Kajal has been historically used to shield wearers from the effects of the evil eye, reversing its harmful gaze. In the same way, Kajal Magazine rebuffs the damning scrutiny of onlookers to create a space for the South Asian diaspora to raise their voices. We focus on creation, curation, and commentary. Our magazine is published both online and annually in print.

The Staff


Nadya Agrawal is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Kajal Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @nadya_agrawal, Instagram @nadya.agrawal, and wherever fine Bollywood movies are bootlegged.

Amina Khan is the Art Editor at Kajal Magazine. Catch her on Twitter @_am1na or reading Tamil love poems to her Nani.

Fatima Zehra is an Editor-at-Large for Kajal Magazine. She owns too many red lipsticks. Bother her on Twitter @zebrazehra and Instagram @fatimazehral.

Nooreen Reza is an Editor-at-Large for Kajal Magazine. She keeps a record of all the places in the city where ducks hang out. Follow her on Twitter @kamancheh749.

Aziz Adib is the Head of Podcasts at Kajal Magazine. His first screename was Frogman95. You can follow him on Twitter @_azizadib. You should follow him on Twitter. Please.

Maya McCoy is a staff writer at Kajal Magazine. She lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her writing has been featured in The Fanzine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The New York Times: Race in America reader submission series. Her paintings and visual art can be found on Instagram @mayamccoyart.

Anar Parikh is a staff writer at Kajal Magazine. She’s an Anthropology PhD candidate at Brown University and currently lives in Chicago where she is doing research on civic engagement and political belonging on South Asians in the United States. She has an irreverent, South Asian Americana vibe and loves nachos, books, and yoga. You can find her on Twitter @anarparikh and Instagram @anarparikh.

Manvinder Gill is a Contributor-at-Large at Kajal Magazine. When she’s not exploring the relationship between Sikhism and alcohol, you can find her wearing her mom’s jewelry on Instagram @womanvinder.

Marissa Malik is the horoscope writer at Kajal Magazine. She’s a visual artist exploring feminism and racial identity through printmaking, writing, illustration, and video. Keep up with her work on Instagram @mariimals and Twitter @mariimals.

Nandini Moitra is a staff artist at Kajal Magazine based out of Kolkata. They co-organize a queer space in the city and are obsessed with finding queer subtexts in Bollywood movies.

Kasturi Shan is the Brand Manager at Kajal Magazine. She is a strategic brand manager and publicist based in New York. Her follow up game is stronggg, just like her love for kapi/coffee. Find her on Twitter @kasturishan and Instagram @kasturishan.