“Farmers: Past, Present, Future” Photo Exhibit, Madison Children’s Museum, WI

“Farmers: Past, Present, Future” Photography Exhibit Madison Children’s Museum, Sidewalk Surprise Series, 10 April – 10 July 2018 The three photographs displayed in the Sidewalk Surprise Series at The Children’s Museum of Madison WI portray a family of women farmers from Central India. The Dandu family, located in the state of Telangana, represent a long… Read More

Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen, Open City, Asian Americans Writers’ Workshop

Collateral Damage “Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America”: A mother copes with the unjust arrest and incarceration of her son. Shahina Parveen is the mother of Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was convicted in 2007 of allegedly conspiring to plant bombs in a Manhattan subway. Shahina maintains her son, Matin, is in prison for a crime he… Read More

Satire: “CORN-TELPRO: Tamale Ladies Menace 6 Queens’ neighborhoods along Roosevelt Avenue”

Do not confuse CORN-TELPRO with the 1950s COINTELPRO, “a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.” CORN-TELPRO, on the other hand, is an entirely trustworthy and legitimate organization, seeking a total and complete shutdown of all invasive species on Roosevelt Avenue,… Read More

Article Migrant Kitchens_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Vendors vs. City Hall

“The people with permits, they are not working. We vendors on the streets, we need more permits,” yelled Mehdi, a New York street vendor of Bengali origin, at a recent protest for more permits. Street vending in the city – in particular food vending – is largely the domain of immigrants like Mehdi, seemingly an… Read More

Autumn in Old Delhi: Spices, Porters and Local Fare

Though the summer intensity has passed in North India, a glimmer of cooler mornings awaits, on the sidelines of Old Delhi. Dust never settles, it just gets redistributed and then the heat lacquers every surface. Each corner of this ancient city is coated with infinite layers: strata of memories, migrants, languages, castes, foods, architectures, monumental… Read More