About the Show

The Aseem Chhabra Show features penetrating interviews with entertainers, artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and other creative minds writing about South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora. This website is a tribute to the show, its stars and producers. Our blog has articles and excerpts from the show.

Aseem Chhabra, Host

Aseem Chhabra is a freelance writer in New York City who writes on a variety of topics, including arts, entertainment, social and political issues stories. Aseem has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Courier-Journal, Time Out, New York.

He writes a weekly column for Mumbai Mirror – a Mumbai based daily newspaper and also contributes regularly to two Indian-American outlets — India Abroad and Rediff.com, the leading news portal that originates from Mumbai. His by-lines have also appeared in India in Outlook, and the Indian editions of People and Cosmopolitan magazines. Aseem has been interviewed on film and popular culture by several media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline, National Public Radio, Associated Press, Reuters, The Los Angeles Times and New York Daily News.

Aseem is an elected member of the board of the South Asian Journalists Association and the New York Chapter coordinator of SAJA, where he often chairs panel discussions on social and political issues, hosts book reading events and other arts discussions.

Aseem has also worked in the publishing industry in the US, managing the businesses and finances of magazines at several leading companies including Reader’s Digest, American Express, American Media Inc., and Rodale Press.

He holds an MS degree in Journalism from Columbia University and an MBA from Boston University.

Sandeep Junnarkar, Executive Producer

Sandeep Junnarkar is an associate professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Sandeep helped to create online editions of The New York Times, working as breaking news editor, writer, and Web producer when the paper went live on the Internet as The New York Times on the Web.

He’s the founder and editorial director of www.livesinfocus.org, a multimedia Website that features stories on underreported issues.

He has also helped design other successful websites.

The most current project, Family Life Behind Bars, looks the impact of incarceration on the family members of people who are incarcerated. Sandeep is the president of the South Asian Journalists Association.

Mark Davies, Web Design

Mark is responsible for the design and maintenance of this website. He makes sure the videos are working across all browsers, performs platform upgrades and ensures a positive user experience for all our visitors.

Mark is an experienced webmaster, with a background in online gaming websites in the UK. He worked for many years on a popular betting website, offering bonuses and promotions to UK and european online gaming users, but has since diversified into other areas. We’re glad he did, as we are very happy to have Mark, and we hope you like his design here at the Asseem Chhabra site as much as we do.