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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Best Seller

New York, N.Y.  Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia University drew participants from Bombay to Brooklyn and Berkley – including glitterati such as literary giant Sir Salman Rushdie, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar of Disgraced fame, and [...]

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Roosevelt Island Prepares for Third Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

New York, N.Y.  Warm weather is upon us at last, and with it comes the Third Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival. Located under the 59th Street Bridge, across from the United Nations, Roosevelt Island has 600 incredible cherry trees. With the opening of FDR Four Freedom Park, a $50 million improvement to the island [...]

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Ambassador: From the Killing Fields to the White House

New York, N.Y.  I first met Ambassador Sichan Siv in 2004 when I was invited to hear him speak at the imposing Women’s Republican National Club, just north of Rockefeller Center. What a speech!  He spoke on surviving Pol Pot’s Killing Fields in Cambodia, then making his way to America where he earned a degree [...]

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Global Indians Illuminate Taj Pierre Hotel at Light of India Awards

New York, N.Y.  More than 300 of New York’s crème de la crème from the business, finance, and entertainment communities converged at the second annual The Light of India Awards, an initiative created by Remit2India and presented by The Amrapali Group. I was excited to attend the first at the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue [...]

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Celebration for Union Army Colonel Who Changed Course of Sri Lankan Culture

By Dr. Wije Kottahachchi, edited by Jim Luce. Orange, New Jersey. When Colonel Henry Steel Olcott landed by ship in the southern coastal town of Galle in the British colonized island of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) on May 17th 1880, the natives of that island were cocooned in their own culture and religious practices. The [...]

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Do You Suffer from Anxiety, Depression or Insomnia?

The Fisher Wallace Stimulator, a cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device, is cleared by the FDA for treating anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain. Patients typically report positive affects within 2-4 weeks, and sometimes as early as after one usage. In very rare cases, the only side effects reported are light headache and slight dizziness. The [...]

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Unlearning Intolerance – And Tolerance Too

By Michele M. Vella, MS, MA, Med., edited by Jim Luce New York, N.Y. United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Principle 10 commits to inter-cultural dialogue, understanding and the unlearning of intolerance through education.  What does it mean to unlearn intolerance?  Is intolerance, tolerance, inside out?  If so, is tolerance enough?  How do UNAI member institutions engage Principle 10 and [...]

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Which Publisher in the U.S. will Discover Brilliant Haitian Writer Franketienne?

Brooklyn, NY.  Having only recently discovered Franketienne – in the way that Columbus “discovered” America — I feel like a Johnny Come Lately to the cultural feast.  This brilliant Haitian author and artist is hopefully about to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.  I missed him because this incredible feast has only been served in Creole and French. [...]

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