Letters to The Editor


“The Indian Outsider” by Yaeer Ezekiel (Aug 2005) was great and demonstrated the writer’s excellent command of the language and great story telling skills that kept the reader eager till the end. The author has a lot of potential and character. Continue the good work. Good luck.

Orith Moses
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“The Indian Insider” (Aug 2005) raises many questions about the attitude of the so-called enlightened western world toward all dark people.

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“The Indian Insider” (Aug 2005) gave very interesting insights into the Indian immigrant experience. I would like to know whether the writer’s experience is directly related to the number of attacks in Israel.

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I am an African American man with a strong admiration for the deep intellectual and cultural vitality of the people of the Indian diaspora. I could say that I have what I term “Desi or Masala fever” (for those who aren’t familiar, this is a spin on the term “jungle fever” coined for those who have a major attraction for African American culture or people, in a positive, although sometimes myopic, way).

I read everything Indian, from books to current news. I visited the dynamic country once and with my 10 year visa I’m sure I will go again.

In your article “Bar None” (July 2005) it was great to see on your cover the photo of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who you mentioned is of bi-racial background. I found this very interesting, because (among other reasons) of the bi-racial senarios I have come across in my life in Houston and in my travels: African American-Indian relationship, even friendships, seem to be exceedingly rare.

So when I began to read the article, it was with the hope of at least reading more about Ms. Harris’ legal background, as was covered with the other attorneys and professors referenced in the story. You can therefore imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the only reference you made to Harris in your feature was basically in passing.

I certainly appreciate your covering her in the article at all, not knowing much of the cultural tolerance of interracial (specifically African American-Indian) relationships from an Indian perspective. However, I would like to see you revisit stories of this type with more indepth discussion of the successful people who are blessed to be the product of a multiracial and multicultural background.

Gordon Anderson
Houston, TX

I enjoyed the story “Bar None” by Lavina Melwani (July 2005). However, I did not find the name of Preeta Bansal, former solicitor general of the state of New York, mentioned in the article.

Nick Hudani
via eMail

It’s nice to find a publication in America featuring stories exclusively of interest to NRIs and Indians living in America. It is heartening to discover a forum where we Indians have a chance to put forth our views. I have found a place to feel my people and my country though far removed from it physically.
I feel that some of your features are too lengthy. You need to become short and crisp in your writing.

Noopur Shrivastav
via eMail

Bravo for the editorial “We’re All Terrorists Now” by Achal Mehra (Aug 2005). He hits the nail on the head. The profiling of brown people is not only morally reprehensible, it’s also not very productive from even a security standpoint. One would imagine that after four years we would have figured out better ways for providing security to the American people. It’s good to see you take courageous and principled stands in the magazine.

V.K. Singh
San Jose, Calif.

The article “The Final Journey” by Kavita Chhibber on Sunil Dutt (Aug 2005) gave deep insights into his turbulent life. Thank you for a very informative magazine. You are doing a geat job keeping us informed about things at home. We miss India a lot. This magazine is the best way to bring us closer.

Monika Shetye

Editor’s Note: The article “A Family Remembers” in the August 2005 issue, mistakenly listed Sanjay Dutt in the first paragraph, because of a copyediting error. The story was, of course, referring to his father Sunil Dutt. We regret the error.

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