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The Immigrant Experience: Overcoming Hurdles

The Immigrant Experience: Overcoming Hurdles — The immigrant experience is full of excitement and the hurdles become easy to overcome because of the irrepressible desire to succeed, says DIVYA KAELEY It’s mid-2012 when we arrive at the busy Toronto Pearson Airport as permanent residents. The hustle and bustle makes me nervous and the cool July […]

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Meet The 23-Year-Old Indian-Origin Astronaut Whose Life Mission Is to explore space

Meet The 23-Year-Old Indian-Origin Astronaut Whose Life Mission Is to explore space — Sirisha Bandla worked hard at her dream of going into space despite having it shattered once. The young Indian-origin astronaut talks about her incredible experience in space – and about doing a somersault! The earliest memory that Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government […]

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Remembering the indentured roots – redefining Indo-Fijianness

Over 60, 000 Indian indentured labourers came to Fiji – the adults on a five-year contract, after which they could return to India at their own expense or on a free passage after 10 years’ ‘industrial residence’ in the colony. (Lal, 2019).  As indentured emigration was state sponsored, the Government of India was kept informed […]

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Women Harnessing The Positive Power Of A Crisis

Women Harnessing The Positive Power Of A Crisis —  Munmun, a Transmission Line design Technician in Boston, is working from home like many other mothers simultaneously handling duties of work and motherhood. Since February, she had spent several hours glued to news channels following the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial panic has started […]

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Thota Vaikuntam: Exploring Identity Through Brushstrokes Of Indian Roots

Thota Vaikuntam: Exploring Identity Through Brushstrokes Of Indian Roots — ONE OF THE life-altering moments that Thota Vaikuntam remembers vividly from his student days at the Baroda College (1971-72) was his mentor KG Subramanyan’s advice—“If you want your art to be original, stop following Europe and Britain. Instead, reach back into your own roots. The […]

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Indianness or Fijianness – the swinging pendulum

Ah, the good ol’ feeling of not being Indian enough and not being Fijian enough. It is a feeling that has festered for years and probably will continue to fester. The years of almost desperately craving for acceptance and validations from India Indians – oh wait let me give you context. ‘India Indians’ – my […]

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Art in the diaspora: A Work of Art in Every Direction

Art in the diaspora: A Work of Art in Every Direction — A COMMUNITY THAT WAS once maligned in mainstream US culture, South Asians appear to have gained a new prominence in recent years. With the rise of stars like Riz Ahmed, Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari, it has never been a better time to […]

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Breaking the Barriers: Four-Year-Old Sikh Child The Face of Diversity and Inclusion

Breaking the Barriers: Four-Year-Old Sikh Child, The Face of Diversity and Inclusion — Diversity is a goal for many campaigns in recent years. Yet the manner in which brands approach inclusivity can be boiled down to tokenism, even more so in the fashion industry. As part of Burberry’s Children’s Autumn-Winter ’22 collection, the fashion brand […]

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THE TUNE OF DUALITY – MADE IN IRELAND WITH SARAH PACKIAM

Are you often told you are not Indian enough to be a “real” Indian and does the colour of your skin define the concept of national identity?  It may sound like a contentious statement, but in an era of identity weaponry, both are statements that are …

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