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Team

Anjum Choudhry Nayyar
Editor-In-Chief, Founder
Anjum, a mother of two, has been a TV journalist for over 12 years and a communications specialist and freelance writer for over 15 years. She began her career in Chicago, where as a Masters Journalism student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she covered the juvenile court house in the city’s south west side. Anjum has worked behind and in front of the camera at Toronto local and national stations and as a reporter/back up anchor. She is the winner of several awards including the runner-up Journalism Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting from the Society of Gynecologists of Canada for her story on “Breast Cancer Misconceptions in the South Asian Community,” as well as Best News Story 2004 from Toronto EMS for her story on its multilingual emergency services. She has appeared on Canada AM, Global News Toronto Morning Show, CBC 's the National, CBC Metro Morning, CHCH and other networks as a parenting and lifestyle expert.
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Nisha Vedi Pawar
Associate Food Editor
Nisha is a mom on a mission to recreate traditional recipes that she grew up with. She has a penchant for Indian food + culture and is a self taught food photographer. Her favorites include recipes that are passed down through generations and a hot cup of cardamom chai. Her recipes have been featured in several magazines around the globe including Prevention.com, ScoopWhoop and ParentsCircle. She has also interviewed world renowned chefs such as Vikas Khanna, Sanjeev Kapoor and Maneet Chauhan. Nisha’s primary influences have always been the food her parents prepared for her growing up and the culture they enriched her with. On Masalamommas Nisha shares recipes, time saving tips, child friendly recipes, kitchen stories and more. She can be found chronicling her cooking journey at lovelaughmirch.com.
@lovelaughmirch@lovelaughmirchLoveLaughMirch
Yashy Murphy
Travel Writer
Yashy Selvadurai Murphy is a mom of Sri-Lankan roots with a passion for Toronto and its culture. A branding specialist by profession, Yashy is constantly dreaming of her next family vacation or culinary discovery. At Baby & Life, she and her husband share their passions and how they strive to strike a balance from the very start of parenthood. The blog discusses “lifestyle” – travel, entertaining, food and drink and for the most part- all with kids along!
@yashyanthi@yashyanthiblog
Sailaja Joshi
Books contributor
Sailaja N. Joshi is the CEO and Founder of Bharat Babies. Founded in 2014, the company produces developmentally appropriate children's books that are inspired by the stories of South Asia and more. As a passionate advocate for diversity in children's education, Sailaja works hard to help ensure Bharat Babies stories are diverse, pluralistic and allow every child to be the hero. When she's not working on all things Bharat Babies, she's spending time with her family outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
@sailajajoshi@BharatbabiesBharat Babies
Alexandra Madhavan
Interracial Parenting Writer
On Masalamommas, Alexandra talks about the challenges and triumphs that come along with being in an interracial marriage and family and what it can mean to parent a biracial child in today's world. Alexandra also can be found on her personal blog, called Madh Mama writing about what it's really like to be married into a big fat South Indian family and raising our kids between two cultures (Canada/India). She currently lives in a traditional joint family setting (6+ people) in Vancouver, BC. For more unfiltered stories about our adventures, check out her blog "Madh Mama", or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
@madh_mama@madhmamaMadh Mama
Arathi Devandran
Youth Columnist
Arathi Devandran curates personal experiences, snapshots of the world, and the stories people are willing to share with her through prose and poetry @miffalicious (www.miffalicious.com)
@miffalicious@miffalicious_
Kajal Desai
Fitness Contributor
Kajal began her professional career as an Organizational Management Consultant with a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She was able to use and build upon those skills when she co-founded Doonya, a Bollywood dance and fitness company, with Priya Pandya in 2005. In developing Doonya’s curriculum, dance style and fitness formula, her goal was to standardize the technique around Bollywood dance so that it correctly translated into fitness media, classes and training programs. Through her role at Doonya, Kajal has presented and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz Show, LIVE with Kelly and Michael, The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, and Great Day Houston. Kajal shifted her fitness focus to pregnancy and motherhood in 2015, when she was expecting her son and has since worked with moms on pre and post-natal exercise and mental wellbeing. Though Kajal is no longer running the Doonya business, she still teaches and trains other instructors in the program. She also continues her work in overall health, fitness, wellness, and dance through various platforms in the Houston area.
@kajal_desai@kajaldancerDonnyaHouston

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