The Tiger Hunter

Danny Pudi in "The Tiger Hunter"
Danny Pudi in “The Tiger Hunter”

There is so much great work being done by film makers and actors outside of the realm of Bollywood and I want to do my part in helping them succeed. This will be the first in a series of posts about independent movies. As I watch them, I’ll update the post to include my review or thoughts.

 

Plot Summary: A young Indian man relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, but when his job falls through, resorts to an elaborate charade with misfit friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart.

The Tiger Hunter deals with my favorite topic: the Indian-American Immigrant experience, and takes place in my favorite city – Chicago! Also, the movie features my favorite Chicago Desi Actor, Parvesh Cheena. Go see the movie and leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Read this article for insights from The Tiger Hunter‘s director, Lena Khan, and why this movie is so important for the Indian-American community or this one in Teen Vogue on being a South Asian Muslim in Hollywood.

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Job Opportunity: South Asian Community Health Specialist

The NIH grant is expanding the original SAHELI pilot study done by Northwestern to include South Asians in and around Skokie.

Job Opportunity for South Asian Health Study in Skokie

The Skokie Health Department is seeking applicants for a new National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded full-time position as a Community Health Specialist. This employee will work on the South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI), collaborating with Northwestern University. The aim of the SAHELI is to evaluate and implement health interventions targeted specifically toward South Asians and their lifestyles. The NIH grant is expanding the original SAHELI pilot study done by Northwestern to include South Asians in and around Skokie. Interested applicants can find the job description here. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

For more information on the study, check out this story.

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Indo American Heritage Museum Cricket Mela

IAHM Presents Cricket Mela, part of their “Beyond Bollywood” series.

I’ll be here on Sunday – will you?

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 Cricket Mela, is a program of the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation on view in the Field Museum’s Marai Gallery. There is also a component about the local Indian American community.

One City. One Dream. One Chicago.

In response to recent anti-immigrant sentiment expressed and embodied by our current President, Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago have launched a “One Chicago” campaign, to showcase a unified voice across all of our residents, citizens or not. Unity, equality, and inclusion, that’s what this city is all about. Below are a few featured stories from the campaign.

Alpana Singh

Alpana Singh is one of my favorite Indian American celebrities in Chicago.

Alpana is a Master Sommelier and entrepreneur. She moved to America from Fiji with her family when she was three years old, and at age 23 she moved to Chicago to run the wine program at Everest. Now she owns three restaurants and believes that her story could not have happened in any other city. (caption from https://onechi.org/stories/alpana-singh/) 

Retaj Abedat

I wanted to share Retaj’s story because the reason for most immigration is to secure a better future for the children. I know that’s the driving force for my parents and I want to do what I can to ensure that more children are given the same opportunities that I was.

Retaj is a student living in Kedzie. She recently moved to Chicago with her family as a Syrian refugee looking for safety and a better education. She loves school, learning ballet and wants to be a surgical doctor when she grows up. (caption from https://onechi.org/stories/retaj-abedat/) 

Peoples Music School

Chicago is a city known for it’s music. Be it the Blues, to House, to Kanye and Chance, we definitely leave our mark on culture. The Peoples Music School seeks to ensure everyone has affordable access to music and a chance to pursue their passion.

The People’s Music School was founded by Rita Simo, a pianist from the Dominican Republic whose education at Juilliard inspired her to teach music to American students for free. The school started in Uptown in 1976 and has expanded to four different programs across Chicago. Reflecting Chicago’s diverse ethnic makeup, there are over 20 languages spoken by the families of the 600 young musicians who attend classes. (caption from https://onechi.org/stories/retaj-abedat/

“Three million Chicagoans. Three million stories. Three million reasons to stand together.”

#SariNotSorry

Did you know there are over 100 ways to drape a sari?

I can still distinctly remember the first time I wore a sari. I remember feeling so beautiful and grown up (even though I was in the awkward teenage years). I had planned with my mother, for a week, on which one I would wear and why. Since then, even with all the changing fashion trends, I still prefer to wear a sari whenever the occasion presents itself. There is something so femine and elegant about the sari and it’s versatility is a testimony to its ability to survive thousands of years.

Did you know there are over 100 different ways to tie a sari? Let Rta Kapur Chishti teach you The Art of Sari Draping during her talk and live demo on Sunday, April 23rd in Oak Brook. The renowned ‘sari historian’ is being brought to the Chicagoland by the Indo-American Heritage Museum whose mission is to celebrate the culture of Indian Americans in Chicago.

Unstiched: the Art of Sari Draping
Unstiched: the Art of Sari Draping Talk, Demo, & FashionShow
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Anoushka Shankar at the CSO

For one night only, come see Anoushka Shankar perform Indian classical and progressive world music on her sitar at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Receive 10% off ticket prices, courtesy of Natya Dance Theatre by using code SHANKAR at checkout. March 25th at 8pm.

For one night only, come see Anoushka Shankar perform Indian classical and progressive world music on her sitar at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Receive 10% off ticket prices, courtesy of Natya Dance Theatre by using code SHANKAR at checkout. March 25th at 8pm.

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar

Why We Love Chicago – Reason #30

The big narratives may define a city, but the small kindnesses hold it together.

I’ve lived in Chicago for almost 9 years now and I’ve been completely and ridiculously in love with this city since I got here. The reasons are many and not always something I can easily put into words, but when I read Tony Fitzpatrick‘s piece in Chicago Magazine‘s March edition on the 67 Reasons Why We Love Chicago, I knew it expressed almost exactly how I feel about “The City of Broad Shoulders“. Well, if not how I feel per se but I totally agree with what he has to say! Below is the article in it’s entirety. Enjoy!

Cut-Rate Liquor, Greasy Food, and
Hope for Humanity, All on One Street

An ode to Chicago Avenue