Nadya Agrawal

To Be a Person Eating a Samosa in a Gallery

June 29, 2020

There is something about this time that feels interminable – the repetition of state violence, the close-quartering during a mass plague, the forced abrasion of our political climate, it all seems to extend forever. There is no expiration date because, in truth, it never had a start date.  One of the things I miss most … Read More

Who’s Ready to Be a Nazranaa Bride?

May 18, 2020

Nestled in a strip mall in Woodbridge, New Jersey, is Nazranaa – the go-to store for South Asian wedding wear. Behind the counter stands Shia Gupta, the owner and designer of the shop, and the face of the popular YouTube series Nazranaa Diaries. Mimicking the style of Say Yes to the Dress, complete with clunky … Read More

Tanaïs Comes From the Earth

December 12, 2019

This piece was originally published in Kajal Volume 3: Plant Life. Find it here.  Tanaïs, née Tanwi Nandini Islam, is a polymath. She published her first novel Bright Lines, about a Bangladeshi-American family living in Brooklyn, New York in 2015. Since then she has launched her own cosmetics and perfume company, Hi Wildflower, which is … Read More

Sundus Shaheryar’s “The Porcelain Muse” is an Homage to Fighting Women

October 8, 2019

New York-based Pakistani designer Sundus Shaheryar is focused on bringing high quality textiles and materials to her work. After graduating from Parsons The New School for Design, she has released her thesis project as a fashion collection called “The Porcelain Muse” under her own fashion line. The collection has already found fans in major stylists … Read More

“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

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