Photo by @ismailferdous | At Hoboken, New Jersey’s City Hall, Ravi S. Bhalla, the new mayor, stands in front of portraits of past mayors. An Indian-American civil rights lawyer and a Sikh who wears a turban to express his faith, Bhalla was elected in November. “We are a diverse and welcoming community,” he says.
It is an honor to see my first story on South Asian Americans in this current issue of National Geographic magazine. Behind this story an entire crew somehow could relate themselves to this story- the writer immigrated from India and is now an American citizen, the photo editor’s parents are from Sri Lanka and she is Sri Lankan-American, the digital photo editor is an immigrant from Pakistan and I, myself, moved to New York couple of years ago. Being a Bangladeshi photographer who immigrated to America and got to work on my first big project on South Asians in America has been a phenomenal experience and is very close to my heart.