Music Maestros

Music Maestros

In the quarter century that he has been around, composer A. R. Rahman, known sometimes as the “Mozart of Madras,” has taken the Indian music world by storm, and has also gone international with it. A natural genius, a prolific source of super hit film songs, Rahman, one can tell, loves to play with sound, likes to experiment and push the envelope, and yet manages to craft music that wins over the masses. In this exclusive interview, the maestro speaks on his craft, managing audience expectations, and some of the quirkier moments of his multifaceted career. Padma Vibhushan Dr. K. J. Yesudas inspires awe with both his musical talent as well as his evolved being. In Atlanta for a fundraising concert, the legendary singer of film songs, and in recent years, increasingly of soulful devotional songs, spoke to Khabar about his illustrious career, and his thoughts on religion, spirituality, and trends in contemporary music. Read more »

Comedy: Amit Tandon Kills It with Clean Comedy

Brilliant at mining everyday life for laughs, this naturally talented funny man, who recently performed in Atlanta, could be seen as the Jerry Seinfeld of India. Read more »

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Film: The Mighty Queen & the Lowly Servant

Is 'Victoria and Abdul' distasteful Raj nostalgia or simply a portrayal of a genuine and gallant friendship between the Queen of England and one of her Indian attendants? Read more »

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Parenting: The Great Indian-American Ivy League Assembly Line

THE ACADEMIC ASSEMBLY LINE: Are parents going to extremes—like hiring expensive counselors before high school!—in a misguided attempt to get their kids into top
colleges? Read more »

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Don’t Mess with India’s Secularism!

The Hindu hardliners that Modi enables could push India towards theocracy. He is flirting with what can ruin his agenda and legacy—the Hindu Right. If we lose secularism, we lose the soul of India. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Was Partition worth the suffering? / An Indian Christian’s perspective on the BJP government / Khabar now available at Whole Foods. Read more »

Questions after the Equifax Breach

Consumers may be at risk for many years. When a pillar of worldwide credit reporting has its data stolen twice in five months, we can't be too trusting of online security. Read more »

Managing Conflicts in the Workplace

Most of us spend a lot of time with our colleagues, which can result in conflicts among employees and between employees and management. Such conflicts can affect everyone--how to manage? Read more »

Practice Mindful Eating During Holidays

The average American typically gains several pounds during the holiday season. Parties, sweets, and drinks can be a trap. Here are some tips to help you enjoy without weight gain. Read more »

Immigration News Briefs

H-1B Premium Processing Resumes // “Preconceived Intent” Rule // Work Authorization Form and SSN Request // APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES and DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS—NOVEMBER 2017 Read more »

Big B turns 75 with a midnight bash in Maldives!

Amitabh Bachchan turned 75 on October 11, and his family made it a memorable birthday on the beach and a yacht in the Maldives! The only person missing was Big B’s grandson, Agastya. Read more »

Good Sports: FIVE PLAYERS IN WORLD TOP 20

Five Indians are in the Top 20 in the Badminton World Federation’s men’s singles rankings. No other country has more players in the Top 20 than India. It's a great talent pool! Read more »

Softpath Recognized by Women Presidents’ Organization

Sushumna Roy Jalajam’s Softpath System, LLC is among the year’s 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.™ She was felicitated by Women Presidents’ Organization-Atlanta chapter. Read more »

Quiz, Shalom Bombay, The Guru & the CEO, Films & Food, Indian-Americans

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY / SHALOM BOMBAY: A FORGOTTEN STORY / THE GURU AND THE CEO / CRAZY ABOUT FILMS AND FOOD / SURVEY OF INDIAN-AMERICANS. Read more »

Anti-Immigrant Sentiments 100 Years Ago and Now

America, land of immigrants, has often turned against immigrants: e.g. Japanese internment and Trump whipping up anti-Mexican sentiments. For Indians, it was the Immigration Act of 1917. Read more »

Is My Mind Really Against Me?

The mind is not the problem; you just don’t know how to handle it. You have identified yourself with so many things that you are not; dismantle your identifications so you can use your mind. Read more »

 

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