India’s first lesbian ad

India’s first lesbian ad

While India has taken two steps back and made homosexuality illegal in India, we have trailblazing ad companies that reflect the mindset of the younger generation for whom this is a non issue. The political pundits are so far from the issues that affect the youth of India today that instead of dealing with infrastructure, education, jobs etc, they waste time discussing how yoga should be banned in schools. Here

Posted: June 14th, 2015

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Aid For Learning – Helping Schools in Punjab

Aid For Learning – Helping Schools in Punjab

We always love and support a wonderful cause, especially when a friend or family member is involved.  Recently, Ashu Rai’s 15-year old nephew, Saahil Rai, set up his own effort to assist elementary and secondary schools in his grandfather’s hometown of Nabha in Punjab.  Saahil’s goal is $5,000 and the money will go towards a filtration system for water fountains and desks for all of the classrooms.  You can read

Posted: June 5th, 2015

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Arooj Aftab at LPR on Saturday, June 6th

Arooj Aftab at LPR on Saturday, June 6th

If you are in town over the weekend, be sure to head down for an early evening treat at LPR and the CD release party for Arooj Aftab, a New-York based Pakistani female vocalist, composer and music producer.  Based in Brooklyn,  Arooj worked on creating “a sound that culminates the energy and sensibilities of jazz upright bass tones, inverted chords and modal scales, americana acoustic folk guitar, south asian ancestral vocal melodies

Posted: June 4th, 2015

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D’Lo featured in The Guardian

D’Lo featured in The Guardian

Kudos to our good friend D’Lo and his recent article in the Guardian! You probably caught D’Lo in the first season of Amazon’s “Transparent”,  HBO’s “Looking” and he just completed a successful tour of “D’FunQT“, where he “considers queer love and the artist’s personal and complicated relationship with Sri Lanka as a trans masculine person”.  And, he’ll be in the upcoming Netflix series, “Sense8″ directed by the “The Matrix Trilogy” creators,

Posted: May 28th, 2015

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Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

“Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (though IYER preferred)” Harish Iyer’s mom, Padma, felt her son needed a little push in the romance department and like many meddling Indian parents, she decided to take the matter into her own hands by placing a personal ad in a local Mumbai newspaper. The fact that her son—an activist and

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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In Memoriam – Prashant Bhargava (1973-2015)

In Memoriam – Prashant Bhargava (1973-2015)

We were shocked and saddened early Saturday morning to hear that Prashant Bhargava suddenly passed away the previous evening .  Prashant, born and raised in Chicago and based in Brooklyn, was a vital part of our South Asian creative community in New York.  He made international headlines with his debut feature film “Patang“, which was based in Ahmedabad during India’s largest kite festival.   His most recent venture was “Radhe Radhe”, a collaboration

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

If you woke up early this morning with your alarm clock set to NPR and heard Desilicious and ‘gay desi“, you weren’t dreaming. NPR reporter Alexandra Starr, who wrote a piece on Desilicious for the “New York Times” in 2007, attended our Sholay Birthday Bash last month.  You can listen to the audio version of Alexandra’s  “Weekend Report” here and read the text version.  A big thanks to Sazzad Reza,

Posted: May 9th, 2015

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Junoon Brings Bollywood and Heart to the Dance Floor

Junoon Brings Bollywood and Heart to the Dance Floor

Guests at our Sholay Birthday Bash this past April may have caught a flash of orange sequins and smiles as Junoon Performing Arts took over the dance floor for a dazzling Bollywood fusion performance. The dance troupe will be taking their talents to Manhattan Movement Center with “Dil Se–a Journey of Emotions.” Coming up on Sunday, May 10th. We had a chance to sit down with them between rehearsals to

Posted: May 6th, 2015

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