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30 Things I Learned from my Experience as an International Student in the USA

Getting to America was almost the easier part. My purpose was clear: I was here to get my degree. I wanted to hopefully find a job, and get sponsored so I can pay back my loans, make money, etc. But I soon learned these goals were not that simple. I had no idea how things worked in the America, I had no family, and nobody to

To the Tourism Minister of India: Women Can Dress Themselves

A few days ago, the tourism minister of India, Mahesh Sharma, recommended that female tourists not wear short skirts or dresses while in India. His reasoning – Indian culture, he says is different from Western culture.
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Why The Turmeric Latte Craze is Amusing for South Asians

I grew up in India, and I cook Indian food and sometimes wear Indian clothes, but for the most part, like most of my Indian counterparts, I find myself living in an intersection of west and east. I take many aspects of my culture for granted.

What it Means to be South Asian in the American Context

It wasn't until I moved to the U.S. in the wake of 9/11 that I learned what it means to be South Asian in the American context.

10 Brown Girl Stories That are Way Too Good to Miss Before the Year...

With more than half a million visitors to the website in 2015, it's safe to say, we've had an incredible year! From the heartwarming and hard-hitting stories we published, the amazing out-of-the-box people we profiled, the unique opinions we shared, the sponsors we promoted, and the many events we organized, it all ranged far and wide but kept the Brown Girl team on its toes.

Neerja: The Lesser-Known Story of a Girl Whose Courage Overcame her Fear

Yesterday, we all saw a glimpse of the much-awaited Bollywood biopic, "Neerja," starring the ever glamorous Sonam Kapoor.
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An Open Letter to the Mumbai Police Against Moral Policing

Incredible India: Come for Kamasutra and Khajuraho, be detained by the police for having consensual sex in a hotel room.
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Hend Hegazi’s ‘Normal Calm’ Discusses Life After Rape In The Lifelong Quest To Find...

Amina, the protagonist is an Egyptian-American girl. She has the normal dreams and aspirations like all young women. Her parents are conservative, but not stiflingly so. She goes away to college, and that’s where the novel really begins.

‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ And The Culture Of Silence in Indian Society

I watched Zoya Akhtar’s "Dil Dhadakne Do" this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it as a classic family drama with a twist. However, the movie made me think.

Mindy Kaling’s Brother Vijay Chokal-Ingam’s Confession is Bigger Than a Ploy Against Affirmative Action

Vijay Chokal-ingam’s confession that he applied to medical school by posing as an African American and was subsequently accepted for the same reason has earned him flak, kudos and publicity.
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Deepika Padukone Opens up About her Battle with Depression on Television

Deepika Padukone's most recent interview with NDTV is easily the first time a Bollywood actress broke the silence about her struggle with depression on national television. And just as Padukone's interview recently aired, so did Brown Girl writer Subrina Singh's episode on Shades of Shakti, where she spoke about her diagnosis of depression and bipolar disorder. We applaud both just the same, for opening up about a topic very much taboo within the South Asian community.

Book Review: ‘The Paths of Marriage’ by Mala Kumar

The novel is a mixed bag. However, all of the issues tackled by the author are relevant and important, and are addressed with sensitivity . The Paths of Marriage talks of trying to find one's own way, and voice even when it conflicts with the rest of the family and community at large. It also talks of women's support systems and LGBTQ issues within the Indian community, where such issues seldom found open acceptance.

I am ashamed to be an Indian Woman

I am proud to be Indian, of its culture and humbled to represent a country with former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil holding political power before many of the developed countries. Yet, I am ashamed to be an Indian woman. I am ashamed of my body because the sight of it may incite men to violence.

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