Insight

Those Immigrants! A Simple Thank You Would Be Nice

2017: Since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, a rise in attacks on individuals from India and Pakistan is taking place in this country. On February 22, 2017, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was murdered, and Alok Madasani was injured by Adam Purinton, a gunman who later said he thought the two men were Iranian.  (It is not clear…

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Tennis, TV, and Tech… Together

I believe there is a constructed fallacy in the way we have been made to perceive our career options. I believe this is most prevalent in our Indian culture which we Desis carry everywhere we migrate. We seem to believe in an imposed system that we have to be good at one thing and dominate that one thing, only. Well,…

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March 12, 2017

From India With Love

From India With Love

The recent murder of an Indian-American has sent shockwaves of sadness and fear throughout the entire Non Resident Indian (NRI) community in the United States. The media reports of this tragic hate crime in which a 51-year old resident of Olathe, Kansas shot two Indian engineers Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani and good samaritan Ian Grillot who attempted to prevent the shooting…

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March 12, 2017

Manufacturing Serendipity

Manufacturing Serendipity

We live in an evolving economic environment, one in which job security and career certainty are distant memories. At any moment, life can throw you a jolt–whether it’s an opportunity or an obstacle--that causes a shift in thinking. The Career Catapult details a five-discipline plan for personal success, guiding readers to disrupt the status-quo and make the leap toward true satisfaction…

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Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

March 8th was designated as International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  For one day, individuals, governments and organizations came together to honor the achievements of women worldwide--one day.  Yet, each day, ordinary women are accomplishing something thanks to the support of organizations like MET Community. MET Community is an international nonprofit…

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How my film is actually everybody’s film

For Here or To Go? is the first of its kind: humanizing the immigration debate by focusing on the millions who live in uncertainty while striving to achieve the American Dream. First, I'd like to thank M.R. Rangaswami for bringing our community together, and for screening my film at a previous Indiaspora forum. Indiaspora increases the visibility and influence of…

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February 9, 2017

Visiting Vidya Vanam

Visiting Vidya Vanam

One of my most treasured experiences was visiting a school in Tamil Nadu, India, called Vidya Vanam in the village of Anaikatti. Vidya Vanam is located near Coimbatore on an elephant preserve. Vidya Vanam (which means Knowledge in the Wilderness), provides education, healthcare and food for the underprivileged children of the Irula families, a tribal community, who have lived in…

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HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE COSMOS

There is a grand convergence between ideas and instruments in the field of cosmology at the moment. This has led to a dizzying pace of discoveries that are continually refining our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. Developments and radical ideas spawned in the past 100 years have laid the foundation for the progress we are currently…

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The U.S. Postal Service Delivers a Bang in Time for Diwali!

Diwali greetings from Indiaspora! As we gear up towards the festivities that this season always brings with it, Diwali 2016 is particular cause for gaiety for the Indian-American community, as a fifteen-year effort to get a stamp issued has finally put us on the map! My engagement at the grassroots level with the community, while petitioning for the stamp, showed how excited, hopeful and wholehearted…

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September 26, 2016

Shanti – A Journey of Peace

Shanti – A Journey of Peace

Imagine yourself seated in an auditorium where the curtains open and reveal a set of 150 saree and kurta clad singers poised to sing. Imagine their combined sounds and chants in Sanskrit in Indian ragas mingling with the sounds of a symphony orchestra and reverberating through the audience in a truly cross-cultural musical experience. This is how Shanti – A…

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