The Year of the (Brown) Woman

The Year of the (Brown) Woman

THE RISE OF INDIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC LIFE: Pramila Jayapal, a House Representative from Seattle, Washington has been described by Nancy Pelosi as “a rising star in the Democratic caucus.” Seema Nanda recently bagged the covetous title of CEO of the Democratic National Committee. These are just two faces of a rising crop of brown women in public life. As they make their way into the U.S. political and civic space, are we looking at some serious shattering of the glass ceiling in the times to come? Mona Das, seen striking the ‘Rosie the Riveter’ pose to symbolize the strength of Indian-American women in politics, as Senator-elect from Washington state’s 47th district, said “Despite an ongoing rhetoric, there are thousands of us proving every day to the world that America believes in diversity.” Here’s what Manka Dhingra, Padma Kuppa, Raj Goyle, Gautam Raghavan, Karen Leonard,and Deepa Iyer have to say! Read more »

Books: Jane Austen in Pakistan

A CONTEMPORARY PAKISTANI RENDERING OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Atlantan Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriageable is a delightful, searching novel with a postmodern and postcolonial sensibility--and rave reviews. Read more »

Review: A Gripping Documentary about Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's Work against Child Labor

Following "An Inconvenient Truth" and "He Named Me Malala," "The Price of Free" is another riveting documentary by Davis Guggenheim--this one on Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s work against child labor. Read more »

Americana: "Americana"’s Last Mile

"There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting."—Buddha. This is our last mile, and it has been terrific. My Friends, it has been an Honor. Thank you! Read more »

Seeing Through the Empty Promises of Republican Sound Bites

The glamour of aligning with rich, white Americans is tempting when the GOP brands Democrats as the Party of minorities on welfare. Indians in the Republican camp don’t realize the con job. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Letters to the editor: LGBTQs can draw strength from Feroza’s story / Is white racism, insecurity responsible for Trumpism? / Teaching boys and men to behave appropriately / Prejudices & racism Read more »

Social Security Gets Its Biggest Boost in Years

Social Security will soon give seniors their largest “raise” since 2012. Not every retiree will see their benefits grow 2.8% next year, but the average beneficiary will see a difference. Read more »

What Keeps Your HR Folks Up at Night

Be aware; avoid costly employment disputes in these areas: Overtime--The Exempt vs. Nonexempt Dilemma / Misclassification of Independent Contractors / Tracking Disability and Family Medical Leave. Read more »

Health: Are Wellness Fads Stressing You Out?

ARE WELLNESS FADS STRESSING YOU OUT? Choose simplicity: a nutrient-rich, planned diet, mindful eating, and an enjoyable fitness routine are the simple secrets of wellness and weight control. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

H-1B employer registration proposal / Allocation of H-1B cap numbers / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES & DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS FOR January 2019 Read more »

Saif, Kareena host prebirthday bash for Taimur

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor hosted a prebirthday bash for their son Taimur almost two weeks before his second birthday. Salman Khan’s mother celebrated her birthday the next day. Read more »


Quotes from a Congresswoman working for H-4 visa holders, another for headscarves, a Rhodes Scholar, Senator Kamala Harris, Malayalam author Benyamin, and NBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas. Read more »

Broadcom Masters STEM award for Asmi Kumar

Asmi Kumar was among the middle school winners of the Broadcom MASTERS competition held in Washington, D.C. She won second place (math) for developing a device to predict autistic meltdowns. Read more »


As the year winds down, the holidays allow us to hit pause to relax, reflect, and remember. We offer an appreciation of some individuals who died in the first eleven months of 2018. Read more »

A Unifying Force

Suman Raghunathan, Exec. Dir. of SAALT, believes that all people, including immigrants, should be treated fairly and with dignity. She tells what we can do to help in this fraught moment. Read more »

How Much Does Luck Matter in Life?

How much of a role does luck play in life? Sadhguru looks at luck or “adrishtam,” as it is known in Indian languages, and explains why luck is only for those who have no vision. Read more »






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