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India’s Great NBA Hope and Some Music for Your Monday

The great Indian NBA hope: Could an 18-year-old high schooler one day become the first Indian national to make it to the NBA? The Caravan profiles Satnam Singh Bhamara, a current student at Florida’s IMG Academy. While the 7’2″ center is still a teenager, he’s already being seen as one of India’s best shots to reach the NBA. (Caravan)

Restoring that natural glow: Pollution has long been a threat to the Taj Mahal. A 2010 report by the Indian government found that previous measures to protect the tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz were failing. The BBC reported this weekend that the monument will “be given a mud-pack to remove yellow pollution stains.” The last time the Taj Mahal received the restorative mud-pack was in 2008. (Gawker)

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Small Delights,’ a Muslim American Coming of Age Story

A still from the film Small Delights.
A still from the film Small Delights.

In her new short film Small Delights director Hena Ashraf tells the story of Aziza, a teenage hijabi from New York City who is trying to figure out her place in the world. Music is the one constant in Aziza’s life, as you can see in the trailer below, she spends most of her time either listening to records, shopping for CDs or scandalously sneaking off to concerts.

Fun fact: Aziza’s mother in the film is played by Reena Shah of My Pet Dragon and Sita Sings the Blues fame.

Readers in the New York City area can catch a screening of Small Delights tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Queens World Film Festival in Long Island City. It will be followed by a screening of the documentary Migrations of Islam, which is directed by Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai. For tickets please visit this site.