Lisa Tsering

Writer, editor, film critic

San Francisco Bay Area

Lisa Tsering

Writer and editor


'Padmaavat': Film Review

Director-composer Sanjay Leela Bhansali has overcome intimidation by Indian religious fundamentalists to bring his stunning historical epic to the big screen in Imax 3D, the first Indian film to be released in the format. Deepika Padukone (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh bring welcome grandeur — and irresistible sensual appeal — to the film, setting the stage for a robust showing at the box office.
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Mira Nair Brings Broadway-Bound 'Monsoon Wedding' into the Trump Era

The director’s stage musical based on her bittersweet 2001 screen comedy has been a long time coming — but its new iteration feels right at home in 2017. "We have embraced full-on the complexity of today's world," continues the director of the 2001 arthouse hit Monsoon Wedding. "When the film came out, it was almost the first portrait of globalization that people outside India had seen.
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'Dangal' ('Wrestling Match'): Film Review

Aamir Khan stars in Nitesh Tiwari's film based on the true story of a former Indian national wrestling champ who battles the status quo to train his two young daughters to be world-class contenders. Director Nitesh Tiwari wisely waits until the final moments of Dangal to bring out the big guns. The film’s emotional resonance, technical artistry and compelling performances are likely to drive impressive word of mouth and healthy box office, and with any luck, a well deserved large international audience.
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Berkeley Votes to Phase In Minimum Wage Increases

The Berkeley City Council approved revisions to its contentious minimum wage ordinance late in the evening of Nov. 10 after a rancorous special meeting at Longfellow Middle School. “Si se puede! Stand up! Fight back!”. shouted around two dozen protesters demanding a higher minimum wage. Many of the protesters were organized by the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, and had marched for higher wages in Sacramento earlier in the day and rallied in Oakland in the afternoon.
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A High-Tech Way to Track Infant Health

The sturdy plastic Khushi Baby pendant holds a small near-field communication chip that stores vaccination and health records for infants in the developing world.
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Tips From Celebrity Fitness Guru Ramona Braganza

“Everything, to me, begins in your mind. We are all created equally. We all have a chance at life to decide to do something or not to do something,” explains fitness star Ramona Braganza.
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Kid-Centric South Tahoe: Squeeze in a Winter Mini-Vacation

Pack a week's worth of ice-cool family activities into one breathless Lake Tahoe weekend. Link to Story

Take a Cruise on Chef Sri’s ‘Spice Route’ Goan Adventure

Taj Campton Place's executive chef Srijith Gopinathan, or “Chef Sri,” is the world's only Indian chef to attain two Michelin stars.
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'Brothers': Film Review

Imagine 'Warrior' with an erotic, booze-soaked dance number and double the love scenes in this official Bollywood version.
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'Singh Is Bliing': Film Review

Bollywood action-comedy superstar Akshay Kumar reprises his role of a country bumpkin in this sequel to "Singh Is Kinng." Ace dancer and choreographer-turned-director Prabhudheva is known for dancing his way into cameos in his films. His random appearances are always a welcome treat, and his footwork is consistently fabulous.
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Embarking on an Adoption Journey (Part I)

On a fellowship from the South Asian Journalists Association, I traveled to India to explore the process of Indian Americans adopting children from India. The series was honored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.
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Flight School Goes Out of Business, Leaving Students Grounded

Winner, "Best Business Story," San Francisco Peninsula Press Club
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Lisa Tsering

I’m an award-winning writer and editor with extensive experience writing film reviews, travel, health and food content, press releases, technical materials, blogs, B2C communications and breaking news.



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