Anar Parikh

“Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” Explores Female Sexuality Without Men

July 5, 2018

At Hindu weddings, a line of married women take their turns whispering words of wisdom in the bride’s ear. I’ve watched this tradition take place countless times, and recently I was visiting my parents when my mom divulged the secret at a dinner table conversation. Apparently, the women all say the same thing – akhand … Read More

Subhi’s Prolific Hindi-Pop-Jazz Music Was Made in Transit

April 19, 2018

The synergy between jazz and Indian music is no accident. Subhi continues to merge the genres and leave a legacy larger than herself. Subhi and I met on a cold winter afternoon at Chiya Chai, a quaint and hip Nepali café in Logan Square. She is a singer/songwriter who describes her debut album, Shaitaan Dil, … Read More

Nachos: A Family History

January 21, 2018

I have a deep and abiding love for nachos. Tortilla chips. Cheddar Cheese. Black beans. Lettuce. Salsa. Guacamole. Sour Cream. All piled atop one another not haphazardly, but meticulously. I like to control all aspects of the production process—blocks of cheese shredded but in only one direction, tomatoes and onions finely diced, long, thin ribbons … Read More