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Glimpses of the Kalash People

November 24, 2020

Glimpses of the Kalash People

One traveler reflects on the Kalash tribe, who have lived for centuries in isolation in the Hindu Kush mountains, and fights to preserve its culture in present-day Pakistan.

Usman Ahmad
Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

Will it be light and fresh veg biryani, divine seafood biryani, or nutty lamb biryani? The final pick is yours.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team
The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

November 23, 2020

The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

In a time of deteriorating press freedom, the Hindu Right has found a champion in Arnab Goswami, who promises to deliver the justice that the Left and its journalists failed to bring.

Erin Blair
When Doctors Write the Story

November 19, 2020

When Doctors Write the Story

Death, love, and birth are the greatest themes of both literature and of medicine. Brown doctors are now telling these stories through novels.

Jihii Jolly

Editor's Picks

Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids

November 18, 2020

Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids

Days before he passed, an emotional clip of me telling Alex Trebek I learned to speak English by watching "Jeopardy!" went viral. This is for him.

Burt Thakur
What Makes Shah Rukh Khan A Superstar

November 02, 2020

What Makes Shah Rukh Khan A Superstar

On his 55th birthday, we look at how King Khan romanced audiences for over three decades, and why they’re still smitten by his charm.

Imaan Sheikh
The Love and Irreverence of Mira Nair

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.”

Snigdha Sur
The Making of A Witch

October 27, 2020

The Making of A Witch

South Asia has a centuries-long history of making — and killing — its witches. For some women, the crime is independence and liberty. For others, mere existence on the margins.

Imaan Sheikh

Business & Tech

How a Bengali Tycoon Pioneered Strippers for Women and Became a Murderer

October 19, 2020

How a Bengali Tycoon Pioneered Strippers for Women and Became a Murderer

A series of gruesome deaths transformed Chippendales — an erotic nightclub for women with male strippers — into a real-life murder mystery.

Michaela Stone Cross
Pakistani Government Swipes Left On Tinder

September 23, 2020

Pakistani Government Swipes Left On Tinder

The national ban against key dating apps is yet another avenue for the government to morally police young Pakistanis.

Sabrina Toppa
India’s Cinemas Are Finally Reopening — But Will Movie Lovers Return?

October 14, 2020

India’s Cinemas Are Finally Reopening — But Will Movie Lovers Return?

The pandemic has left India’s once-crowded theaters practically abandoned, causing movie lovers to search for new ways to escape.

Veda Shastri
How a Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market

September 21, 2020

How a Yogi-Turned-Tycoon Won and Lost the Ayurveda Market

Baba Ramdev launched Coronil, an immunity booster, as a cure for COVID-19 to regain his slipping grip on the Indian market, but instead found himself engulfed in controversies.

Namrata Acharya

Culture

Glimpses of the Kalash People

November 24, 2020

Glimpses of the Kalash People

One traveler reflects on the Kalash tribe, who have lived for centuries in isolation in the Hindu Kush mountains, and fights to preserve its culture in present-day Pakistan.

Usman Ahmad
Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

Will it be light and fresh veg biryani, divine seafood biryani, or nutty lamb biryani? The final pick is yours.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team
The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

November 23, 2020

The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

In a time of deteriorating press freedom, the Hindu Right has found a champion in Arnab Goswami, who promises to deliver the justice that the Left and its journalists failed to bring.

Erin Blair
When Doctors Write the Story

November 19, 2020

When Doctors Write the Story

Death, love, and birth are the greatest themes of both literature and of medicine. Brown doctors are now telling these stories through novels.

Jihii Jolly

Fiction

Fiction: It Started with a Dream

November 06, 2020

Fiction: It Started with a Dream

In the winner of our spooky horror fiction contest, at a family get-together, the line between Maya’s recurring nightmare and reality blurs.

Hira H. Arif

Food

Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

November 20, 2020

Our Ten Favorite Biryanis to Plate this Thanksgiving

Will it be light and fresh veg biryani, divine seafood biryani, or nutty lamb biryani? The final pick is yours.

The Juggernaut Editorial Team

Opinion

Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids

November 18, 2020

Why Alex Trebek Means So Much to Immigrant Kids

Days before he passed, an emotional clip of me telling Alex Trebek I learned to speak English by watching "Jeopardy!" went viral. This is for him.

Burt Thakur
Opinion: Is Kangana Ranaut the Most Powerful Woman in Bollywood?

October 21, 2020

Opinion: Is Kangana Ranaut the Most Powerful Woman in Bollywood?

The actor has traded being crushed beneath Bollywood’s glass ceiling for a leading role in the witch hunts of the Hindu Right.

Poulomi Das
Opinion: Why More South Asian Americans Are Running for Office

October 23, 2020

Opinion: Why More South Asian Americans Are Running for Office

More candidates are running — and winning — during this undeniable moment.

Neil Devani
Opinion: To Be Black and Indian Right Now

October 07, 2020

Opinion: To Be Black and Indian Right Now

As the country struggles to understand the dual narrative of its Black-South Asian vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, one man reflects on his own identity.

Tauhid Chappell

Politics

Glimpses of the Kalash People

November 24, 2020

Glimpses of the Kalash People

One traveler reflects on the Kalash tribe, who have lived for centuries in isolation in the Hindu Kush mountains, and fights to preserve its culture in present-day Pakistan.

Usman Ahmad
Did Climate Change Cause the Collapse of the Indus Civilization?

November 11, 2020

Did Climate Change Cause the Collapse of the Indus Civilization?

Environmental lessons from our Harappan ancestors — in illustrations.

Alizeh Kohari, Safwan Subzwari
The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

November 23, 2020

The Vigilante News Anchor Who Changed Indian TV

In a time of deteriorating press freedom, the Hindu Right has found a champion in Arnab Goswami, who promises to deliver the justice that the Left and its journalists failed to bring.

Erin Blair
Kamala Made History — Now Everyone’s Revisiting Hers

November 10, 2020

Kamala Made History — Now Everyone’s Revisiting Hers

Harris's groundbreaking victory is causing the Brown community to confront the limitations of identity politics, as well as its rewards.

Michaela Stone Cross

Sports

A Pommel Horse, Masala Macaroni, and an Olympic Dream

July 09, 2020

A Pommel Horse, Masala Macaroni, and an Olympic Dream

Gymnast Akash Modi — part of a “tight-knit” group of South Asian Americans in the sport — is aiming for an Olympic medal.

Nirmal Mulaikal
Running the World’s Largest Marathon

November 01, 2019

Running the World’s Largest Marathon

Ahead of this Sunday’s New York Marathon, reflections on training for a marathon as a chef and a vegan.

Palak Patel
The Random, Solitary Path of Sumit Nagal

January 30, 2020

The Random, Solitary Path of Sumit Nagal

Pursuing a tennis singles career in India is a lonely, expensive, largely anonymous journey.

Giri Nathan
For the NBA, India Can’t Replace China Just Yet

October 10, 2019

For the NBA, India Can’t Replace China Just Yet

The NBA’s operations in China are already $4b. Its future in India may be just as rosy — but it comes with political choices and isn't as simple as swapping a billion-plus country for another.

Meghna Rao
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