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Aparita Bhandari
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Life/Arts Reporter in Toronto. Love listening to stories, and then trying to re-tell them. Contact me: writeme@aparita.com
Life/Arts Reporter in Toronto. Love listening to stories, and then trying to re-tell them. Contact me: writeme@aparita.com

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In my latest segment for +CBC Radio One #TheNextChapter, I got to discuss cookbooks with host Shelagh Rogers. #Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, Duchess Bake Shop by Giselle Courteau and Handmade, a cookbook featuring recipes from Sri Lanka's northern region.

We had a lot of fun, as you can tell by the laughter throughout the segment. And then we got to eat treats that I baked! One of the sweetest assignments ever. :)

#baking #sugar #ottolenghicookbooks
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My first piece for +CBC Radio One show #TheSundayEdition. A piece on a public art performance that saw the dumping of a colonial-era statue down Toronto's Don River.

I was intrigued by the announcement of the performance because it mentioned the statue of King Edward VII, which I used to pass by during my time as a University of Toronto student. And I knew something of its history, and its improbable journey from my former hometown New Delhi, India, to Toronto.

I got a chance to speak with the art-duo behind the performance, Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, +York University professor Ali Kazimi, SAVAC executive director Indu Vashisht and many, many passersby as part of the piece.
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I wrote about David Chariandy's new book #Brother for +NOW Magazine

This is just a short excerpt of a long and fascinating conversation with David. We spoke about the importance of James Baldwin (how David first discovered him at Carleton University and was enthralled) but also the works of Canadian authors such as Austin Clarke and Dionne Brand, the role #Scarborough plays in his works, and how creativity can give a welcome respite in the lives of young people of colour battling the odds.

#canlit #Chariandy
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I wrote about #Bollywood #film #ShubhMangalSaavdhan for +NOW Magazine Here's a part of my conversation with the film's writer Hitesh Kewalya exploring what it means to be a man in contemporary India today.
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I wrote about Indian #progressive #rock band Parvaaz and their month-long residency in #Toronto for +NOW Magazine

"[T]hose who attended a Toronto concert by Parvaaz last week might’ve been left surprised. Instead of “world music,” they got soaring guitar chords and extended drum solos – influences drawn from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Indian folk traditions all mashed up with sublime Kashmiri and Urdu poetry."
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I produced a q Gateway segment for +q on cbc on #NusratFatehAliKhan

It has been 20 years since Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who was known as the king of #qawwali music, has passed away. But his music lives on, in its original form, as well as remixes by producers across the world.

Singer-songwriter and music composer Haniya Aslam explains the genius of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. #sufi #Pakistan #worldmusic

Link to the segment on q: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/wednesday-aug-16-2017-linden-macintyre-ross-golan-bonnie-raitt-and-more-1.4248141/a-guide-to-the-music-of-nusrat-fateh-ali-khan-1.4249855
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Wrote this piece on Maria Qamar a.k.a. @hatecopy and her book Trust No Aunty for +NOW Magazine
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I wrote this piece for +Toronto Star on Pakistani musician #AtifAslam. Aslam performs in #Toronto at #AirCanadaCentre on Aug 5, 2017, along with #Bollywood singer #SonuNigam.

I first heard of Aslam, quite literally, when I heard his song "Woh Lamhe." Even today, that song takes me back. It's always a pleasure when celebrities decide to open up a little bit, and show a little bit of themselves. I was glad that Aslam told me his story, and I hope I have other occasions to speak to him more about his music, his life and his inspirations.
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I wrote this piece for +Toronto Star on Korean friends and restauranteurs Chae Kim, Yanghui Chae and Mi Young Park -- three women who run several successful Asian eateries, and give the idea of friendly competition a new meaning. #Toronto #Food #Bibimbap #KoreanBBQ #Udon
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I wrote this piece on making my Nani's mango pickle for +The Globe and Mail.

When we were young, porcelain jars would appear in my Nani's apartment balcony, in New Delhi, India. They contained my grandmother's mango pickle. For the longest time, I simply relied on my Nani to make a new batch. But that wasn't possible after we moved to #Toronto. So I tried to recreate that recipe. Turns out, I needed a little help of science, along side following tradition. #Food #Pickles
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