Food & Culture

Indian-Americans continue to be one of the leading minority groups that donate to charity in the United States, donating $1 billion a year according to a new report.A survey by Georgetown University’s Indiaspora Philanthropy Summit reveals that while the $1 billion number is obviously an impressive one, it is...
Rasam and sambar have long been considered the perfect compliment to almost every South Indian dish. Now, celebrity chefs and nutritionists are saying that in many ways, rasam is the perfect superfood.Celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho touted the wonders of both rasam and sambar in a recent post on Facebook.The...
R. and Usha Sundar have transport their family's love of basketball to India!The couple, who hail from San Francisco, California, have developed a basketball program in villages to help underprivileged children through their Hi 5 Youth Foundation. Their work is making such an impact that the NBA just featured...
Fans of "Masterchef Australia" were stunned when a 39-year-old prison guard won the competition in one of the most lopsided victories in show’s history.The Singapore-born, Indian-origin Sashi Cheliah took home the prize late last month after wowing the judges with a series of dishes that included a main course...
Lovers of mysteries and thrillers know how hard it can be to find novels written by authors of color. Luckily, the last few years have seen a new crop of writers of South Asian descent who are putting their own spin on the genre. We’ve rounded up just a...
For millions around the world, the robotic voice of Amazon’s Alexa is an endless source of information, news and music. But few people know that it was engineer Rohit Prasad who was instrumental in creating the now-famous virtual assistant.Along with his colleague Toni Reid, the India-born Prasad is often...
While Wikipedia is one of go-to resources for most internet users, the diversity of the information presented is often sorely lacking. Anasuya Sengupta wants to change that.Sengupta is the co-founder of Whose Knowledge? an organization devoted to, in its own words, “center the knowledge of marginalized communities (the majority...
A new month means a new chance to update your to-read list. Here are some new book releases you should have on your radar. Immigrant, Montana by Amitava KumarThis timely new novel by Amitava Kumar follows the journey of Kailash, a young Indian man who has just arrived in the...
When Winnie Varghese first entered the ministry, she noticed something almost immediately: she did not have any queer Indian role models among her peers.“I came from a church that was very apolitical, very much about spirituality, having the right values, not being overly consumeristic in this culture, remembering simplicity...
We know that traveling to South Asia can be overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors. But a recent account by a yoga student detailing his trip to Mysore was so orientalist, detached and othering that we literally dropped everything and read along in horror.The piece by Ty Landrum in Yoga...