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Thanksgiving Ritual: Little Things that Really Mattered to Me

By Susan Ford Collins. New York, N.Y.  In our family, Thanksgiving is about much more than just food. Oh yes, every year I make homemade cranberry sauce, a huge turkey filled with rice-stuffing and roasted with onions, mushrooms and carrots till golden brown, along with neatly trimmed broccoli “trees” for the kids, and a mouth-watering […]

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For Native Americans, Thanksgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing

Washington, D.C.  Growing up, attorney Anita Shifflett celebrated Thanksgiving in the same way as most other Americans, by getting together with relatives to enjoy a hearty meal. “Thanksgiving meant family,” said Shifflett, a card-carrying member of the Native American Lumby tribe. “You had to go home for Thanksgiving. You had to go back to the […]

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The Dalai Lama Talks to Students at IIT Madras in India

Chennai, India. The intense rainstorms that lashed Chennai over the last couple of days had eased up as His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove across the city this morning. He had been invited to speak to students of the IIT Madras as part of their Extra-mural Lecture series. The IIT campus was formerly part of […]

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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York

New York, N.Y. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month – though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival […]

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Second IAAC South Asian Lit Fest Wraps Up in NYC – with Meera Nair

New York, N.Y. The second annual Indo-American Literary Festival of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) wrapped up recently in New York City showcasing writers from the entire Indian sub-continent — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan — including Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Suketu Mehta, Madhur Jaffrey, and Sree Sreenivasan. As always the most amazing of them all was Aroon Shivdasani, its […]

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$8.5 Million Dollhouse Amps Up ‘Holiday Under The Stars’

New York, N.Y.  Valued and insured at $8.5 million, The Astolat Dollhouse Castle will be on public display this holiday season at The Shops of Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center in Manhattan for the first time ever since being built in the 1980s. On November 12, the unveiling of the “dollhouse” will coincide with […]

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Ban Ki-moon Unveils U.N.-Themed Sculpture in Central Park

New York, N.Y.  As worldwide celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations kicked into high gear, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a host of senior UN officials gathered this evening in New York’s Central Park to unveil a new sculpture, Enlightened Universe, comprised of a sphere surrounded by a spiral of 70 human figures […]

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Producers: Chris Rock Brings Talent, Truth to Oscar Telecast

Los Angeles, CA. Chris Rock had to audition for his role as this season’s Oscar hos “His audition was actually at the 77th Academy Awards, where he was, to my mind, absolutely brilliant,” says David Hill, who is co-producing the Oscar telecast with Reginald Hudlin. “He was the first name we had on our list, […]

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