PERSPECTIVES

After the Consecration in Ayodhya, Can Lord Ram’s Redemption Serve as a Glimmering Hope?

I am at a loss these days. I find myself lacking in hope. When Ram…

‘Mast Mein Rehne Ka’ Takes Us to the Unlikeliest of Places to Find Warmth in the Winter of Our Lives

This Valentine’s Day, “Mast Mein Rehne Ka” may be a movie to watch for those…

Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘Animal’ Contributes to a Broader Cultural Narrative That Normalizes Toxic Male Behavior

“Animal” is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, an Indian film director, screenwriter, and editor who…

‘Killer Soup’: A Bizarre Culinary Crime Comedy Dished Out By Manoj Bajpayee and Konkona Sen

I streamed “Killer Soup” on Netflix out of curiosity, drawn by the cast and the…

Summit of Creativity: An Indian and South Asian American Literary Extravaganza in the Midwest

The invitees and attendees were as varied as the cuisine of South Asia. Rich in…

The Bittersweet Rendition of ‘Past Lives’ Flows Like an Ancient Ballad of Love and Loss

Written and directed by Celine Song, “Past Lives” is a tender and evocative exploration of…

After 500 Years, Shri Ram Finds His Divine Voice. And So Too, It Seems, the Hindu-American Community

I don’t remember the first time I heard the name Rama. I suspect no one…

Pakistan’s Electoral Wonderland: Should I Vote for the Magician, the Illusionist, Or the Juggler?

As the infamous date of February 8 looms, a peculiar mix of apprehension and bemusement…

How Aging Indian Parents Struggle to Remain Relevant Amid Cultural Shift Toward Nuclear Family

During my recent annual trip to India, I visited several of my aging relatives, including…

Authors Beyond the Written Word: Creative Pursuits and the Question of How to Making a Living

As much as I love my job as a writer, it is a stark tragedy…

Thirty-two Years to Rama: As the New Temple Rises in Ayodhya, Remember History Can Be Paved Over But Can Never Be Erased

A friend texted me from India, “It’s like Diwali here. People are lighting lamps and…

A Republic in Ruins: How Some Indian American Hindus Use Hindutva to Attack Constitutional Values in America

Celebrating India’s Republic Day in America is a surreal experience. Some of us — Muslim,…