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Vision of oneness This year, two people from South Asia, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash
Satyarthi, were awarded the 2014
Nobel Peace Prize.
For the last few years, one had to be
anti-Bush, or pro-Left to receive this
prestigious award; this time it was different. It was their steadfast work and
their vision that human rights of children cannot be allowed to trample
upon on any excuse won them this coveted prize today.
They have articulated their own
verse, not derived from any formula,
nor from any social theory and, that’s
what we need to celebrate.
India Abroad (October 17) crudely
dubs the event as ‘Peace in times of war’
and as an important milestone for
Hindus and Muslims.
Fortunately, the awarding event had
nothing to do with the Indo-Pakistani
border problem, or the engaged coun-
tries national assertions; it was not
even a Hindu-Muslim problem, the
recipients didn’t advance any religious
identity, it was simply their work and
their vision of human rights that the
world finally acknowledged. They won
it for their vision of human identity.
Let us celebrate them in that under-
Saumen Sengupta Utica, New York
Iam proud to be an Indian. My cul- ture includes Kalidasa,
Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma
Gandhi, the Mahabharata, the
Ramayana, my family and my ancestors and our Hindu religion.
The science of yoga, so prevalent in
the United States now, was practiced
daily at home by my father. He wanted
me to become a holistic
practitioner because medicine became
a godless profession to me.
We have a love-hate relationship
with America. This reflects our wak-
ing consciousness too. Relationships
can be challenging on an emotional
and an intellectual level. We have to
respect American people as friends
and try to appreciate them as differ-
ent but equals.
Being nonjudgemental can be very
rewarding. You make more friends
this way and avoid stress. The US is
not my parent country and that is
quite OK with me. Dr Padmini Shankar Berwyn, Pennsylvania
My positive visa
In the recent weeks, I have read in India Abroad so
many letters expressing total
disappointment, and even
frustration, in dealing with
the outsourced agency, Cox &
Kings Global Services, in get-
ting visa, Person of Indian
Origin or Overseas
Citizenship of India cards.
So, when I began thinking
about applying for PIO cards
for my wife and me, I was
hesitant to approach them
directly, and thought of seeking professional help by going with a private agency that
assists people in getting visas.
I am glad I did not do that; I dealt directly with Cox
As I live in Louisiana, I dealt with their Houston office.
My experience has been extremely positive. I read carefully all the instructions for walk-in applicants, put all the
papers and the documentation together and walked in
(no need for an appointment). The people there were
very, yes very, pleasant and cordial.
In less than 10 minutes after checking in, I was called,
and one young lady checked all the papers, asked me to
pay the fees (yes, I used my credit card; no need for a
money order or cashier check), and she gave me the
receipt that contained the tracking number and other
She told me that our PIO cards should be ready within
two weeks, and told me at what time of the day I could
come in and pick them up. She even made copies of some
papers needed for a basic charge. No fuss, no grumbling,
All this was done with time left over on my one-hour
I kept checking the tracking number on the Web site.
Like she said, they were ready in two weeks. The Cox &
Kings office sent an e-mail, and they even called me to
say that my PIO papers were ready and I could pick
them up. I picked them up, and am getting ready to
leave for India.
The experience was similar when my daughter applied
for her 10-year visa for herself and her minor daughter.
In fact, they got their visas in less than a week.
I must add that my experience is with the Cox &
Kings Houston, Texas, office. I am not sure if people’s
experiences with Cox & Kings offices at other locations
Rama Murthy Tunuguntla Via e-mail
Inside a Cox and Kings office. PARESH GANDHI
In your October 10 issue, the cov- erage of Modi’s White Hosue dinner mentions red wine was served
at the dinner when the menu clearly
says Shafer Chardonnay (Red
Shoulder is the name of the vine-yard/ranch). Chardonnay is always a
Mira Advani Honeycutt Author, California’sCentralCoast, The Ultimate WineryGuide:FromSantaBarbara toPasoRobles By e-mail