Not-So Missing in Action

She performs under the moniker M.I.A., short for “missing in action,” but artist/musician Maya Arulpragasm is anything but. Nirali talks with M.I.A. to find out what makes this feisty Tamil tigress tick.

October 2004

Hoping for a Match

There are currently 31 South Asian American patients in desperate need of bone marrow or stem cell transplants, but the South Asian community faces a tragic lack of donors. A few courageous patients and volunteers are hoping to change that.

October 2004

Beauty Queen

Celebrity makeup artist and Nirali beauty expert Shalini Vadhera didn’t plan on a career in the beauty industry. Now she’s taking it by storm.

October 2004

Directing Awareness

Filmmaker Meena Nanji is unlike other female South Asian filmmakers in the current spotlight. She makes documentaries—and her subject matter isn’t always pretty.

October 2004

Writing From Two Worlds

Novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni weaves fiction that often delves into the South Asian immigrant experience. Nirali talks with the storyteller about her latest book, Queen of Dreams, and what Divakaruni is dreaming up next.

October 2004
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In the Mix

A trendy new boutique in New York brings the hottest Indian designers and their fabulous fusion wear stateside.

October 2004

Love’s Labour’s Found

Shakespearean actress Nazneen Contractor talks to Nirali about joining the players.

October 2004

Breast Left Unsaid

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women. But you can’t fight the disease if you don’t have your facts straight. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nirali draws back the veil of secrecy to examine how breast cancer affects the South Asian community.

October 2004

Working Woman: Sunita Williams

The NASA astronaut talks about how she made it to the top.

October 2004