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Aparita Bhandari
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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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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.

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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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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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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

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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
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