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September 2018
Letters from Readers


Focus less on temples, and more on urgent issues

I endorse the views expressed by Mr. H. N.Ramaswamy (Readers Write, August 2018), but his letter covers one aspect only while your interview (“Consul General Nagesh Singh’s Farewell Interview,” July 2018 issue) covers wide-ranging aspects over which Mr. Singh has given very insightful remarks. While his views on business aspects would be of interest to businessmen, his views on the Indian community should interest all Indians here, especially NRIs.

His views on building of multiple temples, celebrating important national days in separate groups, etc., should be pondered by all of us here. Many of us have been talking about it in private discussions, but nothing has been mentioned in an open forum. His plea for creating an Indian Study Center in Georgia State University needs consideration. Already some groups have acted to create a Chair for the study of an Indian language in some universities. Indian-Americans in Georgia should not lag behind.

In a very short time span, Mr. Nagesh Singh has identified some points of great importance to the community, and all must rise to jointly tackle these issues in a cooperative manner. Most Indians who have come here are mostly postgraduates and earning well. They should look forward to helping the many who are badly affected by the new policies of the government, instead of lavishly spending on decorations of temples or building new temples. Another aspect which needs to be addressed is the high health costs. Quite a few families are affected by sudden health issues of the earning members. So also with decreasing Medicare and Medicaid provisions, elder care also needs to be addressed as it will be a growing problem.

J .S. Aiyar
Sugar Hill, GA

I loved the article (“Life, Reinvented,” August issue). Hopefully, you can share more stories like this about our motherland’s issues. They would encourage those who are enjoying life outside India to know more about what Indian society is facing.

Brij Singh
Hixson, TN





Quantico, talent, slavery, and small, small things

The July 2018 issue had several good topics and gave me food for thought. The editorial (Quantico, Priyanka Chopra, and the Propriety of Taking Offense") had some good points, but in my opinion unnecessarily giving importance to a Quantico episode is like boosting the publicity of the show. The writer has to choose some country other than the U.S. and he chose India, and a Hindu instead of the more popular Iran or Pakistan and a Muslim, which may have appealed more to people. I watched this show in the beginning but gave up after the few episodes because it is completely fictional and adds no value to your knowledge. I would rather ignore this kind of thing unless it becomes a regular. Priyanka Chopra’s apology was good enough for me.

The interview with Zakir Hussain told me that having a talent is not good enough; you need to be a good person and human, too. Mr. Fitzpatrick left no doubt in his Americana column that the Civil War was only for slavery, nothing else. People of the Southeast who still love the Confederate flag should be ashamed of it rather than being proud.

Melvin Durai, as usual, made me laugh in his article on retirement (Chai Time). He missed one main reason to ‘unretire.’ For most men it is hard to be home with the wife for 24 hours, 7 days a week, so they like to go back to work instead of having unnecessary arguments on small, small things. Remember, the wife is not used to having you at least 50 hours a week at home for the last 35-40 years. So it becomes a problem all of a sudden to adjust. Even a part-time job keeps you away from home and cools you down from a heated argument.

Ajay Mehrotra
Greenville, SC

– Vinod Devlia should have been credited for photos in the August 2018 report, “Author Chetan Bhagat speaks on success at Pratham’s Atlanta chapter.” We regret the omission.
– In the August 2018 article, “Heart-to-Heart with Dr. Sreeni Gangasani,” his high school was not in Kurnool but in Sarvail, Nalgonda district of Telangana, and Joe Shafer’s name is misspelled. We regret the errors. Please see khabar.com for the updated versions (links are in this box in blue).


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