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Aaliya Luthra

Aaliya Luthra, Art Director

Aaliya Luthra is a senior majoring in Media, Culture and Communication at Steinhardt and double minoring in studio art and South Asian studies. She loves rewatching old soaps, compulsively cleaning, window shopping at expensive home stores and pretending one spoonfull of sea moss will solve all of life's problems. As an artist, she enjoys creating illustrations and short animations for all the things she's passionate about from music and pop culture to humanitarian crises. You can follow her art page @littleredbookillustrations to see more.

All content by Aaliya Luthra
An illustration of a roasted turkey served on a lemon platter. It is covered in leafy greens and is in the foreground a red background.

Photo: Off-Third: What to do when you’re stuck in the US for Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2022

What to do if you can’t go home for Thanksgiving. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a tweet from user @A1exandraCohen with text “if i EVER get Twitter blue, just know it’s a cry for help.” against a blue background. The tweet has two likes.

Photo: Opinion: Students can save Twitter

Nov 16, 2022

Twitter needs help from students to save the platform. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two people’s silhouette talking in front of a blackboard with the text “COLLEGE OF blank line?” “C.A.S. vs C period A period S period,” and “SOLUTION two question marks” against a purple background.

Photo: Off-Third: CAS needs a name

Nov 16, 2022

(Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A streetscape in Jamaica, Queens. Vendors selling fruits are in the foreground. To the left, a bus stop sign in front of a Bangladeshi flag and a subway entrance. To the right, a street sign indicating the intersection of 169th Street and Broadway.

Photo: A local’s recommendations for Queens Bengali staples

Nov 14, 2022

169th Street and below in Jamaica, Queens, is home to many Bengali stores. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of the album cover of “Her Loss”. The cover portrays a young Black woman with black curly hair and exaggerated eyelashes which are blue, orange and black. She wears an earring.

Photo: Review: Drake & 21 Savage's 'Her Loss' brings world-renowned rappers together

Nov 14, 2022

“Her Loss” is an album by Drake and 21 Savage, released on Nov. 4. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a cup of coffee in a white cup and white plate next to a gray laptop. On the screen of the laptop is an image of an elderly Black woman dressed in a light blue dress sitting on a chair on a sidewalk at night.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘News from Home’ captures urban solitude and fleeting memories  

Nov 11, 2022

“News from Home,” a 1977 documentary by Chantal Akerman, explores her life in New York City. The film is available on Kanopy. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a woman with black hair wearing a green shirt with multiple arms holding a computer, a red analog clock, a green book and a beige paper that reads “to-do list.”

Photo: How I moved past my first-gen imposter syndrome

Nov 9, 2022

Perfectionism can be a harmful way to chase success. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two figures displayed on a laptop placed on top of dark blue bedding with a cup of tea nearby. The first figure looks to be screaming, the other has a stern look.

Photo: Off the Radar: Black vampire myths and addiction in ‘Ganja & Hess'

Nov 4, 2022

“Ganja & Hess” is available to stream on Paramount+ and SHOWTIME.

An illustration of a female-presenting figure sits, with legs crossed, listening to music with black over-ear headphones. In the background, a urban landscape approximating Times Square in New York City. The signs in the background read “Cinema,” “Bank,” “Fitness Center,” “Tattoo,” “Art,” “Great Recipe,” “Green Tea,” “Restaurant,” “Jazz” and “Cupcake.”

Photo: How moving to New York helped me rethink my relationship with anxiety

Oct 28, 2022

Manhattan has eased my anxiety more than anything else. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a house with a gray exterior and blood soaking through its walls, displayed on a laptop.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘The House That Jack Built’ attacks the cultural cult of the serial killer

Oct 28, 2022

“The House That Jack Built” is available to stream on Kanopy. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a woman wearing a red dress with five microphones pointing at her. Around the woman is a silhouette of a large planet and text “Beyond N.Y.U.” There are many smaller planets around the larger planet against a purple background.

Photo: Beyond NYU: Reporting the midterm elections for an ABC docuseries

Oct 21, 2022

Libby Cathey and her fellow reporters have been working on a documentary series months before the midterm elections. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two hands holding phones using “Beatmatch,” a new dating app.

Photo: Beatmatch: The new dating app that will make your heart skip a beat

Oct 21, 2022

In a sea of meaningless scrolling and unsuccessful matchmaking, the new dating app “Beatmatch,” aims to connect people on a deeper level. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a cup of tea and a laptop on a bed in a dark bedroom with the film “Lucky Grandma” playing.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Lucky Grandma’ and the spirit of Chinatown

Oct 21, 2022

Why the film “Lucky Grandma” deserves more attention. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two pieces of paper stacked on top of each other against a purple background, and the top one reads “MIDTERM EXAM.”

Photo: Opinion: It’s time to embrace midterm exams

Oct 18, 2022

NYU’s dreaded midterm season actually provides many benefits to students. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Two silhouettes of people in front of a green background are depicted, with speech bubbles directed toward them.

Photo: Opinion: Stop stopping people from trying hard to pronounce our names right.

Oct 15, 2022

Intimidation or fear should not stop you from trying to pronounce our names right. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

The text “My Skin of Color” is written in front of a woman holding her hand to her skin. The image is enclosed in a dark beige circle, and a depiction of space is in the background.

Photo: Beyond NYU: Addressing historical injustices in dermatology

Oct 14, 2022

Dermatology company My Skin of Color seeks to address historical inequalities in healthcare. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a spooky looking brown, two-story house at night during a lightning storm.

Photo: Review: ‘Barbarian’ is a gleeful homage to things that go bump in the night

Oct 14, 2022

“Barbarian” is a horror thriller that follows two strangers who booked the same Airbnb. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a college dorm room with two beds and posters hanging on the wall. On the left side bed there are purple beddings and a girl wearing a purple tank top and blue pants. On the right side bed there are light blue beddings with a girl wearing a blue long-sleeve jersey and gray pants. Both of the girls are crossing their arms while turning away from each other facing the wall.

Photo: Off-Third: You should dorm with your best friend

Oct 13, 2022

Dorming with your best friend is 100% a financially and emotionally rewarding experience. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Two human figures sit on a stack of cash, one holding a golden coin, while the other climbs up a ladder holding another bundle of cash.

Photo: Opinion: NYU should reduce students’ out-of-pocket costs

Oct 12, 2022

On top of other required costs, NYU students often must also have to pay out-of-pocket for equipment to use in classes. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of football player Zach Wilson wearing a white headband and a green jersey.

Photo: The New York Jets are fun again

Oct 7, 2022

Fans of Zach Wilson, the 23-year-old quarterback of the New York Jets, are elated at his return. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A cup of tea and a laptop placed on dark blue bedding with the laptop displaying a screenshot of the animated film “Belladonna of Sadness.”

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ paints a vivid feminist nightmare in watercolor

Oct 7, 2022

“Belladonna of Sadness” is an animated film portraying feudal and patriarchal violence against women. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A door lock shaped like the Eiffel Tower on a wooden door. Behind the door lies a female student sleeping on a bed in a room.

Photo: Cleaning staff at NYU Paris enter dorms unannounced

Sep 29, 2022

Students raised safety concerns at NYU Paris after residence hall cleaning and maintenance staff entered rooms unannounced. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two Black women side by side and surrounded with a dim purple light. The woman on the left is dressed in a purple jacket. The woman on the right is dressed in a pink jacket.

Photo: Review: The deafening silence of 'The Silent Twins'

Sep 30, 2022

“The Silent Twins” tells the story of Jennifer and June Gibbons using compelling visuals, but fails to fully develop the intricacies of sisters’ relationship. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A laptop and a cup of tea lay against a dark gray blanket. On the laptop screen is a picture of a boy riding a bike in a forest.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘The Kid With a Bike’ tackles the violent consequences of abandonment

Sep 30, 2022

“The Kid with a Bike” is a coming-of-age film by director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne released in 2011. The film is available on major streaming platforms. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of two girls posing next to each other, smiling, near a gift shop.

Photo: Chinatown munchies that are Mott Street Girls approved

Sep 29, 2022

Mott Street Girls co-founders Anna Huang (left) and Chloe Chan in Chinatown in Lower Manhattan. They give tours that highlight authentic stories from Chinatown. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a map of Europe with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain painted purple with white New York University emblems. Each country has one city labeled, which are London, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Florence and Madrid. Illustrations of New York University global sites’ buildings are included next to each country on the map.

Photo: First year away: An untraditional introduction to NYU life

Sep 28, 2022

Many first-years in Liberal Studies and Stern have spent their first years of college abroad, immersing themselves in different cultures outside of New York City. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a female wearing a blue turtleneck sweater and brown hair who smiles while lifting a blue mask away from her face.

Photo: Off-Third: The end of NYU’s mask mandate is the best thing to happen to my nose

Sep 28, 2022

The end of NYU’s mask mandate means no more hiding my fake nose. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration depicts Elleni Solomon standing while wearing a black dress, a white lab coat and a stethoscope around her neck. The background is a gradient of yellow and pink. There are logos of the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Photo: The Science of Sisterhood

Sep 25, 2022

(Aaliya Luthra for WSN)

A hand holds a blue, smoking vape labeled “blueberry” on it. The image is enclosed in a foam green circle, and a depiction of space is in the background.

Photo: Beyond NYU: Quitting vaping with judgment-free Jones

Sep 23, 2022

Jones seeks to help users quit vaping in a judgement-free environment. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A cup of tea and a laptop displaying the film “Ruined Heart” on dark blue beddings.

Photo: Off the Radar: ‘Ruined Heart’ rides out the high and lows of love to a medley of moving melodies

Sep 22, 2022

“Ruined Heart” is a work by underground filmmaker Khavn. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A person sits in bed and cries while holding a family photo. They are sitting in their college dorm bedroom, and a New York University flag hangs on the wall. The text “FAKE NEWS” is written across the image in red.

Photo: Off-Third: Homesickness is not real

Sep 21, 2022

NYU has everything your home has to offer and more. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

An illustration of a hand with red fingernails holds a smartphone that displays a BeReal interface. The woman takes a selfie while she pets her dog.

Photo: Opinion: Let's be real about BeReal

Sep 21, 2022

BeReal provides insight into what your friends are doing, bringing you closer together. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

A woman lays in front of a large vinyl record in a shimmering top and bottom, wearing long earrings and sparkling heels.

Photo: Review: Ari Lennox navigates relationships and self-love in ‘age/sex/location’

Sep 21, 2022

Ari Lennox’s second album portrays the duality of wanting to be desired while playing hard to get. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Three voice bubbles with a banana and an apple, a book and a clock emerge from a phone. The image is enclosed in a purple circle, and a depiction of space is in the background.

Photo: Beyond NYU: Betting on building healthy habits

Sep 16, 2022

The app 021 measures a user’s ability to follow through on tasks by tracking fitness, nutrition and diet, lifestyle, skills and learning and mindfulness. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

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

Apr 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?’

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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 

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Mar 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

Mar 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?

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 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’

Feb 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?

Feb 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

Feb 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

Feb 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

Feb 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

Jan 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

Sep 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....