March 23, 2001
Funniest South Asian in USA
Aladdin Ullah, one of the few or only Bangladeshi comics in America, specialises in trotting out ethnic material during his stage performances. This has not made him popular with regular-Joe comedy clubs which prefer bland, non-controversial, material and not chilly pepper sharp Asian humor.
March 22, 2001
Advocate for aliens
Paromita Shah's clients are a motley bunch -- battered Indian wives, Brazilian homosexuals, unfortunate Haitian deportees. Not for her the power-lunching on Beluga with Boston Brahmins or the cruising from appointments in a speedy and so-cute BMW Roadster. As an immigration lawyer cases are tough to win and heart-breaking to lose.
March 21, 2001
Fund drive raises hate mail
A San Jose concert,held in a church centre, where 2,000 gathered, to raise $2,011,754 for Gujarat earthquake relief has been the subject of opprobrium. The reason: former president, Bill Clinton was in attendance. A certain section of the congregation was unhappy that a 'sinner' and pro-abortionist was allowed entry... for whatever the cause.
March 20, 2001
Recognising campus rape
Boston University student Satyen Shah organised a panel discussion on date rape. But 'Silence the Violence' threw up interesting insights on Indian students, who apparently take to time to recognize rape.
March 19, 2001
'We'll be forced to leave'
As the layoffs follow the slump and shakeout in the dotdom industry, four H1-B visa workers talk about their travails and tribulations
March 17, 2001
The elephant is still swaying
Ismail Merchant's The Mystic Masseur has been filming on location in Trinidad. After receiving an invitation to visit the sets, Assistant Editor Nirshan Perera hopped on a plane to the West Indies before his editor could react. This feature is part of a series from the front lines of the emerging movie.