December 2009

The Secret Life of the American Desi

The ABCD's - American Born Confused Desis - is a subculture expected to become the next batch of medical students, entrepreneurs and cancer-curing researchers for which Indian parents laid the foundation

Winners And Losers

India can’t seem to break its bonds with its nationals,who by law are obligated to renounce their Indian citizenship when they swear a foreign allegiance

NRI Fantasies

Is Bollywood misrepresenting the real India


Is the golden age of romance in Bollywood over?

Delectable Thali Spread

Feast on these traditional Indian meals.

The Spooky World of Quantum Entanglement

The phenomenon that spooked Albert Einstein.

Minding Your Digital Manners

Etiquette for the social networking age.

The Politicization Of Sachin Tendulkar?

An unusually pointed and forthright - and not entirely off-the-cuff - remark from the Little Master caused a near-riot and considerable heartburn in Mumbai's political circles.

Indians Top Foreign Student Group

The Indian student population in the United States tops 100,000 for the first time.

Gold Spikes

Gold prices have spiked after the Reserve Bank of India bought 200 metric tons of gold worth $6.7 billion from the International Monetary Fund.   Countries with

Monument To Monuments

Britain's Royal Academy of Arts is featuring a solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor, who has built a reputation for monumental public sculptures.


Half the world's chronically undernourished children under the age of 5 live in South Asia.The U.N. Children's Fund reported that 83 million children - more


An undocumented Indian living in Queens, N.Y., who was hailed as a hero two years ago for rescuing a woman in a conflict with an

Voting Identity

Indian transsexuals can register with an independent identity in the country's voter lists. Eunuchs, who were classified under male or female earlier, will have the option

MF Husain To End Exile

Ground is being prepared for renowned painter Maqbool Fida Husain, who has been living in self-imposed exile in London for the past four years, to

Nose Job

A Utah school district is sticking it to the nose.Bountiful Jr. High School suspended Suzannah Pabla, who is of mixed Indian heritage, for wearing a

Hindi Bolo

Hindi, Arabic and Chinese scripts can now be used in Website domain names.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the official body that

Haldi Zapping

Turmeric, commonly used in cooking and herbal treatments in India, may be an effective medicine to treat oesophageal cancer. A study in the British Journal

Underwater Cabinet Meeting

To bring attention to global warming that is raising sea levels endangering the survival of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Maldives, its  President Mohamed Nasheed

Students Cop Out

New Indian graduate student enrollment declined 16% this year, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).The CGS reported that foreign graduate enrollment was flat

Naipaul's Half Life

V.S. Naipaul, the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winning author, is mistakenly listed as dead in court filings in the trial of two Chicago men accused of

Huffing Yoga

State officials recently notified the Yoga centers that they are liable for sales tax

Freedom Curry!

They were very happy and told my interpreter that I seemed to be a safe guy."

May It Please Your Honor

Dickinson forwarded the email to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which charged Chowan with misconduct.

H1B Visas

Six months since applications for the 2010 H1B visas were opened, 6,500 visas remain unclaimed and immigration attorneys expect that for the first time since

Stock Boom

Foreign capital, which was sucked out of Indian stocks at the height of the economic meltdown last year, is now gushing back in. Foreigners have

Match Point?

Matches have the deepest penetration in the Indian market.

Rajiv Shah To Head USAID

Pres. Barack Obama has nominated Dr Rajiv Shah as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the country's top foreign assistance program.  Shah,

Toxic US ship

The Indian government has banned a US-flagged ship with toxic and radioactive materials on board from being dismantled at the Alang shipyard in Gujarat.  The

Pakistan Flooding India With Counterfeit Money?

Indian officials worry that Pakistan is deluging India with fake rupee notes.

Megha Mittal Goes Shopping

Megha Mittal, daughter-in-law of Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, is acquiring the bankrupt European luxury fashion house Escada.Escada, which sells women's clothing has 400 stores in

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