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Cricket, Poya, & being Indian in Sri Lanka

At the moment it's nerve-wracking being an Indian in Sri Lanka. Tomorrow, April 6th 2014, India takes on the Sri Lankans in a battle that has both countries on edge. The Lankans like their subcontinental cousins, share a strong passion for cricket. And as Indian who has lived here for the last 14 years, I'll be watching the game with hundreds of eyes on me!

Cricket fever is everywhere - on big screens in public areas, radio, tv channels and merchandising. Life comes to a standstill here when Sri Lanka plays cricket - even though the national sport is volleyball!

Beyond Bollywood:Indian-Americans shape the nation

About 5 years ago, a group of Indian-Americans prompted the Smithsonian to support an exhibition about the contributions of Indian-Americans to the United States. Donations, documents and artifacts were collected from the Indian-American community, and the Smithsonian exhbition opened in February 2014. The exhibition will stay open through August on the 2nd floor of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

Envy, Nostalgia, and Voting Twice in the 1977 Election

Elections are just around the corner in India. And I sit far away in the mid-west of the U.S. looking on with envy at those who are right in the thick of things. I wish I was there; but then choices have consequences, and missing the elections in India is a price that I have to pay given my choice of place and profession. Along with envy I feel nostalgia. This feeling returns every time there is an election in India. But this is the first election in India after my father’s (Appa) passing away and I fondly remember casting two votes in the same election!

Narendra Modi

Many years ago, when India and China were still being referred to as the emerging markets, I was required to travel to China on business. Having heard India and China being lumped together so often, I rather naively expected China to be no different from India. I was in for a huge surprise.

2014- The Great Indian Battle

2014- The Great Indian Battle
The craftsmen of our Constitution must be turning in their graves right now. India today is going through a self created and self supported turmoil thanks to the irresponsible behaviour of her own citizens. We sit around coffee tables and discuss what the problems are. But hardly any of us, get up and get out to make the change. We let the country be run by people who we have chosen, without even giving accountability and responsibility any thought.

The Big Bang Theory

In the 1970s, physicists realised that there were some problems with the standard Big Bang cosmology.


These Photos From McGill Law's Feminist Collective Challenge Stereotypes About The 'F-Word'!


When Dirty Politics Came Home...

What if Odisha was Delhi? What if it was not a far flung state that only sends 21 MPs to the Lok Sabha? Then, like Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP, PM Mohapatra and his OJM would also make headlines.

Stanford Bio Eng Prof Manu Prakash develops low-cost paper microscope

So incredibly cool.

According to Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Manu Prakash noted that the microscopes (Foldscopes) have two distinct but interrelated applications: use in education — by opening up microscopy to students — and in diagnostic healthcare in regions where microscopes may not be widely available. And it is made almost entirely out of a very unlikely material – paper.