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Someone Needs to Investigate the National Spelling Bee

The National Spelling Bee was once again won by not one but two Indian-American contestants. Yes, for the second year in a row, the world's most popular spelling competition ended in a tie. The organizers exhausted all the words in the English language, even words borrowed from languages spoken in Latvia, Burundi, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and Harlem, New York. Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer, tried unsuccessfully to stump the two remaining contestants, Vanya Shivashankar and … Read More

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Save Your Brain, Wear a Helmet

It's illegal to drive a motorcycle or scooter without wearing a helmet in India, but you wouldn't know that from watching all the two-wheelers on the road. Only a few people wear helmets, the ones who … Read More

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India’s Economic Boom During Cricket World Cup

Cricket is the No. 1 sport in India by a wide margin. In fact, if you were to rank the popularity of sporting events in India, it would be something like this: (1) men's cricket; (2) boy's cricket; … Read More

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Never Too Old to Impress a Young Fan

My 8-year-old son, Rahul, can't get enough of the Beatles. He never tires of listening to their music, much to the dismay of his 11-year-old sister, Divya. She groans whenever he plays "Hey Jude," … Read More

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The Punjab-Georgia Farmer Exchange Program

The word spread quickly through the farming community in Georgia: thousands of Indian farmers, mostly from the northern state of Punjab, were heading to Georgia to buy large parcels of fertile … Read More

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Letter to your child’s teacher

Both my daughters are in school –- Lekha in third grade and Divya in first grade –- so I know firsthand the challenges of being a parent of school-going kids. That’s why I’ve decided to create a form … Read More

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Facing up to an addiction

The 76-year-old woman walked down the hallway of Clearview Addictions Clinic, searching for the right department. She passed signs for the “HeroinAddiction Department (HAD),” the “Smoking Addiction … Read More

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