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Michaela Stone Cross

Michaela Stone Cross is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. She currently lives in Mumbai, where she spends most of her time trying to explain why she's there. She's written for several publications, including VICE.

How a Cult-turned-Corporation Hijacked American Sikhism

A Punjabi conman created the “Kundalini Yoga” brand and turned a 550-year-old religion into a commodity that centered whiteness.

The Jews of India

For 2,000 years, India has been home to a small but prominent Jewish community. So what makes India one of the safest places for Jews in the world?

Black and Brown Love

Black and Brown couples don’t have it easy. Marrying Brown can be difficult, but for Black partners it’s especially hard.

The Murky History of “South Asia”

How brown people around the world reclaimed a term created by CIA-funded orientalists.

Irrfan Khan, the People’s Actor

Amid Bollywood’s commercialism and Hollywood’s token characters, Khan carved out a niche for himself with pure technical skill.

Coronavirus and “The World’s Pharmacy”

How Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying the U.S. with hydroxychloroquine after Western pharma has been trying to undermine Indian pharma for years.

Brown Memes on Corona Themes

In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.

How Bollywood Went Underground

The Indian government conferred industry status on its film industry only in 2001. For years, the best way to fund movies was through the world of crime.

Mumbai’s Disappearing Underworld

Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?

When Rap Came to Bollywood

From “Chacha Snoop” in a turban to Akon singing for Shah Rukh Khan: American rappers don’t end up in India often, but when they do, things get strange.

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