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Meet The Staff: Jill Patel

My life consists of me trying new things whenever I get the chance. Whether it be trying new foods (which is a bit tough when you’re a vegetarian) or going to new places and meeting new people. While there
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United Nations and the Gay Bollywood Music Video

BG Jill Patel discusses the viral video created by the United Nations Free & Equal initiative to bring equal rights to the LGTBQ community in India.

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.
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Why The South Asian Perception of Mental Illness Needs to Stop

When we take a look at a South Asian family and their placement within the stages of acceptance, it is hard not to notice that many still remain deep within the first stage — denial.
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Here’s What Abandoning Social Media Fully for 24 Hours Feels Like

Yes, I know. There will be people scoffing at the title on its own, along with others who disregard this as one of those trivial “millennial problems.”

Superwoman aka Lilly Singh Encourages Female Empowerment Through #GirlLove

Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman, realized how impairing female hatred can be and started the GirlLove campaign to resolve the issue at its core.

Meet The Keswanis, America’s First-Ever South Asian ‘Modern Family’

A fresh, contemporary gang is stealing the spotlight as America’s new "Modern Family,” while simultaneously breaking free from the standards of an average South Asian family.

Age Is Not A Factor In The Fight For Gender Equality This Women’s Day

The notion that high school girls don’t give women’s rights and issues is wrong. While the feminist movement may have begun hundreds of years ago, the fight for equal rights is far from over. Women have come a long way, and it is today’s teenagers who will take this cause further.
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5 Wishes to Change the World in the New Year

As ambiguity remains the foundation of any new year, let's relieve ourselves of hollow self-resolutions and aspire for worldly changes that are effective, permanent and prosperous in 2015. With that being said, below is a list of five wishes for the upcoming year, hopefully we will see them all become a reality.

#emBODYindia Campaign Sparks Dialogue on Women’s Rights

The #emBODYindia campaign encourages everyone to declare how they feel about the treatment of women.

Why a 14-Year-Old Girl Was Raped as Punishment for her Brother

In reality, we cannot push aside the facts and we can’t ignore it. It’s happening, and it is happening incredibly often. With every case reported it seems to become that much more heinous and repulsive. There was a recent case of a 14 year old girl who was raped due to orders from the head of the village. Her brother was accused of attempting to rape a married woman so as punishment to the brother, the village called for the rape of his sister.

The Sikh-American PSA’s Message is Here to Stay

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund is the first ever Sikh-American public service announcement. The PSA is a major milestone in the fight against discrimination towards Sikhs, it serves the public by breaking misconceptions and misguided notions, while also showcasing remarkable Sikh-Americans.
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11 Reasons Brothers are Annoying but Lovable

A girl who has a brother knows the true meaning of a “love-hate” relationship. Whether he is older or younger, most brothers are the same. They have their days of being a pain, but also the days where you want to give them the biggest hug. No matter what, a brother is always there for you and you can’t help but love him.

Personal Statement: The Sacrifice to be the Perfect Student

Young adult fiction incorporating entertaining satire of high ambitions and the ruthless college application process mixed with four protagonists aiming to polish up their resumes. "Personal Statement,
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Preity Zinta Files Molestation Charges Against Ex-Boyfriend Ness Wadia

Preity Zinta has filed molestation charges against Ness Wadia her ex-boyfriend of five-years. She will be going forth with the case, even-though, she is dealing with threats from Wadia regarding her safety and well-being. BG Jill takes us through the major points of this event, and gives us some details on how India is changing.

Bollywood Beauties at Cannes 2014

The 2014 Cannes Movie Festival brought out some of our favorite Bollywood celebrities. BG Jill gives us the rundown of the star-style shown on the red carpet, featuring Aishwarya Rai, Mallika Sherawat, Frieda Pinto, and many more!
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An Indian Court Legalizes Marital Rape

Marital rape becomes legal in India. BG Jill tells us what that means for women living in fear everyday, and shows us their plights through the video "Sense of Insecurity." Everyday women are living in fear unable to go anywhere without a looming sense of insecurity about their safety. The fight for justice and basic women's rights continues.

Representation Matters: Urban Desi Culture Takes the Main Stage

To continue paving the way for more of us, desi:NOW — produced in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors modern — showcases South Asian-American identity through the performing arts.

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