Ciao! Meet the Indian-Italians

Ciao! Meet the Indian-Italians

Despite its modest size, the Indian diaspora in Italy is quite visible. One town near Rome, Lavinio, is called ‘Love-India’ by the Italians, thanks to the surprisingly large Indian population that’s settled here. There are gurudwaras and langar prasad, bhangra and Bollywood. It’s no surprise to stumble across a Nagar Kirtan procession here. Or for that matter, a kabaddi match. Traveling around Italy, I found desis in their new habitat: farmers, promoters of Italian culture, and as tourists visiting the country. Punjabi farmers now dominate the mozzarella trade, and Keralite priests, nuns, and nurses are familiar faces in churches and hospitals in Italy. There are restaurant workers, those working in different UN organizations, spouses of Italians, students, and also some who are in the spacedesign industry. Bollywood has arrived, with an Indian film festival and dance schools. Yoga is also popular. What do the countries have in common? A love of history and art and a strong family-oriented culture. Read more »

Films: A Charmer about Young Love amidst Culture Clash

GROWING UP SMITH: YOUNG LOVE & FITTING IN. Strong performances, polished filmmaking override the stereotyping. An endearing film, as Indian themes and characters continue their rise in US movies. Read more »

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Travel: Junglee Days: Humbled by the Deep Forest

SUSHEELA SRINIVAS's Bengaluru may be congested and noisy, but its proximity to wildlife sanctuaries allows her to go on exciting and humbling safaris, and restful stays at lodges and resorts. Read more »

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Indiascope: An Interim Perspective on Demonetization

‘Notebandi,’ as the Modi government’s demonetization exercise is called in India, stunned the nation and caused chaos. Will the sudden withdrawal of 86% of India’s currency be beneficial? Read more »

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Of Media Bias and Responsibility in the Age of Trump

The role of media does not end with informative reporting. Commentary and op-eds make media the Fourth Pillar of democracy: keeping a watchful eye on the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Nostalgia in November (“To America by Sea,” “The Disappearance of America’s Noble Savages,” “Raising the Third Generation”) / Waiting for the real India (“When Paper Money Becomes ... Just Paper”) Read more »

Saving $1 Million for Retirement

How many of us will retire with $1 million or more in savings? More of us ought to—in fact,
more of us may need to, given inflation and the rising cost of health care. Here are some tips. Read more »

Business Trends to Watch in 2017

In 2017, the face and type of businesses will change as a significant number of baby boomers exit the workforce while an even greater number of millennials enter it. Here are the trends. Read more »

Fundamentals of Eating Right

The key to a long, healthy life is this: Get the exercise you need with 10,000 steps & adding weights, and eat whole unprocessed foods with controlled calories and a focus on protein & fiber. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Descriptions of two proposed acts: BRIDGE Act, to provide temporary protection to DACA, and the SAFE Act, which adds tough immigration enforcement measures. Old and new forms and dates of acceptance. Read more »

Family & friends celebrate as Salman turns 51

Salman Khan rang in his 51st birthday with family and friends, including rumored girlfriend Lulia Vantur. Baby nephew Ahil was there, and guests were given his Being Human necklaces as return gifts. Read more »

Good Sports: MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

India’s P.V. Sindhu, who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics and her first Super Series title, received Most Improved Player Award from the Badminton World Federation in Dubai. Read more »

Dr. Shruti Sharma receives $1.5 million grant

Dr. Shruti Sharma, a researcher at the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine of Augusta University, has received a $1.5 million grant to study diabetes-related blindness. Read more »

Quiz, Fruit & Tree Girls, Mayors, Madam's & Mother's Museums, Little India, Books

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, & WHY / FRUIT AND TREE GIRLS / MAYORS, NOW AND THEN / MADAME’S AND MOTHER’S MUSEUMS / LITTLE INDIA OR LITTLE SOUTH ASIA? / BOOKS Read more »

How Yoga Intrigued America in the 1920s

In the early 1900s, with few South Asians in the USA, America had fantastic ideas about yoga’s power and the itinerant men from India who taught it. Yoga even played a part in an impeachment! Read more »

How to Get Rid of Bad Habits

How to get rid of bad habits? Good habits, bad habits—all habits are bad. You need to work on becoming conscious. Intention does not bring change, only consciousness does. Read more »

 

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