The Uppity Immigrant

The Uppity Immigrant

MAXIMUM MEHTA ON IMMIGRATION: In an interview, author Suketu Mehta, while making an impassioned case for immigrants, doesn’t mince his words when he talks about Trump and his enablers. “Any Indian who supports Trump should get his head examined,” he says. He tells us why a changing America (the “browning of America”) shouldn’t be feared, and why it’s actually a source of strength. Suketu Mehta’s latest book, with a title that pays homage to Woody Guthrie’s famous folk anthem, is a hard-hitting rebuttal to those who declare that America today is not a land of immigrants. The book was prompted by the 2016 U.S. election. Mehta talks about the contributions of immigrants, both low- and high-skilled; the impact of colonialism; his concerns about the recent troubling events in India, especially Kashmir; the idea of citizenship and community; the NGO that he started, called the Maximum Child Trust, for Indian children; and why he remains hopeful. Read more »

Spirit: American Kirtankar, Krishna Das

KRISHNA DAS: MASTER OF KIRTANS. The Grammy-nominated Das, who was part of Atlanta’s ChantLanta 2019, talks about his spiritual journey, why Americans connect with kirtans, and more. Read more »

Films: Rock Solid

Actor, musician, and director FARHAN AKHTAR is back with "The Sky Is Pink." At the Toronto International Film Festival, he spoke to Khabar about Hindi film actors playing misogynistic roles, and more. Read more »

IndiaScope: Rallying in Houston

An enormous rally in Texas welcomed Prime Minister Modi and also featured President Trump. Around 50,000 people displayed their cultural pride. What does that mean in this political environment? Read more »

The Kashmir Conundrum Is Now a Hornet’s Nest

When it comes to India’s approach towards Kashmir, what matters is, where do Kashmiris themselves stand? A forceful occupation would prove India’s democracy a sham, and may ensnare for decades. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Memories of Mumbai Railways / Cinema: 3 Idiots and beyond / Kashmir: Repealing article 370 Read more »

Health Insurance Options for Georgia in 2020

This is when people without group health benefits have to find the most affordable health insurance for next year. There's Medicare, Obamacare, alternatives, and short term medical. Read more »

Should You Make Your Employee Your Partner?

Employers, especially in smaller and mid-size companies, are finding challenges to retain good employees. Bringing in one or more employees as an owner can provide that additional benefit. Read more »

Health: Fad diets aren’t the solution— what’s better?

HOW TO BE SLIM AND TRIM THIS SUMMER: Faddish diets are not the solution for losing weight and staying fit, but there are other ways to do it. Why Keto, Paleo, and other fad diets are not magic pills. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

Judges Block New “Public Charge” Law / Policy Guidance on OPT/Work Relationship / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES & DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS FOR November 2019 Read more »

Ranbir turns 37, Alia bakes his favorite cake

Ranbir Kapoor turned 37 on September 28, and Alia Bhatt baked him his favorite pineapple cake. Ranbir also threw a party at his Bandra home for his parents and close friends. Read more »


The Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers played two preseason games in Mumbai in October, the first NBA exhibition games in India. Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé led the venture to bring the NBA to India. Read more »

Anjali Enjeti wins SAJA Award again

Anjali Enjeti has earned her second “Outstanding Story on Any Subject” award from South Asian Journalists Association, this time for her article on Georgia's suppression of Asian American voters. Read more »


Briefs / BOOKS: Harbart (Sahitya Akademi Award winner); The Optimist’s Telescope (avoiding risks); The Girl and the Tiger (at home in the jungle); The Best at It (by Maulik Pancholy of 30 Rock). Read more »

STEAMing Ahead

ANITA AYSOLA: STEAM, NOT STEM. A math teacher at an Atlanta high school is also a rising musician who teaches songwriting to her students. Her "Heartbeat” anthem protests Georgia’s abortion law. Read more »

Why Vegetarian or Vegetarianism?

What you eat should depend not on what you think about it, or on your values and ethics, but on what the body wants. See how your body feels after eating the food. Try 30-40% raw fruits and vegetables. Read more »






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