QPOC Montreal

By: on 17 May 2006

Yo yo, queer peeps of colour in eastern Canada - here's something that landed in my mailbox:



Saturday, May 21st/06

Doors 6:30/Show 7:00pm

This event open to those who identify as queer people of colour only

558 Rue Thérien, off Notre Dame Metro St.

Ami Gaddafi, I the rebel warria'

By: on 16 May 2006

Asian Dub Foundation (ADF), formed in 1993, has been a model for the melding of diasporic desi art and activism, political awareness and political involvement. Their latest project is a musical opera, or rather an anti-musical, on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"I thought it would be interesting to do an anti-musical," Savale [Chandrasonic] explains.

Tamils in TO

By: on 16 May 2006

This past weekend I was totally out of my depth at the Toronto Tamil Studies Conference. It was a weekend of academics from all over (mainly) North America, together for the kind of debate and discussion and healthy dose of sweet navel-gazing academics all love to muck about with. The conference also coincided with Tamil Solidarity Week, organised by the Canadian Tamil Congress.

The Other Hindu Bomb?

By: on 15 May 2006

On April 6, two Bajrang Dal activists were killed and three others injured in Nanded, Maharashtra when a bomb they were making exploded.

“Bajrang Dal activists were actually making a bomb before one exploded in an activist’s house,” said a senior police officer...

“The blast was very powerful and only the concrete structure survived.

(Go Honor) Yo Mama

By: on 14 May 2006

It's Mother's Day again. Highlights for this year include:

  • Cards are still woefully inadequate for ABDs. When I went to buy a card, I found one that looked nice, but when it started referencing cookies being baked, I thought, "Where's the card for 'Thanks for heating up all my Samosas and teaching me how to give a good guilt trip'?"There was an African American section, but it had some whack shit like "To my proud warrior mother."
  • Women's rights are being increasingly undermined daily. American politicians are increasingly willing to let abortion rights go. The International community is doing nothing about the genocide in Darfur. And certain South Asian blogs continue to be too male-dominated.Oops.Did I say that? :) I keed, I keed.
  • Finally, the ideology of the "family" continues to dominate politics. What, like I don't deserve equal treatment during tax time if I'm not married? And like LGBT relationships aren't worthy enough for marriage? And like politics isn't overwrought with people falling all over themselves to defend the "traditional" nuclear family, even though it's clearly not the only way to go about things, or even the best. Say it with me, didi: cousin-sisters are the best!

So, here's my proposal: that we transform Mother's Day to a day to honor all women--why should all those women who love and support us and get paid less on the dollar than men only get rewarded for having babies?

And, why should women who don't have babies be made to feel inadequate? Let's honor our mothers AND all the other women around. Including transgender women. In that spirit, I let you know about three wondrous opportunities to hear and see some amazing desi women in New York:


By: on 14 May 2006

Hello everyone, 

Welcome to our new home! Please grab a seat and make yourselves comfortable... would you like a sweet? savoury? coffee? tea?

Stay as long as you'd like, have a look around, let us know what you think...


By: on 13 May 2006

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A Couple of Desi Film Industry Related Leads

By: on 11 May 2006

For those of you who are aspiring writers or actors/actresses, PTR brings you the following glorious opportunities (edited for formatting).

For actors:

[mention whacky wednesday - manan katohora for prompt response]

Need a tamil or telgu speaking actress living in america to act in a tamil film to be shot in usa..

Looking For Analysis In The New York World

By: on 9 May 2006

A group called Americans for Informed Democracy and the CUNY Graduate Center's Political Science department are sponsoring a talk by an official from the Pakistani government entitled "Challenges Facing The Islamic World". Mowahid Hussain Shah, who is "Minister and Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Punjab" will

discuss issues relating to what fuels Muslim unrest and causes tensions between the Muslim world and the West.

Bandung, almost as old as my dad.

By: on 9 May 2006

In April, 1955, representatives from 29 African and Asian nations met in Bandung, Indonesia.

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