Opinion

Alisha Rai’s “While You Were Dreaming” Takes Teen Girls Seriously

February 26, 2024

Alisha Rai’s YA romance While You Were Dreaming brings all the best parts of the veteran romance author’s love stories to a brand new audience. Rai’s debut in the young adult space riffs off the 90s rom-com While You Were Sleeping and follows the story of hardworking high schooler Sonia Patil. Sonia’s life takes an … Read More

Taymour Soomro Explores Violent Desires in “Other Names for Love”

February 13, 2024

In Taymour Soomro’s debut novel Other Names for Love, violence lives in every detail. It traces the story of 16-year-old Fahad, whose father takes him from Karachi to their wealthy rural family estate to toughen him up. Once there, Fahad grows close to Ali, the brutish son of his father’s friend. In this tale of … Read More

How the Destruction of Babri Masjid Birthed the New India

December 6, 2023

One hundred thousand devout Hindus poured into the Indian holy city of Ayodhya on the brisk morning of December 6, 1992. They gathered in front of the Babri Masjid, a mosque that had stood in Ayodhya since the 16th century, ostensibly for a religious ceremony. And yet, anyone witnessing the scene could sense the volatility … Read More

“Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India” Gives Ghouls a Face

October 27, 2023

Covering over a million square miles, India is home to the full range of cryptids, malevolent spirits, and fiends. Rakesh Khanna and J. Furcifer Bhairav catalog them in their new illustrated encyclopedia “Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India.” Though shaggy in the storytelling and often lacking in spookiness, “Ghosts” provides one of the first comprehensive … Read More

“Letters to a Writer of Color” Offers Examples Not Judgements

March 14, 2023

In 2021, Priya Krishna asked “why do American grocery stores still have an ethnic food aisle?” The righteous anger of those interviewed underlined the main feeling of the piece: an ethnic food aisle is too small and too limiting for modern tastes. It is a racist conceit that smashes those cultures considered “ethnic” together while … Read More

Honor, Shame, and Breasts

December 12, 2022

I sat in the driver’s seat next to my mother. As I tried to figure out the best way to address a difficult topic, I recalled a similar scene from 15 years ago. My mom had swiveled around in the driver’s seat to ask me in a quiet voice, “are you… having sex?” Her tone … Read More

Hulu’s “Foreigners Only” Is So Real It’s Scary

October 31, 2022

Fresh off the festival success of Moshari, filmmaker Nuhash Humayun is back with another horror short – Foreigners Only, part of the third season of Hulu’s Bite Size Halloween, zooms in on the micro injustices of neo-colonialism in the modern age. In Bangladesh, where Foreigners is set, there is a clear and deep preference for expats. Landlords … Read More

Fatimah Asghar’s “When We Were Sisters” Is About the Bonds That Tie

October 18, 2022

Poet, screenwriter, and now debut author Fatimah Asghar follows the release of their highly-acclaimed poetry collection If They Come For Us with their new novel When We Were Sisters, out this week. Focusing on the lives of three orphaned Muslim American sisters, and told from the perspective of the youngest Kausar, When We Were Sisters … Read More

Pulling the Veil Off Arranged Marriage in “The Newlyweds”

October 12, 2022

Arranged marriage casts a long shadow over South Asian culture. As a way to maintain religious barriers, caste affiliation, socioeconomic standing, and patriarchal standards, it seems like a vestige of history. We might like to think the tradition of arranged marriage, and its satellite concerns like dowry and honor killings, might simply die out with … Read More

Monstress

October 5, 2022

“I am Hidimba!” I roared like a beast and laughed, flailing my arms. My mom and I were watching an episode of The Mahabharata on a rented VHS tape from the Indian grocery store. The character Hidimba — dark-skinned, standing 20-feet tall, with long, scraggly hair — wore a Halloweenish costume: a brown fake leather … Read More

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