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Need a pick -me-up? Listen to this beautiful mash-up of Paul McCartney’s “Only One” and Rihanna/Kanye West's “Four Five Seconds,” by former Brown Girl of the Month Asha Sing and her best friend Joni Fatora.
In June 2014, I had the honor of attending the South Asian Young Women Entrepreneur (SAY WE) “Raise, Rise, Rule!” conference in Houston. There I met Tanaz Choudhury, CEO and president of MABY USA and Chief Operating Officer of TanChes Group of Companies & MABY USA, and a panelist in the “Making Dollars & Sense: Let’s Talk Money” panel.
As the case of Adnan Syed and his resulting life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend unfolded over the 12 episode series of "Serial," our BG staff listened and obsessed over it much like the rest of the fans. Adnan's story and his high school social life resounded with many of us. Below, some of our staff tell us exactly why they related to Syed, the way that information was used in his trial and how this makes them feel.
My editor asked if I would review “Find the Love of your Life (For South Asian American Women)” and I wondered, as a single South Asian American woman myself, what else is there to learn about finding love. Only after reading the book did I realize that as a South Asian American woman from a fairly traditional Indian family, my views on love and marriage are heavily influenced by my upbringing.
If you’ve watched (and loved) the "Kam Kardashian" webseries about the fourth lesbian Kardashian sister, then you will love what actor and comedian Fawzia Mirza has in store for us next! She has launched a brand new YouTube channel – "Brown Girl Problems." The first four
“Priya in Heels,” by Ayesha Patel, is perfect for a teenage audience, or a quick read on a low-key Friday night spent at home. The plot is similar to many Bollywood classics, but with an American twist. Throughout high school, college, and medical school, Priya has managed to devote all of her attention to academic pursuits, but now she finds herself strangely drawn to her neighbor, Tyler. Sounds like the life you lived as a South Asian American? Well, then read on, enter the giveaway above and purchase an e-copy!
Saffron Fix is like Plated for Indian food. If you're not familiar with the concept, then here is what Saffron Fix's Kickstarter campaign describes the services as: "Saffron Fix is a meal-kit service for cooking your favorite Indian dishes! You pick a recipe, and we deliver portioned spices and chopped ingredients to cook healthy and delicious Indian meals quickly, all in the comfort of your own home."
The SAYWE conferences started in New York City on May 17, with the second one in Houston on June 14 and the last one will takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area on August 9 at the Indian Community Center. For more information and to register, please visit www.saywe.us.
I went to see my alma mater's a-capella group perform (shout out to UT Hum A Capella!), and coincidentally my girl crush Lily Singh, aka Superwoman, was hosting the event. For those are not familiar with Superwoman, she is a Canadian-Indian YouTube sensation. More so, she is hands-down hilarious, witty and spontaneous!
When I heard about the Crossover program, an international education program, the first non-profit [501(c)3] international education program in India to leverage athletic values and skill as a means to develop academic opportunities for Indian students, I knew I wanted to learn more. I reached out to the founder, Shaun Jayachandran, to learn more about the program and his journey thus far.
I had the chance to speak with Varshil Patel of Penn Masala about their “Evolution of Bollywood” YouTube video that has received over one million views in less than two months and made all of us feel very nostalgic! Here is what he had to say:
It’s Friday night and I’m at a SoBo (South Bombay) night club with a few of my friends. I arrive late, around 12am, after a coworker’s engagement party. I’m wearing a fairly conservative red dress, standing behind the crowd of Indian girls at the door who are all dressed in black, four inch stilettos adorning their tiny feet. After some back and forth with the bouncer, I finally get in when my friend comes to get me from the inside.
For the past few weekends I have been setting time aside to play Desi Chaat, the South Asian version of Taboo, with my brown friends. It works the same way as taboo - one person describes a word that is written on a card to teammates without using any of the other related words also on the card. For example, here is a card from Desi Chaat:
Recently, I administered a chat on behalf of Brown Girl that took place on the wonderful world of Twitter on Feb. 12. The chat's purpose was to start a conversation surrounding the need to encourage more South Asian women to enter sports related careers.
I had the honor of interviewing Sushmitha Suresh, the young woman who sang the Hindi portion of the song “American the Beautiful” in the Coca-Cola ad that was played during the Superbowl last Sunday. The ad, which was sung in Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres, Senegalese-French and Arabic, has received lots of heat
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