Roseanne and Mindy Have a Lunch Date: The New York Times recently tagged along on a lunch date between Roseanne Barr and Mindy Kaling. What followed is a sitcom lover’s dream as the pair discuss their mutual love of true-crime dramas, their characters’ wardrobe choices and dating-while famous. A brief sampling of the conversation:
Reporter: You both have confident streaks, starring and writing and producing your own shows.
Roseanne Barr: I don’t know about that. I can’t do anything else, nothing else ever interested me.
Mindy Kaling: You never wanted to try anything else?
Roseanne: Never. You?
Mindy: I have this delusional thing where I think I should be a stylist on days when I look nice.
And, as Roseanne points out, “I don’t imagine it gets any better than waking up and doing exactly what you want. It’s pretty awesome.” (The New York Times)
Mallika Sherawat Gives Reporters a Piece of her Mind: A local reporter recently chastised actress Mallika Sherawat for tarnishing India’s reputation abroad by commenting that the country was “regressive and depressing.” The actress wouldn’t have any of it, replying, “I think you need to do your homework well. Indian society is regressive for women. With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings…I think it’s a very, very regressive state for women. And I stand by it!”
Watch the now-viral video below (via Buzzfeed):
A Matchmaking site for HIV-positive Indians: The BBC profiles Anil Valiv, the creator of PositiveSaathi.com, “India’s First online Matrimony portal for HIV positive people.” In addition to running his site, Valiv also hosts “matrimonial meetings” to bring couples together. “HIV,” says Valiv, “should not come in the way of one’s right to dream.” (BBC)
Meet the Girls Who Make Your T-Shirts: After wondering where her inexpensive t-shirts were made, Mother Jones reporter Dana Liebelson traveled to Tamil Nadu, India to find out. There she met several sumangali girls- teenagers as young as 13 who work 7 days a week in garment factories in the hopes of earning enough money for a dowry. It’s a depressing, important read. (Mother Jones)
Win a Bullett Raja Poster: The Aerogram is giving away 5 posters for the new Saif Ali Khan film Bullett Raja. Want to enter to win one? Just shoot an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Bullett Raja Contest.” Open to US and Canada-based readers only. (The Aerogram’s Facebook Page)
Protecting Pakistan’s Blind Dolphins: UNESCO and the Pakistan Science Foundation are teaming up to protect the blind dolphins of the Indus River. According to the World Wildlife Fund the “Indus River Dolphin (Platanista minor) is one of the world’s rarest mammals and most endangered cetaceans.” (The Pakistan Daily Times)