‘Just not the same’: Viks Chaat and Market navigates COVID-19 pandemic

Viks Chaat and Market outdoor dining area
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In order to comply with social distancing measures amid the pandemic, Viks Chaat and Market worked with city officials and planners to create an outdoor dining space in its parking lot.

Viks Chaat and Market, once a bustling market and restaurant filled with families and friends revisiting memories through spicy dosas and children experiencing the tantalizing taste of their parents’ pasts, now faces an uncertain future due to the effects of COVID-19.
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A woman in a sari pointing at a presentation about Hinduism in front of a group of people.

Religious education in Berkeley is essential

Without a proper understanding of religion, we will continue to have the kind of insidious hate and horror that we have seen in the tragic violence at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the intentional car crash injuring a Hindu family and other pedestrians in Sunnyvale, California, and the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting.
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Learning my ABCDs

Cal in Color

For most people, ABCD is the beginning of the English alphabet. But for American-Born, Confused Desis like me, it’s an acronym, an insult, a joke and an identity, all wrapped up in four letters. Calling me an ABCD invalidates my experience of being Desi, or a person of South Asian
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