She Reads South Asia


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Creative Online Invitations

I came across the following site, which I thought was really cool. Let me know what you think.

If you want a different, creative and free way to invite your family and friends to your next celebration, then check out eBulawa .

Bulawa is Urdu for invitation. So eBulawa means e-invitations.

It only takes 5 minutes and you'll be sending everyone creative invitations to your Bollywood concert, local cricket game, or even to your shaadi (wedding).

Have fun making your very own online invitations, impressing all who find themselves receiving them.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sabras Radio's Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund

"The 2001 Gujarat earthquake was the most devastating earthquake in India in recent history. It began on January 26, 2001 at 8:46 in the morning, centered near Bhuj in Gujarat, India. Rated at 6.9 on the Richter scale, the quake killed upwards of 30,000 people and injured at least as many throughout Gujarat and parts of Eastern Pakistan.

Following this tragic event, it was decided by Sabras Radio to set up the Sabras Earthquake Releif Fund (SERF) as a way of channelling the donations of its listeners and supporters and identifying specific causes to which to donate the funds it raised. In the year February 2001 to March 2002, SERF collected just over £170,000 from its listeners and organisations in the local community." *

*Courtesy of Sabras Radio

To read the whole article and see how you can help, please go to the Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund Page. And thank you in advance.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The effect of the VTech tragedy on future Indian students

According to a US counsellor, "the massacre won't discourage Indian students," reports IANS.

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The massacre at Virginia Tech that claimed 33 lives, including that of two Indians, will not jeopardise campus life in American universities nor should it stop Indian students from pursuing higher education there, a US embassy official said here Wednesday.

Describing Monday's massacre as an 'aberration', Satish Kulkarni, Counsellor Science, Technology, Environment and Health Affairs at the embassy, told reporters: 'What maybe happening is not what campus life is about.

To read the complete article, please go here

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Desi Professor Among Virginia Tech Victims

I just received the following article from SAJA. What a sad day for Prof. Loganathan, his family and all the students and their friends and families as well. This horrific school massacre is the worse in US history.

G.V. Loganathan, a 51-year-old Civil and Environmental Engineering professor from India is among the 33 victims in the biggest U.S. massacre - the killings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

Entire SAJA Article

Other articles include: Virginia shooting: Prof's family to attend last rites

Video from CNN-IBN

The article also mentioned that there was another Indian victim, a student named Minal Panchal from Mumbai (Bombay). She attended Central Florida University and was a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering.

Official Virginia Tech Website

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dramatic statistics about India

Here are some interesting stats on India, thanks to Mira Kamdar's new book, "Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy is Transforming America and the World
(you'll find them on the back cover)

India is the world's fourth-largest economy.

By 2034, India will be the most populous country on Earth, with 1.6 billion people.

India's middle class is already larger than the entire population of the United States.

One out of three of the world's malnourished children live in India.

India is home to the biggest youth population on earth: 600 million people are under the age of 25.

72,000,000 cell phones will be sold in India in 2007.

India just edged past the United States to become the second-most-preferred destination for foreign direct investment after China.

In 1991, Indians purchased 150,000 automobiles; in 2007, they are expected to purchase 10 million.

By 2008, India's total pool of qualified graduates will be more than twice as large as China's.

By 2015, an estimated 3.5 million white-collar U.S. jobs will be offshored.
India is the largest arms importer in the developing world.

American corporations expect to earn $20 to $40 billion from the civilian nuclear agreement with India.

In 2007, there are 2.2 million Indian Americans, a number expected to double every decade.

Twenty-nine percent of India's population speaks English - that's 350 million people.