When the Asian Team Chess Competition begins in Iran next month, Soumya Swaminathan will not be among the competitors. The 29-year-old grandmaster announced recently that she would not be participating due to the requirement that she would be required to wear a headscarf while competing. “I find the Iranian law...
A noted chef on the Dubai food scene is out of a job after tweeting out anti-Islamic statements. Until a few days ago, Atul Kochhar was the Michelin-starred chef who ran Rang Mahal, an award-winning restaurant inside Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. Kochhar immediately came under fire when he began...
By Samin Tarannum Arranged marriage has been all the rage for desi Baby Boomers and generations before them. It's been glorified in Bollywood films and notoriously recognized by other cultures. That's just how life was back then – it was an efficient system in starting a family and it worked with...
If you thought nosy desi moms were one of a kind, let me remind you that desi dads are a unique species all on their own. From shutting down your outfit choices to crushing your dreams with just a look, desi dads are, well, desi dads. With Fathers Day around the...
In recent years artist Sarah K. Khan has become known for her portraits of both India’s women farmers and the men who work as spice porters on the subcontinent. Her work is now being displayed in a new, 24/7 exhibition in New York City. Titled "In/Visible: Portraits of Farmers and...
As we come upon the last days of Ramadan, it’s time to prep for the joyous celebration of Eid. The holiday is traditionally marked with new clothes, visits from extended families, tons of good food and endless desserts. Ramadan desserts are more than gulab jamuns, cupcakes and cookies. Rich and delectable are...
Television host and model Padma Lakshmi shares what it was like being a toddler separated by thousands of miles from her mother in a moving new essay. Lakshmi’s mother Vijaya moved to the United States when Padma was two in search of work after the end of her abusive marriage....
As Muslims around the world gather to celebrate Eid later this week, we thought it would be the perfect time to read some of interesting poems, stories, and novels members of the South Asian Muslim community have released in recent years. From a new series featuring an aspiring basketball star...
By Ryan Arron D'Souza “In life, dharam is of utmost importance,” asserts Nikunj-ji to his anthropomorphic robot, Anukul. The robot having just read the Gita is confused by Lord Krishna’s decision to fight his own brothers. Nikunj-ji places his hand on his heart, and explains that it is Lord Krishna’s...
In a powerful new video, several LGBT Indians speak out about about the hateful and homophobic comments they face while using social media. Produced by the creators of the LGBT-focused app Delta, the #StrongestTogether video highlights the personal stories users say they face from friends and strangers alike. A trans...