Kultar’s Mime: In Conversation With Author Sarbpreet Singh

By Radhika Marwaha Following an exploration of a displaced population of Sikh widows in Delhi’s Tilak Vihar, our writer, Radhika Marwaha, interviewed author and playwright, Sarbpreet Singh on “Kultar’s Mime”: his reflection on the 1984 Sikh carnage.  When I walk the streets of Delhi today I still see blood mixed with the dust. Each silent […]

Delhi’s Widow Colony: An Assessment of Anguish

By Radhika Marwaha In 2017, Dr. Sandeep Sabhlok —then a resident at the University of California, San Francisco— was conducting a psychometric evaluation to study the mental health status of his patient when she experienced a 30-second flashback, a specific symptom for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I was taken back to the moment when […]

Once for Yes, Twice for No

By Teja Dusanapudi The motherland has two tongues: the one we speak and the one we see. There is the language of words, with unique phrases and even more unique vulgarities, versus the language of the body, of perfectly tilted heads nodding back and forth, of mobbed hands grabbing for the check. We, immigrants and […]

The Complex Construction of Palestinian Identity

By Hla Music strum with the oud, freshly cooked Mansaf and dabka dancing come to mind when picturing Palestine, according to second-generation Palestinian-American college student, Mohammad Jubran. In a perfect world, this image would be the only truth.  With a military occupation of over 50 years, Palestine’s reality is one that weighs heavily on the […]

Finding a Place

By Deepa Singh  “Coolie” in many South Asian languages commonly refers to an individual that carries heavy loads and does unskilled tasks. For Indian laborers working on plantation estates in British colonies circa 1890-1902, this simple word was shaped into a derogatory slur that eventually became a part of their identity. The word “coolie” began […]

The Nature of the Other: “Chain” Migration and Migrant Ecologies

By Teja Dusanapudi A tree does not move. It remains rooted firmly in the ground, fruiting and flowering until storm or fire brings the trunk crashing down to the soil. Human communities, however, are more frequently uprooted. All over the world, SWANASA peoples experience mass displacement as a result of violence, poverty, politics, famine, and […]

Call Me Bobby: The Politics of Naming

By Teja Dusanapudi Smiling, happy, and picturesque, the faces of the Brady Bunch are icons of the 1970s to many, but perhaps to none more so than Piyush Jindal, watching the family participate in zany antics and heartfelt resolutions within an easily digestible 25 minute plot arc.  Piyush’s Parents Amar and Raj Jindal, an engineer […]