How Himalayan Salt Sold a Rosy Dream
This pretty pink rock has been touted as a cure for COVID and a healthy staple of wellness culture. But behind that salt lamp glow hides many falsehoods — it’s not even from the Himalayas.
How Ice Heated Up Trade Between India and America
This quirky blip in the history of global trade — when merchants would ship ice from Boston to Bombay — teaches us what happens when globalization and unfettered demand mix.
Thuggee: “The Cunningest Robbers in the World”
In the 1800s, the British claimed to have vanquished a secret cult of Kali-worshipping murderers in India. But did they ever exist?
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.
Jinnfluencers: Inside the World of Internet Exorcisms
The internet is making faith healers more popular than ever. Is this deterring people from seeking professional mental health treatment?
Lesbian Lovers, Dildo Shopping, and Other Mughal-Era Poems
Rekhti, a lost genre of Urdu poetry, centered the female experience — despite being written by men.