Tag Archives: Bollywood

New Indian Wines Add to New York’s Diverse Cuisine Scene

New York, N.Y.  One of the things I love most about New York City—why I moved here 30 years ago — is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago contributed to this diverse milieu, and today new groups are contributing to our increasingly diverse melting pot. In recent years, I have been a voracious […]

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NY Indian American Film Festival Triumphant in 13th Year

New York, N.Y.  The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center last week, in the final event for the monumental festival. I was delighted to attend for the fourth year – a relative latecomer to this well-established cultural smorgasbord. The winners were […]

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Next Generation of Global Indian Cinema

New York, N.Y. I recently attended Ticket2Bollywood (T2B) sponsored by Molecule Communications.  I had the opportunity to interview its director Ajay Shrivastav and his sister and business partner Kiren. Brother and sister Ajay and Kiren Shrivastav are opposites.  He is the creative one and Kiren more the businesswoman operating Molecule Communications in Mumbai and Ajay is opening […]

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Bollywood for Beginners – A Seeker’s Guide

New York, N.Y.  Speaking broadly, we don’t appreciate Bollywood because we don’t understand it.  We fail to grasp it not for any intellectual flaw, but for a major cultural one: we didn’t grow up in India.  The biggest point to absorb to better get Bollywood is that Indian cinema is both sophisticated and unique.  Films began […]

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The Compassion in Fashion

Mumbai, India It’s always amazing to me how much the general public overlooks the good that comes out of the fashion world. Sometimes I feel like we have such a bad rep. People unfortunately tend to think of fashion synonymously with The Devil Wears Prada and eating disorders. In reality, although there is no denying […]

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Bollywood’s Economic Impact — on New York

I first met New York-based music composer Wayne Sharpe two years ago at the New York Indo-American Film Festival (NYIFF).  He was the first American I had ever encountered who worked for Bollywood.  Recently I had the chance to attend a conference that focused on the economic impact of Bollywood in New York City – […]

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Global Indians Illuminate Taj Pierre Hotel at Light of India Awards

New York, N.Y.  More than 300 of New York’s crème de la crème from the business, finance, and entertainment communities converged at the second annual The Light of India Awards, an initiative created by Remit2India and presented by The Amrapali Group. I was excited to attend the first at the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue […]

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Eleventh Annual New York Indian Film Festival Triumphant!

New York, NY. I enjoyed this year’s Indian Film Festival so much!   Opening Night I saw the Disney-backed film Do Dooni Chaar, directed by Habib Faisal, then Iti Mrinalini, directed by the talented Aparna Sen, and finally the Tagore novel set to film, Nauka Dubi, directed by Rituparno Ghosh.   And I am pleased to announce […]

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