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A Pot Melting

Bharati Mukherjee came up the street, a New York Tunes tucked un­der her arm. The front page announced that Toni Morrison had won the Nobel Prize for literature, becoming the first African American and the eighth woman to do so. It seemed to be an auspicious beginning...

U.S. & India: Coming Closer?

Ever since the declaration of the US presidential election results, Indian commentators have been speculating about the direction of Indo-US rela­tions. While some expect “Little for India in Democratic Win,” others predict a “Re­birth of Idealism...

Indians in California

Ninety-three-year-old Ripon, California, resident Makhan Singh Sandhu is living history and testament of Indian immigration to the United States before 1900. Meeting a legend such as Sandhu makes one realize that Indians have been living in this country since the late...

Ties That Bind

By SUKUMAR RAMANATHAN Eleven months ago, my brother became a citizen of the United States. The oath­taking ceremony was held at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco. I remember being stunned by the sheer diversity of the freshly-minted citizens. Among the 2,000...

The Quicksilver People

Gypsy. Noun. Member of a wandering people of Hindu origin with dark skin and hair living often by basket-making, horse-dealing, fortune-telling, etc., and speaking a language related to Hindi; person resembling or living like a Gypsy; from the word Egyptian, from the...

Entertainment or Worship? With Indian dance, the answer is both

Once upon a time, the world was in a state of complete uncontrolled chaos. The legend goes that the demigods and the sages approached Brahma, the creator of the universe, and requested him to create a new Veda which would simultaneously entertain as well as reach, so...