Meet The IndianSpice Team

Indian Spice is the largest digital online platform talking to the lucrative Indian market of Southern Africa. The digital platform provides news and entertainment content that that speaks to predominantly Indian audience but also to various race groups seeking news that matters to the South African community whether it is international or local.

Meet the team that’s bringing you the best Indian lifestyle news of South Africa and the Indian diaspora from around the world!

lakshya malhotraLakshya Malhotra, Associate Editor

She’s been with Indianspice before it was anything, her craft of being a super legal eagle comes first BUT she just could not stop writing. Based in New York with humble beginnings.

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Divani Coopoosamy

I’m a journalist, keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world. Writing is in my blood and a Journalism & Digital Media studies student at Rosebank College.

ronesh dhawrajRonesh Dhawraj, SABC Senior Political Analyst

Specialist Political Researcher with the SABC News Research Policy & Analysis unit. He is currently completing a PhD in political and government communication, focusing on the ANC and DA’s 2016 election campaigns.


Yudhika Sujanani, Contributing Columnist

Gorgeous celebrity chef, author and personality Yudhika is best-known for her designer heels and signature curry dishes but this “Curry Queen of Bling” is not exclusively focused on Indian cuisine. Read more here

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Tanz Govender, Minister of Funny

Adventures of 9Boy is an Indian entertainment content platform based right here in South Africa. We produce and publish videos, audio series and web series through our various online channels. Visit our #9Boy page here

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Yogashen Pillay, Contributing Columnist

A Christian by faith, a huge anime fan with a love for martial arts. Yogashen is a proud Manchester United fan, a journalist & actor- in-training.

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Saffiya Ismail, Contributing Columnist

Born in Pietermaritzburg, she now resides in Johannesburg and says her most important role in life is being a mother. Saffiya is a freelance writer.

A contributing author of “Riding the Samoosa Express” (Anthology launched 21st March 2015). With a second chapter submitted for the next book, her passion has always been writing.  Click here for more

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Bobby Swanson, Contributing Columnist

Swanson is on a culinary adventure of a life time, a food blogger, book worm, yoga enthusiast , bossy with OCD tendencies. Occasionally shares her magical recipes with us at IndianSpice. You can follow her here on Facebook as well click here

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bitchSanchita Mahajan, Contributing Columnist

You cannot afford to not let her know what’s cooking when it comes to Bollywood. She will be working on good things Indian and everything  Bollywood. And as her avatar explains, she is kind of a loose nut.

We’ve never seen so many Bollywood posters in one apartment ever!

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Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 2.08.55 PMGita Pather, Director of Wits Theatre, Contributing Columnist

Wits Theatre Director packs a serious gusto of opinion that resonates with the South African community.

Ms Pather has a distinguished career spanning the professional performing arts, education, television, advertising and marketing arenas.  She has accumulated 28 years’ consummate experience in both the creative and executive fields, having served in a number of major performing arts institutions in SA.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 2.10.28 PMAlushka Rajaram, Contributing Columnist

Based in Australia, her ties to India are less about India itself and more about paying homage to the people who paved the way for her path into the world. The people who chose and were subsequently chosen by the land.

For now, her personal sense of self aims to encompass everything I believe I am and love – Australia has captured my heart. India runs through my veins. And South Africa has won my soul.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 2.11.51 PMStaff Reporters, 4 writers

These 4 amazing people have joined us on the crusade to keep the spice flowing. Writing a variety of topics of interest and picking up your stories that you send to us.

It is our ambitious goal to cover issues/events/news concerning various South Asian countries as well as of those concerning various diasporic locations. In addition, our writers will write on anything else they feel is important, interesting, funny, or moderately insulting to anyone who passes the roti on the right hand side.

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Naufal Khan, Publisher

Publisher and editor-in-chief, tasked with the unenviable role of trying to find magical money from advertisers, a growth hacker, part brand marketer.

I try and keep church and state in their territories with these people above. Free spirited thinker, author and opinion maker….a passion for digital publishing, South African first, Indian by descent alive with Indian Spice sharing the best of South African Indian news and diaspora content with the world!

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