Growing Up Indian-American—What That Means to me now That I am Older

The idea that being an Indian-American can be confusing is quite the understatement.

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.

RajasthaNY(C): An Ode to the Gypsy Queen That Lives Within

The series RajasthaNY(C) encapsulates the beauty of Rajasthani tradition fused with the enchantment of New York City.

6 South Asian Brides you Aspire to Look Like on Your Wedding Day

Getting married is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life—a day that most young girls dream about. What may come second to finding the right guy is finding the perfect bridal outfit.

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.

Poem: ‘Till Distance Do Us Part’

You speak the same language as Distance,
The Language of ache and that of hunger
I lay here forgotten, forsaken
Shivering in the wake of my Past, wallowing in sweet Slumber.

‘I Hate Halloween’: The Tales of a Serial Indian Princess

I wanted to come out ahead on Halloween, so instead of waiting for people to ask me what I was supposed to be, I proactively branded myself. “I’m an Indian Jasmine.”

Poem: ‘Mama’s Life Through Partition’

1952, A car has crushed half of your marvelous
Lahore buries the councilman, and five daughters bury a father, You fend alone
Mama, my great-grandmother, your fingers are the point of a needle scratching the doors of a school
Your daughters own the right to education

Living as a First-Generation Indian Immigrant Who Can’t Speak Her Native Language

Here’s my most embarrassing truth: I can’t pronounce my own name. In the U.S., I say Ree-two, rhymes with R2D2. When I say this in India, nobody understands me. A family member will step in, saying my name with the elusive soft th that makes Ree-two become Rih-thu without sounding like a spitting contest—a gentleness that I’ve never been able to replicate.

‘Gyal Dem’ Artist Amrisa Niranjan Creates Vibrant Reimagined Realities of Caribbean Women in First Art Show

Amrisa Niranjan, a Guyanese-American artist, celebrated the debut of her art series “Gyal Dem,” where she transformed black and white photos into colorful, playful illustrations that reclaim the narratives of Caribbean women.

Here’s a DIY Project you can Easily Tackle: Rainbow Diwali Diyas

Brighten up your Diwali decor with these DIY Rainbow Diwali Diyas.

It’s 2017, Why Should I Change my Last Name After Marriage?

I believe that my name is my identity. Being married does not mean that I stop belonging to the family I was born in; I continue to carry my family legacy, married or not.

Why Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom’s Feud Highlights the Traditional Blame Game

Boxer Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom’s recent split and public feud cause society to confront a very ugly truth.

Two Classical Indian Dancers Bring Bharatanatyam to the Forefront with Social Media

The efficacy of social media is obviously unprecedented today. To use that power for good is what’s important. That is exactly why two classical Indian dancers, Srinidhi Raghavan and Sahasra Sambamoorthi’s, work matters right now.

Praying at Fatehpur Sikhri For my Greatest Wish

According to legend, the emperor embarked on a pilgrimage, barefoot, from Delhi to seek the blessings of Sheikh Salim Chisti, a Sufi Saint on the outskirts of Agra, with unflagging faith and sheer humility. Soon after, he was blessed with the birth of a son. In appreciation for this Saint, the emperor had a monument built, hence Fatehpur Sikri, a synthesis of Islamic and Hindu architecture, exemplifying emperor’s regard for different religions. Emperor Akbar’s legend birthed a notion that, if asked with a pure heart, all wishes at Fatehpur Sikri are granted. People from far and wide come here to have their prayers answered.

Four Ways to Raise a Confident Girl Child in Today’s World

Today, we celebrate the fifth International Day of the Girl Child, but when it comes to raising a girl in a South Asian household, we, as parents, are so confused that we pass on that confusion to our girls.

My Last Hours: A Journey From India to America – Part II

“Beeji everything you’ve given me, I’m taking with me. I’ll use everything you taught me when time comes…I’ll always try to do the right thing.”

Kavita Rao of Karmagraphy Takes Bollywood Dancing To A Whole New Level with ‘Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny’

Meet Brown Girl of the Month— Owner and choreographer of KARMAGRAPHY—a hidden treasure of South-Asian entertainment—Kavita Rao talks about the vulnerability of being a brown artist, rejecting a performing opportunity at Trump’s inauguration, and the debut of her brainchild Aaja—A Tale of Karmic Destiny.

#WeDoBelongHere: Our Immigrant Families Make America Great

For years, my dad explained to me that our ancestors left India in hope of a better life and greater opportunities for their children. It is for those same reasons, my parents chose to leave Guyana and Trinidad.

‘Fast Five’ Interview with Guyanese-American Art Curator Grace Aneiza Ali

Migrating to Washington D.C. at the age of 14, her curatorial work heavily focuses on migration, particularly from Guyana, and examines the intersections at which art, activism and social change connect. We were happy to speak with Ali recently about the ways in which her chosen profession shines a light on artists of the Guyanese diaspora.