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India Currents Wins Six Awards at the 37th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards!

(San Jose)  –  India Currents was described as a magazine “that informs without talking down to its readers,” at the “Evening of Excellence” award ceremony organized by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. In the Magazine category India Currents was honored for its journalistic integrity and attention to detail. The winners were selected from 392 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties. The Awards honored work done in 2013. Entries were judged by the Press Clubs of Cleveland, Florida, Houston, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orange County, and San Diego.

At the award ceremony held at Crowne Plaza in Foster City, CA, India Currents was identified “as a fearless team ready to take on any issue!” Congratulations to India Currents and to its award winning writers!

Here is the list of awards that India Currents received!

Overall Excellence 
Second Place: India Currents, “India Currents Magazine,” Vandana Kumar, Jaya Padmanabhan

The magazine was described as being a comprehensive publication with a compilation of interesting topics, unique angles and excellent writers.


First Place: India Currents, “Sandberged and Prototyped,” Jaya Padmanabhan 

This editorial was published in the April 2013 issue of India Currents and is an ironical rebuttal to Sheryl Sandberg’s comments and bestselling book about women “leaning in.”

First Place: India Currents, “India Currents Columns,” Anita Felicelli, Arpit Mehta, Lakshmi Mani 

100 Years After the Nobel by Anita Felicelli is a look at Rabindranath Tagore’s legacy;

The Supplement Cocktail by Arpit Mehta examines  the vitamin supplement industry;

The Price of Living Long by Lakshmi Mani is an endearing perspective of an octogenarian residing in an Assisted Living facility.

Feature Story of a Light Nature 
Third Place: India Currents, “From the Man Village Into the Jungle,” Kalpana Mohan 

A witty, sensitive and nostalgic view of a daughter’s graduation.

Feature Story of a Serious Nature  

First Place: India Currents, “The Last Straw,” Kavya Padmanabhan 

A well-researched article by a high-school student on depression among teenagers

 First Place: India Currents, “Analysis by India Currents Staff,” R. Benedito Ferrão, Ranjani Iyer Mohanty, Mimm Patterson, Sarita Sarvate, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

Approximating H-4 and Epsilon’s Worldly Possessions by Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan are thought-provoking essays by the former editor of India Currents, one about getting into the mindset of an H-4 immigrant and the other about the possessions a baby accumulates.

Heroes Among Us by Ranjani Iyer Mohanty is a deeply touching look at the loss of a child

The Man Who Wouldn’t be King by Benedito Ferrao reflects on sharing a name with Rodney King and the repercussions when race and ethnicity are called into question.

Memories are Made of This by Mimm Patterson is a stunning personal account of a daughter who looks for a deeper connection with her mother.

Tea by Sarita Sarvate is a beautiful  discussion of how tea has had an impact on the author’s interior journey.

India Currents is an important facet of America’s emerging multicultural identity. It is a monthly publication devoted to the exploration of the heritage and culture of India as it exists in the United States. The magazine covers a wide range of subjects—music, dance, film, literature, travel, recipes, business. At the heart of the magazine is a comprehensive calendar of Indian events, used extensively by readers to plan their leisure and entertainment.

India Currents has been in continuous publication since April 1987. Today, it has the largest circulation among Indian publications. It is published in three print editions—Northern California, Southern California and Washington, D.C. editions. It is also accessible as a digital magazine, online, on mobile devices as well as social media. Through these avenues, we reach 172,000 readers every month. India Currents magazine is an important resource for demographic information on the Indian community. It is indexed by Lexis/Nexis and the Ethnic Watch database.


Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...