elcome back, readers! It’s been a while since we saw you last. When we launched in September 2004, we were just four young South Asian American women with a big idea. And what a welcome that idea received! Readers from all over the world wrote to us appreciating the magazine. Soon, our little labor of love exploded, and as more of you read , more of you wanted to get involved. Today, we’re proud to boast a much larger staff comprised of skilled journalists, artists and businesspeople.

During our hiatus, we received countless emails asking when we’d be back online. Well, we are here to stay this time! (Sign up for email list so you know whenever there’s a new issue.) You’ll notice a brand new design and better site features–please look around and tell us what you think. I’m so honored to be a part of such a talented team, and I’d like to congratulate and thank each of them for an amazing job. Special thanks to art director Priya Patel, whose gorgeous vision has brought you these pages, and web producer Arun Kale, for working his magic. I have a feeling that big things are in store for (or at least I’d like to think—I am a little biased, after all).

When we launched Nirali Magazine in September 2004, we were just four young South Asian American women with a big idea.

But is not the only thing on the cusp of bigger and better things to come. When we were putting this issue together, I noticed that theme throughout our (virtual) pages. Our South Asian community and its members are poised for excellence this year. Just look at Mousumi Shaw, founder of Sikara Jewelry. She’s using her business acumen and her Harvard MBA to create a unique jewelry business—one that plans to be socially responsible, as well. And our favorite beauty expert, Shalini Vadhera, who wrote a regular beauty column during first run, is now the CEO of her own company and will soon host a makeover show on NBC! Of course, who can forget rising starlet Dushyanthi, who graces our home page. She didn’t sit around waiting for someone to discover her—she made it happen herself!

plans to be around to report on these and other prominent South Asians as we continue to grow. I hope you’ll join us for the ride.

Thanks for reading.

Ismat Sarah Mangla

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