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May 29, 2020

The Year of the Zoom Spelling Bee

SpellPundit’s virtual spelling bee had drama, excitement, and a few South Asian-origin words.

Vandana Menon

May 27, 2020

PBS’s ‘Asian Americans’ Is Overdue, But Is Just the Start

The five-part series covers 150 years of the community’s diverse history — from the 1800s to 9/11 — yet still doesn’t go far enough.

Bedatri D. Choudhury

May 28, 2020

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.

Varsha Bansal

May 26, 2020

Pakistan’s New (Ertuğrul) Bey

Why the hit Turkish TV series “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” has captivated the country today — and the world since its launch.

Sarah Khan

Editor's Picks

April 29, 2020

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.

Michaela Stone Cross

April 17, 2020

Never Have I Ever Seen A Show Like This

Yes, Mindy Kaling’s highly-anticipated Netflix series was worth the wait.

Ishani Nath

April 28, 2020

The Unexpected Rise of Rishi Sunak

U.K. citizens are finding comfort in the Chancellor’s well-informed nerdiness during an uncertain time.

Kiran Misra

April 15, 2020

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.

Meher Ahmad

Business & Tech

May 28, 2020

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.

Varsha Bansal

May 08, 2020

“Essential” Liquor Stores Quench America’s Quarantine Thirst

South Asian American liquor store owners confront a dilemma: higher sales but higher risks.

Rujuta Saksena

May 15, 2020

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.

Vandana Menon

April 14, 2020

India Abroad’s Print Demise

The iconic 50-year-old news organization for the Indian diaspora plots its digital-only future.

Meena Thiruvengadam

Culture

May 29, 2020

The Year of the Zoom Spelling Bee

SpellPundit’s virtual spelling bee had drama, excitement, and a few South Asian-origin words.

Vandana Menon

May 26, 2020

Pakistan’s New (Ertuğrul) Bey

Why the hit Turkish TV series “Diriliş: Ertuğrul” has captivated the country today — and the world since its launch.

Sarah Khan

May 27, 2020

PBS’s ‘Asian Americans’ Is Overdue, But Is Just the Start

The five-part series covers 150 years of the community’s diverse history — from the 1800s to 9/11 — yet still doesn’t go far enough.

Bedatri D. Choudhury

May 22, 2020

The Poetic Names of Kanjeevaram Saris

Since the 15th century, weavers have named the iconic saris with descriptions so expressive, that their names sound like the shortest poems in the world.

Meera Ganapathi

Opinion

May 13, 2020

Opinion: Who Gets to Be “Chef”?

The Alison Roman debacle shows us that the immigrant cook gets little to no recognition or economic payoff. The celebrity chef builds a lifestyle.

Meghna Rao

February 13, 2020

Opinion: The Hope of India’s Aam Aadmi Party

Other than the Bharatiya Janata Party, the AAP is the only game in town — but capturing the imagination of a billion-plus nation is an uphill battle.

Mauktik Kulkarni

April 24, 2020

Opinion: Coping With Bollywood During a Pandemic

In a role reversal, the last thing on our minds is to be like celebrities but several Bollywood stars now want to prove that they’re just like us.

Poulomi Das

September 18, 2019

Opinion: How Modi Capitalizes on the Diaspora

As India Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches a worldwide Hindu agenda, the diaspora must decide whether feeling like they belong is enough to overlook what he stands for.

Meghna Rao

Politics

May 19, 2020

The South Asian Americans Left Behind

The U.S. CARES Act left many non-citizens ineligible for stimulus checks. The HEROES Act could change the conversation.

Kiran Misra

May 11, 2020

The South Asian Frontliners of New York

As COVID-19 sweeps the city, it’s not just healthcare workers who are stepping up to fill essential services.

Meghna Rao

May 12, 2020

How Coronavirus May Help the World’s Final Battle Against Polio

In one of the globe’s last polio-endemic countries, Pakistanis are finally realizing the importance of vaccines — in the absence of one for COVID-19.

Sabrina Toppa

May 06, 2020

Stranded Travelers Face Pricey Repatriation Flights

For Indian and U.S. nationals, getting on pandemic repatriation flights is an expensive, uncertain ordeal.

Payal Mohta

Sports

January 30, 2020

The Random, Solitary Path of Sumit Nagal

Pursuing a tennis singles career in India is a lonely, expensive, largely anonymous journey.

Giri Nathan

October 10, 2019

For the NBA, India Can’t Replace China Just Yet

The NBA’s operations in China are already $4b. Its future in India may be just as rosy — but it comes with political choices and isn't as simple as swapping a billion-plus country for another.

Meghna Rao

November 01, 2019

Running the World’s Largest Marathon

Ahead of this Sunday’s New York Marathon, reflections on training for a marathon as a chef and a vegan.

Palak Patel

September 30, 2019

Yoga’s Fine Balance

Traditional yoga has a hard time competing with modern yoga.

Keshav Pandya

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