Opinion

2019 in Poems

December 18, 2019

As the year wraps up, I want to highlight five poems by South Asian poets I’ve loved and noted in 2019. I turn to these widely published, critically-acclaimed poets when I find my own budding poet-self stuck within the limitations of needing to write about South Asian identity. These five poems are pure and impassioned. … Read More

Pilgrimages, Pinnings, and Phulkari – 2019 in Review

December 13, 2019

It’s the end of the year and the end of a decade. And in the tradition of nearly every other media outlet, we like to do a little inventory of the stuff we did this year, like how we published so many pieces, started a podcast, and put out yet another issue of our print … 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

Rajiv Surendra is Redefining Failure

November 27, 2019

Rajiv Surendra is a Canadian actor, writer, painter, and chalk artist with Sri Lankan Tamil roots. After rising to fame for his role as Kevin G in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, he published The Elephants In My Backyard in 2016. The memoir explores successes and failures through a six year attempt at securing the … Read More

Talking Identity, History, and Outer Space with Vijay Seshadri

November 20, 2019

I met Vijay Seshadri at Dunkin’ Donuts. We sat in the patio, where a statue that looked like the Virgin Mary watched over us. He wanted to meet at Dunkin’ Donuts because it is a very South Asian franchise. Like motels, like 7/11s, brown people with roots in a mountain-fringed subcontinent tend to stand behind … Read More

Agony Aunty: I’m Masked and Ashamed

October 29, 2019

Welcome to Agony Aunty! Every month the Agony Aunty gives YOU advice on your problems. If you’d like them to weigh in your life, email them at info@kajalmedia.com with the subject line “Agony Aunty.” Hey Agony Aunty! It’s Stuck in the Suburbs. I have recently felt incredibly suffocated by the area I live in. Everything … Read More

Agony Aunty: I Lurked and Got Hurt

September 18, 2019

Welcome to Agony Aunty! Every month the Agony Aunty gives YOU advice on your problems. If you’d like them to weigh in your life, email them at info@kajalmedia.com with the subject line “Agony Aunty.” Hey, it’s Lurked and Got Hurt! Is it stupid to be upset when someone you are dating is liking photos of … Read More

Keerat Kaur’s Pink Guava Is the Perfect Refreshment for This Hot Summer

August 19, 2019

In a time where nostalgia is at a high, there is no shortage of old Bollywood covers. The problem with most of these covers, however, is that many artists and producers fail to retain the integrity of the original songs. Keerat Kaur’s new EP Pink Guava doesn’t suffer from this problem. Kaur and producer Wisechild … Read More

Peter Cat Recording Co’s Bismillah is a Surreal Journey

August 9, 2019

Peter Cat Recording Co.’s (PCRC) new album, Bismillah, is meant to be heard in high definition. From the grand gestures of trumpets and keys to the subtle electronics and sound bites knitted into their music, the true intricacy to their sound can only be captured in HD. The chirping birds, distant car horns, and synthesized … Read More

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