The Single Girl’s Survival Guide for Desi Weddings

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 It was exactly five years to the day since the wedding I wrote about in my story for the Love, Inshallah anthology, “Punk Drunk Love.” Here I was again for another Desi wedding in the same suburban Indian restaurant. Heck, I’m pretty sure I was even sitting at the very same table.The couple was different and I was wearing a different sari, but the celebration of love was the same. It was impossible not to think of him – the leading man of that romantic narrative years ago, who h … [Read more...]

Bridging the Gap

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My grandmother's name is Raj Kumari, which means “princess” in English. She has always been in my life and is part of my earliest memories. As a child, I had a habit of stealing butter and ghee from the kitchen, hiding under the table and eating it. My grandmother would walk in; see me eating butter out of the container, smile and say: “You look like Lord Krishna!”Hands down, she’s the best cook in my entire family, and because of her we grew up eating great Punjabi food. Saag, muttar paneer, … [Read more...]

What’s Your Name

Order Irene's new collection, the galaxy of origins. Scroll down for audio. what’s your namethe heavy chimes clot the hours in the air andmy blood asks, do bones carry future memories in their marrows?waiting for a face that is a mirror, I turn the page ofa tome that lists only my name my name my name.tonight each cicada sings its name, the only one it knows,and when I stepped out the door this morning and a chipmunkslammed into my shoe, it couldn’t remember its name for a mome … [Read more...]

Asian Parents React to “I Love You”

What would happen if you said "I love you" to your parents? These people did and the reactions are beautiful and heartwarming.Filmmaker Steven Lim is calling for you to video your parents reacting to hearing the words come from you. Post your videos using the hashtag #iloveyouchallenge. … [Read more...]

Mom’s Christmas, Our Ramadan

I grew up in Chicago, the daughter of a conservative Pakistani Pathan Muslim and a small-town American Mormon. Theirs was a marriage founded on somewhat foolish optimism.  Both of my parents assumed they would have the other converted to their own faith within months. My childhood memories of mom’s Christmases, our Eids, mom’s Easters and our Ramadans, serve as a testament to the contrary. This recollection comes from the strange serendipitous period where two of those major religious events – th … [Read more...]

fr muslim girls who considered suicide when the ummah wasnt enuf

fr mariam , khadijah, fatima, hajar, alla , yall,fr our communities that hold us,recite algebraic formulas against evil eye2 × al fatiha plus 3 astaghfirallahs =your eyelashes wont fall outwritten with such love and concernfr when we struggle w themagainst islamophobia ,racism , the revolutiondo our dawah n makedua fr you, me, the deenthinkin abt the dirty linenwe spent all nightfolding with our teeth clenched… Read the rest of th … [Read more...]

Watch: Enemy of the Reich

Watch the PBS documentary on Noor Inayat Khan - Indian, Muslim, author, musician & WWII spy & heroine, available here until 9/30. … [Read more...]

Sexual Assault in the Muslim Community – Documentary

'Breaking Silence' is the first documentary highlighting American Muslim women’s experiences with sexual assault. Support this important film at Kickstarter today!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQFG6nULE-8 … [Read more...]

If brown parents gave the sex talk

What was it like in your household?"You want to kill us? No? Then don't do the secks!"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amShk1X3IHE&app=desktop … [Read more...]

The Heart’s Prosthesis

You were different.I don’t know if I ever told you that, but there it is. For you, I broke every self-imposed rule I’d ever created. They say the best kind of love is the one you never see coming, the kind that sneaks up on you so slowly that by the time you feel its presence, it has already burrowed deep inside the caverns of your heart that you didn’t even know existed.You were a surprise, a calamity that happened both slowly and all at once. You were different because you had enough fl … [Read more...]


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