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Adi Anand

intern

Adi Anand is in 8th-grade at Miller Middle School. In his free time, he likes to read books and play sports.


Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney

writer

Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney is a Bay Area resident with experience in educational non-profits, community building, networking, and content development and was Community Director for an online platform. She is interested in how to strengthen communities by building connections to politics, science & technology, gender equality, and public education.
Column: Find her work throughout our website. 


Ashir Rao

intern

Ashir Rao is a sophomore at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. He likes programming, math, history, and current affairs.


Avatans Kumar

columnist

Avatans Kumar is a columnist, public speaker, and activist. A JNU, New Delhi, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus, Avatans holds graduate degrees in Linguistics. Avatans is a recipient of the 2021 San Francisco Press Club’s Bay Area Journalism award.
Column: Beyond Occident – A column exploring a native perspective on the Indian diaspora.


Ayanna Gandhi

intern

Ayanna Gandhi is a Senior at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. She has a deep interest in cars, sports, and reading and is hoping to pursue Law in the future.


Darpan

columnist

Darpan is a Bay Area artiste with a background in technology and finance. He shares his unfiltered views on a broad range of topics. He agrees to be restrained only by editorial diktat.
Column: With Irreverence Towards All – Musings and rants from a Bay Area Indian American about all that ails, affects, or matters to desis here and across these fine United States. Many will disagree, and sometimes aggressively. 


Jeanne E. Fredriksen

writer

Jeanne E. Fredriksen lives in both Carolinas and is a long-time contributor to India Currents, a Books for Youth reviewer for Booklist magazine/American Library Association, and a member of WCPE-FM The Classical Station’s Music Education Fund committee.
Column: Find her work in our Lifestyle section with our book reviews. 


Jyoti Bachani

writer

Jyoti Bachani is on a mission to humanize management using the arts, specifically poetry and improv, as a founding member of the Poetry of Diaspora of Silicon Valley, a co-founder of the US chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association, and an associate professor of business at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Column: Poetry as Sanctuary – A column where we explore poetry as a means of expression for voices of the South Asian Diaspora.


Jyoti Minocha

Writer

Jyoti Minocha is a DC-based educator and writer who holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and is working on a novel about the Partition.
Column: Find her work throughout our website.


Kaashvi Mittal

intern

Kaashvi Mittal is an 8th-grade student at Stratford Middle School. Her interests include art, speech and debate, and writing.


Lopamudra Basu

writer

Lopamudra Basu is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She grew up in Calcutta and currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Column: Find her work in the lifestyle section with our book reviews.


Medha Sarkar

intern

Medha Sarkar is a Freshman at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. She enjoys writing about social issues and her experiences as an Indian-American teen.


Mona Shah

writer

Mona Shah is a communications leader with experience in television news broadcasting, A&E stories, digital media and multi-platform storytelling. Currently this Silicon Valley native does social media strategy and content curation for C-suite executives. An avid traveler and foodie, she loves artisan food and finding hidden gems: restaurants, recipes, and destinations. She can be reached at MoJo Explore
 
Column: Dig in Meals: A column highlighting Indian spices in recipes that take traditional Indian food and add a western twist.
Find her other work throughout our website.


Monita Soni

Writer

Dr. Monita Soni has one foot in Alabama, the other in her birth home India, and a heart steeped in humanity. Monita has published many poems, essays, and two books, My Light Reflections and Flow through My Heart. You can hear her commentaries on Sundial Writers Corner WLRH 89.3FM.
Column: Find her work in Culture and Voices. 


Mukund Acharya

columnist

Mukund Acharya is the co-founder of Sukham, an all-volunteer non-profit organization in the Bay Area established to advocate for healthy aging within the South Asian community.
Column: Sukham Blog – A monthly column focused on South Asian health and wellbeing. 


Nandini Patwardhan

columnist

Nandini Patwardhan is a retired software developer and co-founder of Story Artisan Press. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Mutha Magazine, Talking Writing, and The Hindu. Her book, “Radical Spirits,” tells the deeply- researched story of Dr. Anandi-bai Joshee, India’s first woman doctor.
Column: Desi Roots, Global Wings – a monthly column focused on the Indian immigrant experience.


Neha Kirpal

writer

Neha Kirpal is a freelance writer based in Delhi. She has worked for over a decade in print, television, and online media. Her diverse interests in the culture beat include books, music, travel, films, and theater.
Column: Find her work throughout our website. 


Pavana Upadhyaya

intern

Pavana Upadhyaya is a Junior at Leland High School in San Jose, California. She likes to read nonfiction in her free time.


Raj C. Oza

columnist

Dr. Raj Oza has written or contributed to Globalization, Diaspora, and Work TransformationSatyalogue // Truthtalk: A Gandhian Guide to (Post)Modern-Day DilemmasP.S., Papa’s Stories, and Living in America.  He can be reached at satyalogue.com or amazon.com/author/rajoza.
Column: MahaMementoMori (Fables Beyond COVID’s Warning Wall)  – A monthly series that gently reminds us to remember what life would be like if we succumbed to a pandemic. While settings shift from India to America, and characters change as well, each story explores the vital nature of relationships in life and death.


Ranjani Rao

columnist

Ranjani Rao is a scientist by training, writer by avocation, originally from Mumbai, a former resident of USA, and now lives in Singapore with her family. She is presently working on a memoir. She is co-founder of Story Artisan Press.
Column: Desi Roots, Global Wings – a monthly column focused on the Indian immigrant experience.


Ritu Marwah

staff writer

Ritu Marwah is an award-winning writer and a long-term resident of Silicon Valley who has seen the Sun Microsystems campus turn into Facebook HQ. Ritu was a 2020 California reporting and engagement fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism.
Column: Find her work throughout our website.


Sanjana Karthik

intern

Sanjana Karthik has her own writing organization – Your Words Matter To Us, a mental health app – myEsprit, and is the host and co-founder of the Shawmulticultural show – The Reality Is. Her poetry and articles have been recognized by the Mayor of Whiterock, and various magazines and radio stations, and have been published in anthologies. She is always engaging with her community and advocating for men’s rights, mental health, restorative justice, and other integral topics.


Suchithra Pillai

columnist

Suchithra Pillai is a journalist with over fifteen years of experience. She started off as a newspaper reporter, working for leading media houses in India including The Hindu, Times of India, The New Indian Express, and Dainik Jagran. She is always on a quest for new paths to express her thoughts.
Column: Tell A Story – a column where riveting South Asian stories are presented like never before through unique video storytelling.


Suman Bajpai

columnist

Suman Bajpai is a freelance writer, journalist, editor, translator, traveler, and storyteller based in Delhi. She has written more than 12 books on different subjects and translated around 150 books from English to Hindi.
Column: The Cultured Traveler– A column exploring the many miles of what South Asia has to offer.


Surabhi Pandey

columnist

Surabhi Pandey is a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to more than 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore.
Column: From Surabhi’s Notepad – A column that brings us personal essays and stories, frivolous and serious, inspired by real-life events and encounters of navigating the world as a young, Indian woman living outside India.


Vidya Murlidhar

columnist

Vidya Murlidhar is a children’s book author, essayist and teacher who lives in Charlotte, NC. As a seasoned golf widow and a rookie empty nester, she is learning to revel in her own company and looks forward to a life of traveling solo and having new experiences.
Column: Tiny Tales From the Heart – A monthly column that presents the world as seen through the eyes of Desi kids.


Yashu Rao

columnist

Yashu Rao is the first South Indian-American plus-size model and doubles as a Confidence Coach. She is the Founder of #HappyYashu, a Confidence and Lifestyle Coaching Service specializing in desi family structures. She’s here breaking down stereotypes and beauty standards as well as inspiring and empowering people to lead a life with self-love, confidence, and genuine happiness. Find her on Instagram giving tips and modeling.
Column: Desi Talk – Find her talking to former IC Editor, Srishti Prabha on India Currents’ Instagram LIVE Tuesdays at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT! Through interviews and personal insights, Yashu and Srishti confront and process the various elements of the South Asian American experience.