Travel

Cool Temps, Hot Spots: Excursions from Coimbatore

As an American-born desi growing up in the States, our opportunities to see parts of India beyond where our parents grew up are rare. To make these visits a little more interesting for us, perhaps our families plan for us a tour of the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur trifecta, and we’re considered to have "seen India." Otherwise we… Continue reading Cool Temps, Hot Spots: Excursions from Coimbatore

Reflections

India’s Aadhaar lays foundation for an era of efficiency

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to read that India has started enrolling its residents into Aadhaar, a biometric database of fingerprints and eye scans that assigns an identification number to each of India's citizens. It issues a unique number to everyone, including rural farmers out in India's most isolated villages. This way, the poorest… Continue reading India’s Aadhaar lays foundation for an era of efficiency

Forging your future

Black and white and read all over

Flickr photo by Matt Callow So everyone's naturally been asking what's different about journalism in India than here in America. Well, for the most part it's the same. There are only some differences I noticed: As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a clear difference in the way photojournalism is approached. In fact,… Continue reading Black and white and read all over

Reflections

Obama down by three, Mukherjee in the lead

Barack Obama lost points in my book today: One for hypocricy, one for foolishness, and one for downright cowardice.With North Korea's successful launch of a satellite Sunday, the world has turned its attention to the East, as they fear the rocket launch implies the expansion of North Korea's missile program or that the rocket itself… Continue reading Obama down by three, Mukherjee in the lead

Reflections

Worth a thousand words?

I've picked up a lot of new terms here in India: biodata, visiting card, "good name" (meaning first name), etc.....but if there's one term that I still can't get over it's "felicitation," which in my mind has come to mean "the arbitrary exchange of mementos and shawls at a highly structured ceremony on stage." At… Continue reading Worth a thousand words?

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At The Hindu: Two legends, two nations and one great ideology

CHENNAI: Two men from opposite sides of the world transformed their countries based on the same precepts: non-violent protest can spark change, not only within a nation, but around the world. To mark 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s pilgrimage to India, the U.S. Consulate General here inaugurated an exhibition at Sri Krishna Sweets… Continue reading At The Hindu: Two legends, two nations and one great ideology