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Make Up Maven Elton Fernandez Uncovered

Make Up Maven Elton Fernandez Uncovered

“Makeup is like foreplay. If done well, they will always want more.”—Elton Fernandez. Last month, 101 India featured Elton Fernandez, “India’s most sought after makeup maven” who has worked with Juhi Chawla, Nandita Das, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Suri and others.  Elton talks about his days at Google and HSBC where makeup was just a hobby to him until he decided to pursue it full-time at the age of 25.  He had just

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The Eternal Soul is neither Male nor Female – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata

The Eternal Soul is neither Male nor Female – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata

As we approach the date when the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announces the legality of Same Sex Marriage, this video clip  below and the story [Y]ral: ‘Homosexuality In Ancient India’ – Stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata based on the writings of our friend Devdutt Pattanaik takes us on a short journey into the roots of Hinduism and the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata where homosexuality, transgender souls, and other gender bender characters

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Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

“I wondered if I could create a minuscule postmodern hippie outpost, a safe haven for artists, musicians, writers, poets, activists, and thinkers — essentially anyone who wanted to escape the relentless tyranny of the city for a little while,” Sabeen Mahmud described her inspiration behind founding The Second Floor—a coffeehouse and haven for progressive expression—in a recent interview with MIT’s Innovations Magazine. On April 24th, the Karachi-based human rights and counterculture

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I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

I Am Straight As a Jalebi!

This may just be the all time best slogan at any desi queer pride march. The third edition of Hyderabad Queer Pride and the first one in the newborn state of Telangana took place on the 8th of February with color, culture, and a touch of humor. The march had an underlying theme focusing on Telangana culture. Various signs condemning Section 377—India’s notorious ant-LGBT law were also seen in abundance. Check

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Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

Cabaret Flashback 1973: Helen Turns Up the Heat

“Hazel eyed-chic-sleek-gorgeously glamorous twinkle toed dancer charmer of the silver screen” is how the Queen of Bollywood cabaret—Helen—is described in a publicity piece from back in ’73. Helen first appeared in Bollywood films in the early 50s where she cut her teeth as a chorus dancer. Her big break came along in 1958 when she performed solo in the film Howrah Bridge to “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” with playback

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Sandhya’s Recipes: Holi-Day Cheesecake

Sandhya’s Recipes:  Holi-Day Cheesecake

Tis the season to be jolly, oh Holi…oops Holly.   There will be a lot of parties, sharties this time and pot lucks. Now you of course cannot take halwa and gulab jamun to a house party. Too sticky. What is the quickest dessert you can whip up? It’s time to look in the bedside table—I mean the pantry—and bring out the whipped cream and cherry. The easiest thing to

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Film Screening Presented by Lata Mani

Film Screening Presented by Lata Mani

Join renowned feminist scholar and writer, Lata Mani as she presents her recent collaboration with Argentinian filmmaker Nicolas Grandi,  an experimental 38 min video entitled *De Sidere 7*, a meditation on queer embodiment, desire and urban space shot in Delhi and Bangalore, India. The screening is co-sponsored by the A/P/A Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Programs in the Dept of SCA, the A/P/A Institute, CSGS, SouthAsia@NYU. Its free and open to the public. WHEN: Friday Oct

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Two Women Talking Debut Performance

Two Women Talking Debut Performance

Don’t miss the debut performance of Two Women Talking by Monsoon Bissell and Benaifer Bhadha at A/R/T New York–South Oxford Space. Here’s a description by the producers, “It is an unscripted telling in which two women weave their real life stories together – stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition. Each performance has a unique- ness in

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