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Editor's Picks

April 27, 2021

"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.

Meher Manda

April 19, 2021

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.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team

April 21, 2021

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.

Imaan Sheikh

March 24, 2021

Why Bollywood Loved — and Lost — Fawad Khan

This year marks almost five years since fans have seen the iconic Pakistani actor in Hindi cinema.

Snigdha Sur

Business & Tech

May 06, 2021

“Be Careful”: WhatsApp Forwards Spread Fear and Misinformation

Messages intended to increase awareness of potential COVID transmission among South Asian Americans, but the impact has been more alarming.

Snigdha Sur

March 23, 2021

Talking Shop with Ankiti Bose

The co-founder and CEO of Zilingo talks about her startup, sustainable supply chains, and of course, Sabyasachi.

Snigdha Sur

April 20, 2021

How Trader Joe’s Became Known for Its Indian Food

The American grocery chain inadvertently built a line of products — from lamb vindaloo to spicy chakri mix — that appeal to South Asians and non-South Asians alike.

Nikhita Venugopal

March 01, 2021

Black Women, Indian Hair

For decades, Indian temples have been selling hair to Black women around the world as part of the $58 million human hair export industry.

Sabrina Toppa

Crossword

May 12, 2021

"Oh ya!"

Our May 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar

April 09, 2021

"Think Twice"

Our April 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar

Culture

May 11, 2021

“The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations

India’s elite continued to vacation in the island nations amid a raging pandemic.

Poulomi Das

May 10, 2021

Reenvisioning How U.S. Textbooks Tell South Asian Stories

A new ethnic studies curriculum for California’s public schools was poised to become a national blueprint; instead, it is now a mere recommendation.

Aarti Virani

May 11, 2021

The Visual Language of Satyajit Ray

On his 100th birth anniversary, a look back on how the filmmaker redefined Indian graphic design long before he changed how the world looked at cinema.

Bedatri D. Choudhury

May 07, 2021

Good Ma, Bad Ma

Can Bollywood’s mothers exist between virtue or vice?

Imaan Sheikh

Fiction

November 06, 2020

Fiction: It Started with a Dream

In the winner of our spooky horror fiction contest, at a family get-together, the line between Maya’s recurring nightmare and reality blurs.

Hira H. Arif

Film & TV

May 11, 2021

The Visual Language of Satyajit Ray

On his 100th birth anniversary, a look back on how the filmmaker redefined Indian graphic design long before he changed how the world looked at cinema.

Bedatri D. Choudhury

April 27, 2021

"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.

Meher Manda

May 07, 2021

Good Ma, Bad Ma

Can Bollywood’s mothers exist between virtue or vice?

Imaan Sheikh

April 27, 2021

Zohra Segal: Begum Ballerina

A dancer, actor, and revolution all packed into one, Segal embodied carefree womanhood on and off screen.

Poulomi Das

Food

April 30, 2021

The Rooh Afza Renaissance

The ubiquitous, cooling drink known for its permanent spot on the iftar spread is also indelibly linked with the history of Partition.

Shirin Mehrotra

April 20, 2021

How Trader Joe’s Became Known for Its Indian Food

The American grocery chain inadvertently built a line of products — from lamb vindaloo to spicy chakri mix — that appeal to South Asians and non-South Asians alike.

Nikhita Venugopal

April 26, 2021

The Shifting Tides of India’s Seafood Traditions

Though plentiful and sustainable, shellfish such as clams, mussels, oysters, and snails barely make an appearance in popular accounts of Indian seafood.

Rohan Kamicheril

April 14, 2021

The Weight of Parsi Toddy

How an ancient tradition cemented itself in Parsi kitchens, and why it is now fading away.

Meher Mirza

Opinion

April 28, 2021

Ambedkar’s American Comeback

Despite America’s relatively newfound interest in Ambedkar’s work, it will take another decade for him to become a household name.

Suraj Yengde

March 26, 2021

Opinion: It’s Too Easy to Criticize Rupi Kaur

Twitterati recently ridiculed a viral video of everyone’s favorite Instagram poet, but her politics deserve a chance.

Meher Manda

April 01, 2021

Opinion: The Resurrection of Imran Khan

Despite a long and fraught journey, Pakistan’s prime minister might be the first to finish his term in the country’s history.

Wajahat S. Khan

March 22, 2021

Opinion: How Do We Write a Better Story of Asian America?

Our ability to see and support each other is what matters.

Anita Felicelli

Politics

May 13, 2021

The Once and Future Tibet

As Tibetans in exile elect their latest political leader, will he be enough to unite a stateless, scattered community — especially after the 14th Dalai Lama is gone?

Lewis Page

May 05, 2021

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

With the country’s overburdened healthcare system focused on fighting COVID, non-COVID patients assume lowest priority.

Poulomi Das

May 10, 2021

Reenvisioning How U.S. Textbooks Tell South Asian Stories

A new ethnic studies curriculum for California’s public schools was poised to become a national blueprint; instead, it is now a mere recommendation.

Aarti Virani

May 03, 2021

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This May, a roundup of 15 stories from our archives that celebrate Asian American life, love, culture, and history.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team

Science & Technology

May 05, 2021

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

With the country’s overburdened healthcare system focused on fighting COVID, non-COVID patients assume lowest priority.

Poulomi Das

April 21, 2021

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.

Imaan Sheikh

April 29, 2021

How India’s COVID Surge is Fueling the Vaccine Diplomacy Debate

Who gets to decide which country gets which vaccine?

Devanshi Patel

Sports

April 13, 2021

How India Made Chess and its Champions

The country that invented the ancient game is now producing some of the world’s biggest chess champions.

Bhavya Dore

July 09, 2020

A Pommel Horse, Masala Macaroni, and an Olympic Dream

Gymnast Akash Modi — part of a “tight-knit” group of South Asian Americans in the sport — is aiming for an Olympic medal.

Nirmal Mulaikal

December 15, 2020

All Punch, No Pay: The Story of Pakistan's Female Boxers

Once lauded internationally, Pakistan’s best female boxers are fighting to make ends meet.

Rabia Mushtaq

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
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