Destiny’s Daughter

Destiny’s Daughter

Daughters of Destiny, a Netflix documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth, is an eye-opening, moving, and highly inspiring look at Shanti Bhavan, a pioneering boarding school in Bangalore, India. Started by Dr. Abraham George, an Indian-American who moved back to India to pursue his calling, Shanti Bhavan serves economically and socially disadvantaged children. Shilpa Raj, one such child, and one of the lead subjects featured in the Netflix documentary, is a shining product of Shanti Bhavan. Here are insights on Shilpa’s life and her transfixing memoir The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter, followed by our exclusive interview with her. Sadly, Shilpa’s sister Kavya could not attend Shanti Bhavan and ended up by taking her own life. If the Raj family history is India’s caste history writ small, then perhaps Shanti Bhavan’s educational dream can be an international inspiration for the world to do better by all of our Kavyas and Shilpas. Read more »

Spotlight: A Life of Startups

K. P. REDDY: A VISIONARY ENTREPRENEUR. KP’s start-up ventures began when he was a teen. His string of successes, chronicled in his recent book, shows no sign of ending. Here is an interview. Read more »

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Politics: Standing up for their Beliefs

HEADING TO CONGRESS IN 2018, HOPEFULLY: Minority groups and other concerned citizens are
showing unprecedented interest in the upcoming midterm elections. Khabar talks to four candidates. Read more »

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Awareness: A Bhoova for Your Schizophrenia?

TACKLING MENTAL ILLNESS WITH COMPASSION: Dealing with mental illness is hard for South Asians, given the stigma associated with it. How can we overcome such archaic beliefs? Read more »

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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

Will Atlanta’s oldest Indian association save itself? / An Indian-American pioneer / Reflections on rituals of dating and mating / Understanding rape: Hook-up culture or social conditioning? Read more »

Annuities for Retirement Income

An income stream you cannot outlive. That sums up the appeal of an annuity. If you are interested in steady retirement income (and the potential to defer taxes), you might want to look at the potential offered by annuities. Before making the leap, however, understand how they work. Read more »

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

A good bit of the success of small business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporate executives depends on their ability to cultivate strong relationships with a varied cross section of people— clients, suppliers, peers, etc. 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

H-1B Cap Random Selection for FY 2019 Completed, upturn in denials / Members of Congress Support H-4 EADs, urge DHS not to terminate program allowing certain H-4 spouses to obtain H-4 EAD. Read more »

Madhuri Dixit steps into Sridevi’s shoes

Madhuri Dixit Nene has stepped into Sridevi’s shoes for Karan Johar’s next production, as yet untitled, to be directed by Abhishek Varman. Read more »

Good Sports: PAES SETS DAVIS CUP RECORD

Almost 45 years old, Leander Paes continues to win matches and solidify his status as the most successful Indian tennis player ever. He is the only Indian to win an Olympic medal in tennis. Read more »

Mehul Bhagat is speaker at Emory diploma ceremony

A scholar, musician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Mehul Bhagat is the 2018 class orator and the only student to speak at the diploma ceremony this month at the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Read more »

Quiz, Curry, Skilled Workers, The Epics, Time Zones, Books

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, & WHY / CURRY NOT IN A HURRY / SKILLED WORKERS IN LIMBO / BRINGING THE EPICS TO LIFE / INDIA’S TIME ZONES / BOOK MATTERS Read more »

Talk Time: Media Mogul

Raju Narisetti has had stints at publications like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post—and he was, until recently, the CEO of Gizmodo Media Group. Narisetti, who has degrees in economics and business management, founded Mint, India’s second-largest business newspaper by circulation. Read more »

Are Yogis Doing Anything about the Violence in the World?

Sadhguru responds to a question: Why is there so much violence and suffering in the world? Why are the yogis not doing their bit? Why is Adiyogi going to sleep when he is needed most? Read more »

 

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