Preet Bharara: The India Abroad Person of the Year
Preet Bharara made history when he became the first Indian-American US Attorney of the Southern District of New York, and the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the annals of the Indian-American experience.
But some people don't stop at just making history.
With every day passing day, Bharara becomes a little more legendary.
This legend-in-the-making was on Friday evening conferred with the India Abroad Person of the Year Award 2011 at an A-list ceremony at The Pierre hotel in New York City.
The awards presented by India Abroad -- the oldest and most widely-circulated Indian-American weekly newspaper, published from five locations in North America, and owned by Rediff.com -- have been the most coveted community honour in the US since inception in 2002.
Photographs: Preet Bharara
Anita Desai wins IAPOY Lifetime Achievement Award
Author Anita Desai-- who has thrice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has won India's highest literary honour, the Sahitya Akademi Award -- was honoured with the India Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award 2011.
"Anita Desai was perhaps the first of India's most prominent writers writing in English after R K Narayan," said Chiki Sarkar, editor-in-chief, Penguin India. "When she was writing, it was a desert in the landscape of Indian English writing. We didn't have our Salman Rushdies or Vikram Seths or Amitav Ghoshs or our Amit Chaudharis. She was writing in a vacuum."
Her books, from Cry the Peacock in 1963 to the Artist of Disappearance in 2011 have not only engaged generations of readers, but also inspired some of the greatest Indian writers writing in English. Booker Prize-winning author Sir Salman Rushdie attended the event just to salute the legend.
Photographs: Anita Desai
WATCH: Sunny's new SENSUOUS JISM 2 song
The title track of Sunny Leone-starrer Jism 2 is out. And boy, does she look hot!
Director Pooja Bhatt decided to release the song on the Internet, because the Censor Board gave an 'A' rating to it. From the looks of this song, Bhatt seems to have a winner on her hands.
Photographs: Jism 2
WATCH: Billa's 2 new SMASHING trailer
Filmmaker Chakri Toleti's prequel to the 2007 hit Tamil gangster film Billa has became a rage on the internet when it was released.
Ajith returns as David Billa in Billa 2. The film also stars Parvathy Omanakuttan, Bruna Abdullah and Force baddie Vidyut Jamwal.
Set to release on July 13, Billa 2 is one of the most awaited Tamil films of the year.
Photographs: Billa 2
UNCENSORED trailer: Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum
A sequel to the 2005 hit film, Kya Super Kool Hain Hum is said to be a sex comedy as well.
Kya Super Kool Hain Hum revolves around Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar Kapoor's friendship, and how certain incidents in their life lead them to Goa in search of love.
While Tusshar plays a struggling actor who does teleshopping commercials, Riteish wants to become the best DJ in the world.
Sarah Jane Dias and Neha Sharma are the two leading ladies of the film.
Photographs: Kya Super Cool Hain Hum
Statue of Liberty moves to new address!
The French version of New York's famous Statue of Liberty moved to Paris' famous Musee d'Orsay following a restoration project of the iconic sculpture. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's 'Liberty Enlightening the World', at 2.74 metres is a bronze model created to honour the 1889 centennial of the French Revolution, and had until now been at the Luxembourg Gardens in the French capital. But following a vote at the French Senate, The American Friends of the Musee d'Orsay began the process of moving the sculpture to prevent the statue from being damaged by weather elements, pollution, and vandalism.
Photographs: Statue of Liberty