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The IC list

The IC list

Once upon a time if a desi had a cameo in a film, or wrote a book, that was enough to include them in mandatory chest-thumping end-of-the-year lists. No longer. Desis make the news (good and bad) with such regularity it’s hard to fit them into one list. Here’s a...

Is Past Dating Experience Relevant?

Q I’ve been dating a guy (Indian American like me) for a couple of months. I wonder if learning about his dating past is the best way to get a sense of his mindset at this early stage in our relationship. Should we discuss it? A Between the “Don’t date, don’t date,...
An Indian Japanese Funnyman

An Indian Japanese Funnyman

Daniel Nainan looks flummoxed. The professional comedian/emcee is performing for the SABAN Awards dinner in Los Angeles, a ceremony meant to honor the area’s rising South Asian business network. But winning this crowd won’t be easy. The mostly Indian audience is...
Telling Your Tale

Telling Your Tale

When Sushmita Mazumdar’s son, Arijit, turned five, he stopped conversing in Bengali and refused to pack Indian food in his Spiderman lunch box, preferring his turkey sandwich with cheese rather than rolled chapatti with curry. It was not till a neighbor from Chile...
A Post-Modern Artist

A Post-Modern Artist

The dancer is surprising her audience. Shoes sprouting all over her simple black outfit, she is a whimsical, straight talking, high-heel wearing, fashionista spider,  looking for unsuspecting victims. The piece is “Carrie’s Web,” and her audience is delighted and...
Smile Pinki

Smile Pinki

When Megan Mylan landed in India she knew she was straddling two different worlds. She was staying in a modern hotel in Varanasi, video-chatting with her nephew in California every morning. Then she would take a two hour drive to meet the subject of her...