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Latest Stories

April 06, 2020

Brown Memes on Corona Themes

In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.

Michaela Stone Cross

April 02, 2020

Azadi Records, India’s Most Provocative Record Label

The three-year-old music label is fighting for the truth — no matter the cost.

Dhruva Balram

April 03, 2020

"Missed Translations"

A New York Times reporter traces a year of his life as he tries to find his parents, from whom he had become estranged, in a new memoir.

Sopan Deb

April 01, 2020

Amid World's Largest Lockdown, the Ramayan is Back

The popular television show used to bring India to a halt when it aired decades ago. Now, it’s making a comeback while Indians are housebound.

Vandana Menon

Editor's Picks

January 16, 2020

CAA and The Instagram Baddie

Should diasporic influencers pause self-exoticizing on Instagram and sound the alarm against fascism?

Sarah Thankam Mathews

June 07, 2019

The Not-so Model Minority

How 'model minority’ became a definition to create the one-size-fits-all Asian American.

Fariha Róisín

December 20, 2019

The Citizenship Amendment Act and the Indian American Obligation

A dispatch from India’s protests, and why they matter for the diaspora.

Sanjena Sathian

May 20, 2019

The Weight of Gold for Rohingya Refugees

After losing everything they’ve owned, Rohingya view gold as their most valuable tangible asset.

Jennifer Chowdhury

Business & Tech

March 31, 2020

Why America’s Manhole Covers are “Made in India”

How a simple inscription embedded in the streets of America’s cities can trigger nostalgia and reveal stories about global trade.

Sneha Mehta

March 26, 2020

Masala y Maiz: Colonized Tastebuds Not Welcome

The Mexico City restaurant doesn’t just serve a mix of flavors from South Asia and Mexico — it’s also unapologetically political.

Taz Ahmed

March 30, 2020

WhatsApp is a Petri Dish of Coronavirus Misinformation

Why it’s so hard to stop fake news on the giant messaging platform.

Sinduja Rangarajan

March 25, 2020

The Indian SaaS Juggernauts

The new darlings of Indian tech have been disrupting their U.S. counterparts with similar or better offerings at lower prices.

Varsha Bansal

Culture

April 06, 2020

Brown Memes on Corona Themes

In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.

Michaela Stone Cross

April 02, 2020

Azadi Records, India’s Most Provocative Record Label

The three-year-old music label is fighting for the truth — no matter the cost.

Dhruva Balram

April 03, 2020

"Missed Translations"

A New York Times reporter traces a year of his life as he tries to find his parents, from whom he had become estranged, in a new memoir.

Sopan Deb

April 01, 2020

Amid World's Largest Lockdown, the Ramayan is Back

The popular television show used to bring India to a halt when it aired decades ago. Now, it’s making a comeback while Indians are housebound.

Vandana Menon

Opinion

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

September 11, 2019

Who is Shamima Begum?

The story of a woman who ran away to join ISIS, and what it says about belonging, citizenship, and communities.

Tahmina Begum

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

August 13, 2019

Opinion: Not the Role Model We Need

It’s time we ask for more from Priyanka Chopra-Jonas.

Meghna Rao

Politics

April 06, 2020

Brown Memes on Corona Themes

In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.

Michaela Stone Cross

April 01, 2020

Amid World's Largest Lockdown, the Ramayan is Back

The popular television show used to bring India to a halt when it aired decades ago. Now, it’s making a comeback while Indians are housebound.

Vandana Menon

April 02, 2020

Azadi Records, India’s Most Provocative Record Label

The three-year-old music label is fighting for the truth — no matter the cost.

Dhruva Balram

March 26, 2020

Masala y Maiz: Colonized Tastebuds Not Welcome

The Mexico City restaurant doesn’t just serve a mix of flavors from South Asia and Mexico — it’s also unapologetically political.

Taz Ahmed

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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