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Indian cultural appreciation

Indian cultural appreciation

Shreshta Ranganathan February 12, 2021

From bindis to henna tattoos to saris, aspects of Indian culture are frequent victims of cultural appropriation. However, as different forms of cultural appropriation continue to persist, questions such...

International Responses to COVID

International Responses to COVID

Comparing responses to COVID abroad to MVHS experiences with COVID
North Indian privilege

North Indian privilege

Shreshta Ranganathan, Opinion Editor September 19, 2020
North Indians are being placed on a pedestal due to their lighter skin
Birthright: an exploration of political autonomy

Birthright: an exploration of political autonomy

Exploring the roots of political autonomy in recent times
College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu June 1, 2019

As students navigate through their four years at MVHS, thoughts of college and careers undoubtedly brew in their minds. But amid the bustle of projects and exams, there is one group of people that is often...

Preparing for Spotlite

Preparing for Spotlite

Shuvi Jha April 12, 2019

Each year, the Indo-American Student Association (IASA) hosts Spotlite on India, a show that aims to showcase various aspects of Indian culture, such as music, fashion and dance. Featuring dance acts by...

Sweet tooth: Popular candies around the world

Sweet tooth: Popular candies around the world

Flora Peng and Emily Xia March 31, 2019
Members of differing cultural backgrounds describe their native candies
Photo taken from Creative Commons

Whitewashed

Swara Tewari, Features editor March 4, 2019

When I was a little girl, my mom loved dressing my sister and I in Indian clothes. She adorned us in colorful outfits with thousands of tiny sequins and beads sewn on, sliding tinkling bangles up our wrists...

Finding his voice

Finding his voice

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari February 8, 2019
IASA officer and Indian classical singer explains how IASA and Spotlite have helped him connect with his culture
Spotlite dates moved up because of schedule complications

Spotlite dates moved up because of schedule complications

Aanchal Garg November 17, 2017

A lmost 50 people filed into math teacher Sushma Bana’s room during lunch, most arriving within minutes of the bell ringing. MVHS Indo-American Student Association (IASA) officers huddled at the front...

Senior Rhea Solmon’s old towel is now faded and splotched with old color. The black thread that her mother, Sujatha Solomon, used to sew Rhea’s name onto the towel is coming off. Photo by Mingjie Zhong.

Story of Our Stuff: They stored their lives away in boxes in India

Mingjie Zhong December 18, 2014

“[The towel] is pink in color and square… As I grew up, I started using it, and then I obviously started getting older and bigger, so we just kept it in one of the cupboards. Then when my sister...

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