In the Media




18 April 2016

The Guardian published Mala’s article on how women of color need better representation in ICT4D work of UN, INGO and non-profit organizations. Click here to read. TheGuardianLogo

12 April 2016 | 24 August 2015

Devex Devex spoke with Mala on the mapping platform she’s designing that will help LGBTQI UN staff understand local workplace culture and context to make informed decisions about their careers, and will help policy/HR decision makers better advocate for staff. Read the piece here.

Devex interviewed Mala on the work she is doing with major partner organizations, including Fordham Law School and the UN, on LGBTQI rights within international development. The work is addressing staff and stakeholder mainstreaming challenges. Click here to read the piece.

30 November 2015

Click here to read Mala’s article on how initiatives to diversify the the tech industry need more action and less buzz. The article was on the frontpage of TechCrunch. Screenshot 2015-11-30 11.19.17

24 April 2015

As part of the #InTheirWords campaign, USA Today interviewed Mala on issues related to the LGBT community in the States and abroad ahead of the US Supreme Court decision in June. The six clips are to the right Mala_USAToday_InTheirWords_small
South Asian | This moment in history | State and federal | Supreme Court | State bans | Discrimination

24 November 2014 | 10 December 2014

Screenshot 2014-11-28 17.00.31 Mala’s Op-Ed was the main feature of the front page of The Advocate. Click here to read why she quit her job with the UN. Click here to read Mala’s entry for The Advocate‘s #DayinLGBT.

4 May 2015

Curve Magazine gave The Paths of Marriage a fantastic review, saying, “A thoughtful and interesting journey, punctuated with personal dramas and enough pace to keep it moving along, this is an excellent novel.” Click here to read the review. CurveMagazine

20 February 2015

CBNLive Philanthropy expert Venkatesh Raghavendra interviewed Mala on gay rights and the Indian/Indian diaspora community on CNN India (IBN Live). Click here to read.

Also Noteworthy

15 April 2016

RedHerringLogo Ahead of the first Unit Festival in Berlin, Red Herring reached out to Mala for comments on unpacking gender from the LGBTQI diversity issue in tech companies. Click here to read the article.

28 June 2015 (US edition) interviewed Mala on what it was like coming out as a South Asian person, and the concept of The Paths of Marriage. Click here to read the interview.

28 May 2015

KindleIndia_TopChennai_small Kindle India picked The Paths of Marriage as one of the top books about Chennai as part of their #KindleSummerHoliday campaign. Check out the great illustration for the top Chennai books.

15 May 2015 | 1 October 2014

As part of New School Alumni Day, Mala was one of only three alumni to speak alongside faculty at the New School Minute lecture series. Click here to view the blog post.In October 2014, Mala was interviewed by her grad school alma mater, The New School in New York City. Click here to read.

6 May 2015 | 15 April 2015 | 23 March 2015

BrownGirl Coming out can be scary and confusing for a lot of Desi kids. Click here to read Mala’s coming out to her parents story.

Click here to read a letter to those who DesiQ people who have and will reach out.

Review of The Paths of Marriage by Brown Girl Magazine. Click here to read.

17 April 2015

The Paths of Marriage was the featured story on ANIMAL. Click here to read the post on resolving the gay identity rift between NYC and India. ANIMAL

13 April 2015

LiteraryManhattan Mala and Tanwi Nandini Islam were interviewed for their work on sexuality and LGBTQ rights at the 2015 SAWCC Literary Festival. Click here to read.

6 April 2015 | 14 November 2014 | 19 September 2014

Click here to read Mala’s post “A Real Heart-to-Heart with my Grandmother” on The Aerogram.
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to read Mala’s post on “Queer Desi Reflections on the Meaning of Marriage” on The Aerogram.Click here to read an excerpt of The Paths of Marriage on the The Aerogram.
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4 March 2015

GAYRVA Ahead of the first The Paths of Marriage event of the year, GayRVA magazine interviewed Mala on being queer in the south and being south Asian and queer. Click here to read the article.

16 December 2014

Mala was interviewed by Style Weekly on her decision to leave the UN, how high school influenced her, and more. Click here to read. StyleWeekly

5 December 2014

WomenLEAD Mala was interviewed with Women LEAD in the Inspiring Women Leader Series. Click here to read.

28 November 2014

Girls’ Globe interviewed Mala as part of their series on 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Click here to read. Screenshot 2014-11-28 16.19.23

22 November 2014

Screenshot 2014-11-23 17.33.02 The American Bazaar interviewed Mala on being Indian and coming out. Click here to read the interview.

1 August 2014

The New York Times nameed Chennai as one of the top destinations to visit in 2014. Indian Link named The Paths of Marriage as one of the books to read about Chennai. Click here to read. Screenshot 2014-11-28 17.21.12