Nadya Agrawal

“Descendants” Tells the Diaspora Story Like It Is

September 17, 2019

You might recognize actor Paul G Raymond on his turn in Black Mirror, as the member of an AI space crew battling against the whims of a power-tripping nerd in “USS Callistter.” His latest short film “Descendants” offers a different perspective on the millennial milieu – in which friends with benefits are de rigueur and … Read More

Fatimah Asghar Is Making Art for the Lost

July 26, 2019

Following her debut book of poetry If They Come For Us, Chicago-based poet and screenwriter Fatimah Asghar is back with a new collection. Co-edited with Safia Elhillo, Halal If You Hear Me is an anthology of poetry from Muslim writers who identify as women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans. Kajal caught up with Asghar shortly … Read More

Raveena’s New Song “Mama” Is a Touching Tribute to Immigrant Mothers

May 10, 2019

After teasing fans online with a new drop, musician Raveena shared her latest “Mama” early Friday morning. Just in time for Mother’s Day. The beautiful ballad to immigrant mothers and their dedication to their children has a gentle melody, with an acoustic intro and soft vocals. The overall effect is a soft balm against the … Read More

Madhur Jaffrey is a Don Grandmother in Mr. Cardamom’s Music Video “Nani”

April 1, 2019

Madhur Jaffrey, erstwhile guardian of our cookbook collections and silver screen diva, blesses rapper Mr. Cardamom’s latest music video “Nani.” Her Ying-Yang-style turn as a crime syndicate-running, slap-you-till-you-cry, take-no-shit grandmother is the epitome of internety diaspora feelings. The video premiered online today and received a write-up in the Food section of the New York Times. … Read More

PREMIERE: Qais Essar’s Newest Collection “‘I Am Afghan, Afghani Is Currency Vol III – Zahir” is a Meditation on Afghanistan

March 12, 2019

Qais Essar is back with a new addition to his opus “I Am Afghan, Afghani Is Currency.” Volume III, “Zahir” extends his lyrical statement about Afghanistan and Afghan identity. It’s a sweeping five-song collection of mood-focused tracks, each of which seems to centralize and distill the essence of feeling. It’s as if Essar led with … Read More

Ashni’s New Music Video “Weave” Uplifts Women and Selfhood

March 7, 2019

Ashni Davé is a musician of today – supported by a studied background in classical music and Kathak dance, her music is trained but her aspirations have an unrestrained DIY energy. Her melodies and vocals are beautifully solid while her visuals take on the flighty airiness of someone who leverages the space around her, everything … Read More

PREMIERE: LOIAL’s “Too Late” Is a Hypnotic Hit Against the Establishment

March 1, 2019

British-Indian musician Reeta Loi, aka LOIAL, dropped her latest track “Too Late” today. Echoing vocals layer over a painted animation to produce a haunting, hypnotic piece of art. This song follows you and tracks you down, pinning your feelings under its assertive hook, “I’m not lost. I found my way. I’m moving on from yesterday.” … Read More

The Suitable Girl: Overweight for an Asian Woman

February 26, 2019

Back in February, I went to the doctor for a general checkup. “You should work on losing weight,” my doctor said, looking coolly over her notes. “Asian women are usually slim. You’re overweight for an Asian woman.” For most of my life, my body and I were friends. I didn’t have unreasonable expectations of it, … Read More

Ushamami’s New Music Video “Jinx” Is an Assertion of Queer Connection

February 21, 2019

DJ and musician Mena Sachdev, who goes by Ushamami on stage, premiered their new music video for “Jinx” with Dazed last week. With a very 80s inspired melody and gorgeous, decidedly queer visuals, “Jinx” is a song to find comfort in. While the chorus croons “she loves you bad, don’t turn away,” images of intimacy … Read More

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