Crafting Stories about Identity and Roots

Crafting Stories about Identity and Roots

LEADING INDIAN AUTHORS SHARE INSIGHTS ON IDENTITY: Identity is such a complicated word, evoking many emotions—and the untangling of roots is a complex task, involving many strands—that we often need help. The notable authors featured here shed light on our inner selves. These popular authors flex their Indian cultural identity across the rich terrain of their writings. They have addressed issues surrounding immigration, cultural identity, race and assimilation in a new land, and nostalgia about the motherland left behind. There’s career diplomat Shashi Tharoor; food writer and actress Madhur Jaffrey; Professor of Creative Writing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; Pulitzer prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri; Booker prize winner Kiran Desai; author of the popular Under Her Skin and children’s book Mama’s Saris, Pooja Makhijani; short story writer and teacher at Columbia and Yale, Nalini Jones; and writer with a Maoist rebel protagonist, Nabina Das—who says, “all our stories need to be told.” Read more »

Commentary: Is This America?

LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FACE HARSH REALITIES: Green Card holders, and even perhaps naturalized Citizens, are no longer safe from the assault on immigrants that the Trump administration has unleashed. Read more »

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Postcards: Lala Lajpat Rai at Niagara Falls in 1905

"THE LION OF PUNJAB" AT NIAGARA FALLS: Freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai made two trips to the USA. During one of those trips, in 1905, he mused poetically on Niagara Falls, nature, and man. Read more »

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Insights: How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Coming?

HOW WE CAN LEARN THE ART OF HAPPINESS? Two essays, a perspective by Dr. Uma Majmudar and a prescription by Geeta Mehrotra, show us the possibilities of where and how to find true happiness. Read more »

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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

Letters to the editor: LGBTQs can draw strength from Feroza’s story / Is white racism, insecurity responsible for Trumpism? / Teaching boys and men to behave appropriately / Prejudices & racism Read more »

Tax Scams and Schemes

The “dirty dozen” favored by criminals and cheats: criminals try to scam taxpayers, and some taxpayers try to cheat on their taxes. These cons occur year-round. Here are the 12 biggest offenses. Read more »

Business Trends for 2019

Economists expect some growth in 2019. Here are some trends: The Virtual Assistant, Issue Oriented Marketing and Taking a Stand, Data Collection and Security, and Personalization of Services. 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

Effect of Government Shutdown on Immigration / Immigration Courts Suffer Backlog / New USCIS Tool Calculates Fees, Helps Avoid Incorrect Payments / Application Filing & Final Action Dates Read more »

Wedding bells for Farhan Akhtar again?

Birthdays: Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar were at Farhan’s 45th birthday bash. Hrithik Roshan's 45th was with ex-wife Suzanne Khan, and Sonali Bendre's 44th on break from cancer treatment. Read more »

Good Sports: ROSA PARKS TRAILBLAZER

After Gurinder Singh Khalsa was asked to remove his turban at an airport security checkpoint, his efforts led to a policy change at the TSA and to the Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award. Read more »

Budding author Navya Sarikonda shares her passion for writing

Navya Sarikonda is a young author from Atlanta who began her first novel, The Enchanters’ Child, when she was twelve--and has now published it. Navya has also written several short stories. Read more »

Who What Where When Why, Freedom Movement, More RIP, Books

Briefs / THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT / RIP: REMEMBERING MORE PASSINGS IN 2018 / BOOK MATTERS: The Bridge Home; Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship; The Twice-Born... Ganges; The Far Field Read more »

Queen of Curry

Nandita Godbole's "Ten Thousand Tongues" is a bittersweet story inspired by real people, about biases, discrimination, actions, perseverance, risk, success, and the importance of family and food. Read more »

How to Change Your Life: A New You

It’s the new year. Do you need a new "you”? Sadhguru offers a process to change your life, and create a powerful sense of inner well-being to carry you through any sort of external situation. Read more »

 

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