You Can Sit With Us! Lindsay Lohan took to Instagram on Valentine’s Eve last week to pose in a sassy photo alongside Mean Girls co-stars Daniel Franzese aka “Too Gay to Function” Damien and Rajiv Surendra aka Kevin Gnapoor. Surendra also posted the same photo on Twitter seen below:
King Khan Wants You to Save the World. Shah Rukh Khan can be anything he wants, whether it’s Mr. Universe to his daughter or national hero who copyrights the Lungi dance. Of course, he prefers to overlook these rather mischievously amusing options and embrace his inner soul teacher instead, advising fans that they don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference. (DNA India)
Kid-Tested, Mom-Unapproved? Comedian Vir Das revealed in a candid interview that not only does his mother prefer to watch his films as opposed to his stand-up routine, but she also routinely reminds him not to say ‘penis’ on stage. (Times of India)
Banks Are, Well, Unable to Bank on Customers in Rural India. Active banking apparently remains a mystery to many as banking officials face the difficult task of spreading enough branches and ATMs to remote rural areas because they don’t see it as profitable. Of course, it takes two to tango:
Many Indians, particularly those with limited education, are intimidated by formal banks, which have traditionally catered to affluent people. Others have failed to see the benefits and prefer using alternatives. Instead of banking, they buy gold or use “chit funds”—group lending operations, which have been dogged by allegations of graft. (The New Yorker)
Not To Put Too Much Pressure On You, But… Pakistani athlete Mohammad Karim’s journey from homemade wooden skis to Sochi is inspiring. Unfortunately that means he also bears the burden of being Pakistan’s only representative to participate in the winter games’ Giant Slalom competition. He says, “I think of every skiing competition as my last. That way, I ensure that I give it my best.” We’re rooting for you, Mohammad. (BBC)
The New Face of Beauty? Meet Harnaam Kaur, a 23-year-old female with polycystic ovary syndrome, who’s been growing a beard since she was 11. She’s survived bullying, depression, and at her lowest point, even considered suicide. Then everything changed when she took the decision to be baptized as a Sikh. Watch her story below. (Brwnppl)
Ashley Kooblall is a NYC-based online writer/editor whose work has been featured in YourTango, Women’s Health, and DISFunkshion Magazine. In her spare time she can be found in the nearest Barnes & Noble scoping out the latest books, preferably South Asian historical fiction. Follow her on Twitter @akooblall.