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#Commute at The 25 Project

Recently I was asked to join 25 artists to help raise funds for the DC Arts Center. It was called THE 25 PROJECT and I submitted a piece from my on-going #Commute series. The piece is 5 feet x 5 feet and I was thrilled to see it hanging with some really dope local artists. […]
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~ Video: Being Zoroastrian ~

“Being Zoroastrian” is a short film I completed in April 2013 to fulfill the requirements of my master’s thesis in Visual Communication.  The piece focuses on my journey to gain a deeper understanding of my Zoroastrian faith, community and heritage. I needed to take this journey for myself but along the way I realized it […]
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~ Featured Profile: The Herald Magazine ~

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~ On Assignment: Poverty In America ~

If it was just me, I would have [given] up a long time ago. – Tracy Boggs, single mother of two in Reading, Pa. Tens of millions of Americans are still struggling, despite the slow economic recovery. I recently collaborated with NPR’s Pam Fessler and producer Sam Sanders on a four-part series looking at poverty in […]
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~ In Search Of Faith: A Sunday Guardian Feature Essay ~

India’s The Sunday Guardian recently ran a collection of my images from the Parsi community in their newspaper. Here is the text that I wrote which accompanied the photo essay: Even to an American Parsi, witnessing the lifestyle of a faithful Zoroastrian in India is a novel experience. Though I grew up reciting the same […]
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~ On Assignment: Family Matters: The Money Squeeze ~

To cope with the hard times, millions of families have pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. NPR’s Morning Edition has begun an eight-part series titled “Family Matters” which explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love. I’ve had the pleasure […]
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On Assignment: Sharmistha Ray for Vogue, India

One of my last assignments in India was for Vogue India: a portrait of artist, critic and curator, Sharmistha Ray. My last few weeks in Mumbai were a blur, from packing to planning to saying goodbye – not only to my good friends but to my beloved Bombay. And what does the city do in […]
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~ On Assignment: Mumbai Boss, Comic Con ~, the popular online news and culture magazine, sent me to check out Mumbai’s first-ever Comic Con. The goal was to meet the superheroes amongst the mere mortals. Even though graphic novels and comic books are not my thing, I left Comic Con energized and simple happy. What makes my job fun is meeting people […]
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~ On Assignment: The New York Times, Rural Banking ~

I remember as a child going to the A.T.M machine with my father. He would pick me up and whisper in my ear what numbers to push near the screen. Within seconds freshly pressed dollar bills would roll out. As I got older, I remember dad not wanting to share those ‘secret numbers’ any longer, […]
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~ On Assignment: Monocle Magazine, Le Mill ~

Le Mill, Mumbai’s hot new concept store, is featured in the current issue of Monocle Magazine Issue 47, Oct 2011. Cecilia Morelli Parikh, the store’s co-founder and clothing buyer fields questions in Monocle’s style directory section about her favorite selections for the new season. The sprawling 15,000 square feet store is loaded with furniture, fashion, […]
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