Pursuing Passions

Pursuing Passions

Playing instruments, battling abuse, making art, shaping music, creating drama, saving animals…these aren’t typical professions. But the six desis profiled here aren’t typical. When they reached the proverbial fork in the road, there was little doubt about which path they wanted to follow. For them, making a living is no different from living their dream. In a fast-changing world, career choices will never be the same again. Unconventional jobs, far removed from the usual 9-to-5 grind, can be fun and soul-satisfying. It can also mean a lot of hard work, learning to forge your own way, and discovering strengths you never knew you had. These six young men and women tell us what it takes to be different—and how to make it work. Meet HANAN RAHMAN, French horn player; SHRUTI KAPOOR, Gender equality activist; UNAIZA KARIM, Islamic art specialist; SAMEER PATEL, Associate Conductor, San Diego Symphony; MOSES DAS, Actor; and DEVANSHI KUKADIA, Wildlife biologist. Read more »

TalkTime: Lending a Helping Hand

Mental health issues have been in the news. Parijat Deshpande's MySahana provides culturally sensitive information for South Asians and for mental health providers who work with them. Read more »

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IndiaScope: The New Great Game in Afghanistan

The Trump administration changed Pakistan's status from ally to "frenemy" and called on India to step up its game as a stabilizing force in the region and in Afghanistan. Read more »

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Americana: Of Communists and Cold War

After World War II came the Cold War, when America feared nuclear war with Russia and Eugene McCarthy accused his political enemies of being Communists. Read more »

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Don’t Mess with India’s Secularism!

The Hindu hardliners that Modi enables could push India towards theocracy. He is flirting with what can ruin his agenda and legacy—the Hindu Right. If we lose secularism, we lose the soul of India. Read more »

Letters from Readers

“Sickular” editorial? (on secularism in India) / A bold and appropriate editorial on secularism / Indians and tipping in restaurants Read more »

Has Your Identity Been Stolen?

Keep an eye out for these signs of identity theft. If you suspect any of these problems of fraud or cybercrime may be happening to you, here are tips on who to contact to file reports. Read more »

How to Use Noncompete Agreements

Noncompetition agreements, or covenants not to compete, are agreements made for several reasons. This article describes how they can be useful, how to avoid problems, and what to consider. Read more »

Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Activities such as jogging, walking, or biking will make a difference when they are done with enough intensity so that your heart beats in the range of 50 to 85 percent of its maximum rate. Read more »

DACA: Frequently Asked Questions

On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be phased out in six months and Congress to pass a solution for the “Dreamers.” Read more »

Priyanka to play Aamir’s wife?

Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra may play husband and wife in Saare Jahan Se Achcha, the upcoming biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma. This would be their first time starring together. Read more »

Good Sports: WRESTLING IN A SALWAR-KAMEEZ

The first Indian woman in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) circuit, Kavita Devi lost her debut match but won attention particularly for her outfit: a saffron salwar-kameez with dupatta. Read more »

Munir Meghjani honored in Emory’s “40 Under Forty”

Progressive Thinker, Social Entrepreneur, Connector of People, and Dedicated Community Member—that’s Munir Meghjani, recently honored as an Emory University Alumni Association “40 Under Forty.” Read more »

Quiz, Unsung Destinations, Mauritius, Cleaning Beaches, Children's Books

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY / HIDDEN OR UNSUNG DESTINATIONS / PASSAGE TO MAURITIUS / CLEANING BEACHES, BOTTLE BY BOTTLE / CHILDREN’S BOOKS. Read more »

Anti-Immigrant Sentiments 100 Years Ago and Now

America, land of immigrants, has often turned against immigrants: e.g. Japanese internment and Trump whipping up anti-Mexican sentiments. For Indians, it was the Immigration Act of 1917. Read more »

Fortunate Misfortunes

The spiritual process is not about causing a particular event, but about causing a certain way of being, that whatever the situation, it turns into a fortune. If so-called misfortunes strike, look again. Read more »

 

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