Kevin Negandhi Interview

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Earlier this year, for the ISAASE Be Inspired project, I had a conversation with ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi. If you’re interested, you can read the full interview now over at ISAASE.org/inspired, or ISAASE.org/kevin-negandhi. P.S. – More about ISAASE’s Be Inspired project, and a chat with Natasha Sumant of Gundi Studios.

The Problem with Apu

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The Problem with Apu is a Problem with America

The Simpsons is a great show. But Apu sucks. For a variety of reasons — including the fact that there’s so little representation of South Asians on tv in the first place, and that the depiction of Apu as simultaneously the perfect model minority and immigrant, and the depiction of him as a joke that encompassed all stereotypes about South Asians … Read More

“Your Parents Didn’t Immigrate For You To Mispronounce Your Own Name”

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Pronouncing Your Own Name Wrong

Have you come across the sentiment: “your parents didn’t immigrate just for you to mispronounce your own name?” One variation of this sentiment appeared from Twitter user @Zablizzle (as seen on the Instagram account for @the_indian_feminist): “Your parents didn’t immigrate across an ocean for you to mispronounce your own name so it fits better in someone else’s mouth. #stop” (1/2) “I’m … Read More

A Chat with Poet Pavana Reddy

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Pavana Reddy mazadohta

Pavana Reddy (who you may already be following on Instagram — she’s also known as @mazadohta!), is an amazing, beautiful, inspiring poet. You can sample her lovely poetry on her Instagram page (here), hear it on Anoushka Shankar’s album Land of Gold, or read it in her first book, Rangoli. I got to connect with and interview Pavana for ISAASE’s Be Inspired project. We had a … Read More

A Chat with Lady Pista

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Inspired by Lady Pista - Recording Artist and DJ - Full Interview with Punlearning

Have you heard of Lady Pista? Sumangala Narendrakumar (aka Lady Pista) is a recording artist and DJ whose music is a blend of dancehall, electro-house, and world music. A couple months ago, I reached out to Lady Pista to connect about the ISAASE Be Inspired project, which aims to inspire young South Asian Americans by sharing diverse profiles and stories … Read More

The Proust Questionnaire from Le Labo

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Proust Questionnaire from Le Labo DC

Do you have a “signature fragrance” (and is that still something we’re doing?). A woman I know recently went to Le Labo in DC (the fancy fragrance company that makes the beautiful perfume bottles and candles you see all over Instagram/Pinterest/etc), and got a semi-custom fragrance made. I say “semi” because it’s a fragrance they already make, but it’s still … Read More

How Long Does it Take You to Respond to Texts?

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How Long Does it Take You to Respond to Texts?

How long does it take you to respond to texts? Since people may tend to assign meaning to the amount of time that passes between their messaging you and your responding, do you feel pressured to respond more quickly? Anuja‘s soon to be sister-in-law, and my new friend, Dr. Roopa Mathur is a psychiatrist and an all-around cool woman who … Read More

A Chat with Natasha Sumant of Gundi Studios

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Natasha Sumant of Gundi Studios

Have you seen the instagram account Gundi Studios? In Hindi, “gundi” means female thug — and since outspoken South Asian women aren’t typically appreciated in South Asian communities, Natasha Sumant (the artist behind Gundi Studios) started the project as a way to celebrate courageous women, and reclaim the term gundi. The art and fashion coming out of Gundi Studios is fantastic, but … Read More

Is Sex with Robots a Good Idea?

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Did you see this Quartz interview with Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe on sex with robots? Dr. van Wynsberghe is an assistant professor of ethics and technology in the Netherlands, and the co-founder and president of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. In the interview, she talks about the practical value of sex robots, some of the ethical gray areas in sex robot design, … Read More

Do You Scroll Through Social Media Before You Sleep?

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What's your bedtime routine? (And do you check social media before you sleep?)

Do you scroll through social media before you sleep? Until a little over a week ago, I would spend hours working on my laptop after my son was asleep. But that left me feeling agitated, and made it harder for me to fall asleep, so I made a conscious choice to stop working at night. (Now, I don’t keep my … Read More