Immigration reform 2013, green cards and Indians in technology

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P.S: I have written more about this topic with upto-date posts on the state of immigration reform 2013 here and here. A bipartisan group of American senators (Four Republicans + Four Democrats) released a framework for an immigration act today. This means that comprehensive immigration reform is very likely to happen in the United States… Read more »

Meals from my travels

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I was blessed to indulge in fulfilling travel to parts of Europe and India in November and December. Here below are eleven meals that stuck out enough to warrant a plug to people I knew. Every meal chosen below and the comments behind them are from a vegetarian. So, obvious disclaimers. Here we go –… Read more »

A visit to Akshardham

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Amidst the array of Mughal and British monuments that dot the New and Old Delhi landscape is a 21’st century tribute to the world’s oldest religion. Akshardham was highly recommended to me by a bunch of friends who told me to not stick to the usual must-see list provided to tourists. The three hours I… Read more »

Running in Chennai and the Chennai marathon

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I love running outdoors. I find it therapeutic and stress-busting. I know it is not the most potent and powerful form of weight control. I know there are a ton of things I could do instead including eating less to keep my Body Mass Index (BMI) at an acceptable level or build some muscle. Yet… Read more »

My evening at The Comedy Store in Mumbai

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While in Mumbai I had the opportunity to attend my first stand-up comedy performances in India. Here below are five thoughts and memories from my 2+ hours at The Comedy Store in Mumbai. 1) The Comedy Store is a comedy club situated in a swanky mall in the Lower Parel neighborhood. It took me about… Read more »

An Indian in India

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For the second leg of my sabbatical, I chose India. This wasn’t an easy choice. I have always wanted to spend time in Scandinavia and Australia much much more than I have wanted to visit New Delhi. But part of this sabbatical was to understand myself and like millions of Indians who left India for… Read more »

Five reasons American desis support Obama

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Twitter introduced me to this post by Hawkeye view. The post interspersed with Tamil catchphrases is a ridicule of those Indians in America who are on a work or student visa and root for President Obama. It characterizes them as silly and stupid and as rooting against their own interests by rooting for Obama over… Read more »

Video: Where Soul meets Body

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I recently attended a memorable concert by my favorite band ‘Death Cab for Cutie’ at the Fox theater in Oakland, California. The concert was unique in that the GREATEST BAND EVER performed in conjunction with the Magik Magik orchestra from San Francisco. Here below is a two minute video of ‘Where soul meets body’ from… Read more »

A dream list for the next Lok Sabha elections

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Earlier, popular Indian blogger Sidin Sunny Murakami Vadukut broke his self imposed blogging-as-a-metaphor-for-eating strike. In doing so he unleashed a post so well thought out, funny and influential that for a while I mistook the much retweeted link to be a Ramesh Srivats tweet. The post is an excellent read for any one remotely interested… Read more »