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My Name is Human

My Name is Human

The pre-release hype for My Name is Khan (MNIK) was quite high. Karan Johar was once again directing the on-screen reunion of stars Khan and Kajol. It was Kajol’s comeback (if we forget her 2008 entry U Me Aur Hum). There was a huge budget. There were hints of star...
Advantage India

Advantage India

These are interesting times to be a university professor in North America, with both anecdotal and objective data suggesting a steady decline in student motivation and skills. During the first session of every class, I’ve taken to relating to my students some of my...
Surviving 2009

Surviving 2009

I don’t want to be a cubicle slave forever. The economy has slowed down, and people are hiring more consultants. This is an ideal time to start something on my own.” These were my words last year, when I decided to take off from my 9-to-5 job and start consulting...
Online Identities

Online Identities

wenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Favreau, Obama’s lead speechwriter, first gained recognition when the New York Times wrote a feature article on him. Favreau appeared focused, genuine, and wise beyond his years. A few months later, after the presidential elections,...
Desi Headliners of 2007

Desi Headliners of 2007

These are not the “Desis of the Year.” Yes, they’re all desis by our rather expansive definition—Indian-Americans, children of one or two Indian parents, immigrants from India to the United States, Indians who have established their personal or professional lives in...

NRI Number One

The expatriate in films is nothing new. Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart as the suave, mysterious Rick in Morocco remains the top favorite 60 years after its release in America. Although expat charaters’ lives are traditionally painted as being extraordinary, the...