Huma Abedin’s Public Display of Forgiveness. After penning a seemingly heartfelt Harper’s Bazaar column and speaking (for the first time!) at a press conference yesterday, Huma Abedin’s made it abundantly clear that she’s standing by hubby, Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner — new crotch shots be damned. Will the city of New York be as lenient? [The Christian Science Monitor]
Six Decades of Mangeshkar. UK-based author and journo, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, crafted a 26-minute BBC World Radio segment, devoted to India’s Nightingale-in-Chief, featuring rare, candid sound bites from the 83-year-old Lataji herself. Kudos to Alibhai Brown for skillfully weaving in some precious Bollywood history. Jai no to the arbitrary Slumdog Millionaire reference. [BBC World]
Gov. Nikki Haley Shoots From The Hip. Just days after Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington released a report dubbing her “one of the worst governors in America,” Governor Nikki Haley blew off some steam, test-firing a menacing M-249 while touring a gun manufacturing plant in her home state of South Carolina. Haley claims the experience was a mere “stress-reliever” quipping, “I did it in heels.” We smell a cheesy campaign ad. [The Charleston City Paper]
‘Vigilaunties’ In Training. The Red Brigade, a two-year-old group in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, is attracting international attention for empowering local women to fight back against sexual assault. Don’t be fooled by their billowy, black-and-red salwar kameezes — in addition to offering a range of martial arts lessons, the group patrols city streets, promising to “thrash” any local men that step out of line. [USA Today]
BuzzFeed Gets Down With The Brown. Hot sauce addictions, a disdain for Shaadi.com and the perils of hair-removal all make an appearance on Rega Jha’s chuckle-worthy list, aptly titled, “31 Unique Side Effects of Being An Indian Girl.” Our only gripe? That we didn’t draft this first! [BuzzFeed]
Aarti Virani is an arts and culture writer based in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has written for publications including Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @aartivirani.