In which I recap the week’s news


Read more: Osama bin Laden Details Revealed, Walmart to Train South Asian Women | Apr. 2 – Apr. 6, 2012 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.


Suicide attackers continue battering Pakistan, Indians love the Internet, and more.

Indian Parliament building. Credit: js42/Creative Commons

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Four children and their bus driver were killed Tuesday when a gunman opened fire on their bus in Peshawar, Pakistan. The first weapon, a rocket-fired grenade, missed its target but subsequent use of AK-47 assault rifles killed five and sent another 18, including 15 children, to the hospital. Pakistan’s Taliban militants carried out the attack, perhaps in response to Osama bin Laden’s killing earlier this year.

Read more: More Suicide Attacks in Pakistan, India Internet Use to Triple by 2014 | September 11 – 16 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Another week of disappointing news from the Subcontinent.

Baburam Bhattarai, speaking, is Nepal's new Prime Minister. Credit: The Advocacy Group.

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Nepal’s parliament elected Baburam Bhattarai its new Prime Minister on August 28. Bhattarai is a prominent member of the country’s Maoist party; despite Bhattarai’s verbal commitment to a “national unity government,” Nepali Congress and Unified Marxist Leninist party members do not trust him or his party.

Read more: Hazare Makes Waves, Virginian Accused of Terror Ties | August 28-September 3, 2011 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

Nothing against Maulik Pancholy, but Raza Jaffrey’s face is more worthy of being featured.

Raza Jaffrey. Credit:

The 2011/2012 TV season is set to start in a matter of weeks and, like every year, people are getting excited for the new shows that will premiere in primetime. While TV and ad executives are on the lookout for the next big hit, we’ve got a different question on our minds: Will there be South Asians? The networks are doing well by us this year — of the major shows debuting this season, four will feature South Asian actors, none of whom will play stereotypical roles. (Sorry, Apu. Nothing against you but…come on.)

Read more: Fall TV Primer: South Asians Coming to the Small Screen | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

As Hazare’s fast comes to an end, it seems pathetic that there wasn’t another way.

Credit: India Kangaroo/Creative Commons

Life moves fast. News moves faster. The Indian government investigated a mass of unmarked graves in Kashmir where more than 2,000 unidentified bodies lay. Officials and rights groups disagree over whose remains they are, with the former claiming they are militants. Rights groups, however, are postulating that the bodies are some of the 8,000 innocent people who have “disappeared” since 1989.

Read more: Pakistan-India Soccer Face Off in England, Hazare to End Anti-Corruption Fast | August 21 – August 27, 2011 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

The best thing about this video? I made it myself.

Lush fabrics, bright colors, intricate prints and weaves. There are a lot of awesome things about desi clothes, but none better than the ability to buy affordable outfits, made to measure. What this means, of course, is that we are able to customize in a way we can’t with Western clothes. However, with poor measurements and improper fit, we run the risk of looking awkward instead of chic.

Read more: Video: How to Take Your Measurements, with Sahar Dada | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.

South Asian news for August 1-5, 2011.

Karachi skyline. Credit: Kashiff/Creative Commons

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Afghanistan’s former spy chief, Amrullah Saleh, alleged that then-President Pervez Musharraf chose not to act on detailed tips pointing to Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts in Pakistan four years ago.According to Saleh, his team conducted village-to-village searches that determined OBL was not in tribal areas. He also implied that Pakistan’s government’s support of OBL prevented them from seeking him out.

Read more: India Believes Mumbai Attackers Were Domestic, Pakistan Beefs Up Security in Karachi | August 1-5, 2011 | Divanee – South Asian news and entertainment.