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Meet The Staff: Nur Kara

I am a mosaic—a medley of cultures, an assortment of spices. My ancestors are from Gujarat, India, but the past four generations of my immediate family were born and raised in East Africa.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Everything we Know About Karan Johar’s Upcoming Film, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’

After a three-year hiatus, acclaimed Bollywood director Karan Johar is back with his next directorial venture, “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles.

Meet ‘Nuance’ Founders: Eleni Han, Emma Burgess, and Deepanjali Mensinkai

by Nur Kara – Follow @Nurkara28 All photos courtesy of the Nuance team. Activists, Eleni Han, Emma Burgess, and Deepanjali Mensinkai, put their talents and passions together to found Nuance, an independent, online publication focused on...

‘Women’s Human Rights and Migration’: Professor of Law, Sital Kalantry, on Her Latest Book...

"Progress is often incremental when it comes to human rights. On a day-to-day basis, this can become frustrating, especially when things appear to be moving backward rather than forward. Take, for example, the rollback we are facing on dignity and human rights for many communities today, including immigrants. But then sometimes we achieve victories and those keep one going."

Sisters, Neelofar and Alisha Keshavjee, Grow their Passion for Fashion into ‘The Kayes’

"We hadn’t seen many brown girls with a boutique that represents a laid back, causal, Texan style. We want to be able to reach these girls and also show them that you don’t have to be a certain image to wear the latest trends!"

Casting Our Vote: Living the Immigrant Dream as Asian Americans

The 2016 United States presidential election will be the first I vote in. Although I've been old enough to vote for some years now, my political apathy and laziness always took priority. Seeing merely a sprinkle of Asians in the crowd at the Democratic National Convention this week, however, made me reflect not only on my own civic engagement (or lack thereof) as an American-born and raised Muslim South Asian woman, but also of my extended South Asian community.

Sundara Fund: Attacking Hygiene Inequality Through Innovative Hand-Washing

The not-for-profit enterprise Sundara Fund has realized how to rescue and recycle thousands of kilograms of soap waste, with the ultimate goal of reducing preventable hygiene-related deaths and disease among underprivileged communities.

I’m #SouthAsianAnd Because Only Being Identified as ‘South Asian’ Doesn’t Cut It

by Nur Kara – Follow @Nurkara28 This article is part of a campaign co-sponsored with the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), called#SouthAsianAnd - a campaign to showcase the stories of South Asians in America beyond our...

Hijarbie: The Barbie You Never Knew You Needed

Hijarbie is sure to appeal to Muslim hijab and abaya-wearing girls across racial and cultural lines—whether toned shades of black, brown, or white.

10 Ways India Reminds You How Indian-American You Really Are

I’m basking in the backdrop of Humayun’s Tomb as I write this. The lawns are laden with picnicking families and budding romances. What a date this would be—definitely beats the movies or some generic restaurant. “Incredible India” is truly defined by sites like this.
Sunny Leone

An Open Letter to the Misogynistic Journalist who Interviewed Bollywood Actress Sunny Leone

Congratulations for scoring a spot on the “most sexist professionals” list to kick off 2016. Your recent interview with actress Sunny Leone was outstanding. Notice that I did not label her a “former porn star,” as you chose to reiterate multiple times in the 20-minute segment, because what is in the past does not necessarily correlate to every moment of the present.
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India’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Campaign Intends to Uplift the Girl Child

Thanks to the Government of India’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, protecting and educating the girl child are priorities now receiving a due platform.

10 Great South Asian Americans you Probably Haven’t Heard Of, but Should

Here are 10 noteworthy South Asian Americans, who may not be commonly known, but should be looked up to for their inspiring, innovative and entrepreneurial efforts.

Guide to the Greatest South Asian Pick-Up Lines

A “pick-up line” is known as a conversation opener, with the intent of romantically engaging a new encounter.
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Uber Delhi Rape Case Goes Far Beyond the Ban on the Start-up; Stems from...

It has become clear that India’s association with corruption, among police and policy efforts, is not simply a rendezvous, a dangerous slip at best. The country’s repeated instances of gender-based violence are strong examples of this continued and deliberate corruption. I am sure many of you have heard about India’s latest case, termed by popular news channels as the “Uber Delhi rape.”

Boxing Champion Mary Kom Supports Menstrual Health for Rural Women in India

Mary Kom stated: “We need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is okay to have periods and it should not weigh them down mentally or physically or hold them back from accomplishing their dreams.”

Chicago South Asian Film Festival Inspires Young Filmmakers

Have you ever felt truly inspired, like a wave of passion and possibility has taken you for a ride? That is the feeling that came over me as I walked out of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival this weekend. CSAFF is an annual showcase of independent South Asian cinema. The festival encourages emerging talent by giving first-time filmmakers the opportunity to screen their productions on a global platform. Filmmakers, writers, actors and audience members gathered together to celebrate South Asian culture and history through art.
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An Ode to Us Brown Girls

Here’s an ode to us brown girls, in plural, because we’re not a homogeneous bunch.

Akshay Kumar: Your Narendra Modi Interview is NOTHING BUT Political During an Election Year!

Excuse us, Akshay Kumar, but how is a 69-minute interview with the incumbent prime minister, during an election year no less, 'completely non-political'?!

Desi.NYC x Musik Therapy present Bhangra Bash at Urban Desi Nights powered by B4U...

Urban Desi Nights (UDN) is an offspring of the Urban Desi Conference x Concert (#UDC) held in March every year at the global crossroads of the world - New York City....
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Actress Melanie Chandra and Comedian Rajiv Satyal Take us on a...

This Friday and Sunday evening, actress Melanie Chandra (HBO’s 'The Brink,' CBS’s 'Code Black') and comedian Rajiv Satyal (first person ever to do standup on all seven continents) are putting on a two-person comedy show, Back to School, at The Tank NYC.

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