As we hit the summer of 2013, it dawned on me this is the 20th anniversary of a national conference I helped organize in the summer of 1993.  The National Asian Indian Sammelan in Dayton, Ohio was a conference for young Asian Indian American adults, mostly age 18-34, exploring professional, personal, and life issues that this coming of age group was beginning to face.   Generally, the audience of this conference was second generation Americans, whose parents had immigrated to the US in the 1960’s and 1970’s.   This group was often the first set of young Asian Indian Americans who had been born and raised in the US, were recent high school or college graduates, and were beginning to face critical decisions such as career choice and marriage options. Continue Reading »

This weekend I made it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in beautiful Monterey, California.   Having living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 13 years, I would have thought I would have made it there, but life I suppose has conspired against me.   Regardless, I finally made it and thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of the sea life housed in the aquarium.   Penguins, sharks, fish, jellyfish, seahorses, colorful fish, dull fish, birds, squid, turtles, eel, worms, camouflaged animals, bright animals- the aquarium has it all.   Overall though, I’d have to say the jellyfish stole the show! Continue Reading »

Recently, I went to the wedding of a dear friend in beautiful Lake Tahoe.  The setting was remarkable, an outdoor wedding at the foot of the lake, with gorgeous views of the mountains and the glistening water in the background.  Truly a memorable wedding—meticulously planned, great company with both old friends and new, and a lovely couple beginning the next phase of their life together. Continue Reading »

This week, I found myself in New York city, traveling to my company’s Mid-town Manhattan office near Times Square.  Of course, this was just one week after the devastating Hurricane Sandy which tragically took lives and disrupted the lives of millions in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut along with other states up and down the Atlantic coast.  And of course, outside of the US, the damage and devastation in Caribbean countries was equally dramatic.    Of course, the cover photo from New York Magazine captured the reality of the city’s power distribution very powerfully. Continue Reading »

Usain Bolt’s Olympic achievements feel simply inconceivable.  His dominance continued with mind blowing victories this week in the London 2012 Olympics in the 100 meter and 200 meter races.   How astonishing were his victories?  The New York Times created a visual graphic of Bolt’s 100 meter feat in this digital interactive (titled One Race, Every Medalist Ever) comparing his result with all other medalists in the 100 meter race in the history of the Olympics.   It’s a 2:45 video- absolutely worth the time to watch. Continue Reading »

Recently, I made a trip to Europe and had business meetings in a small town outside of Cologne, Germany called Euskirchen.    Arriving on a Sunday afternoon for all day meetings on Monday and Tuesday, I had a few hours where I could stroll through the city center and observe the city sites and local residents.    I was fortunate enough to stumble into a community concert/show, where children were singing and dancing a variety of songs.    A fortunate chance to see a slice of the local culture.   This was my favorite one. Continue Reading »

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