Culinary Crusaders

Culinary Crusaders

THE TRENDS AND TRENDSETTERS OF INDIAN CUISINE: Fusion? Traditional? Fast casual? Upscale? Here’s looking at the major forces that are defining and driving Indian cuisine in America—a romp of flavors, fusion, creativity, and entrepreneurship. It’s exciting times when a national trendsetter like Whole Foods is experimenting with a concept called "Dosateria,” the South Indian classic dressed in an American avatar. As for regional cuisine, last summer Lavina Melwani took a great culinary journey across India: she visited Anjappar, famous for its nonvegetarian Chettinad cooking. This was followed by the iconic Saravana Bhavan, beloved for its dosas, uttappams, and other vegetarian delights. She ate favorite street foods at Kailash Parbhat, my family’s favorite Sindhi eatery from the by-lanes of South Mumbai. Final stop was, of course, at my hometown Delhi’s classic Moti Mahal, bringing back childhood memories of first taste of their divine Murg Makhani. Yet, all these were enjoyed in America! Read more »

Forum: India's Daughter

BANNED DOCUMENTARY, INDIA’S DAUGHTER: There is wide agreement that the film should not have been banned. The debate has been mostly about the merits of the film. Here are two
differing views. Read more »

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SpotLight: Archna Malhotra Becker: Ambassador of Indian Cuisine in Atlanta

Spotlight: Archna Malhotra Becker of Bhojanic: Her natural flair--for food, business savvy, and pure passion--has made Bhojanic a standard bearer of North Indian cuisine in the Atlanta area. Read more »

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Americana: Hyphenated(-) Americans make the History of America

The position that Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana puts forth is so contrary to the historical and cultural realities of American immigration that I wish to set the record straight. Read more »

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The Sureshbhai Patel Police Incident: Keeping it Real

Swift corrective (as much as possible) action for Sureshbhai Patel came from the evidence of his absolute innocence, leaving the police with absolutely nothing to justify their violence. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Reactions to March cover story on investing in India / More responses to editorial on Gov. Bobby Jindal and identity / Handloom essential for khadi fabric. Read more »

Will You Have to Pay Back Health Insurance Credits?

If you received a 2014 health insurance subsidy, you may have to pay a percentage back. Two new federal forms will help you find out. Or you might claim a Premium Tax Credit and get a refund. Read more »

The Importance of Signing Agreements with Independent Contractors

Is someone building a website for you? Developing software? Designing a brochure? It is important to address who will own copyrights for all such copyrightable tasks. Read more »

MEMORY LOSS: a Growing Concern

Q: If I do a crossword puzzle every day, will that prevent future memory loss? A: More than half the cases of memory issues are related to life style, but there are many factors to consider. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

H-4 EAD filing to begin in May / HB season expected to be the same / Expanded DACA/DAPA programs delayed / VISA PREFERENCE NUMBERS FOR APRIL 2015 Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW

This is a charming little film about a guy and his plump wife. With no starry trappings, it is real, very real. Its very important message: You can’t force anyone to love someone. Read more »

QUOTA of QUOTES

Doctor who helped Harrison Ford after his crash; actor Dev Patel; son of Sureshbhai Patel, paralyzed by policeman; wife of Sureshbhai Patel; widow of Atlanta blogger assassinated in Dhaka. Read more »

2015 Gwinnett County STAR students

Gwinnett County has named STAR high school students, including Rohil Ritesh Shah of Peachtree Ridge High, Yash Pramod Shirsath of Grayson High, and Vikram S. Varadarajan of Duluth High. Read more »

DESI WORLD

YOGA GAINS HIGHER PROFILE / TACKLING RAPE HEROICALLY / INDIAN-AMERICANS BAG GRAMMYS / THE DECCAN LINK TO DINOSAURS / SCALING SEVEN PEAKS ON SEVEN CONTINENTS / INDIAN NONFICTION BOOM Read more »

Introducing Our New Column! Postcards from the Past

New: snapshots of Indian-American history from SAADA. 1918, New York, first Indian restaurant / 1966, San Francisco, Hindi films / 1988, Chicago, structural engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan. Read more »

Autism

Q: What about children who are born with disabilities such as autism? A: We must structure our life in such a way that every kind of human being can fit into some part and play their role. Read more »

 

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