Another 25 years!

I want to send you the warmest Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary. Let me tell you that I consider myself one of the “pioneer readers” of your magazine … since the first time I saw one of the issues of India Currents at Little India, in Artesia, Southern California. From the moment I opened this magazine it has captivated my inner soul and awakened my senses to all the subjects published. I have been able to find activities in my area where I could enjoy my Indian heritage and learn how to cook some extravagant and delicious Indian dishes. Thank you so much for all that you have shared with your readers and I wish you a long long life. Let’s reconnect to celebrate another 25 more years!

Madam Hassoune, email

A Spiritual Consideration
I have enjoyed reading Sarita Sarvate’s beautiful commentary (Bhagavad Gita to the Rescue, May 2012). I am not a religious person, yet your thoughts have made sense to me. Thank you for this article.

Shuchita Rao, online

A Vegan Outlook

I would have wholeheartedly agreed to the article (Is Ghee Good for You? May 2012), if it had been written a couple of centuries ago.

In India, cows are injected with the harmone—oxytocin, to produce more milk. In western countries, the same practice is followed. When the dairy cow no longer produces milk, it is slaughtered. Cows are slaughtered even in organic farms, where organic milk is obtained.

In short, cows are treated like machines across the world.

Fortunately, for those of us, who shun milk and milk products, the supermarkets are awash with dairy alternatives. Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk are great alternatives for dairy milk. Extra virgin olive is a wonderful alternative for butter and ghee.

Following a vegan diet is good for health and the environment. It is the position of The American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegan and vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may assist in the prevention of certain diseases.

Kumudha Venkatesan, email

Standing Up for Truth

Prerna Lal’s article (Undocumented, Unapologetic, Unafraid, March 2012) clearly indicates that the problem is not her sexual affiliation but that people are bigoted. Repression is not a viable alternative to deportation. So many people live a lie every day. I salute the author for standing up for the truth and daring the consequences.

Naresh Rajan, online

Playing Fair

I’m writing this with reference to the cover story by Vidya Pradhan (Where is the Desi Jeremy Lin, May 2012). I’d like to point out that the first Indian woman in the modern era to win a round in a grand slam tournament was Nirupama Sanjeev (Vaidyanathan) and not Shikha Oberoi, as the writer has erroneously stated. Nirupama defeated Gloria Pizzichini in the 1998 Australian Open.

As a professional tennis coach having coached college bound players, kudos to all the parents who encourage their children to play and pursue the sport of their choice, be it basketball, hockey, track, tennis or chess. At private educational institutions, sports usually takes a back seat to academics and the chances of producing a desi Jeremy Lin is diminished. Lin was a standout basketball player, who led Palo Alto HS to the CIF title and had a 4.2 GPA.

Most of the Indian American tennis players I have coached do not aspire to anything beyond college tennis. They and their parents are content with a college education and some college tennis. So it takes a different mindset among the boys and girls playing tennis or any other sports to think about superstardom as Jeremy Lin just accomplished.
Finally, I’m not sure if champions like Agassi, McEnroe, Sampras, Serena, Venus would ever trade their Grand Slam titles for a college degree.
Ganesh, online

At the Mercy of Jobs

Point well said, Vivek Wadhwa (Incentivizing Math and Science Education, May 2012). But after seeing how much physicians or investment bankers are making, I dont think there is much incentive for young people to pursue a Ph.D. in any field! I am wrapping up a postdoctoral fellowship at a premier Ivy League institute in the Northeast, and I feel bad for most of the Ph.D.s entering a bad job market. Plus I cannot imagine my life being at the mercy of grants and papers to publish. I am grateful for the medical degree I have and for the doors it is opening for me.

Leena, online

Countering Arguments

This is in response to Rameysh Ramdas’s Forum column (Should Obama have Warned the Supreme Court? May 2012).

If Ramdas had been denied insurance coverage for himself or a loved one, he might perhaps not have been so quick to criticize President Obama for using the presidential platform to convey a strong message for what he firmly believes in and for what undeniably benefits the majority of Americans; rather he should be lauded for having the courage to use his implied powers so wisely, that too in an election year. Moreover, there is a definite contradiction of ideas in Ramdas’ argument when he states correctly that Supreme Court Justices are immune from political and presidential pressures by the very nature of their appointment, yet somehow goes on to argue that President Obama has the power to threaten these lifetime appointees. Most middle school children will be able to tell him that Wikipedia is not considered a legitimate source of information. Mr. Ramdas, I do enjoy reading your frequent letters to the editor in the Mercury News, but writing professionally for a magazine is a different kettle of fish!

Gai Chakravarthy, email

The House We Live In

A lovely piece (That Bungalow in Chennai, May 2012) and useful to know the true origin of the word—one I use frequently to describe my small home in the Oakland hills, built circa 1940. I’m fond of the term verandah, too, which I assume is also Indian. The attachment to my house, however, goes by the rather more contemporary American and much less lyrical word, deck.

Joanna Biggar, online

The Art of Possibility

In his article, (Synchronicity: Intention to Manifestation, May 2012), Gopi Kallayil inspires us to believe in the 3.14 degrees of separation and the art of possibility.
The essay pulls us right into the action and emotion.

Raj Oza, online

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