We haven’t converted all of our 2004-05 archived stories to the new format, but you can still find them here:

JUNE 2005
Gateway to the Himalayas
A night of music, art and conversation beckons young professionals to an ancient culture revealed.

Working Woman: Anu Prakash
Each month, Nirali talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to determine how she made it to the top. This month, we catch up with TV news reporter Anu Prakash.

For a Greater Good
South Asian Americans are known to succeed at almost everything they try—so why do so many South Asian American activists fail to organize successfully? Neha Singh explores this question and uncovers several organizations working to reverse this trend.

MAY 2005
Finding Your Inner Sundari
Are you a Vata, a Pitta or a Kapha? Sundari’s line of Ayurvedic products balances your dominant dosha so you can unleash the beautiful woman inside you.

Wedding Bails
In a frenzy to find the perfect gift for the happy couple? is here to bail you out.

Confessions of a Desi Doctor
Soon-to-be resident Sarita Warrier ponders her career choice—and that of a million other South Asians.

APRIL 2005
Escape Artist
Brew yourself a mug of java or a pyaali of chai, settle into the most comfortable armchair you can find and travel with these authors to times and places far away.

Working Woman: Prita Uppal
Each month, Nirali talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to find out how she made it to the top. This month, we caught up with entrepreneur Prita Uppal.

A Traditional Beauty
Think threading is for the aunties? Think again. Shobha Tummala brings this ancient art uptown.

Flavor for Fashion
Saffron Rare Threads boasts clothing that takes you “from the conference room to the cocktail hour.” See why this new line is turning heads all over the country.

The Wedding Planner
Planning a South Asian wedding in America? Look no further than Indian Wedding Site, a new, comprehensive compendium of desi wedding resources.

MARCH 2005
A Call to Service
One month in the slums of Mumbai changed a yound medical student’s life. Now, he’s working feverishly to change the lives of others.

Picking Up the Pieces
After the tsunami in South and Southeast Asia, relief workers around the world went to work. Nirali caught up with two volunteers hoping to make a change in India and Indonesia. Though their work was very different, their mission was the same—to help devastated communities pick up the pieces.

Working Woman: Safia Fatimi
Each month, Nirali talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to find out how she made it to the top. This month, we focus on professional photographer Safia Fatimi.

In Like a Lion

Vasanti Cosmetics’ Pinki Patel shows you how to make an unforgettable entrance with her pretty picks for the spring.

From Beads to Bergdorf
Bag and accessories designer Moyna Singh embroiders herself a niche market in the high-priced world of couture.

Home is Where the Sparkle Is
Wrap Lucknow round your little fingers with the spectacular gems of taj taj jewelry.

FEBRUARY 2005
Wave of Destruction
The earthquake and resulting tsunami that devastated South and Southeast Asia affected hundreds of thousands of people in the region. Nirali talks with three South Asian American women who experienced the tragedy firsthand.

A Safe Haven
Domestic violence may be the South Asian community’s dirty little secret, but organizations around the country are working to empower South Asian women and cast light on this “hush hush” issue.

The Pied Piper of Indian Dance
Where can you find New York’s doctors, attorneys, and financial big-wigs shaking their hips, bobbing their shoulder, and making exaggerated faces in a mirror?

Working Woman: Meena Bose

Each month, Nirali talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to find out how she made it to the top. This month, we caught up with US Military Academy professor Meena Bose.

Currying Favor
Nirali chats with cookbook author Anjum Anand about her quest to transform Indian cuisine into (gasp!) healthy fare.

All that Glitters
Cheena Chandra took her love of jewelry and built an empire on her gem designs.

NOVEMBER 2004
All Eyes on Film
All over the country, young South Asians are coming together to bring South Asian independent films to the masses.

Breaking the Silence
Some of our mothers and grandmothers would die before they talked about anything connected to reproductive health. Unfortunately, that might well be the case. Nirali draws back the curtain on this important issue.

Working Woman: Lakshmi Singh
Each month, talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to find out how she made it to the top. This month we caught up with NPR newscaster Lakshmi Singh.

Work It
Jump-start your career by joining a South Asian professional organization. talks to the experts to find out how.

Nice Day for a White Wedding
Nirali’s Deepa Kamath knows South Asian weddings like the back of her hand—but when she’s invited to a “white wedding,” it’s a different affair altogether.

OCTOBER 2004
Going Greek
On campuses across the country, South Asian women are taking the Greek system by storm. Nirali profiles three South Asian sororities forging sisterhood through shared culture and service.

Balle Balle Burn
Bhangra moves aren’t just for the dance floor anymore—they’ve hit the gym, and now thousands are burning calories the “balle balle” way.

A Fast Break from Tradition
Greasy pakoras and boring fruit chaat, be gone! This Ramadhan, try our iftari spread that’s simple—and simply divine.

DIY Diwali

Celebrate the dazzling Hindu festival of lights with do-it-yourself divas, homemade candles and a modernized rangoli.

Focus on Faith
Young South Asian Americans’ views on religion are as varied as their religious backgrounds. With Diwali and Ramadhan fast-approaching, Nirali asks readers to share their thoughts.

SEPTEMBER 2004

From the Editor: Burger Kids

Desperately Seeking South Asians
South Asian Americans may have kept a low profile in past elections, but this year, the desi community takes on new life as a political force to be reckoned with.

Keeping it Real
A former model, Lubna Khalid turned her frustration at the lack of makeup offerings for people of color into a profitable business that has helped brown women all over the world. Nirali learns the story behind this businesswoman’s rise.

Nirali’s Resource Library
Being a woman and a minority in the workplace can challenge even the most determined career woman. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of books to help you navigate any workplace situation that comes your way.

Working Woman: Vishakha Desai

Each month, Nirali talks to a South Asian American woman who has distinguished herself in a non-traditional field to find out how she made it to the top. For our premiere issue, we caught up with Vishakha Desai, the newly-appointed president of the Asia Society.

Old World Beauty Revisited
“You know, you should really use some tomatoes to even out your skin.” We’ve all heard our mothers (and their mothers) spout beauty advice based on products from the produce aisle. So is all-natural alright? Nirali puts old world beauty secrets to the test.

Happy Lucky Anjali
Anjali Pathak Young quit practicing law to produce a fun, hip line of handmade totes, tees and more. Nirali gets the scoop behind why she considers herself quite so happy and so lucky.

Nirali’s Nine
There are some things everyone should know how to do: ride a bike, tie your shoelaces, boil an egg. But we’ve come up with a list of nine things every smart, stylish Nirali woman should master in order to make life easier and dazzle some others along the way.

Going for the Gold
Editor Deepa Kamath attended the Konkani cultural convention this past Fourth of July weekend. While there, she discovered an event of Olympic proportions.

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