Pursuing Passions

Pursuing Passions

Playing instruments, battling abuse, making art, shaping music, creating drama, saving animals…these aren’t typical professions. But the six desis profiled here aren’t typical. When they reached the proverbial fork in the road, there was little doubt about which path they wanted to follow. For them, making a living is no different from living their dream. In a fast-changing world, career choices will never be the same again. Unconventional jobs, far removed from the usual 9-to-5 grind, can be fun and soul-satisfying. It can also mean a lot of hard work, learning to forge your own way, and discovering strengths you never knew you had. These six young men and women tell us what it takes to be different—and how to make it work. Meet HANAN RAHMAN, French horn player; SHRUTI KAPOOR, Gender equality activist; UNAIZA KARIM, Islamic art specialist; SAMEER PATEL, Associate Conductor, San Diego Symphony; MOSES DAS, Actor; and DEVANSHI KUKADIA, Wildlife biologist. Read more »

Festive: Diwali at Times Square

Take part in the revelries in New York. Wildly boisterous Bhangra troupes, power-packed Bollywood entertainment, and an Indian mela, ring in Diwali at the ‘crossroads of the world.’ Read more »

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Youth: A Local Teen in the People’s Republic

To know a language well is to also know its country of origin. SAMANYU KOTHAPETA, who has been learning Mandarin since sixth grade, won a scholarship to study in China. He shares his experiences. Read more »

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Travel: Soak, Sip, and Be Spirited Away: a Sri Lankan Odyssey!

RENEWAL AFTER RUIN IN SRI LANKA: A sumptuous tour of India’s pearl-shaped neighbor. After enduring a brutal civil war and a devastating tsunami, it is rising to meet 21st century challenges. Read more »

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Don’t Mess with India’s Secularism!

The Hindu hardliners that Modi enables could push India towards theocracy. He is flirting with what can ruin his agenda and legacy—the Hindu Right. If we lose secularism, we lose the soul of India. Read more »

Letters from Readers

“Sickular” editorial? (on secularism in India) / A bold and appropriate editorial on secularism / Indians and tipping in restaurants Read more »

Has Your Identity Been Stolen?

Keep an eye out for these signs of identity theft. If you suspect any of these problems of fraud or cybercrime may be happening to you, here are tips on who to contact to file reports. Read more »

How to Use Noncompete Agreements

Noncompetition agreements, or covenants not to compete, are agreements made for several reasons. This article describes how they can be useful, how to avoid problems, and what to consider. Read more »

Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Activities such as jogging, walking, or biking will make a difference when they are done with enough intensity so that your heart beats in the range of 50 to 85 percent of its maximum rate. Read more »

DACA: Frequently Asked Questions

On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be phased out in six months and Congress to pass a solution for the “Dreamers.” Read more »

Kajol, Ajay to reunite on the big screen after seven years

Kajol and Ajay Devgn will star together after seven years, in a film helmed by the Parineeta director, Pradeep Sarkar. And Kajol and Karan Johar have decided to bury the hatchet and party! Read more »

Good Sports: NATIONAL TEAM COACH

Roy Rana, head basketball coach at Ryerson University in Toronto, was appointed head coach of Canada's men’s basketball team. He is the first Indo-Canadian and visible minority in the position. Read more »

Bhagirath Majmudar, M.D. receives Georgia ObGyn Award

The Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society has honored Dr. Bhagirath Majmudar with its Distinguished Service Award, for his outstanding contributions to clinical medicine and women's health. Read more »

Quiz, Unsung Destinations, Mauritius, Cleaning Beaches, Children's Books

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY / HIDDEN OR UNSUNG DESTINATIONS / PASSAGE TO MAURITIUS / CLEANING BEACHES, BOTTLE BY BOTTLE / CHILDREN’S BOOKS. Read more »

Anti-Immigrant Sentiments 100 Years Ago and Now

America, land of immigrants, has often turned against immigrants: e.g. Japanese internment and Trump whipping up anti-Mexican sentiments. For Indians, it was the Immigration Act of 1917. Read more »

Fortunate Misfortunes

The spiritual process is not about causing a particular event, but about causing a certain way of being, that whatever the situation, it turns into a fortune. If so-called misfortunes strike, look again. Read more »

 

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