Profiles

One Million Smiles Served

One Million Smiles Served

A man says to a young boy, “What do you see in the mirror?” The boy’s eyes fill with tears and he says he does not look at himself. Ever. Another child listens unprotestingly as her mother states, “She doesn’t go to school anymore because it scares the other...
Kal Penn Loves India Currents

Kal Penn Loves India Currents

Remember Harold and Kumar? That’s the first thought that pops up in my mind when I think of Kal Penn.  Standing next to him as we waited to enter the CAAMFest in San Francisco, I struck up a conversation. Kal, it turns out, remembers India Currents fondly for the many...
Picking Waste

Picking Waste

Bengaluru is known as the Silicon Valley of India, but the increase in information technology (IT) jobs has come with an increase in waste and garbage. All over India, waste picking has been the unacknowledged labor of Dalits and lower caste people. Due to the...
Needlessly Blind

Needlessly Blind

As she groped her way around the floor of a house in Kanpur, India, swishing the wet mop from side to side, missing a spot here and accidently spreading a spill there, Channo had little idea that her impending blindness could be halted in its tracks, stopped from...
A Storyteller’s Tale

A Storyteller’s Tale

Whether he’s setting up a living museum in coastal Chennai, arranging storytelling workshops across the state, or training executives in the art of public speaking, Eric Miller (originally from New York) is at the heart of the modern storytelling revival that is...
The Taste of Conflict

The Taste of Conflict

Four different kinds of mouth watering arepas (golden crispy corn cakes with an array of stuffing) catch my eye on the menu. And then there is the Ensalada Palmito (a fresh salad of marinated palm with tomato, red onion, bell pepper and avocado), Pabellon Criollo...