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The Old World Charm of India’s Photo Studios

A fascinating story from the BBC:

In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra.

She says she stumbled across it – “wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot” – by chance.

“I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop,” she told the BBC by email.

“That was it. I was hooked.”

Read the story here,

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Podcast Episode 7: The Truth About Bambi

Fifteen years ago, a colleague asked me if she should show her child Bambi — a great film, but one where a deer loses her mom.  I didn’t know how to answer her back then. But recent political developments helped me arrive at an answer.

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A great recipe for Pork Vindaloo

This three minute video has a great recipe for pork vindaloo — this recipe was a fave among a guest list that included one Lebanese, one American, one Syrian, one Canadian and two children who could take spice when I lived in Jordan. What you ordered in the restaurant yesterday wasn’t vindaloo — this is!

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The Lessons on Life Spoken in a Soothing Indian Accent podcast deals with issues people face when looking to get to a new city, a new country or simply just a new state of mind. Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Episode 12: How to Network Effectively

Are you feeling stuck in your current job? Do you know you can do better — but not sure how? Here are two simple steps you can use to network yourself to the next great opportunity.

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Episode 11: Parents And Our Children

When I didn’t have children, I thought that I would have answers to most problems faced by children. But then I became a parent. And I learned different.

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The Problem With Going Back Home

Nowadays, people all around the world are asking immigrants to “go back home”. But what does home really mean? And how (and where) on earth can one return?

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Podcast Episode 9: Let the Cookie Crumble

I am a fairly disciplined person. But I am powerless when faced with a bag of cookies. But that’s ok. Listen to this episode and learn why it’s important to have at least one vice in life.

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Podcast Episode 8: How Not To Give A Hoot

I have mixed feelings about wildlife. I feel sorry for polar bears. But I am scared of them. Recently, I came across an owl in my neighborhood. The encounter taught me an important lesson about life.

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Podcast Episode 7: The Truth About Bambi

Fifteen years ago, a colleague asked me if she should show her child Bambi — a great film, but one where a deer loses her mom.  I didn’t know how to answer her back then. But recent political developments helped me arrive at an answer.

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Podcast Episode 6: A Lasting Source of True Happiness

I grew up eating food with the fingers on my God given hands. And I found myself in a country where people ate with forks and spoons. Learn how this conflict helped me zero in on a lasting source of true happiness.

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Podcast Episode 5: How Barack Obama Guided Me Through My Citizenship Oath Ceremony

I was nervous while climbing the steps of the Brooklyn courthouse for my American citizenship ceremony. But then I saw a photo of President Barack Obama. Here’s how he guided me through one of the most important days of my life.

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Podcast Episode 4: Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Uptown Funk

When we stereotype, we judge a group based on its worst actors. How I learned this lesson after listening to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars.

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Podcast Episode 3: Red, White and True

How Americans and immigrants alike can learn how to celebrate their Independence Days in a more meaningful way by taking a cue from Jewish holidays.

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My articles have appeared in publications like Business Insider, the Guardian and Huffington Post. If you are looking to develop compelling angles and articles for your organization, please contact me  at arun_krishnan at hotmail.com.

How Alexa Learned French

Hint: sophisticated machine learning techniques, and a little help from her human friends. {Read more at the Amazon Blog: Day One}

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Making search on Amazon easier

How Amazon’s Product Graph is helping customers find products more easily.{Read the article on the Amazon Blog: Day One}

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Music in a Voice First World

How Alexa and Amazon Music help you find the music you want (even when you don’t know exactly what you want.) {Read the story on the Amazon Blog: Day One}

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What the West Can Do If It’s Really Serious About Middle East Peace

To state the obvious, ISIS is not just Iraq’s problem. Or for that matter Syria’s problem. Or even just the Middle East’s problem. In a world where a palm civet in China’s Guangdong province can unleash a pandemic that killed people in America, and where a Tunisian fruit seller could bring down a powerful Egyptian dictator, the problems of any one country are more often than not, the problems of every country. {Read more at the Huffington Post}

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What the Merriam Ibrahim Case Can Tell Us About the State of Islam

The death sentence for apostasy in Sudan shows the plurality that has sustained and nourished the Islamic world is eroding. {Read it at the Guardian}

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How Marketers Can Reach Mobile Savvy Hispanics

The Hispanic market in the U.S. is growing at an impressive rate.  The U.S. Census reports that Hispanics are the fastest-growing demographic segment in the U.S . By 2050 Hispanics will account for 30% of the nation’s population.  It’s no wonder that companies are putting a significant amount of their budgets towards engaging them in a meaningful way.  {Read more at Forbes}

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Survey Finds Nearly Half of Mobile App Users Report Clicking on Mobile Ads by Mistake

New Findings From Pontiflex Also Highlight Strong Consumer Preference for In-App Mobile Advertising {Read the press release at Market Wired}

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Twitter Marketing:It’s more like email than you think

And That’s Why It’s Worth the $100 Million Investment. {Read more at AdAge}

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