12 Dazzling Daytrips and Weekend Destinations

12 Dazzling Daytrips and Weekend Destinations

Whether you are new to the area or a seasoned pro of the region, these 12 day enticing getaways from Atlanta are sure to uncover some hidden gems. Award-winning travel blogger SUCHETA RAWAL offers something for everyone—lush green valleys, blue shaded mountains, white sandy beaches, crystal clear lakes, ornate small towns with history and character, sumptuous regional cuisine, and even the occasional Indian restaurant on route.

Most are great year-round destinations, but associating them with a particular month highlights at least one thing that makes the destination particularly appealing that time of the year. Many of the places remain undiscovered by mass tourism and retain their Southern charm.

Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains; Cumberland Island; Wine Country; Nature & Luxury in the Smokies; Gibbs Gardens & Barnsley Resort; the Chattahoochee National Forest; Hilton Head & Golf; Nashville: Music City; Saint Simons Beach; Savannah & the Old South; Haute Cuisine in Highlands; Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. Read more »

Diaspora: Whose Team Are You On Anyway?

National allegiance of Australian Indians is put to the test each time the two nations play each other in cricket. Let's look at identity and assimilation through the prism of cricketing loyalties. Read more »

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Spotlight: The Reluctant Renegade

Crooner Shilpa Narayan’s voice, mysteriously inflected with emotion, strikes an instant chord even with the casual listener. She has developed from a shy bathroom singer to an MTV artist. Read more »

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Fiction: Kindness

Honorable mention, Katha Fiction Contest. As a child in Chennai, Raji experienced water shortages. A benevolent act there gave her a modicum of hope for humanity. Now she's an adult in California. Read more »

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Guest Editorial: The Taste of Justice

After almost 10 years, Annamalai (aka Dr. Commander Selvam Siddhar) was sentenced to 27 years for 34 counts of fraud, obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy, and more. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Rest in peace, Avijit Roy—a free thinking Bangladeshi-American blogger from Alpharetta / Be realistic about Indian cuisine: get out of our small world and assimilate with other cultures. Read more »

Will Baby Boomers Ever Truly Retire?

A majority of boomers expect to work in their sixties and seventies, and that expectation may reflect their desire for engagement rather than any economic desperation. Here are tips to note. Read more »

The Business of Managing Employees

Running a successful business isn’t just about profits and losses—it’s often about managing people, especially employees. Most problems can be avoided by following good employment practices. Read more »

Lung disease needn’t be a downer

Regular and careful exercise can help you stay fit and improve the quality of life. For lung disease or asthma, your health care provider may suggest various support programs and types of exercise. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

H1B Cap Reached Early and Lottery Completed / H1B Rule Clarified for Change of Work Location / USCIS Workload Transfer to Manage Caseloads / VISA PREFERENCE NUMBERS FOR MAY 2015. Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW

Dibakar Banerjee’s take on one of the most iconic characters of Indian television, detective Byomkesh Bakshi—sorry, Bakshy! is set in war-torn Calcutta of the early 1940s. Stylish, detailed, see it! Read more »

QUOTA of QUOTES

Quotes from an ethical art director, an actress on acting, an actress on depression, an ethical comedian, an ethical editor, and a comedian going after the person or idea that has power. Read more »

Seventh grader is Georgia geography bee champ

Vibhav Kanyadan, a seventh-grader from Marietta, was commended for his “personality and brains” when he topped 103 students to win the 2015 National Geographic State Bee (GeoBee) competition. 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 »

Postcards from the Past

1901, Pennsylvania, third Hindu woman graduates from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania / 1961, Washington, D.C., Congressman Dalip Singh Saund / 1998, New York, woman leads taxi strike Read more »

Bondage Is an Inside Job

With self-realization you have to cut through layers of misunderstandings. Because the bondage is an inside job, you need outside help for liberation. That is where a Guru fits in. Read more »

 

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