Ravi Shankar: Cultural Ambassador Extraordinaire
The sun-baked Southern California seaside town of Encinitas is almost on the other side of the world from Varanasi. That daunting distance between the California town he made his home and the city of his birth is a perfect metaphor for the extraordinary distance traversed by Ravi Shankar.
After Atlanta, Seattle May Be Next Site for Indian Consulate
India has renewed its bid to establish a consulate in the city of Seattle — the home of Boeing and Microsoft — now that its latest diplomatic post in Atlanta is operational.
Many U.S. Muslims Are Disillusioned by Obama
At a time when U.S. Muslims and mosques are increasingly under attack, some Muslim Americans say Obama has not taken a strong enough stance against Islamophobia.
Extremism and the Geopolitical Legacy of 9/11
This Sept. 11, Americans irrespective of race, gender and ethnic origin paid homage to the victims of the horrendous terror attacks of 2001.
From Arab Spring to Autumn Rage: The Dark Power of Social Media
Nakoula/Bacile is currently in hiding and may in fact be fictitious. Much evidence now points to him as a Egyptian Coptic Christian, who allegedly holds grudges against Islam.
When The Nation Calls, Bollywood Answers
On the 65th anniversary of India’s Independence, let us look back at the way Bollywood films have reflected patriotism — from the freedom struggle to the issues that are more pertinent today, like terrorism.
Rajesh Khanna: A Look Back at a Legend
Screen legend Rajesh Khanna passed away July 18, at the age of 69 in Mumbai after a long illness. Here are some highlights from his life.
9/11: A Decade Later
At least 47 South Asian Americans died at the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. India-West profiled four of the victims and compiled shorter stories on the others who died in one of the U.S.’s darkest moments.
Analysis of the Indian American Community from Census 2010 Data
India-West reporter Richard Springer produced a series of articles analyzing data from the U.S. Census 2010 with regards to the Indian American community. Following are Mr. Springer’s detailed articles published in May and June 2011 along with tables and charts compiled by India-West.
Postpartum Depression: South Asian Women Suffer in Silence
India-West reporter Sunita Sohrabji received a fellowship from the California Health Endowment and New America Media to research postpartum depression and its prevalence among women in the South Asian community. Here is her story.
New Films in 2012: A Starry Feast
If there is one thing that the hits of 2010 and 2011 have done, it is to re-emphasize that Hindi cinema buffs, whether in India or overseas, go to movies for paisa-vasool packages of entertainment, story, genre and message — all being fine, provided there is decent manoranjan, masala and music.
‘The Dirty Picture’ Sweeps 18th Colors Screen Awards
It was a film in the second half of the year that swept more awards than any other. Don’t get us wrong – we are not saying that the sweep was not well-deserved.
When Songs Travel From One Film to Another
In these days when Bappi Lahiri consents to have his hit tune “Ooeee Amma Ooeee Amma” from the 1983 “Mawaali” refurbished as “Ooh La La” in Vishal-Shekhar’s “The Dirty Picture,” and even sings it himself, it is interesting to know how songs composed for one film were finally used in another one by
Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar to Make Romantic Film
Soap queen and now box-office Czarina Ekta Kapoor, and the mush-cum-“different entertainment” man Karan Johar, will join forces for a romantic movie.
UV News Media & Communication Limited’s ‘3 Bachelors’
Two “young bachelors” and a third “young at heart” bachelor form the trio of protagonists of the comedy starring Sharman Joshi, Raima Sen, Riya Sen, Manoj Pahwa, Manish Nagpal, Himani Shivpuri and others. The music is by Daboo Malik.