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South Asian Dance Teams Bring Mental Health to the Stage

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 As a dancer myself, I have experienced just how liberating dance can be. I’ve also seen how it can be used to convey messages that sometimes may be difficult to otherwise address. I believe Ruth St. Denis, an American modern dance pioneer, put it best...

It’s No Secret: Social Anxiety in South Asian University Communities is Real

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 I’ve often heard you make some of your best friends in college. These are the friends that will be at your wedding as your bridesmaids, the ones whose kids will become your kids’ best friends, etc. But when you have social anxiety, it’s very hard...

#BollywoodOnBollywood: 13 Instances of Extreme Girl Love from Rajeev Masand’s Actress Roundtable

by Nila Choudhury - Follow @browngirlmag With the increase in divisive chatter in the nation and the rise in hate crimes, some positive words of girl love are a welcome change to our ears. Rajeev Masand's annual actresss roundtable did just that! Featuring some of the most accomplished women in...

What To Do When Your Period Feels Like an Exclamation Point

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 Girls, remember cocking your head at your mother when she said, “No beta, you can’t do puja today, you’re on your period." Remember the look she gave you when you started wondering about tampons versus pads? Or how about the times you yelled and screamed,...

Dear Diary, I Chose Suicide But I Didn’t Choose Death

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 Dear Diary, I’ve often heard that suicide is a choice. Even after I was gone, I heard people constantly say that. And if you must know, yes it was a choice. I chose how to die. But I never felt that I actually chose or wanted...

Spoken Word Artist Rupi Kaur Responds to her Viral Menstruation Photo

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com.  Sikh-Canadian spoken word poet and author of “Milk and Honey” Rupi Kaur recently voiced her side of the controversy surrounding a photo she posted to Instagram last week on Huffington Post Live’s #FreeSpeechZone with Alyona Mink. The now infamous...

‘India’s Daughter’: The Documentary, its Controversy and India’s Shameful Ban

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: Mukesh Singh, a bus driver convicted of raping 23-year-old Jyoti Singh (coined Nirbhaya for her bravery) in Delhi in 2012, gave more than 16 hours of interviews for the BBC Four documentary, “India’s Daughter.”...

Panelists Speak on Transnational Feminism and its Contradictions in South Asian Context at Barnard College

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: More than 300 young adults filled the audience hall at Columbia University's Barnard Hall on Thur., Feb. 12 to take part in a panel discussion on transnational feminism and its contradictions in South Asia. The sold-out...

Columbia University’s South Asian Organizations Explore Transnational Feminism Through a Photo Campaign Worth Seeing

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: For three long hours in 19-degree weather on Wed., Feb. 3, Columbia University’s #emBODYSouthAsia campaign took place at the center of campus, attracting students, faculty, and passersby. The group of students stood with signs that...