All stories by Arthur J Pais
God, math, and Ramanujan's fascinating storyRediff.com22 Dec 2016
December 22 marks the 129th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the greatest Indian mathematician of our time. Just 32 when he died, Ramanujan has fascinated mathematicians, writers and filmmakers for nearly a century.
The Man Who Lived for the StoryRediff.com12 Jan 2016
Generations of Indian Americans have had Arthur first note their feats and recount it to the world. And that is why so many desis across America have been saddened by his passing.
Diwali kitchen: Top Indian-American chefs share their fav recipesRediff.com10 Nov 2015
Have you tasted Besan ke ladoo cookies?
'A woman of her times and yet someone belonging to Gandhiji's era'Rediff.com16 Oct 2015
'Asked which Dilip Kumar films were among her favourites, she said she had seen not a single movie of his until that time. This became a sensational issue. She did not mean to offend Dilip Kumar. There was not a bone of diplomacy in her and she never acquired that calculating attitude even at the cost of some of the roles that she would eventually lose.'
My Aunt Smita PatilRediff.com14 Oct 2015
Smita Patil would have been 60 on October 17 had fate not cruelly snatched her from us in 1986. She was only 31 when she died. Rediff.com salutes the incomparable actress in a special series.
'Modi's requirements were simple: The meal had to be pure veg'Rediff.com12 Oct 2015
'The main meal consisted of one soup, a salad, 2 or 3 vegetarian dishes (including at least 1 green vegetable), a variety of rice, freshly prepared Rotis or Phulkas, Dal, and yogurt.'
'I wanted the Marigold Hotel films to give very strong sense of India'Rediff.com19 Mar 2015
Arthur J Pais interviews John Madden, director of the Marigold Hotel films, on the difficult task of creating an equally hilarious and as feeling a sequel.
Being undocumented in the United StatesRediff.com16 Dec 2014
There are 2.5 lakh undocumented Indians across the United States. While President Barack Obama's executive order last week does help, only the US Congress can really address the needs of those caught in the immigration tangle.
'Would Mira Nair make a Missouri Masala now?'Rediff.com12 Dec 2014
Civil rights activist Deepa Iyer, former executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together, a social justice organisation thought after a visit to the minority businesses hit in recent weeks that the tragic story in Ferguson, Missouri, offers Indian Americans an opportunity to stand up and decry police brutality and show sympathy and support for African Americans in the beleaguered city
Indians target of home invasions in New JerseyRediff.com3 Dec 2014
Residents anxious after masked gunmen break into 4 desi homes in New Jersey, many disappointed over the police's response to the violent crimes. Arthur J Pais reports from New Jersey.
4 Indians among Rhodes scholars this yearRediff.com24 Nov 2014
The scholars are awarded for their outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good.
Study debunks notion that Asian Americans prefer boys over girlsRediff.com14 Aug 2014
In analysing census data from 2007-2011, researchers found that the at-birth sex ratios of Asian Americans are the same as white Americans. Arthur J Pais reports
I was threatened against running for Congress: Upendra ChivukulaRediff.com5 Jun 2014
New Jersey state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula may have triumphed over his opponents in a Democratic Party debate last week, but his campaign for a House of Representatives seat is caught in a controversy. Arthur J Pais reports
'To call the BJP or its leaders 'fascist' is historically untenable'Rediff.com16 May 2014
'Narendra Modi could be too old to change his personality. On the other hand, his attachment to the RSS could be mostly sentimental. So one must hope that if he becomes prime minister, he is able to detach himself from the RSS view of the world as completely as Narasimha Rao detached himself from the Congress's First Family.' 'India cannot be governed by the autocratic methods by which he has governed Gujarat. If he becomes prime minister he will have to learn to speak in a more civil language about his political opponents,' historian Ramachandra Guha tells Arthur J Pais/Rediff.com
Anurag Kashyap: No one takes films seriously in IndiaRediff.com6 May 2014
While work on his most ambitious project Bombay Velvet is on, Anurag Kashyap's taut and gritty thriller Ugly screened at the ongoing New York Indian Film Festival.
Desis join pro-immigrant rally in USRediff.com20 Mar 2014
Rishi Singh, who recently joined a protest meeting against anti-immigrant laws in Arizona and demanded legislation to help the children of the undocumented, has known for over 17 years what it means to be an illegal young man in the United States.
Box Office boost for Oscar-winning movies?Rediff.com3 Mar 2014
Arthur J Pais analyses Oscar 2014 big wins and losses.
'We alert people in India to be careful about such books'Rediff.com28 Feb 2014
The court case in India against Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus was in a way initiated in Atlanta, Georgia, by a group of Indian-American businessmen including Dhiru Shah, who have been fighting against several controversial books on Hinduism by Western thinkers and professors in recent years.
'Banning books seems more like Taliban culture than Hindu culture'Rediff.com27 Feb 2014
'How can Hindus protest efforts to ban an edition of the Gita in parts of Russia, and force a publisher to withdraw an academic critique of Hinduism, all in the same breath? It makes the Hindu community seem petty, self-serving, and hypocritical. Episodes like this allow Hinduism to be "owned" by the most conservative, intolerant, extremist voices. These people do not speak for me, and they certainly don't represent the form of Hinduism I practice and love," Princeton University's Hindu chaplain Vineet Chander tells Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais.
'Hindus will suffer most from the withdrawal of Doniger's book'Rediff.com26 Feb 2014
'For over a decade, the United States has been shaping the contours of Hinduism. It has been doing this from the perspective of upper caste and conservative interests,' Professor Shefali Chandra tells Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais.
'Withdrawing Doniger's book gives her the martyr's mantle'Rediff.com25 Feb 2014
The preferred course of action to challenge Wendy Doniger's many published works and polemical Hinduphobic statements is to debate it, Aseem Shukla tells Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais.
No court relief for Indian held in synagogue bombing case in USRediff.com19 Feb 2014
On Tuesday, a judge in the US denied a request by Aakash Dalal's attorney to have his trial sent to another district and conducted under a different judge since the adverse publicity the case had gathered in the present court area in the Bergen county of New Jersey. Arthur J Pais reports.
Meet Princeton's University Graduate School deanRediff.com12 Feb 2014
With two decades of experience as a teacher, researcher and administrator at Princeton University, Sanjeev Kulkarni, a professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, is described by some colleagues as a 'seasoned university citizen' who has made a name for himself in interdisciplinary courses.
Indian-American millionaire jailed for 2 years over medical fraudRediff.com11 Feb 2014
Raghuveer Nayak, an Indian-American multi-millionaire, was sentenced to two years in prison and fined $500,000 in a decade-long medical scam by a federal judge in Chicago on Monday.
'There is no evidence that Modi ordered the killings'Rediff.com10 Feb 2014
Lawyer and scholar Vinay Sitapati says the 'Get Modi' strategy largely misses the efforts to prosecute people evidently guilty of violence and murders in the Gujarat riots in favour of "a narrow quest to stop one man from becoming prime minister."
North America's biggest Krishna temple just got holierRediff.com10 Feb 2014
The Guruvaayoorappan temple in Morganville, New Jersey, which is the biggest of its kind in North America, has now turned into a Vrindavan of sorts with the grand opening of a cow sanctuary On the premises.
The professor who runs a cow sanctuary in the USRediff.com6 Jan 2014
"Many people in America see animals, particularly cows, as meat...animals have a soul, personality, they interact," says Sankar Sastri, who runs the Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, USA.
My son is innocent, says father of terror accused Aakash DalalRediff.com2 Jan 2014
The Dalals, whose son faces 30 years in prison if found guilty of masterminding domestic terror acts, have decided to take their case to the Indian-American community.
'There are extreme voices in all of our religious traditions'Rediff.com2 Jan 2014
'The challenges of the world are too great for any one religious tradition to address alone... The best way to learn about other religions is not from books, but from people... Go talk to someone from a different faith tradition. Get to know them. Build up some trust.' Dr Katharine Rhodes Henderson, who jointly won Hofstra University's Guru Nanak Prize for inter-faith champions in the United States, discusses religion and the challenges of extremism in this lively interview with Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais.
Indian American selected for $250,000 Cherry Teaching AwardRediff.com27 Dec 2013
One of the first things Meera Chandrasekhar noticed at Brown University, where she was enrolled in the doctorate program in physics, was that there were just three women and some two dozen men.
'Films are one of the ways our children will know our heritage'Rediff.com17 Dec 2013
Founder Shilen Amin tells Arthur J Pais how far the South Asian International Film Festival has come since its inception 10 years ago
'There is a lot in common between Gandhi and Mandela'Rediff.com6 Dec 2013
'Both resisted cruel white rule through non-violence. But Mandela's is a singular story. He never lost faith in his ideals and goal even when he was in prison for many years,' Anant Singh, who produced the Mandela biopic, tells Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais.