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The members of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band are used to creating a stir wherever they go.“It’s kind of a deer in the headlights look because it’s unexpected,” band member Tushar Patel says in this new segment for Great Big Story. “A bunch of brown Indian boys walking around...
Inspired by the Sikh tradition of langar, Ravi and Jacquie Singh have developed a mobile version of the traditional langar hall.The Sikh tradition of langar is when the community kitchen of the temple provides vegetarian meals to its visitors, regardless of caste, gender, race or economic status. The practice...
Poetry is currently experiencing a renaissance in the United States and readers are reaping the benefits. A June 2018 study from the National Endowment for the Arts found that the number of Americans who say they read poetry has jumped in recent years, especially among young people. A major...
With fall in full swing, it’s fitting that October is filled with new books that you can curl up with (along with some chai) on a chilly afternoon. From a buzzy new cookbook to a highly lauded short story collection, here’s what we’ll be reading this month. “Season: Big Flavor,...
One of the most famous stadiums in the world will soon be the property of a Pakistani-American billionaire.Shahid Khan, who owns both the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the Fulham Football Club, has been given the go-ahead to pursue a purchase of London’s Wembley Stadium for £600 million.Khan has been...
You might be surprised to learn that the language that has seen the most growth in the United States over the past few years isn’t Spanish or Chinese — but Telugu.A new study by the by Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that the number of Telugu speakers in...
A high court in the southern Indian state of Kerala has ruled on the side of a lesbian couple who said they had the right to live together.A woman named S Sreeja, 40, petitioned the court and alleged that her partner Aruna’s family was forcibly detaining her. Sreeja and...
Gender, identity, and power have always been the main themes in the work of Indian-American artist Chitra Ganesh. Her new show at the Brooklyn artists’ collective The Kitchen incorporates all of those things while also drawing inspiration from an early 20th century Indian novella.“Chitra Ganesh: Her Garden, A Mirror”...
When Hima Das began running seriously, she did so barefoot through the streets of her small village in Assam. She is now signed with one of the most famous sneaker companies in the world.Adidas announced on September 20 that the 18-year-old Das has been signed to an extensive, three-year...
Question: What do ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ ‘The Moor's Last Sigh,’ and an acclaimed biography of Mahatma Gandhi all have in common?Answer: These books (and many other famous and not-so-famous titles) have all been banned in parts of India at some point.In honor of Banned Books Week — which...