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-Yena Sharma Purmasir, Swarthmore ’14

My grandfather did not play chess

because that board looked too much like home.

The pieces come in black and white

and the squares taste like the streets of America

but underneath the instructions lies the warm

breath of India that has always been

just beyond my […]

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–Yena Sharma Purmasir, Swarthmore College ’14

My grandfather did not play chess because that board looked too much like home. The pieces come in black and white and the squares taste like the streets of America but underneath the instructions lies the warm breath of India that has always been just beyond my epidermis. […]

Arranged Marriages: The Myth of Match-Making

~ Anna Mathew ’10

“Marriage is not a word…it’s a sentence…a life sentence.” So goes the joke reflecting the fear of the average American when it comes to taking the ultimate plunge. Yes, there is an implicit fear of commitment in American culture…and the prospect of marriage is thus extremely hyped […]

Dharma and the Ramayana

~ Nikitha Ashok ’11

Dharma, roughly the equivalent of the English terms law and duty, has a much more defined meaning in Hinduism. It is a principle which every person should strive to follow. Dharma implies right conduct and the upholding of morals and virtues. The maintenance of these […]

Chaat – A Mouth-Watering Dish

~ Sowmya Srinivasan ’13

South Asian Chaat is great to read, but chaat is delicious. Chaat is actually the name for an umbrella of different snack foods usually involving potato, yogurt, and a mixture of spices. Most dishes classified as chaat originated in Northern India, mainly in Punjab or […]

Whitewashed?

~ Annafi Wahed ’12

I was born in Bangladesh, and lived there until I was eight years old. Then I moved to New York, and have been living in the States ever since. Surprisingly enough for a NYC public school, my high school did not have a very large South Asian […]

Flight Nightmares

~ Mahvish Qureshi ’10

Have you ever found yourself waiting around at airports, flights delayed because of bad weather, or because of delayed arrival of the plane. Maybe you are waiting around because you missed a connecting flight. Well that would be a best case scenario for the passengers of a Biman Bangladesh […]

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Shalwaar Kameez

~ Mahvish Qureshi ’10

When people watch Bollywood movies and think about South Asian clothing the first thing that comes to mind is the vibrant colors that are used for the clothing. The famous Bollywood sarees and the east meets west fusion trend of kurta tops […]

Sugra and I

Sugra and I (Part 2 – Another World)

(Continued from Part 1)

~ Marium Sattar ‘09

When I was 14, we had a new servant who was of the same age.  Her name was Asma.  She spoke in a mix of Urdu and Sindhi and peeled with laughter when […]

Yoga

Yoga: Significance in Indian Philosophy

~ Sahitya Penumetcha ’10

Although many people in the western world now associate yoga with exercise its initial conception in India had a much broader context and was significant to Indian philosophy. The word yoga, derived from the Sanskrit yug, has various meanings including “to […]