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North Indian privilege

North Indian privilege

Shreshta Ranganathan, Opinion Editor

September 19, 2020

Growing up, I was constantly praised by my Indian aunties — I felt loved and cherished by their compliments. But it wasn’t because I was the smartest, most talented or even the most well-behaved child — I would simply get praised because of my lighter skin.  From a young age, I was conditioned to belie...

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

College crossroads: exploring four MVHS teachers’ unique college experiences

Brian Xu

June 2, 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 drowned out — who have come from vastly different walks of life, pushed through college experiences...

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 MVHS Indian dance groups such as MV Raas and Bhangra, as well as music performances from various stude...

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

Whitewashed

Photo taken from Creative Commons

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 and fixing glittery clips in our hair. Then, we would twirl around, as if we were little princesses...

Finding his voice

Finding his voice

Shuvi Jha and Swara Tewari

February 9, 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 of the room, waiting to start their presentation. Their audience was a group of dancers, singers a...

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

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.

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 was born, we used the same thing for her,” senior Rhea Solomon said. “So my mom decided to kee...

Have money, will travel

Have money, will travel

Yaamini Venkataraman

May 2, 2010

Senior Nimah Haq created a Facebook group to raise funds for an upcoming trip to India   Read More »...

Turn on your subtitles

Turn on your subtitles

Karishma Mehrotra

December 22, 2009

https://elestoque.org/images/stories/paatopheadline.jpgBollywood's new release would make Hollywood bow down  Read More »...