Monthly Archives: September 2011


From my friend Anita:

It’s that time of year again! Most of you know that I’m involved with
SEWAA (Service and Education for Women Against Abuse).
SEWAA, in collaboration with NetIP Phildelphia, is having our
annual fundraising event:

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
This is a walk for Peace in Protest of Domestic Violence.

Registration starts at 8:30 am. Event Begins at 10am.

It will be held at FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Park, We will be meeting in front of the boat house, across from the Swedish Museum.

Please join us in commemorating the International Day of Non
Violence, National Domestic Violence Month, and Gandhi Jayanthi (Gandhi’s Birthday) by participating in a 5k walk to help raise funds to provide better supports and services for South Asian women and their families who are victims of domestic violence.

To register to walk in this event is $25 per person. You can register the day of the event. But if you register early or contact me before the event you will get a FREE T-SHIRT! Ask your family members, friends, and co-workers to sponsor your walk. Sponsors can donate any amount they wish. Please bring your donations with you on the day of the event.  A PRIZE will go to the walker who raises the most money.

For pledge forms or any questions please email Anita Prabhakaran at

The Philadelphia Inquirer Covers Indian Americans: Gets it 100% Right

Photo Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dear Editor Wischnowski,

I am writing today to thank you and the rest of The Philadelphia Inquirer team for your wonderful front-page coverage of the South Asian American community in the Sunday, July 3rd edition. The article titled “Indian population booming in Philadelphia area” certainly constitutes one of the finest pieces of research-driven feature-writing I have seen in quite some time. As one of the 477,586 Sunday readers of The Philadelphia Inquirer, I am thrilled to see that the third-oldest, eleventh-largest daily newspaper  the United States continues to maintain its reputation as the Pulitzer Prize winning publication of its yore.  With the advent of joke publications, such as The Onion, arriving in this town, it’s heartening to see some hard-hitting news in the Inquirer.

First and foremost, I would like to tip my hat to journalists Michael Matza and Joelle Farrell for their wonderful reporting. To echo the first quote in the article, “Stereotypes be damned.” Such breadth of interviewees! What segues! The software-developer. The dentist groom and the physician bride. The retired chemist. The civil engineer turned motel-owner. The managing partner. The real estate agent.  And lest we grow too comfortable in our community’s affluence, the additional video on your website featuring the taxi driver. A moment of silence for this lone unskilled Indian American man who aspires to achieve the American dream. And a hat tip to you guys for featuring him! I bow to your benevolent reporting. Nick Kristof could learn something from you people. Continue reading