Confluence of Cultures

Confluence of Cultures

INSPIRING ARTISTES WHO BRING CULTURES TOGETHER: Multiculturalism is on the defense in this period of polarization. But as the inventive chef, dancers, and musicians profiled here show, when different cultures coexist, we see not only creative cross-pollination but also gain a better understanding of others. These folks redefine what it means to be a citizen today. They showcase their North American upbringing and their Indian heritage. The result? A fresh perspective that entertains, inspires, and redefines the very essence of Indian-American culture. There’s Portobello mushrooms with garam masala. Sublime Carnatic ragas blended smartly with jazz and electronica. Good old bhangra amped up with hip-hop, pop rock, and Bollywood. It’s fusion, creativity, and fun. Meet New York twin dancers Riya and Sara Kapoor; violinist, vocalist, and composer Harini Raghavan of the group Rini; Canadian restaurant owner Vikram Vij; Sameer Gupta, percussionist of American jazz on drum set, and Indian classical music on tabla; and the two-decade-old Cornell Bhangra. Read more »

Culinary Meditations: Seeds of Memory, Flavor, Tradition, and Comfort

There are various easy ways to cook mung beans. Yet, for decades I wondered why mother chose the tedious and my least favorite way. Then I recognized the meditative quality of preparing this dish. Read more »

Health: Is Our Desi Infatuation with Ghee and Coconut Oil Healthy?

ARE GHEE & COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR YOU? Moderation would be better for South Asians. South Asians have restricted their use of the two ingredients to curries and the occasional ghee parathas. Read more »

Heritage: What Is Ganesh Doing in Buddhist Thailand?

THE CALL OF GANESH … IN THAILAND. Thailand is known for its Buddhist temples, but a traveler also makes surprising discoveries of Hinduism’s influence and insights into how cultures migrate and evolve. Read more »

Why What Happens to IACA Matters to the Community at Large

IACA (India American Cultural Association) was the first Indian organization in Atlanta, and represented the Indian community. Now it is in trouble. Losing it would be a huge loss for the community. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Sad spectacle of infighting not surprising (3 letters about the editorial on IACA's problems) / A little girl in Kashmir / Bollywood should look at using comic book superheroes. Read more »

The Major 2018 Federal Tax Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made dramatic changes to federal tax law. It is worth reviewing some of these changes as 2019 approaches and households and businesses refine their income tax strategies. Read more »

Restrictive Covenants – Effective or Unenforceable?

Noncompete, nonsolicitation, and nondisclosure agreements (“restrictive covenants”) protect the business interests of the employer. Limiting time, scope, and coverage increases effectiveness. Read more »

Overcoming Metabolic Syndrome

South Asians are prone to a group of risk factors causing metabolic syndrome. Resistance training (or strength training) has been shown to offer protection. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Unlawful presence rules for students and visitors / Incorrectly dated green cards recalled / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES—JUNE 2018 / DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS—JUNE 2018 Read more »

Janhvi Kapoor the cynosure of all eyes at National Awards

Sridevi's family were at the National Film Awards to receive the Best Actress award on behalf of their mother for her performance in the film Mom. Janhvi wore one of her mom's sarees. Read more »


In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Vijay Amritraj was India’s biggest tennis star. Cinestaan Film Company will make an Amritraj biopic, which is expected to show the impact of his parents on his success. Read more »

Budding entrepreneurs win big at TYE Pitch Competition

TiE Atlanta’s Youth Entrepreneurship (TYE) Pitch Competition had two winners: Bye-Bye WiFi (5 high school students) for a paint primer for children’s rooms; Atramento (college) for tattoos. Read more »

Quiz, Screen Indians--looking back & looking ahead, the first Indian-American, car bumps, books

Quiz, Screen Indians then & now, the first Indian-American, car bumps, books: YA novel by Nisha Sharma, cookbook by Deepa Thomas, middle-school story by Atlanta's Aisha Saeed, Vivek Wadhwa’s new book. Read more »

Talk Time: Reel Stories on Marriage Matters

Smriti Mundhra’s latest film, A Suitable Girl, co-directed with Sarita Khurana, focuses on Indian young women struggling to maintain identities and follow dreams amid intense pressure to get married. Read more »

How Meditation Can Save the Earth

Meditation can do wonders for an individual’s wellbeing, but can it save the planet? On Earth Day, Sadhguru explained: meditation provides experience that you are not separate from the Earth. Read more »






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