Food & Culture

As many cities around the world debate how they can reduce plastic waste pollution, the Indian state of Maharashtra has implemented one of the farthest reaching plastic bans in the world. Environmentalists everywhere are now watching to see if it will work. In early June, Maharashtra — which is home...
“The English Patient” has been declared the best Booker Prize winning novel of the past 50 years. The World War II novel by Sri Lankan-born novelist Michael Ondaatje received the special Golden Man Booker Prize in London on Sunday, July 8. The one-time award was created in honor of the...
When they created the "Brown in the South" Supper Series earlier this year, a group of some of the most high-profile Indian restaurateurs in the United States pledged to “showcase the culture, culinary heritage, and cooking styles of these celebrated chefs, while keeping the focus on southern ingredients and...
Believe it or not, we’re already midway through 2018. We’re celebrating by rounding up the best books by South Asian authors published between January and June 30, 2018. Check out our favorites below. "A State of Freedom" by Neel Mukherjee Migration, displacement, and the desire to build a new life are...
He may still be a toddler, but Advait Kolarkar is already a name to watch among young artists today. Advait, a 4-year-old from Canada, is being called an artistic prodigy by some critics for his abstract paintings. Earlier this year, Advait became the youngest artist to have his work displayed...
Tech entrepreneur Reema Rasool has always stressed the importance of supporting education for women and girls in India. “Here in America, we are used to the idea of social change and we are lucky to grow up with a sense of, ‘OK, you don’t like it, so change it,’” Rasool...
A century after the end of World War I, a town in England’s West Midlands is preparing to unveil a new statue honoring South Asian soldiers who fought in the conflict. The BBC reports the The Lions of the Great War monument will be installed in the town of Smethwick...
It’s been almost a decade since Rinku Singh declared his intention to become the first Indian-born player in Major League Baseball. He’s now changing course and setting his sights on the WWE. “Here I am. I conquered the track and field. I conquered the baseball,” Singh says in a new...
In her new chapbook ‘What is Not Beautiful,’ poet Adeeba Shahid Talukder examines how love can be a life changing force in life. The winner of the 2017 Kundiman Poetry Prize, Talukder is known in the poetry world for her evocative verses and the strong influence of Urdu poetic...
As the 2018 midterm elections swiftly approach, the Democratic National Committee has selected Seema Nanda to be its new CEO. Nanda was the chief of staff for former party head Tom Perez while he was Labor Secretary during the Obama administration. She replaces Jess O’Connell, who resigned earlier this year. “People...