetry. Yet, 20 years ago, she took the life of her son and her own.
Bikram Choudhury, the Sexual Predator Who Built a Yoga Empire
How a boy from Bengal founded Bikram Yoga and minted millions, only to abuse his students and escape justice.
Met Gala 2023: A Controversial Theme, with Few South Asians
Fashion’s most famous night featured a divisive, black-and-white theme. Its guest list of South Asians was even more limited.
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: 2023
This May, a roundup of 15 stories that celebrate South Asian American life, love, culture, and history.
‘Ponniyin Selvan: II’ Review: Come for the Epic, Stay for the Twisted Love Story
Aishwarya Rai and Vikram take center stage in the second part of the Mani Ratnam magnum opus about the Chola dynasty.
‘Polite Society’ Celebrates Brown Female Rage
Director Nida Manzoor and actors Ritu Arya and Priya Kansara share how they pulled off the hilarious ‘Get Out’-esque action comedy that dismantles South Asian tropes.
How Steve Jobs’s Trip to India Helped Create Apple
The tech legend’s search for spiritual enlightenment in 1974 honed his intuition and sowed the seeds for the most valuable public company in the world.
Badminton’s Grand Comeback
In India, a country where cricket is a religion, the racquet sport is becoming a booming business.
How Ferrero Rocher Melted South Asian Hearts
And why the significance of the once gold standard of gifting is no longer the same.
‘Indian Matchmaking’ Season 3 Tries But Fails to Modernize
It’s time to swipe left on the reality series that has yet to result in a single marriage and few successful matches.
Sima Aunty from ‘Indian Matchmaking’ Has Had Enough
For the Mumbai matchmaker and reality television star, today’s youth are too picky, too impatient, and too confused.
How Horlicks, Bournvita, and Complan Took Over India
World War I, celebrity ads, and scare tactics ensured that a Western concoction became a mainstay for the subcontinent and its diaspora.
Saravana Bhavan: Dosa, With a Side of Murder
Around 20 years ago, a Chennai court convicted the infamous restaurant chain’s founder of murder. What happened next was equally surprising.
Salim-Javed: Strugglers, Screenwriters, Superstars
The story of Bollywood’s most successful writing duo is as masala-filled as the groundbreaking cinema they created.
How Gaurav Gupta Won the Red Carpet
It took years for the world to notice the Indian fashion designer. Now, stars from Cardi B to Aishwarya Rai turn to him when they want to make a statement.
Yale Was Built on Stolen Riches from India. Why Don’t We Talk About It More?
Elihu Yale became the reluctant namesake of the prestigious university by exploiting Indian diamonds, textiles, and even mango chutney.
The Mangalsutra, a Mark of Marital Bliss?
How a necklace that emerged around a century ago became a big business and the epitome of marital sanctity — and how its meaning is now changing.
‘Life of Pi’ Roars on Broadway (Review)
The stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel has impeccable acting and magical puppetry, but will leave some craving more.
The Death of Paan
How the tricornered treat, once a cornerstone of South Asian life and art, has slipped to the periphery.
‘Who is Amritpal Singh?’ is the Wrong Question
This is not a story about the separatist leader, whom few support, but about the decades-long oppression of the people of Punjab.
How Bollywood Failed Parveen Babi
One of the highest-paid actors of her time is largely remembered through her lovers and by her illness. While others profited from her tale, she died alone at 51.
Dior and India: Couture Diplomacy or Culture Vulturism?
Dior’s Fall 2023 show in Mumbai seems like a win, but raises questions about the brand’s decades-long, extractive relationship with Indian artisans.
How Cha Became Chai
British trade manipulation, espionage, and aggressive marketing changed the trajectory of the once-unpopular beverage in the Indian subcontinent.
Raquel Evita Saraswati, the Race-Baiting, Hijabi Hoaxer
How a “white as snow” activist spread Islamophobia while pretending to be South Asian, Muslim, Hispanic, and Arab.
Humza Yousaf, the Next Leader of Scotland, Makes History
The first Muslim, Pakistani-origin, and youngest Scottish first minister assumed his new role today. Less is known about whether he can deliver on his promises.
How Amrita Sher-Gil Found Home, One Painting at a Time
The queer, Indian Hungarian painter revolutionized art by blending the East and the West, championing the female gaze, and celebrating herself.
Kali, the Avenging Goddess Within Every Woman
The Hindu god known for her fury and vengeance is a man’s worst nightmare — a testament to female power in all its forms.
Why India is Half an Hour Off Global Time Zones
Colonial control, nation-building, and political rivalry dictated elements of subcontinental life — including time itself.
Catherine Duleep Singh, the Queer, Sikh, Nazi-Defiant Princess
The lesser-known story of a Punjabi heiress who fought for women’s rights and was an extraordinary Jewish ally.
How Kailasa, a Fake Hindu Nation, Conned Millions
Indian cult leader Nithyananda’s brainchild has scammed U.S. cities, several countries, and even the United Nations. But what of his countless abuse victims, who still await justice?
Zeenat Aman Was Never Just a Glamour Girl
The Bollywood icon is the zenith of celebrity Instagram with her radical honesty on social media. Those who are surprised are simply late to the party.
“Naatu Naatu” at the Oscars: A Cultural Triumph Gone Wrong
South Asians asked why there were no Indian lead dancers on stage. The Academy and the dance troupe responded with excuses.
The Kaurs of 1984: The Unsung Heroes of India’s Anti-Sikh Genocide
When the government and police watched Delhi burn, Sikh women stepped in and saved hundreds of lives.
Oscars 2023: All the South Asian Moments
This was a historic year with several wins, iconic presenters, and a musical performance many can’t forget.
‘The Namesake’: What’s in a Name? Everything.
The Mira Nair film based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, a rare love letter to Bengali Americans, explores how our most important parts are parts we didn’t choose.
AI: The Battle of the Brown CEOs
Things are heating up between Sundar Pichai’s Google and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella after Microsoft’s OpenAI deal. But does it matter who wins?
Wazwan and the Fight to Keep the 36-Course Kashmiri Feast Alive
How Kashmiris around the world are championing the ancient meal once fit for kings as its chefs slowly dwindle.
How South Asians Reclaimed Tiffin
The colonial term — which refers to everything from a lunch box to a teatime meal — stuck around to become a cultural touchstone.
Tan France on What’s ‘Next in Fashion’
The ‘Queer Eye’ veteran chats about season two of the Netflix design competition show, the future of South Asian fashion, and more.
Shakira Baksh is Much More Than “Michael Caine’s Wife”
The Indo-Guyanese model broke barriers in British film and fashion, yet the media too often reduces her to a particular actor’s spouse.
Celebrating Women’s History Month: 2023
This March, read some of our best stories on female South Asian icons across film, music, food, business, comedy, and more.
Doja Cat is Not Indian. Here’s Why We Love Her Anyway.
Amala Ratna grew up in an ashram learning Bharatanatyam and bhajans, but has no Indian roots. This hasn’t deterred South Asian fans from claiming her.
Caring for South Asian Elders in the U.S., Miles from Home
While enrolling aging parents in nursing homes is common practice in the West, for South Asian American families, it’s more complicated.
Saffron, the Hue of the Gods Enmeshed in Scandal
How the color that once conveyed divinity, piety, and national pride became weaponized.
Hot Tamale Louie: The Pakistani, Tamale-Slinging Cowboy
How Zarif Khan changed a Wyoming town and redefined what it means to be American.
Merle Oberon, the Actor Who Passed for White
The first Asian to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar maintained a lie she would take to her grave. Who was she really?
Trinidadian Doubles, the Unlikely Street Food Hit
How the national dish lifted families out of poverty, led to a family feud, and changed Caribbean cuisine forever.
‘The Romantics’ Evokes Nostalgia, But Lacks Nuance
The documentary celebrating 50 years of Bollywood studio Yash Raj Films has touching moments, but avoids deeper conversations.
Our Top 15 Stories on Love: 2023
From the love story of Princess Diana and Hasnat Khan to the queer legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ dive into our favorite stories on love in all its forms.
‘Seinfeld’ Failed South Asians. We Watched Anyway.
The popular sitcom’s depictions of “poor immigrants,” India, and Pakistan were grossly racist. So why can’t we quit the show?
The Lost Ritual of Soi Patano
How the close friendships between Bengali women inspired literature and poetry, expanded women’s rights, and made men jealous.
How Indo-Fijians Found a Home in California
Centuries of colonial abuse and decades of discrimination fueled an exodus to a state where about 75% of Fijian Americans live today.
The Black Rulers of South Asia
Former slaves from Africa ascended to power during a time when the subcontinent had far greater social mobility and, perhaps, meritocracy.
Ethiopian and Indian Food: An Interconnected History
Sambusa and samosa. Injera and appam. Misir wot and dal. How over 2,000 years of trade shaped the cuisines of the two ancient cultures.
How the World Lost Dhaka Muslin
Once Bengal’s pride, the translucent fabric vanished under the British. Centuries later, can Bangladesh now resurrect it?
Celebrating Black History Month: 2023
Revisit the often-overlooked and intertwined histories of Black and South Asian communities.
Kalpana Chawla, First Indian American Woman in Space
On the 20th anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, we revisit the legacy of the unlikely astronaut, who has inspired generations.
Why South Asians Love Jane Austen
Family, marriage, and class collisions. The British writer’s novels seem like the perfect subcontinental literary canon. But not for the reasons you might think.
Madhur Jaffrey, Always the Perfectionist
The chef, actor, and writer showed the West that Indian cooking was worthwhile and Indian women had bite. And she still has several projects up her sleeve.
Jemima Khan’s So-Called ‘Love Letter’ to Pakistan
While married to Imran Khan, the British socialite was reviled and beloved. With a new film about her time in her adopted country, where does she stand today?
‘Pathaan’ Marks Shah Rukh Khan’s Glorious Return
The star-driven action flick is well worth the wait. Deepika Padukone and John Abraham take it to the next level.
Camelback Ventures is Bringing South Asian Films to Arizona
State tax credits have spurred a $10 million evergreen fund to invest in South Asian projects in Hollywood, and bring them to the Grand Canyon State.
How India Became a Nation of Eggetarians
The egg’s prominence in the Indian vegetarian diet is a point of contention. The perennial question is: are eggs meat?
Celebrating Lunar New Year: 2023
Revisit stories on the interconnected histories between China, South Korea, and South Asia — from the creation of Indo-Chinese food to anti-Asian U.S. immigration policy to more.
The Mindy Kaling Effect
The release of ‘Velma’ has reignited discussions about how the actor, writer, and producer portrays South Asian characters on screen. But what does the backlash say about us?
As IVF Grows Popular, South Asian Egg Donors Run Low
Asian Americans use in-vitro fertilization more than any other group. As they look to South Asian egg donors to increase IVF success, they often find long wait times and disappointment.
Homeopathy in South Asia: Snake Oil or Salve?
How a German semi-scientific approach to curing disease became big business in the subcontinent.
Not All South Asians Like it Hot
How eating spicy food became so intertwined with South Asian identity, and why it’s time to retire the stereotype.
Opinion: Bollywood Nepo Babies Aren’t the Problem
While offering a needed conversation on privilege, the nepotism discourse in India’s film industries has grown stale. Rather, it demands a closer look at changing the system.
In Tadka We Trust
Each drop is a sensory universe. Here’s how the technique as old as time came to define South Asian cuisines.
The Bidet is Back. But for Many South Asians, It’s Been a Fixture.
Rooted in Hindu and Islamic traditions, using water to clean oneself after going to the bathroom has been a common practice in the East, but has only recently caught on in the West.
Subhash Kapoor: Art Dealer by Day, Idol Thief By Night
How the prolific antiquities trafficker hatched a scheme to smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars of Asian artifacts — and succeeded.
Paisley: The World’s Oldest Form of Cultural Appropriation?
How Europe stole one of the oldest block prints from Indian, Iranian, and Kashmiri weavers — and why everyone from The Beatles to Bollywood donned it.
‘In Search of Bengali Harlem’ is a Pursuit of Belonging
The documentary follows Alauddin Ullah as he traces his family’s past to 1930s New York, where Black, Puerto Rican, and Bengali marriages created a culture of their own.
Khichdi Deserves More than the Sloppy Treatment
It’s time to celebrate the rice and lentil dish synonymous with home comfort, which rarely makes it to restaurant menus and has been appropriated by wellness warriors.
Noor Inayat Khan, Unlikely War Hero
Officers believed she was physically and temperamentally unsuited to be a spy. Instead, the British Indian princess outlasted her peers and was a groundbreaking agent of resistance.
Our Top 10 Health Stories of 2022
Why colonization is responsible for your diabetes, the ubiquity of the evening walk, why many quietly suffer with PCOS and endometriosis, and other stories that investigated South Asian health.
Our Top 15 Profiles and Interviews: 2022
Deepika Padukone, Simone Ashley, Indra Nooyi, Jameela Jamil, Sabyasachi, and other icons in their field share their stories, in their own words.
Our Top 10 Politics Stories: 2022
Dive into how much British colonization cost the Indian subcontinent, what the Koh-i-noor really represents, South Asian migrant worker deaths at the World Cup, and more.
Our Top 10 Business and Technology Stories: 2022
From how Cartier built an empire by incorporating Eastern designs and the NBA’s big play for India, these were our top business and tech stories of 2022.
Our Top 15 Culture Stories: 2022
From why eating with your hands persisted in South Asia to why the West is afraid of color, these were the top stories on the South Asian practices, beliefs, and history that shape what we believe and do.
Our Top 15 Entertainment Stories: 2022
From why Parminder Nagra should have been a superstar to the rise of pan-Indian films and ‘RRR,’ delve into the film, TV, and celebrity stories our readers and editorial team loved.
Our Top 10 Food Stories: 2022
From the rise of Bhut jolokia, or the ghost pepper, to why Best Of lists often snub South Asian restaurants, these were the stories our readers and editorial team couldn't get enough of.
Why Many South Asian Muslims Celebrate Christmas
What some call “haram” is a way for others to incorporate traditions that center family and giving.
Opinion: The World Cup is Over. But What About the Migrant Workers?
The international soccer tournament was supposed to prioritize worker welfare. But over 6,750 South Asians have died since Qatar won its bid in 2010.
How the West Reduced ‘The Kama Sutra’ to Sex
The ancient Indian manuscript has long been a guide to love — and life.
‘Moshari’: Why Bangladeshi Horror Always Made Sense
Director Nuhash Humayun chats about how he added Jordan Peele and Riz Ahmed as exec producers, turning the short film into a feature, and what’s next.
The Increasing Threat of Breast Cancer in Pakistan
Pakistan has the highest breast cancer rates in Asia and among the highest mortality rates. Experts still don’t know why.
How ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ Became a Meme
The beloved 2001 Bollywood film, colloquially known as K3G, somehow has the right scene for all of life’s moments.
In Defense of Doodh Soda
Despite Pepi’s viral ad, mixing milk and coke is nothing new. In fact, the combination has a long history in South Asia.
South Asians are Reclaiming their Curly Hair
For years, South Asians were called “churails” or told that their curly hair was not beautiful. That is now changing — with the help of Black women.
Why ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ Is So Legendary
The big-budget remake is one of the few Pakistani Punjabi films to break box office records. But will it open doors for more?
Raymond Ablack is Heating Up
The actor started on ‘Degrassi’ and made fans swoon in ‘Ginny & Georgia,’ ‘Maid,’ and multiple rom-coms — but he’s still getting used to it.
Too Many South Asians are Quietly Suffering with PCOS
The condition can impact everything from fertility to appearance — and studies show South Asians are at higher risk.
Cece from ‘New Girl’ Was Never Just a Sidekick
Celebrating over 10 years of one of the first Brown women who got to be hot, smart, funny — and a lead.
Naeem Khan is Never Satisfied
The famed fashion designer opens up about his roots, his rise, the buzzy A-lister who could take his brand to the next level, and what an Indian-wear line could look like.
‘Four Samosas’ Review: A Quirky, Yet Familiar Watch
Ravi Kapoor’s film feels like wandering around your local Little India on a summer Saturday, and stumbling upon some hijinks.
How ‘Sort Of’ Season 2 Stays True to Itself
Season 1 of the comedy series took audiences by surprise. Now it has to live up to its own — very high — bar.
Why Many South Asians Never Learn to Swim
South Asians account for a significant number of drowning deaths. So why aren’t more of us learning to swim?
Revisiting ‘Born Confused,’ 20 Years Later
A surprise pitch meeting with Scholastic landed Tanuja Desai Hidier her first book deal. Her 2002 young adult novel became a sensation.
How Tandoori Chicken Took Over South Asian Thanksgiving Tables
For the diaspora, the no-frills dish has become a curious fixture of the iconic holiday meal.
How Hilsa Became One of the World’s Priciest Fish
With insatiable demand and export bans, ilish maach has become expensive and hard to find — but that isn’t stopping the diaspora.
‘Welcome to Chippendales’: Where the American Dream Becomes a Nightmare
The true-crime series cleverly leans into the typical immigrant tropes before taking a dark turn.
How FTX’s Ramnik Arora and Nishad Singh Joined SBF's Inner Circle
And how they disappeared after the crypto stock exchange’s collapse.
‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ Season 2 Isn’t Revolutionary, But It Is A Riot
The Mindy Kaling sitcom won’t shock you — the delightful foursome are still making questionable decisions — but still makes for a laugh-out-loud watch.
How Anti-Asian Bias Came to U.S. Colleges
Asian Americans overwhelmingly support affirmative action. Yet, the anti-Asian college admissions playbook is reminiscent of 1920s anti-Semitic policies.
Deepika Padukone is Ready to Build an Empire
The launch of 82°E, her self-described “self-care” brand, is only the start for the Bollywood superstar.
The Magical Weight Loss Drug No One is Talking About
In June 2021, the FDA approved semaglutide, one of the first drugs specifically designed for weight loss. For some, it’s been a godsend. But is it also promoting fatphobia?
The Messy Legacy of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
The West praised the 2008 film and showered it with Oscars, while many in India and the diaspora viewed it as poverty porn. Fourteen years later, its impact remains murky.
The NBA’s Big Play for India? Ranveer Singh
The basketball league has targeted the country for years. Now, it’s investing in everything from Hindi broadcasts to a Bollywood star — but will it work?
‘Bombay Dreams’ Was Supposed to Open Doors for South Asian Musicals
But it will be nearly 20 years before audiences will see others, such as ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Come Fall in Love,’ grace Broadway — the biggest theater industry in the English-speaking world.
The Tragic Love of Princess Diana and Hasnat Khan
How the “people’s princess” and a British Pakistani doctor met, fell in love, and fell apart just weeks before her final days.
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.
The Devastating Colonial Legacy of Dams in Pakistan
Though at least ten dams have burst since this year’s deadly flooding, the country has long promoted them as the magical solution to its woes.
Rishi Sunak is U.K. Prime Minister. Now What?
Can the former chancellor of the exchequer get the U.K. through an unprecedented economic crisis? Experts say the answer is not so clear-cut.
Justice for M. Night Shyamalan
The Oscar-nominated horror director is one of the most consistently bankable filmmakers. So how did he become a punchline?
The “Colonial Hangover” Contributing to Vitamin D Deficiency
A potent combination of shadeism, skin tone, climate change, and pollution put South Asians at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency — which can have life-altering consequences.
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.
Rishi Sunak is the Next U.K. Prime Minister, Making History
The former chancellor of the exchequer, 42, is the first person of color, first person of Indian origin, and first Hindu to take on the top role in the country.
How Chakri, a Diwali Special, Became a Global Snack Sensation
Crunchy, salty, spicy, and addictive, these savory fried coils are no longer just for the festive season, in large part, because of the diaspora.
The Rise of the Diwali Episode on American TV
Since The Office’s 2006 “Diwali” episode, many have tried — though not all have succeeded — in depicting the annual celebration.
How ‘DDLJ’ Went From Screen to Stage
The cast and crew break down what it means to change beloved elements of Aditya Chopra’s 1995 Bollywood blockbuster — but still keep its spirit alive.
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.
Even Parle-G Isn’t Immune to Change
The iconic biscuit — long associated with consistent branding and pricing — shrunk its packaging twice in just the past year. But did anyone notice?
Reminder: The British Still Have Our Art
The Royal Collection remains one of the largest troves of South Asian art, much of it stolen.
‘Shantaram’ Is Yet Another White Savior Story
The TV adaptation of the controversial 2003 novel offers a new format but the same exoticization of India.
Nose Rings are Not Just Ornaments for the Diaspora
As nose piercings become popular in the West, South Asians in the diaspora grapple with preserving their cultural symbolism.
Why the West is Afraid of Color
The colorful (and enraging) history of how neutrals and monochrome became the preferred Western aesthetic.
The Spicy Texts Between Elon Musk and Parag Agrawal
Ahead of the Twitter vs. Musk trial, recently released text messages between the billionaire and current Twitter CEO reveal drama and chaos.
‘House of the Dragon’ Director Geeta Vasant Patel Breaks Down Episode 8
The “Lord of Tides” director discusses her favorite scenes, how she got the gig, and what’s next for the epic fantasy series.
Haters Tried to Silence Maulik Pancholy. He Got Louder.
With his latest novel, ‘Nikhil Out Loud,’ the actor and author gives young readers the stories he wished he had growing up.
‘Bride & Prejudice’ and East vs. West
Gurinder Chadha put a Bollywood spin on Jane Austen’s classic, adding a clash of Indian vs. American values and silliness that feels fun at best and outdated at worst.
The Battle for the Bill
“I’ve seen people pull credit cards out of each other’s hands, yell at each other while our server is standing there, and then go home quietly. There’s no shame.”
Hasan Minhaj Gets Personal with ‘The King’s Jester’
The comedy star dissects his latest tour-turned-Netflix special, gets candid about what he keeps private, and addresses the allegations that ‘Patriot Act’ was a toxic workplace.
‘Ponniyin Selvan: I’ Review: Where Women Steal the Show
Bow down, because the queens have arrived.
‘Vikram Vedha’ Marks the Return of Bollywood Nuance
The remake of the hit 2017 Tamil film gives us delightfully meaty characters who go beyond good vs. evil.
Making Brown Skin Beautiful on Screen
Brown skin has always been beautiful, but with advancements in technology and more inclusive filmmaking, audiences in the West finally get to see it.
Renewed Hope in the Devesh Samtani Hit-and-Run Case
The 18-year-old was killed in August 2021, with the driver set to serve no jail time. New evidence might now lead to justice, according to the family.
How ‘Joyland’ Got Made and Found Love
The Pakistani movie questioning gender norms and family expectations took six years to make. Now, it’s taking the festival circuit by storm.
What Happened to Zayn?
Despite being the first One Direction member to go solo and release a popular debut album, the pop star has fallen off the charts and out of the spotlight.
Jameela Jamil Has Entered Her Villain Era
The ‘She-Hulk’ star opened up about the freedom of playing a supervillain and dealing with haters in real life.
How Love is Blind’s Deepti is Learning to Choose Herself
The reality television star went viral for walking out of her wedding. What came next redefined her approach to life, love, and happiness.
Is Adnan Syed Innocent or Guilty?
No matter the truth, there is little justice in the case that enraptured the world.
The Call of Niagara Falls
How did the roaring waterfalls become an essential stop in the South Asian immigrant experience?
What the Koh-i-noor Really Represents
As South Asians worldwide clamor for the diamond’s return, they risk losing something far more critical.