Brown and Beautiful

Brown and Beautiful

WHEN BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD FOR BUSINESS: The white-dominated mainstream beauty industry has traditionally ignored other skin colors. Now a new generation of South Asians are not only creating beauty products and brands catering to brown skin, but some are also becoming influencers in the industry, challenging the mainstream notions of beauty and gathering a huge social media presence and fan following. Here are Sarah Thomas, a first generation Indian-American, and her company Bili Beauty; Deepica Mutyala with her company Tinted; Pinki Gosal, Priti and Gargi Patel, and Mona Patel of Vasanti Cosmetics; Divya Gugnani of Wander Beauty; Amrita of Lady Burgundy; Sal Ali of Farsali; Monika Deol of Stellar Beauty; Manal Shaikh of Eyeris; Tamanna Roashan of Dress Your Face; and Padma Lakshmi modeling for MAC Cosmetics; as well as Nabeela Noor and Rihanna talking about and offering cosmetics for different skin tones. We are moving towards more inclusivity in the beauty industry! Read more »

Musings: Unpacking

HAUNTING MEMORIES FROM MULTIPLE MIGRATIONS, of places loved, left, and lost: Unpacking boxes, muses the author, is an act of unpacking a flood of memories, heavy with the weight of time. Read more »

Interviews: MALLIKA SARABHAI: Powering Change through the Performing Arts, & SAMIA MALIK, the Voice Behind the Stories

MALLIKA SARABHAI: DANCER, ACTIVIST, ICON, and singer Samia Malik talked to Khabar in Atlanta. They each challenge antiquated patriarchal traditions and advocate for feminism and more. Read more »


Born in rural India, the author was orphaned just days after birth. A loving white Jewish family adopted her, though she still struggled in America, being adopted and a minority. Read more »

India, in Your Face—in America

We live in an abundance of Indian influences: the “Indianization” in America is going strong. Now if only the Trump camp could see immigrants differently and get in step with the times! Read more »

Letters from Readers

More Thoughts on the Kumbh Mela, by Bhagirath Majmudar, MD: looking at the composition of the water in the rivers and in ourselves, at the absence of epidemics at the Kumbh, and more. Read more »

Bad Money Habits to Break

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns, year after year. Now is as good a time as any to alter your behavior. Read more »

Planning for the Mack Truck

As a business owner, you should keep your responsibilities in order such that someone else could pick up where you left off in case of your sudden disability or death. Here are tips. Read more »

Health: Are Wellness Fads Stressing You Out?

ARE WELLNESS FADS STRESSING YOU OUT? Choose simplicity: a nutrient-rich, planned diet, mindful eating, and an enjoyable fitness routine are the simple secrets of wellness and weight control. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Premium processing for H-1B resumes / Possible closing of international field offices / ICE agents get license plate access / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES & DATES FOR FILING—APRIL 2019 Read more »

Shah Rukh, Salman may team up for Bhansali’s next

Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan may team up in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's family drama about friends-turned-foes, like the Dilip Kumar-Raj Kumar starrer Saudagar. Anushka Sharma may star. Read more »


A clothing drive, the Vastradaan Campaign, started by Udaipur prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar set a Guinness World Record by gathering more than 329,250 pieces of clothing from over 76,000 donors. Read more »

Abha Rai wins UGA grant to study domestic violence

Abha Rai, a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at UGA, received a grant for gathering data on the perceptions of domestic violence in South Asian communities, including Atlanta and Chicago. Read more »


Briefs / PODCASTS / INDIA’S NATIVE SPORTS / BOOKS: Around the World in 80 Trains; A People’s History of Heaven; The Third Pillar: ...Markets ...the State ...Community; The Good Immigrant Read more »

Musical Mama

INTERVIEW WITH MUSICIAN FALGUNI SHAH: She won acclaim in India, performed for the Obamas at the White House, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and is artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall. Read more »

Entrepreneurship Isn’t Just a Money-Game

Don't constantly think of how much money you want; look at what you want to create: if it is worthwhile, money will happen. You can't take money with you. What matters is what you created. Read more »






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