We bring to you this month another bunch of exciting stories of Indians at home and abroad. The cover story puts the focus on the Kodothodikas — Kaushiq, Rubina and their children — who left Kozhikode in 1996 and made Singapore their home, and who have undertaken a water sports venture through Jellyfish Water Sports, drawing attention to marine ecology in Kozhikode. It is a case in point of how Indians, wherever they are in the world, reconnect with the mother country and work for its betterment.
We have two reports from Odisha. First, a handy list of the little-known historical and natural marvels of the eastern state, which will be eminently useful while planning your next holiday. The other one is an inspirational story of some well-meaning, wise souls who founded Mindtree and then felt the need to do more. One of them is Kalyan Banerjee, who pens the inspiring story of Klorofeel School, tracing the emergence of the idea of a school in a remote region to provide village children access to quality education, rooted in values. This is a story that will certainly be of interest to many of our readers who feel the urge to do something meaningful for the country.
In the News section, we bring Kumud Das’ encouraging report on how India is becoming a hub for mobile phone manufacturing, with international players investing in the country. Apart from the competitive factor of wages and prices, India is emerging as a gargantuan consumer of digital data, which makes the country a hugely attractive investment and marketing destination.
In the Money Matters column, Vishal Duggal analyses the growing preference for branded players in Indian real estate and how this in itself is no answer to the woes of a property buyer in the absence of an effective grievance redressal statutory regime in the country.
Sujata Prasad’s interview with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s prominent disciple, Subhendra Rao, reveals a different aspect of the celebrated maestro — a gentle, humane, attentive and generous guru. Sonal Mansingh, the Odissi danseuse, pens her thoughts on how inner strength contributes to a person’s physical and mental well-being. In Fashion, we bring you a glimpse of how some of the top designers from India’s Northeast are paying tribute to their traditions and heritage.
We at PRAVASI INDIANS stand committed to connecting overseas Indians with one another as well as with India. Thereby, we look forward to building a vibrant network of the global Indian diaspora. We will continue to bring interesting and engaging stories every month and forge stronger links.
Happy reading PRAVASI INDIANS…