Mumbai Railways: The Great Leveler

Mumbai Railways: The Great Leveler

STORIES FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S BUSIEST RAILWAYS: While only the hardy and the foolhardy seek out Mumbai’s suburban trains during rush hour, this immense arterial network is indispensable for the city. Over 2,500 rail services transport close to 8 million passengers daily! It is a gritty world of hardened daily commuters and occasional riders in awe of the massive system. As if the bone-crushing rush hour were not difficult enough, the world of Mumbai trains has its share of the bleak. There is grime, not to mention grim accidents—but there are also endearing stories of friendship, romance, and camaraderie. It’s a fascinating world of unique sights, sounds, and characters—passengers, vendors, performers, and more. Above all, it’s a great leveler transporting the poorest of the poor to prosperous businessmen to professionals in ties and jackets. We also tell you about the first motor woman on the city’s railway network, and, of course, the dabbawalas. Read more »

Article 370: A Way Forward for India and Pakistan

California-based Jeevan Zutshi is a leader of the Kashmir Task Force, California Chapter of Kashmiri Overseas Association, and Indo-American Kashmir Forum. He supports revocation of Article 370. Read more »

Films: Bend It Like Bruce

INTERVIEW with acclaimed filmmaker GURINDER CHADHA: Inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s music, Chadha’s film Blinded by the Light about a British-Pakistani teen is a tale of family and dreams. Read more »

Books: Settled & Unsettled: A Reflection in Migration’s Mirror

TALES FROM AN IN-BETWEEN WORLD: Literary writing enables you to see yourself. These short stories show how, as immigrants, we navigate our different worlds with varying degrees of success. 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

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A Retirement Fact Sheet

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Is It Time to Use Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI), defined by Merriam-Webster as “the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behavior,” is one of the fastest growing technologies being implemented by businesses today. Read more »

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

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Immigration News Briefs

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas turns 37 surrounded by love … and cake

Priyanka Chopra turned 37 with Nick Jonas, his family, and their friends in Miami. Priyanka’s mother and cousin, actress Parineeti Chopra were there--and a five-tier cake and yacht party! Read more »


The name "Amritraj" has returned to tennis again, this time through marriage. Anand’s son, Stephen, a former professional tennis player, married current pro Alison Riske, #37 in the world. Read more »

Ameya Jadhav, National Champion at Excel Tournament

Ameya Jadhav, a senior at Denmark High School, Alpharetta, Georgia was named National Champion of the ISOGRAD/FBLA TOSA Excel Tournament. TOSA stands for Test on Software Applications. Read more »


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The Youth Whisperer

Nandini Bajpai has received rave reviews for her novels, a hybrid of both desi and American experiences. She writes for young adults. Her latest novel is called "A Match Made in Mehendi." Read more »

How Not to Turn Advantages into Disadvantages

Family, affluence, and education are examples of how anything that is created for your well-being can be turned into a disadvantage: Educated people are the ones who are destroying the planet right now. Read more »






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