Category «South Asia»

The Importance Of Taboo Topics In South Asian Societies

A very taboo topic in South Asian societies is the topic of masturbation. In fact, young brown girls and boys weren’t even told about masturbation, let alone have gotten the “sex talk.” There was no talk about periods, porn, masturbation, or sex. This is because we come from generations of brown families whose childhoods were …

The Face Behind Burnt Roti Mag: Sharan Dhaliwal

It’s no secret that in many ways, minorities still do not have proper platforms to speak up about their lives. Similarly, after finding that there were very few places for South Asians to turn to and discuss their culture, Sharan Dhaliwal decided to create Burnt Roti Mag, a publication that aims to promote South Asian …

5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Date Indian Girls

  About two or three years ago, I came across an article that was on one hand amusing, yet also pretty disappointing and disgusting. It was titled “5 Reasons Why You Should Not Date Indian Girls.” Unable to contain my absolute fury and amusement, my 20 year old self constructed a response to his sorry …

Decembers In India

There are many things about India which inspire confidence; the diversity of its languages for example, is unparalleled. Treatment of their women, however, is in need of an imminent change. I grew up in India, lived there until I was around 9 years old. That is short enough, I think, to escape the stifling realities …

Colorism And Anti-Blackness In The Asian Community

People who are not white or of European origin are usually placed in the category of ‘People of Color,’ a term used to encompass all those who may have common or similar experiences of systemic racism. However, despite this, prejudice still exists between POC groups, and this is often directly linked to cultural bias and …

Modesty And The Brown Woman

As a North American of South Indian descent, I have always been torn between living my life based on the culture I’ve grown up in versus the culture my family is still affixed to. The one thing that has bothered me, and makes me angrier the older I get, is South Asian beliefs when it …

The Filmy Babe: Aakanksha Sardana

Aakanksha Sardana is a graduate of the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India. With a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and awaiting to hear back from post-graduate institutions, Sardana has many accomplishments to be proud of. Her biggest accomplishment to date, however, is how she took her passion for Bollywood cinema, something that she has …

Celebrating Diversity In India

Vogue India recently issued their 10th-anniversary issue which featured Kendall Jenner, many people were disgruntled with the fact that in a country that has so much diversity, the magazine chose to feature a caucasian woman. There are many issues with this choice. India is known for glorifying fair skin from its movies to the lyrics …

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