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Aparita Bhandari
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I put together this piece for +CBC Radio One show #MetroMorning on the female only swim program at Regent Park Aquatic Centre in Toronto, and why it's such a hit with the many #immigrant #Muslim women in the neighbourhood.
At Regent Park's spectacular new swimming pool, one of the most popular swim times is for women only. Our contributor Aparita Bhandari takes us behind the screens.
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I produced this story for CBC Radio show Metro Morning, and here's the back story.

There are many neighbourhoods I love in Toronto. Parkdale is one of them, a portion of which is now unofficially known as Little Tibet. About a year ago, I was on a walkabout of the neighbourhood. I was excited about noshing on momos -- which I had come to appreciate during my university days in New Delhi. On cold winter days, a group of friends used to wolf down platefuls of the steamed dumplings, dotted with chili sauce.

But my walkabout started at a Tibetan Monastery in the neighbourhood, with a circumambulation around the temple, turning the prayer wheels. Steps away from a major Toronto street, I was suddenly in a spot of serenity. The monastery was important for Tibetan seniors, I was told, who can be seen doing their rounds throughout the day.

So when I read a Facebook post about a Jane's Walk around Parkdale this weekend, addressing the issues of gentrification and how it's affecting the Tibetan community living there, I knew I had to go back to the monastery. And I found a wonderful guide in Kalsang Dolma, one of the leaders for the Jane's Walk.

Here's a slightly longer version of the story that aired this morning.

And more information on the Jane's Walk can be found here: http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/pnlt-securing-affordability-diversity-rapidly-changing-neighbourhood/

#CBC #Toronto #Tibetan #Parkdale #JanesWalkTO
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A walk around a Tibetan Monastery in Toronto by Aparita
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I wrote this piece for #CBCMusic on #Beyonce, #Rihanna and #MissyElliott taking on the establishment, and the poetics of radical black feminism. #Formation #Work #PepTheRally
Feb 17, 2016: By Aparita Bhandari OK ladies, now let’s get in formation. Since Beyoncé unleashed “For…
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I wrote this piece on an exhibition called ‪#‎BeingNepali‬ for The Globe And Mail. It came out of a fascinating conversation with photographer Kathmandu-based Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati about questions around ‪#‎Nepali‬ identity. She was in Toronto as part of a residency thanks to ‪#‎SAVAC‬ and #GALLERY 44.

There's been an ongoing blockade in Nepal, at the border with India, which led to shortage of fuel, medicine and other essential supplies. I've been reading reports for the last week or so saying that the blockade is about to end. But it seems like questions around what it means to Nepali remain. The exhibition runs till Feb 6.
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My latest story for +Toronto Star. I have been looking for excuses to check out Christmas lights across the city. What can I say -- I'm a sucker for these type of things. So I was delighted to have a chance to traipse around the GTA in search of brilliant -- and at times eccentric -- displays. So much FUN putting this together. Merry Christmas y'all!
‪#‎Christmas‬ ‪#‎Xmas‬ ‪#‎Lights‬ ‪#‎TorontoStar‬ ‪#‎Toronto‬ ‪#‎GTA‬
Meet the people who decorate for their kids, their neighbourhood and for those who decorated before them.
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I came across Maria Qamar's @Hatecopy series through a +BuzzFeed story. I immediately related to one of her Aunty images. She may have been channeling Roy Lichtenstein, but I could also see the women of Amar Chitra Katha comics in those renderings. I reached out, and found a brilliant and thoughtful artist, with a delicious sense of humour. The story just wrote itself.

My profile of Maria Qamar and Hatecopy for +Toronto Star

#desi #arts #aunty #popart
Maria Qamar will talk about the shame South Asian immigrant youth feel for wanting a career in the arts at the Shame, Shame event on Nov 28.
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I had produced this story for CBC/Radio-Canada show ‪#‎BigCitySmallWorld‬ on Soraya Peerbaye and her latest work. Her book of poetry Tell: poems for a girlhood is inspired by the 1997 Reena Virk murder case, and the trials that followed. Soraya's book has been nominated for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize. Take a listen.

#sorayapeerbaye #griffinprize #poetry #reenavirk #canlit 
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Tell: A book of poems inspired by the trial of Reena Virk's murder in 1997 by Aparita
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I produced this audio doc for CBC Radio show Metro Morning on how Sushma and Vijay Agarwal came to accept their gay son Rishi. The Agarwals are now on a mission to help other families in Toronto's South Asian community and beyond, when their loved ones come out. #LGBT #canqueer #PFLAG #Canada #Toronto
Contributor Aparita Bhandari brings the story of one family's journey from fear to acceptance, and why they're hoping to convince other South Asian parents with LGBT children to embrace them.
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I wrote this piece for +Toronto Star on #Fitoor, starring #KatrinaKaif, #Tabu, #AdityaRoyKapur, and #Bollywood adapting Great Expectations. Despite the reviews, I am tempted to watch the film -- just for the beautiful shots of #NewDelhi
Adaptation switches out the marshes of Kent and genteel London for the valleys of Kashmir and the high society.
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I wrote about ‪#‎Bollywood‬ movie ‪#‎Airlift‬ starring ‪#‎AkshayKumar‬ for +Toronto Star. I vaguely remember the time Iraq went to war with Kuwait, but had no idea that ‪#‎AirIndia‬ along with the Indian government coordinated to get 170,000 Indian nationals living in Kuwait back to India. Here's a piece of my conversation with the director Raja Krishna Menon

The movie stars Bollywood celebrity Akshay Kumar, who calls Toronto his second home.
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I produced a profile of Islamic Manuscript Illumination artist Unaiza Karim for +CBC Radio One show #BigCitySmallWorld 

Islamic Manuscript Illumination is an extremely detailed art form -- you make your own pigments out of materials such as lapis lazuli, malachite and gold leaf. But, as Unaiza points out, the lessons learnt go beyond the brush stroke. #islamic #manuscript #illumination #art #cbc #unaiza #aparita
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Illuminating Art: Profile of Islamic Manuscript Illumination artist Unaiza Karim by Aparita
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Like many people around the world, I read the news about the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 with horror. Then, when I heard Poorna Jagannathan helped create the play Nirbhaya, and her reason behind it -- to break the silence around sexual assault -- I immediately knew I had to see it. Nirbhaya is staging at Toronto's +Harbourfront Centre. Although I will have to steel myself, I will watch the play. And I wrote about why for +Chatelaine Magazine #theatre #sexualviolence
But as a play about the brutal New Delhi bus rape shows, they do. When I grew up there, the constant threat of sexual violence was just part of being female.
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