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Meet the Staff: Syeda Hasan

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @syedahasan28 Hey BG world! My name is Syeda and I’m a 23-year-old journalist living in Houston, Texas. I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember, and that drew me to pursue a career in journalism. My first reporting job was for my college newspaper –...

Artist Pranna on Touring with Amar Sandhu, Pursuing His Passion, and Connecting with Fans

by Syeda Hasan – Follow @syedahasan887 This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: he following profile is part of the Urban Desi conference/concert series. Produced by Desi in NYC and presented byIndia.com, #UrbanDesi is a one-of-a-kind, two-day event in New York City featuring 20 global South Asian artists for...

Amar Sandhu Became a Singer ‘by Accident’?

by Syeda Hasan – Follow @syedahasan887 This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: The following profile is part of the Urban Desi conference/concert series. Produced by Desi in NYC and presented by India.com, #UrbanDesi is a one-of-a-kind, two-day event in New York City featuring 20 global South Asian artists...

Chai Town’s Latest Video Pays Homage to Shah Rukh Khan on His 50th Birthday

by Syeda Hasan – Follow @syedahasan887 This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: It’s hard to believe almost 30 years have passed since Shah Rukh Khan made his on-screen debut in the Hindi television series "Fauji." Today, Khan has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and it’s hard...

Nina Davuluri Reflects on Her Year as the First South Asian Miss America

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @syedahasan887 This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: A little over a year has passed since Nina Davuluri became the first Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant. How has the 25-year-old’s life changed since she won the crown and gained international stardom? Davuluri said...

Ishqr Confronts the Taboos of Muslim-American Dating

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @syedahasan887 When Humaira Mubeen got the idea for Ishqr last November, she said it started as a joke. Mubeen was part of an online forum for young Muslims. The group discussed issues including marriage and how difficult it can be to find an ideal partner. She said...

Why I relate to Adnan Syed from ‘Serial’ as a Second Generation Immigrant

by BG Staff - Follow @Browngirlmag     As the case of Adnan Syed for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend and Maryland high school student Hae Min Lee unfolded over the 12-episode podcast, "Serial," our BG staff listened and obsessed over it, much like the rest of the fans. Syed's story and...

‘Brown Girl Talks’ Ep. II: Culture Shock in the Motherland (Podcast)

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 & Atiya Hasan - Follow @AtiyaHasan05 Hey Brown Girl readers, we are pleased to bring you episode II of our podcast, "Brown Girl Talks." BG editor-in-chief Atiya Hasan and I caught up on our recent trips to New Delhi, India and Karachi, Pakistan, respectively. As Americans traveling abroad,...

Artist Extraordinaire Inkquisitive Speaks on BG’s First-Ever Podcast

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 When Amandeep Singh wakes up, his mind is already buzzing with creative ideas. As he heads to his art studio for morning meetings with his team, he pictures his coffee mug morphing into a planet with Saturn-like rings. There is seldom a moment when he isn’t using...

Author Tanuja Desai Hidier Writes Sequel To ‘Born Confused’

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 It’s been twelve years since author Tanuja Desai Hidier penned "Born Confused," the breakthrough novel in young South Asian American literature. The book chronicled the exploits of Dimple Lala, a high school senior and ABCD – otherwise known as an American Born Confused Desi...

Abbas Hashmi Fills Immigration Gap Through Finance

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 Abbas Hashmi is not afraid to take risks. As a child, his father taught him to recognize his dreams and make firm decisions based on his goals. When Hashmi discovered the need for a new kind of American immigration advisor, he took a chance...

The Voices of Iftar

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, 1.6 billion Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk each day. Getting through the day’s fast can feel like a solitary struggle, but this Ramadan, one group of friends is working to connect the global...

From Rakhis to Forever Rakhis

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 Jitin Hingorani was touched when he received a rakhi from his close friend Meeta Manglani last year. He had always felt the void of not having a sister, and was honored to be thought of as her big brother. The bracelet, handmade by Manglani,...

Bell-Bottoms and Mustaches: Celebrating Rad Brown Dads

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 When Ahmed Ali Akbar began chronicling the antics of his hilarious uncle last October, he never imagined his stories would become the internet sensation they are today. Akbar, 26, had toyed with the notion of starting a photo blog dedicated to his uncle, a...

7 Tips for Becoming a Confident, Professional Brown Girl

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 She is the first to arrive at any meeting, ready to take meticulous notes. She responds to emails at the speed of light, volunteers for extra projects and still makes it to her evening yoga class on time. But when you praise her work,...

Shakila Ahmad: First Female President of Islamic Community in Cincinnati

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 In many ways, Shakila Ahmad embodies the modern American working woman. She runs a medical practice with her husband specializing in allergy and asthma care. She supports her three children as they pursue careers and higher education. She also serves as a leader to...

Making it Work: Living Long Distance from South Asian Parents

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 As a desi girl growing up in a close-knit household, I always took my strong family unit for granted. My parents cared for my brothers and I, diligently and selflessly. They were the first to applaud my achievements and scold me for my mistakes....

Karachi Life: A Matter of Perspective

by Syeda Hasan - Follow @SyedaHasan28 When I stepped out of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport this January, I expected to feel some culture shock. I hadn’t been to the city in over two years, and I prepared to adjust to the blaring car horns and reckless drivers all over again....

I want to be funny, too

by Syeda Hasan - University of Texas On another scorching summer afternoon in Karachi, I sat in the cool comfort of my uncle’s living room and listened to my relatives conversing around me. Everyone was laughing, sharing stories about school, travels, food, how things have changed since our parents’ early...

The Depth of a Sari’s Folds

by Syeda Hasan - University of Texas at Austin When I suggested to my mom that I be allowed to wear a sari to her cousin’s wedding in Pakistan this summer, I was surprised to see such a puzzled expression on her face. “A sari?” she said with a chuckle....