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Projects

current/recent

“Grace us with your presence”, a short play performed as part of Tonya Pinkin’s Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn series, April 14, 2019

“Problematic”: Co-written dark comedy pilot with Pranav Behari.

“Is Authenticity in Yoga Even Possible?”: An audio documentary in pre-production.

past

“Park Slope”: Co-directed absurdist video with Hanna Edizel, set to rapper OHYUNG’s ‘Park Slope’. Watch

“Inherited Trauma”: Curator/producer of a show first exhibited at Local Project + day-long series of performances, for the Long Island City Arts Open Festival, May 2017.

“Reflections on Tirhut”: Co-author of essay with Dr. William R. Pinch on the water history of Mithila. Forthcoming publication in The Power of Bhakti: Social Location and Public Affect in India’s Religion of the Heart (University of Washington Press). Research presented at “Exploring Bhakti: Is Bhakti a language of power or protest?” conference, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University, May 2016.

“hometown browns”: Co-host of free-form radio show for three seasons on WESU Middletown 88.1 FM—South Asian culture, humor and music. Spin-off podcast in development for Summer/Fall 2017.

Oral histories: Collaborator on a book/media project with Dr. Indira Karamcheti, building narratives of the South Asian immigrants who found a way to the US before the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

“The First Americans”: Researcher for Dr. Karamcheti’s project on 19th-century seamen who might have been from India, and the treatment of race and difference in the Seamen Protection Certificates.

Madhushala: Translated a large portion of the neo-romanticist Hindi book of 135 quatrains from 2011-2012.

Rubbing Eyes and Rings: Play performed at CultureHub NY for “Verbally Challenged: Digital Dialogues” where Manchester and NYC used telepresence to create a hybrid analog-digital performance.

Appearances

Upcoming

TBA: Jackson Heights, August 29, 2021 at 5 PM

Past

Produced and performed in After Party Presents, The Footlight, September, 2019

Produced and performed in After Party Presents: Service, The Footlight, July 16, 2019

Produced After Party Presents: Futures, The Footlight, June 2019

Performance, On This Day, Caveat May 2019

Reading, “Pet Culture,” Call Your Mama, QED, May 2019

Reading “Colonial Propaganda,” 826NYC, Pete’s Candy Store, May 2019

Launch, After Party Presents: Love, The Footlight, May 2019

Reading, “Test of Love,” 826NYC: Valentine’s Day, Pete’s Candy Store, February 2019

Reading, “The Killing Of A Tiger,” Diwali Party, Union Hall, November 2018

Performance/Talk: “The Languages Of Privilege” with Amin Husain, Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival, Panoply Performance Lab, September 2019

Reading, “Casual Imperialism Of The American Tourist,” Final Fantasy: AUNTIFA, Friends and Lovers, August 2018

Appearance, “Affirmative Reaction,” SiriusXM, May 2018

Appearance “The Academy Awards,” The Katie Halper Show, March 2018

Panel Moderation, SAKHI and “The Problem with Apu”, TIME Inc. Theater, January 31, 2018.

Reading, “Pores.” Barriers to Bridges: Building Solidarity through Storytelling, New Women Space, November 25, 2017.

Closing conversation, “Sahana Ramakrishnan’s A Night in the Woods,” Field Projects, October 2017.

Reading, “Pores.” Tweeting and Deleting: Brooklyn, Quimby’s Bookstore, October 10, 2017.

Recurring panelist, Season 3. The Grapevine, Fall 2017.

“Episode 9.” The Hamza Khan Show, September 1, 2017.

“South Asian (Mis)Representations Onscreen.” WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show, July 26, 2017.

“A Conversation with Aditi Natasha Kini about ‘The Big Sick’.” DaveChen.net, July 13, 2017.

“What is Park Slope but a petri dish of neo-feudalism, artists ask in absurdist music video.” Brokelyn, May 25, 2017.

Writing

Essays & Features

Travel, Lifestyle and Food

“Rajma Masala, The Perfect Pandemic Dish.” On beans, pandemics and colonial histories for Eater

“The Casual Imperialism Of The American Tourist,” Bitch Magazine

“Blank Slate: Spiritual Emptiness Is Clearing Out Our Closets,” on minimalism for Bitch Magazine

“The Temple Aunties,” Edible Queens

History & Colonialism

On period pieces and colonial propaganda, Vice

“Tipu’s Magic Box Was Stolen. It Should Not Be For Sale,” New York Times

“The Death Of a Symbol: How Western Writers Exploit The Tiger,” Lithub

“The Waterscape of Mithila,” Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart, chapter in textbook published May 2019

“Ghost In My Mouth,” Bitch Magazine, GHOST Issue

“Mattel has no business turning Frida Kahlo into a Barbie,”on capitalism and Frida’s likeness for the  Washington Post

“How Might We Decolonize The Brooklyn Museum?” Pacific Standard

Film & Television

“Royal Representation: On the Strange Racial Politics of ‘Bridgerton,'” Bitch Magazine

“Eugenics As Entertainment: ‘Indian Matchmaking”s lighthearted view of caste oppression,” Bitch Magazine

“The Myth of The Male Genius” Bitch Magazine

“I’m Tired of Watching Brown Men Fall in Love With White Women Onscreen.” Jezebel

“’90 Day Fiance: The Other Way’ Tells A Story of Passport Privilege’,” Jezebel.

“Does ‘Call Me By Your Name’ expose the Oscars’ problem with sex?” Playboy

“The Fists Of White Men: Orientalism and Yellow Peril in ‘The Defenders’.” Bitch Media

Lady Bird‘s glaring white mediocrity” The Week

“The Problem with ‘Aladdin’.” Bitch Media

“Does Hollywood really care about abuse?” Oxygen

Feminism

“Feminists were right: Ignoring online misogyny has deadly consequences” Washington Post

“Why Pay Secrecy is Inherently Anti-Feminist” Wear Your Voice

“How Reddit Is Used to Indoctrinate Young Men Into Becoming Misogynists” Vice Canada, Reposted on Vice US.

“#MeToo: There’s a List Circulating of Sexual Abusers on College Campuses,”AlterNet

Diaspora

“The Model Minority Is Not a Myth: It’s Ajit Pai” The Root

“Tools of Supremacy: The Model Minority” COLORBLOQ Magazine, “MODEL” Issue.

“Sad, Brown and Gay: Let’s Talk About Queer and Trans Mental Health in the South Asian Diaspora,” INTO. (Research supported by an ASJA grant)

“The Politics of South Asian Representation,” on ‘The Problem With Apu’ for ShondaLand

“Queer Muslim Artists Are Beyond A “Movement,” INTO

“Milk and Vine’s Viral Success Is White Mediocrity Capitalizing on Rupi Kaur’s Work” Teen Vogue

“A New Exhibit Explores the Art and Identity of Queer Muslims” Vice

Creative Writing

“The Killing Of A Tiger,” Denver Quarterly

“I Assimilate into Mere Bubbles,” The Rumpus

“The Stages Of My Life, In Usernames,” VICE Magazine “Privacy and Perception” Issue, Broadly.

“Why I Asked My White Coworkers to Call Me By My Middle Name” Girlboss

“Pet Culture,” Vol 1 Brooklyn (short story)

“charmed,” Fearsome Critters Vol 2