How an Anglicized name – done as a joke – helped Kal Penn make headway in Hollywood

Kal Penn is an actor of Indian descent.  Here is the story of how he changed his name and what it did for him in Hollywood, which is said to be full of liberals and multi-ethnic people.  Yeah right! Read Quote of Ben Parr's answer to Personal Branding: What can I do if I don't like my name? on Quora   Related articles from External Sources Ben Parr: "2,446 articles later, a goodbye to Mashable" Kal Penn confirms: 'Harold and Kumar Get Droned' in production Kal Penn Optimistic For … [Read more...]

Afghan Student at UC-Irvine meets his look-alike who is Half-German/Half African-American (Pic)

For an entire year, an Afghan student at University of California at Irvine in Engineering, was hassled because people were mistaking him for another guy.  He finally met the guy and posted their picture online on Reddit.  The post has already gotten close to 1500 comments and over 2500 likes in just 9 hours. This student is Afghan, while his look-alike is "Half German / Half African-American".  Yet, they look so much alike.  First of all, it is tough to find someone who looks so much like … [Read more...]

India’s role in Afghanistan and Pakistan

http://storify.com/drishtikone/india-s-role-in-afghanistan-and-pakistan … [Read more...]

Finmeccanica deal: Obama had rejected these copters for being too expensive, which India happily bought

We are surely very rich, aren't we?  The PM and the rest of the VVIPs want to move around in machines which even Obama thinks is very expensive for him and others in the US! US president Barack Obama had found a variant of the AW-101 helicopters too exorbitant to pass muster in 2009. But the Indian government had no such qualms while inking the Rs 3,546-crore deal for 12 plush AW-101 helicopters just a year later in 2010. Btw, this is not all in terms of the toys that our VVIPs get.  Look at … [Read more...]

77% of the Growing Asian-American Community voted for Obama in 2012 Elections!

An interesting and one-of-a-kind study done on the involvement of the Asian-Americans in the elections throws up some interesting insights.  The study was done by Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).  It did a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 9,096 Asian American voters in the November 2012 Presidential Elections.  The poll was done in 37 cities across 14 states on Election Day:  New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, … [Read more...]

Using Statistics to impact Elections and a Preschool in Sweden’s attempt to “Eliminate Gender” (Audio Podcast)

A very interesting talk with PhD candidate in statistics Panos Toulis about his work with the Obama campaign and the increasingly quantitative nature of elections in America.  The podcast also discusses an effort to eliminate gender at a Swedish preschool where there are no boys or girls, only "friends."  Very interesting discussions! … [Read more...]

Barack Obama: I am great at cooking Keema Curry!

Vikas Khanna is an Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India.  He has been in the People's list of "Sexiest Man Alive" as well as been called the Hottest Chef in the world! In a dinner ceremony last year, he happened to cook for President Obama, who revealed one of his own culinary secret to him. “He (Obama) called me and said, ‘Hey, you know what, I can also cook Indian food very well! In fact, I am great at cooking Keema … [Read more...]

US will be a nation of minorities by 2024

America is changing.  And it was obvious in this year's election as the African American and Hispanic vote beat the majority of White vote (70% of it) to elect Barack Obama as the President. By 2024, it is projected to become a country of minorities, when the Whites will lose the majority status, if the current trends keep up. United States will become a nation of minorities in 2043 when whites will cease to make up a majority of the population, theUS Census Bureau said on Wednesday.  In its … [Read more...]


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