Art

Letter from the Editor: Kajal Turns 4!

December 14, 2018

Dear readers, Today Kajal Magazine turns four years old. I often rehash the origin story of this project – I started it in December 2014 when I was desperate to break into a very insulated, very white media landscape. I thought it could be a place for the stories I loved about a new generation … Read More

Diaspoura Takes Those on the Sidelines to Task with “Glisten”

December 13, 2018

Artist Diaspoura, aka Anjali Naik, premiered the music video for her song “Glisten” on Nylon today. The video is a gorgeous trek through the wildlands of South Carolina, showing tenderness and biting edge in equal measure. “[Liberals on the sidelines] can see our tears and our sweat and how we gloss ourselves up and move … Read More

Bleach, Bollywood, and Beauty – 2018 in Review

December 10, 2018

Dear readers it’s been another whole year – a year of original articles, essays, poems, and art from and for the South Asian diaspora. We had the pleasure of publishing so many wonderful pieces this year that held a mirror up to our world. Our site got a beautiful redesign, and we’re hard at work … Read More

The Kajal Gift Guide 2018

December 7, 2018

Hello, readers! We’re back with this year’s edition of our gift guide. After scrolling through Instagram for hours, here’s our curated collection of the best this year’s creators have to offer. For the new art collector: Waldia & Co. Prints These beautiful, vivid pieces come straight from the deft hands of artist Manuja Waldia. Meditating … Read More

December Horoscopes: Sun in Sagittarius Surges

December 3, 2018

Welcome to December, and happy Solar Return to our Sagittarius readers! Winter is here in the northern hemisphere, and the Sun is shooting an arrow of intention across the sky for us to follow through Sagittarius season and into the new year. While Sagittarius energy greets us with a similar intensity to Scorpio, there are … Read More

Badaam’s New Gender-Neutral Collection is Here

December 2, 2018

The Australian brand Badaam is back with a new collection of sets, shirts, and saris. And they’re all gender-neutral. When we spoke to Badaam’s founder and designer Priyanka Koul, she mentioned that she was working on menswear and expanding the reach of the brand. “I am creating garments for men and women who have been brought … Read More

Sabreen Jafry’s “Ghalat Fehmi” Turns a Diasporic Lens on Punjab

November 20, 2018

New York-based photographer Sabreen Jafry didn’t intend to do a series on Pakistan. She went into her trip with the idea of capturing as much as she could. She, like most Pakistanis, hates the American image of the country. She figured she could challenge it. Represent it as she saw it and, in the process, … Read More

The Strumpet Diaries – Episode 2

November 16, 2018

Welcome to the second episode of The Strumpet Diaries, a smutty illustrated comic sure to fire up your loins and get your bratwursts throbbing, written by Tara Kenny and illustrated by Madison Griffiths. This time we follow Sensible Susan, a bored office worker who gets her after 5 jollies by imbibing on self help books … Read More

November Horoscopes: Jupiter Blessings and Retrograde Rotations

November 6, 2018

Welcome to November, and happy Solar Return to our Scorpio readers! The ever intense and energetically charged Scorpio season is upon us. The veil is thin, and the cosmos are busy as always. All around the globe flora and fauna are evolving with the cycles of nature; reminding us that death and rebirth is never … Read More

LA’s Discostan Blends Archiving with Music and Performance

October 31, 2018

In a bar in LA you might be able to hear ancient sounds, handed generation over generation down the mountainsides of Pakistan. Or, you might be treated to the strains of street music from Cairo cartwheeling across the tables. Or, you’ll see folks swaying to a rare record from a never-forgotten Lebanese songstress. This is … Read More

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