Author: Kunal Choubey

Chai & Cocktails: Creating Fantasy Worlds from a South Asian Perspective

To begin the new year, the Brown Geeks team at Avaaz met with two amazing fantasy writers Tanaz Bhathena and Davis Ahsura, and discussed with them their own personal process of how they develop such intricate fantasy worlds and how their culture plays an important part of the development.  Tanaz Bhathena, Young Adult writer.  Her latest novel, Hunted by the Sky, was named a CBC Best Book...

Games in 2021 The Brown Geeks Can’t Wait For!

With 2020 finally coming to end and the new consoles hitting the shelves (hopefully near you), I am excited for the new year mainly for the many game titles that are coming out in 2021. Below are the top five picks that I personally will be looking forward to with the coming year and can’t wait to play. #5 Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart  Starting at number five on my list is a franchise I have alwa...

The Brown Geeks Review Raji: an Ancient Epic

Introduction As an avid gamer I have come across many stories of epic fantasies and daring rescues that resemble the cultures of familiar western gods. Sure, there are many instances of games like Civilization having characters like Gandhi or Shiva as playable characters, but never once has there been a game that properly displays Indian culture, until now. Raji: An Ancient Epic is an Indian actio...

Magic the Gathering 101

In 1993, Seattle-based gaming giant Wizards of the Coast — yes, the very same people who created the iconic tabletop RPG game Dungeons & Dragons back in the ’60s — came up with yet another classic, in their words, “a world of infinite possibilities that lies in your hands”. Almost two decades down the line, Magic: The Gathering is now a multi-billion-dollar card game that is able to attract th...

Challenging South Asian Stereotypes in Horror: Highlights from Our Chai and Cocktails Panel

All the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins couldn’t stop us from having a spooktacular time last month at our second Chai and Cocktails panel.  We were joined by Rajeev Dassani and Elan Dassani, the directors of Blumhouse’s Evil Eye, and the writer of both the movie and Audible original play — Madhuri Shekar.  Rajeev Dassani, one-half of the Dassani brothers dynamic directing duo. An award-winning filmma...

The Erasure of Apu and Other Changes in Animation Representation

The world of animation has always been a colorful and imaginative industry. Yet it still faces several challenges when it comes to racial inclusion, especially behind the scenes. Recently, however, there’s been a change in front of the camera… um, well, in front of the mic. Shows in the past have cast white voice talent to bring to life characters of any and all ethnicities. But because of the Bla...

Avaaz’s Top 5 South Asian Artists to Watch in 2020

Desi Comics. A reimagined Jungle Book. A South Asian-inspired Calvin and Hobbes. Even a tattoo or two. We’ve combed the interwebs for our list of the top five South Asian artists. These five talents are as much influenced by style as their own cultural upbringing. Let’s meet our picks for the top five South Asian artist to keep an eye on in 2020. 1. Nick Sharma, Storyboard Artist https://www...

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