Category Archives: Famous Personalities

After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons

By Oscar Yáñez

Fans of The Simpsons will remember that the new perception (and therefore ‘problem’) with Apu started in November 2017, with the release of The problem with Apu, a documen-tary produced and directed by Michael Melamedoff. The Problem with Apu is a 49 minute-long film in which Hari Kondabolu, a New York-based stand-up comedian with Telugu origins, exposes his suffering at being compared to the stereotype of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the most famous Indian character of the popular animated series. Continue reading After 20 years, why Apu is now a problem for The Simpsons

Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye

By Keith Pereña

In the process of writing this story, I had to do a quick Google search to find the origin of the cliché “you should never meet your heroes”. Partly because I wanted to know who in fact said it and also because I wanted to know if it was really the case — as if meeting my own heroes wasn’t proof enough that it was otherwise. Continue reading Alodia Gosiengfiao: I met one of my heroes and she was more than meets the eye

When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

By Sushmita Bose

Music has the power to elevate — even the most humdrum, boring person. I remember a certain loudmouth, a (seemingly) obnoxious man, pulling out his guitar, strumming its wondrous chords and singing Grateful Dead’s Ripple like a boss on a terrace in Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park one blustery winter evening; I was transfixed… and it changed my opinion of him forever — never again did I consider him “insufferable”. Continue reading When a song by Sonu Nigam threw me off track

Noor Naem: Catching up with one of ’em ‘social media influencers’

By Kelly Clarke

I’m fairly inept when it comes to all things social media. I realise that claim may be a form of social suicide as far as my status as a journalist in the digital era goes, but I’m not averse to taking risks. So here it is, in plain sight; printed for all to see. Continue reading Noor Naem: Catching up with one of ’em ‘social media influencers’

A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact

By Karen Ann Monsy

If there is one thing you take away from a conversation with National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski, it’s that she isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. Unabashedly candid, she will speak her mind on everything from the problem with photographers today (“our competition is anyone with an iPhone”) to her difficult relationship with her mother, one of the subjects of Karen’s acclaimed 2015 documentary Fall Seven, Get Up Eight on Japanese war brides. Continue reading A case for judging a photo by its emotional impact