Dharun Ravi Sentenced: A Moment to Consider Indian Americans as Convicted Felons

Mar 26, 2012

by Aditya Desai On March 16, ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was convicted on multiple charges of invasion of privacy for online video streaming a gay sexual encounter between his roommate, Tyler Clementi, and another man. This led to Clementi’s suicide days later. Two years ago in 2010, Clementi’s death was headline news. Now, similar headlines […]

Amitav Ghosh Discusses River of Smoke

Nov 10, 2011

by Aditya Desai Bengali-born South Asian writer Amitav Ghosh was in D.C. recently for a reading at Politics & Prose, a local bookstore. He discussed his new novel, River of Smoke, the continuation of his 2008 tome Sea of Poppies, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. River of Smoke is the second in […]

The Contagious Effect of Cricket

Apr 12, 2011

by Aditya Desai “The cup stays in South Asia!” exclaimed my roommate, breathing, eating, and drinking India’s glory win last weekend as champions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, top tourney in that “other” sport that’s played everywhere except America. The final match against Sri Lanka, in a photo-finish final score of 277-274 runs, capped […]

Jhumpa Lahiri and Indian American Literature

Feb 10, 2011

by Aditya Desai This past weekend I attended the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, DC, and Thursday night’s keynote address was given by no other than internationally acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri. The success of Indian American literature blossomed after Lahiri’s collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer […]

Happy Navratri 2010

Oct 15, 2010

by Aditya Desai As of last Friday, it is officially Navratri 2010, the Indian festival of nine nights. It is the auspicious time marking the start of the autumn season, when Hindus worship to the goddess Devi for good tidings over the coming season. The holiday is most prominently celebrated by Garba-Raas dances, where participants […]

Kudos to Archie Panjabi, TV star and Emmy winner

Sep 2, 2010

by Aditya Desai [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tJmeChZ68U] I don’t get much time to watch TV, and so one can imagine that I wouldn’t have much interest in tuning into the Emmy Awards. However, I was very delighted to read the headlines and see that British Indian actress Archie Panjabi snagged the award for Best Supporting Actress Drama for […]

Indian Americans and the Ground Zero “Mosque”

Aug 25, 2010

Editor’s Note: The Indian American community was affected by post-9/11 politics, as seen in documentaries such as “Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath,” which explored the effects of post-9/11 sentiments on the Sikh American community across the United States. How, then, is the Indian American community affected by the issues surrounding Park 51? And […]

Of Empanadas And Samosas

Jul 23, 2010

by Aditya Desai After the Italians brought pizza, the Germans brought deli, and the Chinese brought kung pao chicken, it seems that Indian cuisine is poised next to integrate itself into the mainstream American menu. I’ve been delighted to find some interesting Desi-inspired items on menus I didn’t expect. As a frequenter of coffeehouses across […]

Re: Joel Stein—It’s Not a Private Edison Anymore

Jul 7, 2010

by Aditya Desai In America, there are Chinatowns, Koreatowns, Little Italys, Little Havanas, and so much more. What to do about the Indian Brown Town? One of the largest is located in Edison, New Jersey.  Recently, it was the subject of a travelogue entry by TIME Magazine writer Joel Stein as a humor piece. It […]

“American Hindu”

Jun 29, 2010

by Aditya Desai My weekly temple trip usually takes place around the time the youth group finishes its classes and prayers. I never cared to participate while growing up, partially not being too religious and partially considering it somehow “against” a typical American childhood. One week, a mishmash circle of teens, aunties, uncles, and young […]