Profiles

Harnessing The Power Of Stories

Harnessing The Power Of Stories

I felt as though I was there on that warm summer night. The soft patter of hooves streamed past us. A long caravan of ox-carts was hauling mounds of produce to the market, each with its own sleeping sabzi-walla (vegetable-seller) sprawled on top of the vegetable pile....
Infinite Wisdom

Infinite Wisdom

Calmness surrounds the magnificent dome structure around the Palace of Fine Arts auditorium on this unusually warm autumn day. But once inside the hall, a completely different scene unfolds. The foyer is teeming with an eclectic mix of people—there is the chic thirty...
Kamasutra Wine

Kamasutra Wine

White wine goes with white meat like chicken and fish, and red wine goes with red meats. So what do you drink the Rose with?” I asked Rene who was from France and now lived in the valley. We were both watching the soccer ball being chased by our sons. “No,” he...
The Story of Brown Girl Surf

The Story of Brown Girl Surf

My name is Farhana. I am the daughter of immigrant parents from Pakistan and Bangladesh. I am the founder and chief trailblazer of a unique idea—Brown Girl Surf. This is my story. My family came to America nearly 40 years ago. My mother was the first woman in our...
The Leading Funny Man

The Leading Funny Man

What do you think will happen when Boman Irani, better known as the absurdly laughing Dr. Asthana from Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., dons the hat of Farhad and romances a Shirin on screen? A touching yet funny, instead of tragic, love story is the best guess. Released in...
Kitchen Chemistry

Kitchen Chemistry

When Nandini Anant arrived in the United States 7 years ago, she did not even know how to boil rice. The New Jersey resident taught herself to cook watching food shows on television and experimenting on her husband. After a stint in the pharmaceutical industry, Anant...