• Not just for hipsters. With health concerns mounting over the treatment of vegetables with pesticides and chemicals, more and more Indians are turning to organic gardening solutions. [SmartPlanet]
• Your tax dollars hard at work! Possibly oblivious to problems like New Jersey harboring the largest number of hate groups in the country and dead dolphins mysteriously washing ashore in Ashbury Park, Governor Chris Christie decided to stop by a sports radio talk show to call New York Daily News Jets reporter Manish Mehta “a dope and an idiot,” among other things. [Yahoo! Sports, via Siddhartha Mitter]
• Treat yo’self. If you thought Timothy Olyphant signing on to play Mindy Kaling’s paramour on The Mindy Project was rad, I give you the quintessence of ultra-rad: Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany — who plays all six of the BBC America sci-fi soap’s lead characters — will be stopping by Parks & Rec as Aziz Ansari’s romantic interest. [Los Angeles Times]
• Are there right answers? Remember that problematic CNN iReport written by an American student studying in India who ended up the subject of much sexual harassment? It’s raised a lot of critical discussions, including one about the “the dumb white chick vs. creepy Indian lecher” debate. [FirstPost]
• Million-dollar manse. Parminder Nagra’s house in Los Feliz, CA, is on sale for a paltry $1.3M. [Los Angeles Times]
• Ringing endorsement? Dr. Sanjay Gupta has had a strain of marijuana — Gupta Kush — named after him ever since he decided maybe pot isn’t all that bad after all. [Times of India]
• Dheere, dheere! You might know that Madonna celebrated a birthday a week ago, but you might not know that noted Bollywood playback singer/Baby Doll of India Alisha Chinai once released an entire EP of Madonna covers — just the classics, don’t worry! — and you can buy it on iTunes for $8. [iTunes]
Rohin Guha is a writer currently living in the Metro Detroit area. His work has been featured at Flavorwire, Tumblr’s Storyboard, Gawker, New York Magazine, The Rumpus, and many others. His first book, Relief Work, was released in 2010 by Birds of Lace. He firmly believes that pop music will save the world.