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Aparita Bhandari
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I wrote this piece on the launch of Contemporaneity for The Dance Current magazine. Contemporaneity is a two-year project co-organized by Brandy Leary and Soraya Papaya, with a mandate to #decolonize the dance space. #Toronto #dance #contemporary 

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I produced this story on Infinite Storms, the latest work by Toronto-based contemporary dancer Nova Bhattacharya. Nova showcases her training in #Bharatnatyam and passion for bringing aspects of the form to the #Toronto mainstage as a #contemporary #dance. Infinite Storms is her exploration of living with #migraines, and surviving the pain. +CBC Radio One 

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Whenever I hear the word "goddess" being used as an offhand pop cultural reference or to comment on someone's make-up, I inwardly cringe. I wrote about why, in this piece for #Hazlitt. 

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Since I live in the neighbourhood, I have passed by Golden Chopsticks restaurant many times. I had always been intrigued by the "Glatt Kosher" sign on the window. One time, on the hunt for a meal on Christmas eve, I noticed the long line-up at the restaurant. I got a chance to find out more about Golden Chopsticks in writing this piece for +Toronto Star 

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When I first came to Canada in 1998, some of the first South Asian cultural events that I attended were Bharatnatyam arangetrams (stage debuts) by students of Menaka Thakkar. That was how I was introduced to the Thakkar family -- Rasesh bhai, who always referred to himself as the Bharatnatyam brother, Menaka the guru and Sudha Khandwani. I would be remiss if I didn't also mention Abdullah Khandwani, Sudha's husband.

It's hard to pinpoint the exact role played by Sudha Khandwani, but she was clearly the glue that held this artistic family together. And as the founder of Kala Nidhi Fine Arts of Canada, she led the charge in making space for new and contemporary voices in South Asian classical arts in Canada.

Sudha Khandwani passed away in November 2016. I had the opportunity to write an #obituary for +The Globe and Mail where I learnt about many other fascinating aspects of her life.

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I wrote a piece for +Toronto Star about the role #Bollywood plays in the relationship between #India and #Pakistan, especially when things are tense between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. #ADHM #KaranJohar #FawadKhan +arshad khan

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So this happened! I got the chance to produce a piece for +q on cbc featuring ALAN CUMMING!!! (One of the many reasons I kept coming back to #GoodWife in the latter seasons.) This was yet another wonderful conversation, which was made brilliant by the marvellous senior producer Lisa Godfrey judiciously editing the script, and then the wonderful host Candy Palmater bringing it to much more than life. #AlanCumming #books

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I had the wonderful opportunity to produce this interview for +q on cbc The conversation between host Candy Palmater and Grammy-winning music producer Ian Brennan was satisfying on so many levels. Loved his idea about "music as social work," which he elaborated on while talking about producing the record #TheyWillKillYouIfYouCry featuring survivors of the genocide in #Cambodia. 

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So many reasons it's been great to work on +q on cbc, even if for a short spell. One of them, getting to produce conversations that leave you thinking long after. It was a pleasure to talk to Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness about the making of their new TV series #ShootTheMessenger and telling stories about intersecting lives in #Toronto. Even more fun to see the conversation come alive on air!

Big thanks to Lisa Godfrey for making sense of it all, and to Candy Palmater for bringing her insight to the mic. #sexyflawedpeople 

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I first heard of +Sunny Leone​​ in 2001. I was a rookie reporter, and knew of whispers about "this Indian porn star" through male friends I had at the time. Intrigued, I had wanted to do a story, but never quite got around to it.

In April 2012, I read an excellent profile by +Stephanie Nolen​, when Leone first moved to India to take part in an Indian reality TV show.

I got a chance to write about Leone now for #WalrusMagazine, after an infamous interview with a prominent Indian journalist went viral. As luck would have it, noted Canadian filmmaker Dilip Mehta's documentary on Leone that screens at #TIFF2016 offered a great hook.
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