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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Cultural Appropriation

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.

Parenting With Grace

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The magic of storytelling has helped my sons and I connect with a kindred spirit half a world away. Now if that isn't grace, I don't know what is.

How to Survive the Great Indian Chaos

Ketaki Desai | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Ketaki Desai

It is important to remember that there is a lot more to India than the craziness one experiences, if one has the desire and the patience to look for it.

The Rule: Trapped Between Feminism and Cultural Tolerance in India

Padmini Parthasarathy | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
Padmini Parthasarathy

The idea that I was impure for a natural function, one that half the population experienced, was odious. I just kept thinking, this is some DUMB old rule written by DUMB old men.But this belief was at odds with other beliefs I also held. I was a guest in my aunt's house.

You're Going To Want Aziz Ansari's Saris

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.03.2013 | Comedy

Sure, you could buy Saris from any other celebrity. But why wouldn't you buy one from the guy who has the word "sari" in his name?!...

A Good Neighbor

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

While foreign-born "natives" imagine India with grand religious tradition or Bollywood songs, to people in places like Sri Lanka, India is a neighborhood bully -- an interfering sibling at best and a manipulative oppressor at worst.

How I Learned To Find Beauty Everywhere

Basundhara Mukherjee | Posted 11.20.2013 | Teen
Basundhara Mukherjee

My camera has caught more stories than I am able to tell with my words. I think my photography bothers my grandparents, but they don't realize that I do it because I appreciate everything -- my roots, my ancestry, my heritage.

Renee Jain: Why Being Selfish Is the Most Unselfish Thing You Can Do: The Martyr Mentality Myth

Renee Jain | Posted 08.13.2013 | Women
Renee Jain

By making space for the imperfect, to recognize that we won't always be able to 'hold it together,' we are better able to feel connected to others when we fail or go through a period of suffering

New Indian Wines Add to New York's Diverse Cuisine Scene

Jim Luce | Posted 07.30.2013 | Taste
Jim Luce

One of the things I love most about New York City -- why I moved here 30 years ago -- is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago...

I, an Indian Woman

Kanan Dhru | Posted 06.24.2013 | Women
Kanan Dhru

Where do I search for my identity in such contrasting realities? How can I dare to dream when I feel insecure every time I have to step out of my house?

Life in India

David Macaray | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
David Macaray

Some years ago, while I served with the Peace Corps in Northern India, my neighbor and good friend Mr. Sharma surprised me with an odd question.

Obama and Same-Sex Marriage: The Kids Are All Right

Sandip Roy | Posted 07.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

Unless the law changes at a federal level, it won't make a difference when it comes to immigration for gay couples a friend cautioned. The president was careful to say this just what he feels "personally." "But it still feels good," my friend said.

Four Visions Collide In India

Posted 04.19.2012 | Arts

While many exhibitions show work from different artists, different media and even different eras, they normally still share a common theme or idea. Th...

PHOTOS: Exploring India In New York

Megan Snedden | Posted 05.13.2012 | Travel
Megan Snedden

At Haandi Restaurant on Lexington and Twenty-Eighth Street, cab drivers from India and Pakistan enjoy meals and sometimes pray together.

Indian Spring Festival of Colors, Holi, Celebrated at South Street Seaport

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Raised Christian, I believed Easter was the kick-off of spring. Now I have found the real beginning of spring: the Indian holiday of colors now celebrated across New York City, Holi.

Two Performances Left of Mudra Dance Studio's "ILLhaam" Show

Gil Asakawa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Denver's Mudra Dance Studio has been celebrating the dynamic traditions of classical Indian dance, and putting a contemporary spin on it, since long before Bollywood films became a popular.

Satirizing India in the Age of Globalization

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This remarkable debut novel is one of the very best novels ever to come out of South Asia, and points to a new direction after the earlier wave of writing by Salman Rushdie, Rohinton Mistry, and Vikram Seth.

Can India Meet France in a San Francisco Kitchen?

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Perry Garfinkel

Indian and French cuisine could not be further apart. For an Indian to learn French cooking, therefore, requires a complete shift in paradigm.

Sanjay Patel's Graphic Ramayana Adventure (PHOTOS)

Sanjay Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sanjay Patel

My aim isn't to butcher the Ramayana but simply to share it with people in a casual and entertaining way. If I've done my job right, Ramayana: Divine Loophole serves as an intro to a much fuller version of the story.

Sex And The City Of Delhi

Katherine Russell Rich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Russell Rich

Sex toys are illegal in India - their purchase or use - which is one reason for their high demand as gifts from abroad, now that Sex and the City and the internet has spread news of their existence.