April 16, 2001
Grandson preaches the Mahatma's message
For over a decade since he established the M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence in Memphis, Tennessee, Arun Gandhi and his wife Sunanda have addressed hundreds of colleges and schools across America, preaching action-oriented nonviolence.
The dotcom domino effect
The exodus of the software professionals from the US has started affecting other Indian businesses. But for others, it means a lower cost of living.
American Desi stars to attend Bollywood Awards
To the formidable list of stars attending the 3rd annual Z Gold Bollywood Awards, add Deep Katdare, Sunita Param, Rizwan Manji, Ronobir Lahiri, Aladdin, Piyush Dinker Pandya and his brother Gitesh. In other words, the stars, director and producer of the hit movie, American Desi.
The Straight-Talking Doc
Dr Murali Doraiswamy's views on the side effects of herbal medicine when used along with Western medicine have brought him attention across America -- not only in medical journals but also in numerous television interviews and mainstream publications.
April 14, 2001
Mann Ke Manjeere: Pop with a Conscience
Mallika Dutt's concern for the state of women in India led her to produce Mann Ke Manjeere, a collection of songs about women in modern India.
Of carpets, slaves and India's stolen children
Film-makers Kate Blewett and Brian Woods' latest effort deals with the children who work in inhuman conditions in the carpet factories of Uttar Pradesh and other Indian states.
Retired Pak admiral felt safe in Texas
For a man who could face at least 14 years in prison in Pakistan, Mansur-ul-Haq, former chief of the Pakistani naval staff, lived openly in Austin, the hi-tech city in Texas.
The mistress of the written word
I meditate for a few minutes before I write,' she explained. 'I ask for guidance and say, 'let me not block the writing, let me not have an agenda as I write.' Writing is a sacred activity that comes from a deeper source within me and whatever success I have achieved I am thankful for it.
April 13, 2001
Who will weep for the Reddy brothers?
When Lakireddy Bali Reddy pleaded guilty to charges that he smuggled Indians into the US for cheap labor and village girls to be his sex slaves, his son, Vijay Kumar Lakireddy, shook as he wept and clasped his ears in the court audience. On Tuesday, Vijay and his brother Prasad Lakireddy listened with shock as they were read the indictment against them: 15 added counts totaling 115 years in prison and $ 3.75 million in fines for Vijay, and nine new counts and $ 2.25 million in fines for Prasad.
April 12, 2001
Pallone's recipe to capture Osama Bin Laden
In a letter to President George Bush, he recommended the imposition of sanctions against Pakistan on one hand, and on the other give it incentives to end its backing to the Taleban.
Anger, Denial, Abuse and Assistance
"Denial," says Monika Sharma, president of the junior board of Apna Ghar, a Chicago-based social service agency that aids South Asian victims of domestic violence, and pauses before continuing. "Our community is in denial."
'Racists: Bring One, Get in Free'
If you happened to walk through the campus of New York University this past week, you would surely have noticed a number of rather eye-catching flyers.
This cabbie brings passengers to America
Kirpal Bajwa has two lives. In his workaday life he collects fares and earns a living as a taximan. In off hours this cabbie is intensely involved with helping immigrantsattain legal status.
April 11, 2001
A movie centre for a proud Indian
Visitors to the six-screen India Movie Center in Sunnyvale, California, should feel happy to be Indian, says Venkateswarlu Muvva, popularly known as Lu. He also owns the neighbouring Banjara Restaurant.
April 10, 2001
The Fab Four Rishikesh revisited
In the 60s, the Beatles spent three months with their wives and loved ones at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh. While professional photographers were turned away, 23-year-old Paul Saltzman was there. Inspired by his daughter, Saltzman put those days together in a book of rare pictures and anecdotes about the Fab Four in India.