April 21, 2022
The “Tacky NRI Fashion” Debate is About More Than Style
Allegations that diaspora Indians wear “tacky” Indian fashion sparked internet fury on Instagram account Diet Sabya. But the root of the debate isn’t about fashion at all.
April 19, 2022
Parminder Nagra Should Have Been a Superstar
'Bend It Like Beckham' turned Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers into overnight celebrities — so why didn’t it do the same for its British Indian stars?
April 11, 2022
How Aditi Shah Built a Following By Teaching People to Be Still
Peloton’s only South Asian instructor is bringing yoga and meditation to the digital space while honoring their roots. And now, she’s Puma’s latest ambassador.
March 25, 2022
‘Flee’ Humanizes the Trauma of Escape and Survival Like We’ve Never Seen Before
The Oscar-nominated animated documentary tells the harrowing real-life story of Amin Nawabi, forced to escape from Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1980s.
March 4, 2022
‘The Fame Game’ Gives Us Madhuri Dixit in All Her Glory
As Bollywood superstar Anamika Anand, the talented actor pushes back against the industry’s obsession with young actresses, setting our screens on fire.
February 25, 2022
‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’: Come, and Stay, for Alia Bhatt
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest movie, about the true story of a brothel matron in Bombay’s Kamathipura, is the first time he centers one star’s acting prowess. And we’re here for it.
February 23, 2022
Rowdy Rooster Wants You to Fall in Love with Indian Fried Chicken
Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Pandya — behind New York City restaurants Adda, Dhamaka, and Semma — just launched their first quick-serve concept.
February 11, 2022
‘Gehraiyaan’ Isn’t What You Think It’s About
The latest Deepika Padukone starrer from director Shakun Batra asks us what we carry with us, and what we’re willing to let go.
January 10, 2022
Aasif Mandvi Wants You to See Him as an Actor, Not a Comedian
The actor, writer, and future director chats about playing Ben Shakir in “Evil,” becoming a father, and why you can’t put him in a box.
December 14, 2021
Who is Sunny Balwani?
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has accused her number-two of psychological and sexual abuse, yet little is known about him and his motives.
November 5, 2021
‘Eternals’ Review: Come for the Action, Stay for the Humor
Kumail Nanjiani's Kingo is easily one of the highlights of the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
November 3, 2021
How Diwali Marketing Went Mainstream in the U.S.
More brands than ever before — ranging from Target, Lego, Instacart, and Lexus to local fireworks companies — are promoting their products to Indian Americans with targeted Diwali ads.
July 26, 2021
One Year On, Justice Eludes Fahim Saleh
On July 13, 2020, the Bangladeshi American tech entrepreneur was murdered in his NYC apartment. Over a year later, his family is still seeking justice.
June 2, 2021
“Femininity with a Bite”: Why Prabal Gurung Gets Political
The Nepali American fashion designer sat down to chat about dressing everyone from Kamala Harris to Deepika Padukone, why strong women inspire him, and the enduring fashion of 'Rangeela.'
May 6, 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.
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.
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.
March 12, 2021
The Oscar-Shortlisted "Bittu" More Than Delivers
A series of interlinked unfortunate events, rather than any malintent, leads to the tightly-woven short film’s ultimate climax and tragedy.
January 25, 2021
How Riz Ahmed Stretches Culture
Fifteen years in, the multi-hyphenate actor and musician consistently produces the deep cuts when it comes to Brown culture and history — and, now, he’s creating for himself.
January 12, 2021
Hrishikesh Hirway, a Masterclass in the Interview
We interviewed the interviewer, asking the brains behind “Song Exploder,” “Home Cooking,” and “The West Wing Weekly” what makes him so good.
November 16, 2020
The Love and Irreverence of Mira Nair
The director — whose films have launched careers, won international awards, and dazzled audiences with their earthy sensuality — looks back on four decades of “riling people up.”
October 16, 2020
Why We Love Sarita Choudhury
Nearly 30 years after her sizzling debut in “Mississippi Masala,” Choudhury plays the role of a mother in the latest Blumhouse horror flick with sensuality and aplomb.
July 6, 2020
Ten Years of Dishoom
Co-founder Shamil Thakrar shares what it takes to build a food institution — deepen, don’t dilute.
July 1, 2020
The Evolution of Padma Lakshmi
Her latest show “Taste the Nation” is just the culmination of who she’s always been: an authentic food writer, history nerd, and steward of culture.
April 27, 2020
The Strong Women of Never Have I Ever
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Richa Moorjani break down what made the ladies in Mindy Kaling’s latest show such badasses.
February 7, 2020
The Rise of the Indian-Origin CEO
A wave of Indian CEOs has the world buzzing. Is there more to it than just a demographic shift? And have they made a difference?
January 31, 2020
Gran Dabbang Brings Indian Heat to Argentina
Chef Mariano Ramón combines Argentinian herbs with Indian recipes to set a new standard in Buenos Aires.
January 24, 2020
Shubham Goel, Reality TV’s Favorite Brown Guy
How did the 23-year-old self-described “Indian James Bond” go from ranking dead last to nearly winning the show and becoming a fan-favorite?
January 15, 2020
Who Cares About the Oscars Anyway?
In an #OscarsSoWhite kind of world, should we still care about the awards?
January 9, 2020
2019: South Asia in Review
We’re highlighting the 10 trends we saw in 2019 and the five trends brewing in 2020.
December 18, 2019
The Books of the Decade
The books that defined not only my 2010s, but also my 20s.
December 10, 2019
How Amol Sarva Built a Better WeWork
The Knotel co-founder and CEO shares how Knotel is better (and cheaper) than WeWork, and his plans to be in every part of the office — from the walls to the couch.
November 21, 2019
Rianjali, A.R. Rahman Protege, is a Musical Swiss Army Knife
Ria Bhowmick, a singer trained in Hindustani classical and Bengali songs, can do it all when it comes to producing music.
October 31, 2019
What It Takes to Be Madame Gandhi
In today’s hectic, social media-driven world, the percussionist asks us to look inward in her latest album Visions — and succeeds.
September 6, 2019
Amitav Ghosh, Weaver of International Tales
The writer — out with Gun Island, a novel about the impact of climate change via the lens of a 17th century Bengali folktale — shares his thoughts on dictionaries, migration, and technology.
July 10, 2019
How Zareen’s Feeds Silicon Valley
The Pakistani American entrepreneur has built a beloved brand in the heart of Silicon Valley by testing and scaling different South Asian food concepts.
June 14, 2019
The Spelling Bee and the Power of a Network
Indian Americans dominate the bee. But what if you don't need to be Indian American to win?
February 21, 2019
From Beauty to Fashion: Nykaa Does it All
How much of its beauty playbook can Nykaa follow as it builds its fashion vertical? And what must it create anew?
February 20, 2019
Tea Can Be Cool: Re-envisioning Chai
Fine dining veteran Christopher Bunet brings fine dining principles (experimentation, precision, presentation) to chai at The Hideout Chai Bar in the Lower East Side.