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How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

April 13, 2022

How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli has achieved the Hollywood blockbuster effect — using large budgets for even larger box office payoffs — by turning Indian folklore and the freedom struggle into must-see epics.

How Aditi Shah Built a Following By Teaching People to Be Still

April 11, 2022

How Aditi Shah Built a Following By Teaching People to Be Still

Peloton’s only South Asian instructor is bringing yoga and meditation to the digital space while honoring their roots. And now, she’s Puma’s latest ambassador.

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

April 12, 2022

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

The film bent the rules so that others could break them. We examine its impact 20 years later.

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

April 08, 2022

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

The Bridgerton star chats about shifting narratives, *that* haldi scene, and why she keeps her Kate Sharma-inspired playlist close to her chest.

Editor's Picks

Celebrating Dalit History Month: 2022

April 04, 2022

Celebrating Dalit History Month: 2022

In celebration of Dalit’s History Month, here are some of our stories on Dalit history, culture, politics, literature, film, and more.

 Our Top 15 Stories on Love: 2022

February 14, 2022

Our Top 15 Stories on Love: 2022

From interracial relationships to how South Asians fell in love with Korean dramas, dive into our favorite stories about love.

Celebrating Women's History Month: 2022

March 03, 2022

Celebrating Women's History Month: 2022

This March, read some of our best stories on icons across film, music, food, business, comedy, and more.

Celebrating Black History Month: 2022

February 01, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month: 2022

To mark the start of Black History Month, we revisit the often-overlooked and intertwined histories between Black and South Asian communities.

Business & Tech

How Cartier Built an Empire by Claiming Indian and Islamic Art as its Own

March 29, 2022

How Cartier Built an Empire by Claiming Indian and Islamic Art as its Own

From its Tutti Frutti collection to bejeweled cases, the French luxury jewelry house has long appropriated Eastern influences, calling it aesthetic exchange.

Meet the Indian Family Behind Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 17, 2022

Meet the Indian Family Behind Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Since 2019, an emerald dye from Chemworld International has been a key part of one of the country’s most unique Irish traditions.

How ‘The Dropout’ Recasts Sunny Balwani as the Angry Brown Man

March 24, 2022

How ‘The Dropout’ Recasts Sunny Balwani as the Angry Brown Man

The new Hulu series generously gives founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes a back story while only villainizing her counterpart, who faces similar charges of fraud.

Indra Nooyi is an Optimist

March 07, 2022

Indra Nooyi is an Optimist

We chatted with the former PepsiCo CEO about crypto, support structures for thriving families, how she came to love pizza, and much more.

Crossword

"Play by Play"

October 31, 2021

"Play by Play"

Our October 2021 crossword.

"Across the Pond"

August 28, 2021

"Across the Pond"

Our August 2021 crossword.

"Kitchen Talk"

September 30, 2021

"Kitchen Talk"

Our September 2021 crossword.

"Inner Child"

July 30, 2021

"Inner Child"

Our July 2021 crossword.

Culture

How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

April 13, 2022

How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli has achieved the Hollywood blockbuster effect — using large budgets for even larger box office payoffs — by turning Indian folklore and the freedom struggle into must-see epics.

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

April 08, 2022

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

The Bridgerton star chats about shifting narratives, *that* haldi scene, and why she keeps her Kate Sharma-inspired playlist close to her chest.

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

April 12, 2022

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

The film bent the rules so that others could break them. We examine its impact 20 years later.

Arooj Aftab Creates Music As if it Were a Living Thing

April 01, 2022

Arooj Aftab Creates Music As if it Were a Living Thing

The Grammy-nominated artist leans into intuition, experimentation, and improvisation to make music that isn’t meant to be a quick hit, but something deeper.

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.

Film & TV

How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

April 13, 2022

How RRR and Baahubali Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli has achieved the Hollywood blockbuster effect — using large budgets for even larger box office payoffs — by turning Indian folklore and the freedom struggle into must-see epics.

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

April 08, 2022

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

The Bridgerton star chats about shifting narratives, *that* haldi scene, and why she keeps her Kate Sharma-inspired playlist close to her chest.

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

April 12, 2022

The Queer Legacy of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

The film bent the rules so that others could break them. We examine its impact 20 years later.

‘Flee’ Humanizes the Trauma of Escape and Survival Like We’ve Never Seen Before

March 25, 2022

‘Flee’ Humanizes the Trauma of Escape and Survival Like We’ve Never Seen Before

The Oscar-nominated animated documentary tells the harrowing real-life story of Amin Nawabi, forced to escape from Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Food

How Maggi Created a Generation of Experimental Cooks

March 02, 2022

How Maggi Created a Generation of Experimental Cooks

The iconic instant noodles packet turns 40 in India, its biggest market, this year. Here’s how Maggi, despite a 2015 ban in the country, reshaped snacks and meals forever.

How India Made Ice Cream a Dessert of its Own

January 28, 2022

How India Made Ice Cream a Dessert of its Own

Once the mainstay of the colonial elite, ice cream — thanks to American GIs and Indian entrepreneurs — soon became the ubiquitous and flavorful treat that it is today.

Rowdy Rooster Wants You to Fall in Love with Indian Fried Chicken

February 23, 2022

Rowdy Rooster Wants You to Fall in Love with Indian Fried Chicken

Roni Mazumdar and Chintan Pandya — behind New York City restaurants Adda, Dhamaka, and Semma — just launched their first quick-serve concept.

The Urban Resurgence of Offal

January 04, 2022

The Urban Resurgence of Offal

Once a staple of Parsi home kitchens, animal organ dishes are showing up on urban restaurant menus — from those of Dhamaka to Bombay Canteen.

News

Assailant Brutally Attacks Nirmal Singh, A Sikh Man, in Queens

April 06, 2022

Assailant Brutally Attacks Nirmal Singh, A Sikh Man, in Queens

A man punched Singh in the nose, leaving him bloodied, amid a sharp uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S.

Opinion

Opinion: Eileen Gu and the Hyphenated American Dream

February 16, 2022

Opinion: Eileen Gu and the Hyphenated American Dream

The Chinese American skier’s choice to represent China in the Olympics is thrillingly subversive. But is her story so different from that of our immigrant parents?

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

October 19, 2021

Opinion: How the U.S. Failed Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan

The U.S. administration congratulated themselves on their evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. A volunteer on the ground in Kabul writes about how botched these efforts really were.

Opinion: R.K. Narayan’s Idyllic Malgudi Might Not Be Enough

January 18, 2022

Opinion: R.K. Narayan’s Idyllic Malgudi Might Not Be Enough

The famed short story writer created a utopia that rarely mentions caste or politics. It is the place where we may want to escape, but not where we can live.

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

October 15, 2021

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.

Politics

Where is Bobby Jindal?

April 05, 2022

Where is Bobby Jindal?

The once-rising star of the Republican party — the second Indian American to be elected to Congress — has receded from the public eye, leaving us to examine his mixed legacy.

India Walks Diplomatic Tightrope on Ukraine as it Brings Students Home

February 28, 2022

India Walks Diplomatic Tightrope on Ukraine as it Brings Students Home

India has made international waves for taking a neutral stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while it aims to evacuate over 15,000 citizens stranded in the country under attack.

What Makes The Kashmir Files Controversial

March 23, 2022

What Makes The Kashmir Files Controversial

The blockbuster film has repurposed the true story of the horrific mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits for political gain, fanning calls for violence.

Yogi Adityanath, the Militant Monk

February 15, 2022

Yogi Adityanath, the Militant Monk

In 2017 Uttar Pradesh swore him in as its Chief Minister. Now, there is no man more powerful, visible, and controversial in India’s most populous state.

Profiles

How Aditi Shah Built a Following By Teaching People to Be Still

April 11, 2022

How Aditi Shah Built a Following By Teaching People to Be Still

Peloton’s only South Asian instructor is bringing yoga and meditation to the digital space while honoring their roots. And now, she’s Puma’s latest ambassador.

Arooj Aftab Creates Music As if it Were a Living Thing

April 01, 2022

Arooj Aftab Creates Music As if it Were a Living Thing

The Grammy-nominated artist leans into intuition, experimentation, and improvisation to make music that isn’t meant to be a quick hit, but something deeper.

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

April 08, 2022

Simone Ashley on Who Gets to Be Seen as Sexy and Desirable

The Bridgerton star chats about shifting narratives, *that* haldi scene, and why she keeps her Kate Sharma-inspired playlist close to her chest.

Love is Blind’s Sita Aunty Shares Her Secret to a Successful Marriage

March 22, 2022

Love is Blind’s Sita Aunty Shares Her Secret to a Successful Marriage

Shake’s mother, the dating reality show’s unlikely hero, explains her secret to a successful marriage (hint: it isn’t meeting someone on a reality show).

Science & Technology

How Amar Bose Engineered Today’s Sound

July 19, 2021

How Amar Bose Engineered Today’s Sound

A curious Bengali American kid with a love for tinkering built a multi-billion-dollar company and changed the way we listen to music.

“Be Careful”: WhatsApp Forwards Spread Fear and Misinformation

May 06, 2021

“Be Careful”: WhatsApp Forwards Spread Fear and Misinformation

Messages intended to increase awareness of potential COVID transmission among South Asian Americans, but the impact has been more alarming.

 “The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations

May 11, 2021

“The Great Escape”: Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bear the Brunt of COVID Vacations

India’s elite continued to vacation in the island nations amid a raging pandemic.

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

May 05, 2021

To Be a Non-COVID Patient in India Right Now

With the country’s overburdened healthcare system focused on fighting COVID, non-COVID patients assume lowest priority.

Sports

How South Asians Fell in Love with Tennis

February 17, 2022

How South Asians Fell in Love with Tennis

Though no Grand Slam singles champion has emerged from the subcontinent, the sport has created superfans in both the diaspora and the homeland.

Could Carrom Make it to the Olympics?

February 09, 2022

Could Carrom Make it to the Olympics?

The beloved board game in India has long faced challenges in becoming an international sporting sensation. Some players and associations are trying to change that.

Opinion: Eileen Gu and the Hyphenated American Dream

February 16, 2022

Opinion: Eileen Gu and the Hyphenated American Dream

The Chinese American skier’s choice to represent China in the Olympics is thrillingly subversive. But is her story so different from that of our immigrant parents?

India’s Siddis and the Olympic Dream

August 05, 2021

India’s Siddis and the Olympic Dream

India has won only 33 Olympic medals since 1900 — none in track and field. Now, new local sports programs are working with Siddi athletes to produce Olympic glory.

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