Shanti Bhavan’s 20th Anniversary Gala in Manhattan Raised More Than a Million Dollars

On November 9th, 2017, Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project hosted a gala fundraiser for building the construction of their second school.

This is How Rabia Nasimi Escaped the Taliban Regime to Pursue her Studies at Cambridge University

Rabia Nasimi’s journey from Afghanistan in the back of a lorry to Cambridge University gives many women the hope of integrating successfully into British society.

South Asians Emerge Victorious in 2017 Elections

South Asian-Americans won some key elections for local and state government positions in numerous states, highlighting the importance of public service and representation.

Celebrating Diwali with Dignity—The Desai Way

Since its inception in 1997, the Desai Foundation has continuously strived to fulfill its mission – to empower women and children to dream beyond their circumstances and live a better life.

#BornConfused15: ‘Tanuja Desai Hidier is not Afraid of the Messiness of Coming of Age’

Several years ago, Tanuja Desai Hidier and I were having lunch and she explained that the identity issues depicted in her novel Born Confused were those she had experienced during her college years and 20s, not her high school years.

Chicago’s Dance Troupe Tells the Universal Story of Women in Debut Showcase

These were no ordinary women—for starters, each has at least 20 years of continuous dance experience, and all trained in Bharatanatyam in addition to newer styles they picked up.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala Came Through to be Real, Relatable and Funny as Hell’

Born Confused has served as a beacon of awesomeness and a lighthouse for brown girls who are confused, feeling other-ed and just trying to make sense of it all.

Malala Yousafzai Trolled for Wearing Skinny Jeans and Western-Style Clothing—Highlights Society’s Ignorance

To comment on Malala Yousafzai’s choice of clothes undermines everything that she has fought for – it highlights a very real disease in our society.

AWIB’s Diwali at the MET Showcased the Harmonious Connection Between Art and Religion

The AWIB Diwali Celebration of Diwali showed the true connection between art and religion, which all integral when celebrating the beauty and light that is Diwali.

Learning About Female Power at Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Summit

Twenty-four women were gathered to speak in the span of six hours, and while I knew we wouldn’t get to hear the entirety of their stories, the small nuggets of wisdom some of these women left behind invigorated me to be resilient and proactive for women’s rights.

Shankar Mahadevan’s U.K. Darbar Musical Extravaganze was an Opportunity of a Lifetime to Watch

Indian classical music maestro, Shankar Mahadevan performs at London’s Soutbank centre as part of this year’s Darbar festival of Indian classical music.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Push to Raise Awareness and Research about South Asian Heart Health

A few years ago, one of my cousins died from a heart attack at age 29. Unfortunately, this is a common phenomenon, with South Asians having the highest death rate from heart disease compared to other ethnic groups.

The Rise of Canada’s First Sikh NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Comes as no Easy Feat

Jagmeet Singh has officially resigned as an Ontario member of the Provincial Parliament, weeks after winning the federal NDP leadership, which was a historic moment for South Asians in Canada, moving up to an equally meaningful, yet tough election.

#BornConfused15: ‘The Power of Fiction is Giving you the Experience of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes’

When my daughter, an avid reader, was thirteen— having reached that age without ever seeing an Indian American girl in a book— an Indian American author friend mentioned Born Confused as the book that changed her life.

#BornConfused15: Tanuja Desai Hidier Captures the Painful and Complicated Truth About Being Indian-American

In Dimple’s constant struggle with her parents, to be both American and Indian, to somehow reconcile these two parts of who she is, Tanuja captures something deeply painful and complicated about the lives of so many families.

Thank You Neha Rastogi: An Open Letter to a Domestic Violence Survivor

From an outsider’s perspective, Neha Rastogi and her abuser lived an enviable life. But, behind closed doors, Neha endured frequent beatings and verbal abuse.

The Power of Sisterhood: Apne Aap’s Evening Honoring Three Abolitionists

Despite increasing awareness in America of misogyny and the gender gap, we as a world are forgetting the last girl.

#BornConfused15: ‘Dimple Lala’s Story and Tanuja Desai Hidier Changed the Course of my Career’

I am American. I am Desi. And a lot of people assume that I struggle with my identity.

#BornConfused15: ‘Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Book Shows us Families can Look and be Different’

“But you have to realize, there is no such thing as this tidy little box you think you have to fold up and fit into; it simply does not exist.”

DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra SummerStage – The Final Burrrrraaah!

Basement Bhangra—the longest continuously running monthly party in NY nightlife—was curated by DJ Rekha