An Indian-American Journey

An Indian-American Journey

RAJIV SATYAL’S INDIAN-AMERICAN JOURNEY: A comedian’s jovial and touching personal essay about family, community, and identity. With about four million of us Indians in America, no stereotype, let alone a single narrative can capture the essence of our dynamic and diverse community. Yet, comedian Rajiv Satyal’s intimate and inspiring portrayal of his family’s American journey provides a fairly representative snapshot of our journey, identity, and place in the U.S. He tells his theories on being comfortable in America, and on differences between pre-1984 and now on assimilation, learning languages, and mixing with other Indian communities. He tells how he felt after making the “I AM INDIAN” video, and why he made the “I AM AMERICAN” video. Also, in an illuminating interview, Satyal shares more about his bicultural identity with nuggets like, “In high school, I didn’t think of myself as the Brown Ferris Bueller. I thought of myself as Ferris Bueller.” Read more »

Recipes: Two Dishes from Dishoom

DISHOOM’S CUISINE: Two recipes—Prawn Moilee and Pineapple Crumble—from a book brought out by a U.K.-based restaurant chain, Dishoom, that pays homage to the Irani cafés and the food of Bombay. Read more »


TRAVEL: ALONE IN BERLIN. A former Lufthansa flight attendant takes us on a fascinating trip to a city that’s rich in history and culture. Berlin (Germany) is not Bhatinda (India), she found! Read more »

IndiaScope: New Challenges in the New Decade

How did India fare in the first two decades of the 21st century? And what are its prospects
for the near future? A State of the Nation report, as we leave the ’10s behind and usher
in the ’20s. 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

Further thoughts on Partition / Emphasize the president’s good points / Weighing in on the Ayodhya decision Read more »

Measuring the Value of a Financial Advisor

A 2019 study by Vanguard, one of the world’s largest money managers, concludes that a relationship with a financial advisor, especially an independent one, can make a difference for investors. Read more »

Cybersecurity Basics for Small Business Owners

Cyberattacks in 2018 probably cost the U.S. over $2.7B in damages. Small companies are especially vulnerable, and large companies expect their vendors and service providers to take precautions. 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 »

Significant Fee Increases Proposed

A proposed DHS rule would increase filing fees and would impose new filing and fee requirements for many immigration cases. The final rule should include an effective date. Read more »

It’s been raining awards for Priyanka Chopra

It’s been raining awards for Priyanka Chopra Jonas: the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF Ball, then at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival for her outstanding contribution to cinema. Read more »


India’s G. S. Lakshmi, 51, is the first woman on the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and first female cricket referee to oversee a men’s One-Day International. Read more »

Goldwater Scholarship for Shweta Mudelagundi

Shwetha Mudalegundi, a University of Miami senior double majoring in neuroscience and public health, has received the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation award. Read more »


Briefs / BOOKS: A Delhi Obsession (Canadian Muslim meets Hindu woman); The Story of a Goat (from Tamil); Dishoom: From Bombay with Love (recipes, memories, photos); Orange for the Sunsets (Uganda, middle school). Read more »

Doctor of Determination

DR. VEENA RAO: THE CANCER FIGHTER. Talk Time has a new host, and her first interview is with a professor at Morehouse College who was awarded a $100,000 grant for her breast cancer research. Read more »

The Myth of Head versus Heart

People say their head leads them in one direction and their heart in another. In yoga, we say, you are one. Thought and feeling are not different. One is dry. Another is juicy. Enjoy both. Read more »






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