Next week, I will embark on a short journey through four major cities in India. We’ll be visiting family, working and hopefully observing some schools. I cannot promise reliable internet access, so my posts will likely be absent for the next few weeks. That being said, I come bearing many gifts to keep you busy until my return (stuff that’s been in the news this week):
- Remember the Chilean miners? One of them ran laps for training and sanity while trapped beneath the earth. He still made it to the finish line at the NYC marathon.
- I am a really big fan of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an award-winning South Asian writer. My friend Aparna Kothary interviewed her for her own show in DC, Naansense Radio. Check out the interview here.
- In light of Veterans Day, PBS did a story on the Iraqi natural landscape
- WEXT’s Latin Alternative Mix (check out the playlist – it’s like they KNOW me!) is pretty amazing.
- Speaking of which, AfroCubism is a new, awesome album with collaborations involving Mali and Cuba.
- Remember when I blogged about Anjali and her coloring book? She’s making waves at UIUC.
- Check out this Tiny Desk Concert by Los Lobos
- A Ghanaian-American woman became king in a Ghanaian village!
- In case you missed it, you can listen to the archives of our show, APA Compass from last Friday. We discussed the roles of Asian/Pacific Islander Americans in the media. Next month, we’ll discuss culinary traditions, politics and the show, “Outsourced”. Don’t miss it!
- Finally, as a tribute to my own upcoming trip to Bombay, here’s a piece by Anand Giridharadas, talking about the relationship of India and the US, in light of Obama’s visit, globalization and the media. I really like his writing so you should check out his other op-eds as well.
That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: I couldn’t resist. I found some great finds over the weekend and I absolutely have to share them. Enjoy!:
- Edward Norton interviewed Bruce Springsteen at the recent Toronto International Film Festival (who knew they were old friends?) – you can listen on Fresh Air
- You too can fix our nation’s budget crisis at this NYT experiment
- In light of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 which opens next weekend, these Muggles took on the Quidditch World Cup. Check out the slideshow!