Author Lavina Melwani

Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!

Little Black Book: Events UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with Placido D'Souza

Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Manmohan Singh, Mother Teresa, Omar Torrijos, and Rajiv Gandhi – if you had them all in the same room, it would be a major summit! Ambassador Placido P. D’Souza pulls off this coup, if not in the flesh, at least on paper.

People NY Didi

“None of the sites reflected the wonderful cosmopolitan person my cousin is,” she recalls. “I really didn’t think she cared what someone’s skin complexion was or what their caste was – this was not her world. Yet she wasn’t ready to do it on her own – she still wanted family involvement.”

Food Articles samosa chef home

The company is the only Indian-American company to win gold twice, having won last year for its Tikka Masala Sauce in the Outstanding Cooking Sauce category.

Features Ustad Amjad Ali Khan     (Photo: Gunjesh Desai)

“We needed everything but my father said, ‘Thank you sir, by the grace of god I have everything – but please protect the sanctity of Raag Darbari.’ “

Art Gandhi on a Reclining Chair, India Shining 10 by Roy Debanjan

So you love contemporary Indian art but don’t want to burn a deep hole in your pocket with the high prices? Aicon Editions may be just the answer for tough, economic times.

Features suphcolor

You never know with whom – or for whom – Suphala will be playing next! The wild haired beauty has played the tabla with artistes from Yoko Ono to Norah Jones, from Eddie Brickell to Timbaland.

People Anand Chulani, the guru of laughter

Anand Chulani is not a doctor so how is he getting rooms full of people from high-powered CEOs to troubled teens to be stress-free and healthy? Through LOL – Laugh Out Loud – World, his unique method for getting audiences to unwind and relax.

Art Visitors at the Bose Pacia Gallery in New York

When you look at Gauri Gill’s images in her touring collection ‘The Americans’, it sometimes feels as if you’re gazing into a mirror and seeing a reflection of yourself. Indeed, there will be few immigrants who do not see a piece of themselves, a bit of their story echoed in her photographs.

Art Tom Keehn with MF Husain

He was a true friend to India, to human causes and to artists – and the world is a lesser place for his passing. An era ends with the death of Thomas B.Keehn, 93, whose sojourn in India had an impact on the nascent art movement in India.

The Buzz aj-with-plates

How do you sell a million of something in tough, economic times? Ask AJ Khubani – the man who marketed a million Obama Historic Victory Commemoration Plates and has already sold a whopping 800,000!

Food Articles Photo: Lavina Melwani

Fondly nicknamed Jaikishan Heights, this gritty Little India has been the salvation of new immigrants for decades, bringing them a sweet piece of their lost homeland. It is here that they find the remembered tastes and sounds that make them feel whole again.

Books Suketu Mehta is the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and found

Yes, all the high drama, the tall tales of tall cities like Bombay and New York started on a narrow balcony on a narrow street in Bada Bazaar in an old and densely packed part of Calcutta.

Food Articles 74th Street has been renamed Kalpana Chawla Way.

Little India has everything from precious stones to rich silks to aromatic spices. If you’re craving for a paan or a kesar kulfi – and you’re a continent away from India, this is the place you’ll find it. A photo gallery of the Little India in Jackson Heights.

Art Four Women Conversing, 1966 By B.Prabha

As director of the AIDS program, Sunanda is committed to Child Life therapy, which is play therapy for children with chronic diseases. She finds art invaluable in diagnosing emotional disorders in children and a great therapy.

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