The Uppity Immigrant

The Uppity Immigrant

MAXIMUM MEHTA ON IMMIGRATION: In an interview, author Suketu Mehta, while making an impassioned case for immigrants, doesn’t mince his words when he talks about Trump and his enablers. “Any Indian who supports Trump should get his head examined,” he says. He tells us why a changing America (the “browning of America”) shouldn’t be feared, and why it’s actually a source of strength. Suketu Mehta’s latest book, with a title that pays homage to Woody Guthrie’s famous folk anthem, is a hard-hitting rebuttal to those who declare that America today is not a land of immigrants. The book was prompted by the 2016 U.S. election. Mehta talks about the contributions of immigrants, both low- and high-skilled; the impact of colonialism; his concerns about the recent troubling events in India, especially Kashmir; the idea of citizenship and community; the NGO that he started, called the Maximum Child Trust, for Indian children; and why he remains hopeful. Read more »

People: The Unstoppable, Unflappable Neena Gupta

A CHAT WITH ACTRESS NEENA GUPTA, 60 and going strong. "Badhaai Ho" won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. "The Last Color" won her Best Actress award in Boston and was screened at the UN. Read more »

My Turn: Keeping the Faith

RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS. Taking an interest in other people’s beliefs doesn't mean we want to convert. We can honor other religions' festivals. "Othering" only weakens humanity by dividing us. Read more »

Travel: Southern Splendor

CHENNAI: CONSERVATIVE AND COOL. India’s third largest city, with a Southern vibe, embraces modernity without losing its old-fashioned charm. There's music, temples, shops, and beaches to enjoy. 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

Memories of Mumbai Railways / Cinema: 3 Idiots and beyond / Kashmir: Repealing article 370 Read more »

Health Insurance Options for Georgia in 2020

This is when people without group health benefits have to find the most affordable health insurance for next year. There's Medicare, Obamacare, alternatives, and short term medical. Read more »

Should You Make Your Employee Your Partner?

Employers, especially in smaller and mid-size companies, are finding challenges to retain good employees. Bringing in one or more employees as an owner can provide that additional benefit. 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 »

Immigration News Briefs

Judges Block New “Public Charge” Law / Policy Guidance on OPT/Work Relationship / APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES & DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS FOR November 2019 Read more »

Deepika to romance Ajay, not Ranbir, in love triangle?

Luv Ranjan’s new film brings Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn together for the first time. Its leading lady Deepika Padukone may not be Ranbir’s love interest--she may romance Ajay on screen. Read more »


From 4am to 9:30am, outside a railway station, Ashwini Shenoy Shah and her husband, both MBA graduates, help their maid by selling the food she has cooked, before going to their regular jobs. Read more »

Dr. Veena N. Rao receives $100,000 grant for breast cancer research

Dr. Veena N. Rao, Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, has received a $100,000 grant for her breast cancer research on early detection of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Read more »


Briefs / BOOKS: Harbart (Sahitya Akademi Award winner); The Optimist’s Telescope (avoiding risks); The Girl and the Tiger (at home in the jungle); The Best at It (by Maulik Pancholy of 30 Rock). Read more »

STEAMing Ahead

ANITA AYSOLA: STEAM, NOT STEM. A math teacher at an Atlanta high school is also a rising musician who teaches songwriting to her students. Her "Heartbeat” anthem protests Georgia’s abortion law. Read more »

Why Vegetarian or Vegetarianism?

What you eat should depend not on what you think about it, or on your values and ethics, but on what the body wants. See how your body feels after eating the food. Try 30-40% raw fruits and vegetables. Read more »






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