Movies to Watch

1. Shonali Bose’s Ammu (2005)

2.Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Dehli 6 (2009)

3. Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (2001)

4. Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth (2008)

5. Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Non-Fiction Books to Read

1. Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Choices and the Battle for the World’s Food System

2. Harminder Kaur’s Blue Star Over Amritsar

3. Kim Bolan’s Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder

4. Azar Nafisi’s Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories

5. Fatima Mernissi’s The Veil and The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam

You may also like my post on South Asian fiction authors and poets.

South Asian Activists

Mani Amar

Filmmaker and activist of the documentary The Warrior’s Religion, which discusses the issue of gang violence amongst the South Asian community in Vancouver, BC. Currently, Amar is working on another project that he has not released to the public. His work helps to  spread awareness about an important issue that particularly affects the Sikh Punjabi community in the Vancouver area. Here is a link to “Showdown on Scott Road”, an article that discusses Amar’s work, which was published in the October 2009 issue of The Walrus.


Bhangra Nation: A Punjabi arts and cultural organization promoting the dances of bhangra and giddha based in Mississauga.

Toronto Women’s Bookstore: A non-profit feminist bookstore in Toronto at Harbord and Spadina. Their “mandate is to be an information provider and community resource for events, political actions, women’s health care, anti-violence advocacy, and anti-oppression politics for individuals and community groups” (from Toronto Women’s Bookstore webpage). The bookstore houses many rare titles by South Asian men and women in line with the store’s mission to create a space for marinalised voices.