Rave*SQ - new lifestyle magazine
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I've been getting complimentary subscriptions to so many interesting magazines these days that I'm beginning to wonder which mailing list my name is on! Yesterday, I found a glossy, oversized, almost ad-free magazine called rave*sq in my mailbox. Upon further investigation online, I found that rave*sq is a new US-based South Asian lifestyle, culture and arts magazine targeted at young professionals who are fashionable, culturally savvy and well-traveled (ahem!). The sister publication is Rave, which has been published in India for over four years now and is well-known for promoting various lesser known artists and musicians.
Very much like Verve ,my favourite Indian magazine that I wrote about earlier, rave*sq celebrates South Asian women in the U.S. who are ambitiously following their passions and carving their own paths. There's a lot of inspiration to be found between the pages. I loved the article on Shazia Sikander, a young Pakistani artist who is receiving international acclaim. I was also excited to discover Rabbi Shergill, a sufi musician whose ambition is "to be a sardar playing rock to a packed crowd".
The magazine is currently very Manhattan focused as evidenced by "Upcoming Events" and "Restaurant Reviews". I have a feeling though that as the magazine gains readership, other U.S. cities with large South Asian populations will start featuring more. For me, the biggest reason to read rave*sq is to discover new artists, filmmakers, writers and be aware of interesting cultural events in the city.