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October 22, 2020

New Survey Breaks Down the Indian American Vote

The Indian American Attitudes Survey confirms that most support Biden, and provides surprising insights into the 22% who support Trump.

Sonia Paul

October 20, 2020

DDLJ, the Film That Took Bollywood Global

How the iconic movie plays at 25.

Siddhant Adlakha

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

October 19, 2020

How Somen “Steve” Banerjee Built and Destroyed Chippendales

The Bengali man pioneered strippers for women. Then his business partners started dying in a series of gruesome murders.

Michaela Stone Cross

Editor's Picks

September 28, 2020

How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War

The suicide of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”

Michaela Stone Cross

September 08, 2020

How Ancestry Test Results Became Browner

South Asians curious about their genetic ancestry have had a front-row seat to the technology's evolution — and some are left wanting for more accurate results.

Michael Keller

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

August 20, 2020

Opinion: Yes, Patriot Act Oversimplified Things — Thank Goodness

The show wasn’t perfect, but access to credible news is a luxury and there shouldn’t be shame in learning from visual, jargon-free crash courses.

Imaan Sheikh

Business & Tech

October 19, 2020

How Somen “Steve” Banerjee Built and Destroyed Chippendales

The Bengali man pioneered strippers for women. Then his business partners started dying in a series of gruesome murders.

Michaela Stone Cross

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

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

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

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

October 19, 2020

How Somen “Steve” Banerjee Built and Destroyed Chippendales

The Bengali man pioneered strippers for women. Then his business partners started dying in a series of gruesome murders.

Michaela Stone Cross

October 20, 2020

DDLJ, the Film That Took Bollywood Global

How the iconic movie plays at 25.

Siddhant Adlakha

October 16, 2020

Why We Love Sarita Choudhury

Nearly 30 years after her sizzling debut in “Mississippi Masala,” Choudhury plays the role of a mother in the latest Blumhouse horror flick with sensuality and aplomb.

Snigdha Sur

Opinion

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

August 20, 2020

Opinion: Yes, Patriot Act Oversimplified Things — Thank Goodness

The show wasn’t perfect, but access to credible news is a luxury and there shouldn’t be shame in learning from visual, jargon-free crash courses.

Imaan Sheikh

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

August 03, 2020

Opinion: A Paean to the Rakhi

Despite Raksha Bandhan’s patriarchal origins, for some, the holiday is less about religion and more about bringing together siblings.

Shrai Popat

Politics

October 22, 2020

New Survey Breaks Down the Indian American Vote

The Indian American Attitudes Survey confirms that most support Biden, and provides surprising insights into the 22% who support Trump.

Sonia Paul

October 08, 2020

Pakistani Women Said #MeToo — Now They're Getting Sued

Women who take to the streets and the internet to protest in Pakistan are being targeted by the very internet harassment law — PECA — that promised to protect them.

Zuha Siddiqui

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

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

Sports

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

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

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

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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