‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ is the Untold Story of Freedom and the Price Paid for it
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by Sahar Arshad
1w ago
Have you ever thought about the pre-partion stories your grand or great grand-parents shared with you? Anecdotes, or lifetimes of biography that existed before the subcontinent achieved independence from British rule, and the sacrifices it took to achieve this freedom. Freedom. Azaadi. That is how I would sum up “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar” in one word. In every sense of the word. In land, in love. In power, in prestige. And most importantly, in the price we pay for it.    Set in the throes of British-ruled Lahore, India, “Heeramandi” is a gloriously fire-hearted story that seemi ..read more
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Sajni Patel: Using Authorship to Address Sexual Assault
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by Asha Rao
2w ago
Trigger warning: this article contains material related to sexual assault. Discretion is advised. If these topics cause emotional, mental, or physical distress, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Brown Girl Magazine had the chance to sit down with author, Sajni Patel. She has written several books known and loved by South Asian women who resonate with the narratives of healing and themes of survivorship. In this piece,  Patel discusses her inspiration and motivation to write the books she does, and her hopes for the audiences and t ..read more
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From Content Creation to the Big Screen: Ashley Singh’s Journey to ‘Doin’ It’
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by Sana Ali
3w ago
Ashley Singh was leaning into her internship with Tesla (only six months into Austin, where she had relocated) when she received some big news — the kind that changes the course of your life in a major way. Singh got a call that most content creators can only dream of; she was offered a role in a movie with her idol, Lilly Singh. The film, “Doin’ It,” would later go on to premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival, held in March 2024, and tackle one of the most unspoken and taboo topics in the South Asian community: Sex.  Beyond entertainment, the film catalyzes discussi ..read more
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Beyond Stereotypes: Rethinking the Immigrant Experience
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by Saadia Khan
1M ago
“What do you think of when you hear the word “immigrant?” For most Americans with a few generations of history in the US, it may evoke strong emotions — ranging from seeing immigrants as the “others” or outsiders to perceiving them as job stealers and resource takers. However, the reality is that, except for the Native population, every American has some connection to the immigrant identity, even if it’s a few generations removed. According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), “An immigrant is someone who makes a conscious decision to leave his or her home and move to a foreign country ..read more
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All on Eid Ul-Fitr Fashion with Pakistani Actress Iqra Aziz
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by Brown Girl Magazine
1M ago
Pakistan’s emerging TV sensation, Iqra Aziz, has been winning hearts since she stepped foot in the industry. She shines through her versatile roles. From essaying the role of the wife of a mentally challenged man in “Ranjha Ranjha,” to playing the uber fun, likable main lead in “Suno Chanda,” she has been mastering her characters on screen. Off-screen, she credits her endearing personality to being raised by a single mother, who was Pakistan’s first female Careem driver. Aziz shares her authentic, bare-faced self on her YouTube channel as a mom, daughter, wife, model, and of course, an actress ..read more
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Charithra Chandran Channels Troubled Teen in Theatrical Debut ‘Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon’
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by Queenie Shaikh
1M ago
During the pandemic, some actors unexpectedly found themselves soaring to new heights of success, and Charithra Chandran is a prime example. From her debut in Amazon’s “Alex Rider” to her portrayal as the younger Sharma sister in season two of Netflix’s “Bridgerton“, the former Oxford graduate has proven her versatility and talent, time after time. Now, she takes on a new challenge by making her debut on London’s West End, where she commands the stage solo in “Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon”. In the 80-minute, one-woman show originally based on Rosie Day’s play, Chandran portrays a ..read more
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Mohsin Naveed Ranjha: “I am Here to Stay.”
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by Nida Hasan
1M ago
If tourists and travel bloggers haven’t said this enough already, I’ll say it again: Pakistan is a country rich in culture and craft that is diverse, distinct, and unique, all at the same time. Yet that richness seldom makes it past the confines of its home. There are obviously multiple factors involved — political instability, limited technological development and access, and a system that severely lacks organization. But there is no dearth of talent — including some who have defied all odds stacked against them to shine on a global stage. And among those is renowned fashion designer Mohsin N ..read more
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How Artist Imran Nuri Cultivated Life Advice from 1,000 Strangers Across America
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by Imran Nuri
1M ago
Tell us about yourself? What did life look like before you embarked on the journey to create “Advice from America?”  My name is Imran Nuri and I’m 26 years old. I was born and raised in Ohio. My parents are immigrants from India, and so I’ve grown up in multiple cultures and upbringings. I had always been creative, but never prioritized creativity. Rather, I’ve always expressed my creativity on the side through painting and photography as a hobby. This was true throughout high school and college. While I have always loved the business aspect of things, who I really am is a creative. I ha ..read more
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SAYI 2024: Supporting Young South Asian Minds Through Community-Building
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by Surina Venkat
1M ago
Last month, the largest South Asian collegiate conference in North America brought hundreds of South Asian youths to New Haven, Connecticut. From February 9th to February 11th, over 500 people congregated on Yale’s campus for a weekend of panels and other events, including a gala and food workshop. The attendees represented over 30 colleges. The formidable line-up of speakers ranged from award-winning filmmaker Vibha Bakshi and actress Avantika to UN Chief of Global Economic Moderating Hamid Rashid. Members of the South Asian Youth Initiative — the organizing force behind the conference — whil ..read more
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Immigration, Impermanence and the Self: Meet Indian Artists Exploring Faith, Fusion and Femininity Through Art
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by Prachi Singh
2M ago
While her family celebrated traditional festivities, an early-teen Sarvani Kolachana sat isolated in a room with her used sanitary napkins. Her trash, her meals and her body were to remain separate for that day.  Kolachana’s mom explained that practices deeming menstruating women impure originated because the burden on women was high. Forcing them into a separate room, at least for a week, gave them space and a moment to relax. According to Kolachana, it gave a rationale for why the rituals came into being, but in today’s times the rationale is a problematic interpretation. “They teach yo ..read more
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