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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

March 11, 2021

What Recipes Leave Off the Page

Recipes, family legacies, and lore are passed down in the kitchen, not the written word.

Arundhati Ail

March 16, 2021

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.

Lewis Page

March 04, 2021

Celebrating Women's History Month

This Women’s History Month, read some of our best stories on icons across politics, music, food, art, business, comedy, and more.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team

Business & Tech

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

February 17, 2021

How Rafat Ali’s Startup Skift is Weathering the Pandemic

As the media industry contracts, with advertising budgets and in-person events drying up, Skift is betting on its innovative founder.

JP Mangalindan

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

February 11, 2021

How South Asians are Building Community on Clubhouse

As the audio app takes off, Brown members are leading some of its biggest, buzziest rooms.

Beejoli Shah


April 09, 2021

"Think Twice"

Our April 2021 crossword.

Sid Sivakumar


April 16, 2021

How the Mrs. Sri Lanka Incident Stirred the Pageant Pot

The uncrowning and recrowning of Pushpika De Silva is causing many to question why one’s marital status — and beauty pageants — matter in the first place.

Poulomi Das

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

April 15, 2021

Why You Can’t Help But Love Strings

What set the Pakistani pop rock group — which disbanded after 33 years — apart was a fortuitous blend of timing and talent.

Imaan Sheikh

April 12, 2021

Why Memories of Burma Live On in Chennai

Wealth faded, political rifts widened, but the Indian-Burmese connection lives on.

Kalpana Sunder


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

April 09, 2021

How a Nepali Drama Deconstructs Male Ego

Filmmaker Khyentse Norbu’s latest, “Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache,” captures a man’s journey through the chaotic rift between the spiritual and the modern.

Siddhant Adlakha

March 30, 2021

How a 1990 Satyajit Ray Film Predicted the Future

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and increasing politicization of society, "Ganashatru" is loudly prescient.

Meher Manda

April 08, 2021

Charles Sobhraj: The Serpent Who Charmed India

The BBC-Netflix co-production shows the serial killer for what he is: a cold-blooded escape artist and convicted international criminal.

Poulomi Das

March 29, 2021

Haseena Moin’s Wonderful World of Women

The screenwriter elevated the ordinary to capture the dream of millions of Pakistani women: freedom to be themselves.

Tazeen Javed


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

March 25, 2021

Community Cookbooks, A Window Into a Bygone Era

A generation of Marathi cookbooks highlight unusual ingredients, old cooking techniques, and absurdly high expectations of women.

Mithila Phadke

April 09, 2021

How Posto Became Bengal’s Comfort Food

The rise of poppy in Bengali cuisine went hand in hand with the British love for tea.

Tania Banerjee

March 15, 2021

A History of Bhang, India’s Most Accessible Cannabis

From Holi celebrations to paan shops, bhang has been consumed for thousands of years in India.

Michaela Stone Cross


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

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

March 18, 2021

Opinion: How the BJP Took Away My Childhood Idols

What do you do when celebrities who once inspired you trade grace and morality for relevance?

Tatsam Mukherjee


April 08, 2021

How Recent Senate Hearings are Confirming our Fears of Sexism

In the taxonomy of American power, vocal women are castigated for taking up any space at all.

Devanshi Patel

April 05, 2021

The Fight for Dalit Rights in Pakistan

Despite the country’s refusal to acknowledge caste, pockets of activists continue to challenge an entrenched system of discrimination.

Alizeh Kohari

April 07, 2021

A Year into Lockdown, South Asian New Yorkers Share their Stories

Six South Asians — the Asian subgroup with the highest number of positive cases and hospitalizations — lay bare their pandemic experiences.

Samira Sadeque

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


April 12, 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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