Between September 2004, when Nirali first hit the web as an online magazine for South Asians, and September 2008, we published more than 750 stories and blog posts on all things brown.
Our crack staff and freelancers covered everything from art to politics to fashion to food. We…
- followed Kal Penn from Kumar to Gogol.
- wrote the first feature story on M.I.A. in American media.
- delivered a gorgeous weddings issue devoured by desi brides-to-be.
- dished with Aziz, Mindy, Aasif and Sendhil, the brown stars of the small screen.
- interviewed fashion breakout stars like Rachel Roy and Bibhu Mohapatra.
- featured thought-provoking essays on everything from abuse to Bollywood hair.
- covered important stories like South Asians in politics and the tsunami in South Asia.
… And we did it all on a beautiful and smartly-written site.
During that time, we received thousands of emails and comments about our stories, debating the content and asking for more.
But Nirali has always been a labor of love, and it was tough for our team to sustain the effort. So we’ve been quiet for a while.
Now … something’s afoot.
So, keep an eye on this space. We think you’ll like what you see, very soon.
Ismat Sarah Mangla & Priya Patel, co-founders
(In the meantime, browse through our archives here.)