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Aaliya Luthra

Aaliya Luthra, Illustration Editor

Aaliya is a junior in MCC who likes binge watching Bojack Horseman, reading fiction novels and making art. Follow her IG @littleredbookillustrations for more!

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An illustration of the silhouettes of three NYU Campus Safety officers, standing with the hands clasped in front of their bodies. None of their faces have been drawn.

Photo: Inside NYU’s troubled Campus Safety department

May 17, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two people facing away from one another. One person is on the floor sitting on the shadow of the other person. The shadow and the person on the floor are holding onto the same bouquet of flowers.

Photo: 5 ways to cope with unrequited love

May 3, 2022

Unrequited love sucks. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays light blue mountains. Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Woman in the Dunes,’ a twinge of horror in the eyes of monotony

April 29, 2022

The 1964 film “Woman in the Dunes” is a Japanese film nominated for two Academy Awards. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra )

An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays a woman holding a rifle behind a red fort and a red background. Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘La Chinoise’ asks ‘revolutionary or revisionist?’

April 22, 2022

“La Chinoise,” released in 1967, is a French dark comedy directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The film follows a group of young Maoist activists in France. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra )

A monochromatic portrait of Father John Misty in a white shirt and black suit with a dancer in a feather-decorated dress behind him.

Photo: Review: Father John Misty’s 'Chloë and the Next 20th Century' is a jaggedly stylistic statement

April 20, 2022

Joshua Tillman, known by his stage name Father John Misty, is an American indie rock musician and singer-songwriter. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Illustrations representing different academic majors. A music note combined with a vinyl record in front of a line graph, a plant sprouting from a vial, math operations symbols, the silhouette of a human head combined with swirling leaves and a globe covered in electronic devices connected by wires.

Photo: The truth about changing your NYU major? It’s not that bad

April 18, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two baskets on a blue background. The basket on the left has five Bibles and the basket on the right has chocolate Easter eggs.

Photo: Celebrating with unity and joy on one of the most sacred Christian holidays

April 15, 2022

Easter, a Christian holiday celebrated in early April, has secular traditions as well. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration divided vertically into two sections. The left side shows two men and three women in suits against a gray background. The vertical right side has the words “NYU Publishing Panel Event” and “Learn More” against a purple background.

Photo: Opinion: NYU’s publishing program needs to diversify 

April 14, 2022

NYU’s Masters in Publishing program includes events with guest speakers from major publishing companies, but lacks diversity. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of five vertical panels. The first panel: a planner against a blue background. The second: a woman facing her reflection in a large mirror against a green background. The third: a woman with a laptop sitting on top of an hourglass surrounded by clocks, calendars and sticky notes against a purple background. The fourth: a suitcase packed with clothes and a passport against a pink background. The fifth: pink and blue bottles of nail polish spilled on the floor against a brown background.

Photo: The do’s and don’ts of handling college burnout

April 13, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a disheveled woman with ash on her face and a shocked expression. She wears a black robe and behind her is a man and a forest.

Photo: Review: ‘You Won’t Be Alone’ meditates on the simultaneous universality and individuality of the human experience

April 13, 2022

“You Won’t Be Alone” marks Goran Stolevski’s directorial debut. It premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a planner filled with writing and sticky notes and a pencil resting on top of it against a blue background.

Photo: The do’s and don’ts of handling college burnout

April 13, 2022

(Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays a black-and-white image of a butt with a rose between the cheeks. Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Funeral Parade of Roses,’ a surreal peek into the psyche of a Japanese subversive

April 8, 2022

The 1970 film “Funeral Parade of Roses” portray’s Japan’s queer community. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a severed leg served on a plate.

Photo: Review: ‘Fresh’ proves women bite back

April 5, 2022

“Fresh,” directed by Mimi Cave, is a comedy thriller that depicts a dating experience gone horribly wrong. It stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays a black-and-white illustration of a ball with some grass-like lines coming out of its right hand side. Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘La Haine,’ a harsh reality transcending time and place

April 1, 2022

“La Haine” is a French film depicting police brutality that premiered in 1995. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of musician Charlie XCX wearing a black string bikini. She is falling out of the door of a crashed white car, with her legs still in the passenger seat and the rest of her body hanging out onto the road below.

Photo: Review: On “CRASH,” Charli XCX hits cruise control

March 28, 2022

On her new album, “CRASH,” Charli XCX continues to pioneer the experimental hyperpop genre which recoded the DNA of pop music. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on the right of a bed with a blue blanket. The computer screen displays a woman wearing a white shirt and holding a video camera. In front of the computer there is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘The Gleaners and I’ and the art of picking up what’s left behind

March 25, 2022

The documentary “The Gleaners and I,” directed by Agnès Varda, follows the tradition of gleaning and why people do it. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration...

An illustration of five individuals. From left to right, a man with tattoos wearing a black graphic t-shirt, a man wearing an oversized white t-shirt and gray rounded sunglasses, a girl sitting at a cafe table, a man with a white button down shirt and khaki pants, and a man reclined on a white bed sheet.

Photo: Editor’s Note: What purpose do letters to the editor serve?

March 26, 2022

To either comfort you or prepare you for the heartbreaks you have gone or will go through, here are five archetypes of NYU students who will break your heart by senior year. (Staff Illustrations by Aaliya...

An illustration of a man with tattoos wearing a black graphic t-shirt. He has a pair of headphones on his head and is holding a cigarette and a bottle of tequila in his right hand.

Photo: Ranked: NYU students who will break your heart by senior year

March 23, 2022

Since he followed you on Instagram in your first year at NYU, you’ve been on and off with the Extremely Burnt Out Club Promoter. When you end things, It’ll sting for a bit but you’ll be over him...

An illustration of the back of a Black girl’s head while she sprays products into her hair in front of a mirror. On the right is a table with eight assorted hair care product containers.

Photo: The US hair care industry lags behind in accepting Black hair

March 11, 2022

For Black women, hair creates a sense of identity and self. Manufacturers should do more to accommodate Black hair types with their products. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on a bed covered with a blue blanket. The computer’s screen displays a black-and-white illustration of Apu in the film “Pather Panchali.” Next to the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Pather Panchali,’ the poetic low-budget film that put Indian cinema on the map

March 11, 2022

Satyajit Ray’s 1955 film “Pather Panchali” is about a family living in a rural Bengali village. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on the right of a bed with a blue blanket; the screen displays a Hindu wedding scene from “Monsoon Wedding.” In front of the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Monsoon Wedding’ offers a window into Indian tradition

March 4, 2022

Directed by Mira Nair, “Monsoon Wedding” is a 2001 Hindi-English language drama film. NYU professors collaborated with Nair in the scriptwriting and production of the film. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya...

An illustration of a Rooted Fare Dried Chili Sichuan Sauce jar with red chilis and garlic bulbs laying next to it.

Photo: NYU alum’s business partners with immigrant chefs to spread the sauce around

March 2, 2022

Rooted Fare, a business started by Steinhardt graduate Ashley Xie, works with immigrant chefs around the country to get their sauces in stores. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a computer on the right of a bed with a blue blanket; the screen displays Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler. In front of the computer is a small teacup.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘The Fallout’

February 28, 2022

In the Gen Z film “The Fallout,” Vada (Jenna Ortega) and Mia (Maddie Ziegler) bond over the trauma of a school shooting. The film is available for free via NYU’s streaming partnerships. (Staff Illustration...

An illustration of a hand holding up an iPhone with a camera app open. The back camera frames a sink and the front camera frames a woman in a blue hood. Above the camera app are the words “2 minutes to share what you’re up to.”

Photo: Can social media app BeReal deliver on its eponymous promise?

February 24, 2022

BeReal is a social media app that promotes a casual, unfiltered experience. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Instead of subscription-based streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Max, NYU community members also have the option to stream films through video databases provided by Bobst Library. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Photo: Free movies through Bobst: Navigating NYU’s wide range of streaming services

February 18, 2022

Instead of subscription-based streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Max, NYU community members also have the option to stream films through video databases provided by Bobst Library. (Staff Illustration...

As lovers celebrate their romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to enjoy a heartbreaking breakup album. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Photo: This Valentine’s Day, listen to a breakup album

February 14, 2022

As lovers celebrate their romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to enjoy a heartbreaking breakup album. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Protein bars are a popular snack choice. But they may not be as nutritious as they claim. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Photo: Remaking the protein bar: the ugly, processed truth of a beloved snack

February 9, 2022

Protein bars are a popular snack choice. But they may not be as nutritious as they claim. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

“Dexter: New Blood” is a miniseries and a continuation of the original “Dexter.” The show seeks to appease fans disappointed with the original show’s finale. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Photo: Review: ‘Dexter: New Blood’ continues exploring the complexities of the murderous antihero in series revival

January 26, 2022

“Dexter: New Blood” is a miniseries and a continuation of the original “Dexter.” The show seeks to appease fans disappointed with the original show’s finale. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Kacey Musgraves released her fifth studio album “star-crossed” on Friday, Sept. 10. In the album, Musgraves dives into the conflicting feelings of love and hate and eventually the acceptance of both. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Photo: Review: Kacey Musgraves’ 'star-crossed' is a Shakespearean tragedy

September 21, 2021

Kacey Musgraves released her fifth studio album “star-crossed” on Friday, Sept. 10. In the album, Musgraves dives into the conflicting feelings of love and hate and eventually the acceptance of both....