Finding Common Sound

Finding Common Sound

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST, IT IS MUSIC TO THE EARS! When Carnatic and Hindustani mingle with Jazz, Rock, Electronica and more… when Indian classical music goes global—the resulting music is more than the sum of its parts. Check out these South Asian musicians who are tapping into their dual cultural heritage to create world music that is alchemical. Even back in the ‘60s, the Beatles incorporated maestro Ravi Shankar’s sitar in their world-famous music. Cross-hemispherical musical collaborations are nothing new, but the globalization and technology of our times has made fusion an exciting and expanding part of the contemporary music scene. We talked to some South Asians in North America who are tapping into their dual cultural heritage to create world music that is alchemical: Sriram Emani, Rajib Karmakar, Rez Abbasi, Kiran Ahluwalia, Souryadeep Bhattacharyya, Shankh Lahiri, Rini S., Neelamjit Dhillon, not to mention Chandrika Tandon, Ravish Momin, and Anoushka Shankar. Read more »

Musings: Daddy, What's It Like To Be Indian?

A chance question from her small, half-Indian son has an American mother musing over her years of marriage—and raising a large family—with a Gujarati doctor. Read more »

Living: Think Small

Supersize it! That American mindset is alive and well when it comes to houses of successful immigrants. Inspired by her years in India, the author, however, makes a case for smaller abodes. Read more »

Travel: What is Your Travel Style?

Going solo vs. with friends or family. Unplanned wanderings vs. organized itineraries.
Playing safe vs. taking a chance. There’s no one right way to discover the world, says this
seasoned traveler. Read more »

India, in Your Face—in America

We live in an abundance of Indian influences: the “Indianization” in America is going strong. Now if only the Trump camp could see immigrants differently and get in step with the times! Read more »

Letters from Readers

More Thoughts on the Kumbh Mela, by Bhagirath Majmudar, MD: looking at the composition of the water in the rivers and in ourselves, at the absence of epidemics at the Kumbh, and more. Read more »

Investing in Agreement with Your Beliefs

The case for aligning your portfolio with your outlook and worldview. Do your investment choices reflect your outlook? Are they in agreement with your values? Read more »

Contracts Can Trap the Unwary

The most important relationships that businesses have are established by contract, whether it is with employees, customers, suppliers, or service providers. It is important to have someone in your organization read each contract fully, even the dreaded fine print and boiler plate clauses. 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 Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 Completed, “Master’s” Cap Reached / H-1B Employer Data Hub Launched / Emergency Travel Rules Updated / Dates for filing, application final action Read more »

Another star kid rises… to shine

After Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor, another star kid will make her debut in Bollywood. Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia (formerly Aalia) Furniturewalla signed her first film opposite Saif Ali Khan. Read more »


Quotes from John McCain's Bangladeshi-Am daughter; Atlanta's Rakesh Patel, re peanut allergy and airlines; acid attack survivor; actor John Abraham on patriotism; smart twins; Lilly Singh's late-night show. Read more »

Abha Rai wins UGA grant to study domestic violence

Abha Rai, a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at UGA, received a grant for gathering data on the perceptions of domestic violence in South Asian communities, including Atlanta and Chicago. Read more »


WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, & WHY / BOOKS: Samira Ahmed’s novel Internment for young readers; Anita Desai’s The Village by the Sea; Krishna Gubili's Viriah: history; Qurratulain Hyder’s novel River of Fire. Read more »

Talk Time: The Right Art-itude

GRAPHIC NOVEL TO BE MADE INTO ANIMATED MUSICAL FEATURE FILM. Interview with Nidhi Chanani, whose magical graphic novel "Pashmina" involves a young girl’s search for her roots in India. Read more »

Love: It’s What You Are

Love comes from within, not from above. If you divide the world into right and wrong, yours and not yours, your love becomes enslaved to external situations and is no more your quality. Read more »






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