In the Earlier Issues… …


In the Earlier issues… … …

Report Highlights the Need for a More Diverse Demographics in the Region

By Kollengode S Venkataraman

This article discusses recent reports on the lack of demographic diversity of our region, which is recognized as one of the stumbling blocks for our region’s economic growth in spite of our excellent resources and social infrastructure [excepting perhaps roads ;–))] compared to other metro areas of comparable size in the US.  The reports were discussed in a meeting in January organized by Vibrant Pittsburgh, an industry-local government-philanthropic coalition committed to region’s growth.  The participation in this meeting by Mr. Rich Fitzgerald, the Allegheny County Chief Executive, and Mr. Bill Peduto, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, on a wintry January morning only highlighted the importance of this topic.

An Unusual Opportunity to Help to Girls’ Education Among the Working Poor in India

By Nandini Mandal

Nandini Mandal, the Artistic Director of Nandanik School of Dances, shares with readers the background of her choreographic a dance piece for promoting education of girls from rural working poor families in India by providing sanitation facilities, the lack of which is one of the main reasons for the high drop-out rates for post-puberty girls in rural India.  The inspiration for this work is an fund-raising initiative by Santosh Gurlahosur, a young IT professional, who moved into our area recently from India.

Exhibition on Poems and Paintings

By Premlata Venkataraman

Premlata writes on a recent exhibition held at the Panza Gallery in Millvale, organized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in which Pittsburgh-based artistes portrayed on their canvasses the themes conveyed in selected poems, featured on Saturdays in the daily.

Obituary: Dr. Indravadhan Pandit (1937- January 20, 2016)

By Krishan Aggarwal

Krishan Aggarwal, a long-time resident of our area writes the obituary for Dr. Indravadhan Pandit, a cardiologist, who passed away on January 20, 2016.  Aggarwal knew Shri Pandit for decades.

Bhartrhari’s Nine Fears of Mankind

By K S Venkataraman and Arun Jatkar

Many of Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina works in Indian science, medicine and psychology and literary works from India are timeless in their contents. Here the authors share with readers the timelessness of one verse by the well-known 5th century Sanskrit poet Bhartrhari on the nine fears of mankind, which is as relevant today as it was 1500 years ago.

On the Association of “British” Scholars

By Kollengode S Venkataraman

The writer brings out the anglophile instincts of the Brown Saheb elites in India anchoring his write-up on the so-called ‘Association of “British” Scholars,’ an association of Indian desis.  Their only qualification for their “Britishness” is a 4 or 2 year stay somewhere in the UK pursuing their graduate or undergraduate degrees in law, medicine, or engineering; or a 3-month certificate course 18th century Mughal history; or how Lord Macaulay consolidated India for the British by creating millions of English-knowing clerks and his contribution to India reaching its greatness in the 21st century; or a certificate course on how curry is a the British invention during their colonial days and how they gave the pedestrian desi curry its due place in the European culinary arts.

 On Tea

 By Premlata Venkataraman

Premlata, in a light-hearted vein, shares with readers how tea shops have caused political reverberations in recent history.

The Joy of Giving: The More You Give of Yourself, the More You Find Yourself

by Darshan Goswami

The author, a long-time resident of the Pittsburgh area, shares his experience in running a non-profit organization focusing on educating girls in Rajasthan, India.


The Pittsburgh Patrika’s Twenty Years

by Premlata Venkataraman

The Pittsburgh Patrika enters the third decade since its first issue came out in October 1995.  This brief write-up summarizes its journey and its path ahead.

Duquesne University School of Law Hosts “Gandhi: The Lawyer”

By Meghan Collins

Meghan Collins, the law student and the editor of Juris, the law journal of Duquesne University writes on the recent event hosting a lecture on Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi at the university, attended by Gandhi’s grandson.

The Chennai Floods – How A Natural Event Became A Man-Made Disaster

By Kollengode S Venkataraman

The Chennai Floods of 2015 is the classic example of how once -in-a-century severe natural event of excessive rainfall got transformed into a man-made disaster on account of reckless growth of Chennai’s city and metro area, with no respect for the natural terrain, ecology, and weather patterns.  Thousands of large and small lakes (called Aeri and Kanmai in Tamil) in the extended Chennai geographic area simply disappeared by land-filling.  These land masses were converted into shopping malls, bus stands, for-profit private hospitals and private universities, even government offices and court buildings.  Making matters worse, the three rivers snaking around Chennai that were draining storm waters into the sea were in total disrepair.  An unholy alignment of the selfish vested interests of corrupt politicians, vote-bank politics, land-, construction-, and real-estate-mafia, and the greed of the middle class in the real-estate boom learned a lesson when Nature came with a vengeance  telling Chennai-vasis who was in charge.

Youthful India

by Premlata Venkataraman

The author writes her observations during her recent visit on the ebullience of India’s youthful energy.

A Remarkable Story on Compassion & Caring

By Krishnaa Raman

Krishnaa Raman, a Savannah GA resident now, who lived in our area for over 25 years, writes on Mr. Murugan, an autorickshaw driver in Kochi, Kerala.  Mr. Murugan, a young man with very limited resources as an autorickshaw driver, still finds time to take care of abandoned young children and the elderly, providing them with shelters, personal security, and basic medical care.  An inspiring story.

Dr. Nilima Karamchandani Receives the 2015 Health Heroes Finalist Award

By Urvashi Surti

Urvashi Surti write on her friend and alumna Nilima Karamchandani’s long service to neonatology in the Pittsburgh area.  for her service, Dr. Karamchandani received the Health Heroes Finalist Award for 2015.

Pure Fiction: Gobi Manchurian

By Kollengode S Venkataraman

In a lighthearted piece, the author attempts in vain to get to the origin of Gobi Manchurian, a popular item these days in Indian restaurants.

Subramania Bharati on the Illusions and Transience of Life

By Kollengode S Venkataraman

Subramania Bharati is the beacon in Tamil literature, particularly poetry.  Tamil poetry, which has over 2500 years of continuous recorded history, was made available to the common man by the singular effort of Poet Bharati.  This article comments on his classic philosophical poems on the transience and illusory nature of our life.

Rajyasree Ghosh’s Mesmerizing Vocal Recital

By Seema Chaubey

Ms. Chabey reviews the vocal recital of Rajyasree Ghosh in a house-concert at the residence of Samar Saha of Irwin, PA

Monopoly in Healthcare Industry not Good for Consumers or for Our Region’s Vitality

by Kollengode S Venkataraman

The domination of UPMC in the healthcare industry in southwestern Pennsylvania is not good for the long-term economic and social vitality of the region.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati  (August 1930 – 23 September 2015)

by Kollengode S Venkataraman

An important event in the life of Swami Dayananda Saraswati in his interactions with the leaders of the Abrahamic Faiths.

Book Review:  Making Friends with Death by Arun Jatkar and Dhananjay Joshi

Review by Kollengode S Venkataraman

This book is on the important topic of not only understanding death, but also the process of dying, a topic that many of us want to believe that it only happens to somebody else.

My Short and Sweet Vacation in Europe

by Cindy Koller

Cindy Koller, the copyeditor of the magazine recounts her short vacation in Europe with her daughter.

Pranaam, India!

by Jeremy Levy

Jeremy Levy,  a professor in physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh, recalls his wedding to his Indian bride in Patna on his Silver Wedding Anniversary.

Sakhi Serves South Asian Women in Distress

by Juginder and Dolly Luthra

The Luthras describe the annual event of Sakhi, the volunteer organization in New York City to help South Asians women against domestic violence.

Pallavi Muluk’s Pleasant Karnatic Vocal Arangetram

by Premlata Venkataraman

A brief review of the first solo Karnatic vocal recital in Pittsburgh

Jindal’s Madcap Pursuit for the White House

by Kollengode S Venkataraman

Bobby Jindal became irrelevant on his pursuit on the very day he made his announcement in July.  A sample of readers’ sarcastic reaction is given here.

International Air Travel:  US & Persian Gulf Air Carriers Compete  Travelers Stand to Gain

by Kollengode S Venkataraman

Hillary Clinton has long and somewhat contentious record in her three decades of public life. While she is endearing to liberal Democrats, the entire Republican base is also energized in opposing her. So, Clinton may be vulnerable if she cannot rally the entire Democratic Party around her and then some independent voters as well. So, Mrs. Clinton, if she should become the Democratic nominee, will have an uphill task ahead in the 2016 fall elections.

Proxy War:  The Syrian Axis Dividing the World

by Kris Gopal

The Proxy War in Syria with participation from China, the US, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia … ….

5-k Charity Event by  Pittsburgh Indian Community & Friends (PIC)
by PIC-5-k Volunteer Team, Pittsburgh, PA 

The Pittsburgh Indian Community and Friends (PIC)’s Fall 5-k Walkathon in September for raising funds for local charities. Last year, they funded local charities to the tune of $28,000 in their first Walkathon.

On Intellectual Arrogance
by Kollengode S Venkataraman

Seeing the success and affluence of Asians in the US, the individual and philanthropic organizations funding Silk Screen’s  annual gala now say that their support will be only in matching funds.  So, Silk Screen now seeks your support and help in keep this 10-year old gala going.  Any amount is welcome.

India in Transition:  Trying to Initiate A Radical Arranged Marriage
by Kollengode S Venkataraman

The radical story of a traditional Indian mother seeking a groom for her gay son.

The Pittsburgh Triveni Samskrita Mela 2015
by Asmita Ranganathan, Sudarshan Narayanan, Harichandan Mantripragada, and Jyotsna Kalavar

Pittsburgh’s Sanskrit enthusiasts are holding their “Sanskrita Dinam” in September.  Details here.

Pittsburgh’s Indian Music Groups Raises $17,000 for Helping Veterans
by K S Venkataraman

The Pittsburgh-based Sahana Music Group raised $17,000 to help veterans’ needs in town.

Samarth Nagarkar’s Enjoyable Vocal Recital
by Ahiri Ghosh

A Seventh-Grader writes on the pleasant vocal recital of Samarth Nagarkar in a house concert during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Dekho Hamara Hindustan at a Micro Level
by Kollengode S Venkataraman

Muslims finding difficulties in finding housing in Indian Metros receive wide publicity.  But this practice takes insidious forms in many unlikely places.

Rare Candor in Diplomatese
by Kollengode S Venkataraman

When deplomats are honest in their public comments, we get a peep into the contentious and acrimonious discussions behind closed doors.  These comments are also enjoyable.

Rita Ganguly’s Enchanting House Concert
by Seema Chaubey

Seema Chaubey shares with her readers his observations as a lover of Indian classical music during the house concert of Padmasri Rita Ganguly at Samar Saha’s home in Irwin.

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