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2008: Year in Review
Glimpses of some of the interesting developments in the year 2008. A Siliconeer photo essay.




(Above, left): The PSLV-C11 liftoff. It carried Chandrayaan-I, India’s first rocket to the moon. [PIB photo].

(Above, right): A remembrance for the victims of the terror attacks in Mumbai in November at the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif.



(Clockwise from top left):
President-elect Barack Obama’s campaign drew in South Asian youth in droves. Their parents, many of whom backed New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton, followed suit after Obama clinched the nomination;

After many years, an Indian author, Arvind Adiga, won the Man Booker prize for his novel ‘The White Tiger’;

Sameer Mishra of West Lafayette, Ind., reacts after winning the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee; and

Ahmed Faraz, whose poetry was equally passionate in the celebration of love as it was in championing the rights of the oppressed passed away in 2008.



(Clockwise from top left):
Five Indian Americans were named Guggenheim fellows: Meena Alexander, Tony D’Souza, Sumit Guha, Chandrashekhar Khare and Ashutosh Varshney;

San Francisco Bay Area Kathak maestro Chitresh Das presented a solo performance after seven years;

Sana Raoof (l), 17, of Muttontown, N.Y., Yi-Han Su (c), 17, of Chinese Taipei and Natalie Saranga Omattage, 17, of Cleveland, Miss., pose after receiving top honors at the 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta May 16. The three persons each received a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation as part of their award. The 2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair brought together more than 1,500 students from 51 countries; and

A photograph of Kartar Dhillon in her youth. Born and raised at a time when the first Indian Americans immigrated to the U.S., she brought an independent, progressive perspective to her life. She passed away in 2008.



(Clockwise from top left):
Human rights activist and pediatrician Binayak Sen, whose year-long incarceration in Chhattishgarh without trial has drawn global protest including a call from 22 Nobel laureates for his release;

Akbar Fights with Raja Man Singh (left half of a double-page composition). A single folio detached from a copy of the Akbarnama. Dawlat, c. 1600-03. The Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. hosted a three-month exhibit May 3-Aug. 3 that took viewers right back several centuries into the Mughal era as seen through the eyes of the finest Mughal artists of that time [© THE TRUSTEES OF THE CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY, DUBLIN];

India’s historian Romila Thapar shared a $1 million Kluge Prize with Princeton University history professor Peter Robert Lamont Brown; and

Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata launched the one lakh rupee Tata Nano ‘peoples car,’ Jan. 10, at the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Hailed as the ultimate peoples’ car, the project has drawn flak from environmentalists. [TATA MOTORS photo]


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COVER STORY
Afghan Treasures:
Asian Art Museum Exhibit

The Asian Art Museum is the only West Coast venue for an exhibit of Afghan artifacts. A Siliconeer report.


SUBCONTINENT
Lest We Forget:
A Bombay Diary

People of Bombay gathered in a remarkable public statement of solidarity with the victims of the terror attacks, writes Sapna Shahani.


SUBCONTINENT
Home: The New Workplace: Telecommuting in India
The global recession’s pressure on the bottom line has made working from home an attractive alternative for Indian IT companies, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.



ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Hidden Afghan Treasures
NEWS DIARY: News Briefs
SUBCONTINENT: Bangladesh’s Historic Polls
POLITICS: House of Lords Debate on India
COMMUNITY: FOSA Vigil in SF
COMMUNITY: Celebrating Bangla Roots
TRIBUTE: Remembering I.K. Shukla
SUBCONTINENT: A Pox on All Politicians!
PHOTO ESSAY: 2008: Year in Review
AUTO REVIEW: 2009 Dodge Journey SXT
RECIPE: Szechuan String Beans
COMMUNITY: Recognition for Service: Dr. Bhupinder Bhandari
COMMUNITY: The Aligarh Spirit
BOLLYWOOD: Film: Slumdog Millionaire
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Abhiyum Naanum
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Tech Briefs
HOROSCOPE: 2009 Yearly Forecast

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