Edward Snowden’s Indian Adventure: Back in 2010, NSA leaker Edward Snowden spent six days in New Delhi taking a course in “ethical hacking.” According to Foreign Policy, “the class’s ostensible purpose is to train students to protect computers and their contents from thieves and spies. But in order to do that, they learn how to break into computers and steal information.” (Foreign Policy)
An Indian Gun Specifically for Women: A gun manufacturer in India has introduced a lightweight handgun for women. The Nirbheek was named after Nirbhaya, one of the pseudonyms the Indian media gave to the Delhi gang rape victim that died in 2012.
But as journalist Sonia Faleiro points out:
Mindy Kaling Sang A Capella in College: That’s one of the many fun facts viewers learn in this ABC News segment on Kaling. (ABC)
Mumbai Airport’s Shiny New Terminal: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai just inaugurated its sparkling new Terminal 2. The New York Times reports the terminal is the airport’s first substantial upgrade in almost 30 years. Among other things, the terminal will be home to the world’s largest public art program. (New York Times)
In Bend it Like Beckham, I found a movie that spoke to the different parts of my identity, and portrayed Indians in a way that I had never seen before. As an awkward, football-playing child of immigrants myself, it wasn’t surprising that I gravitated immediately towards Jess. Unlike other Indians I had seen on film, Jess’s culture is part of her life, but it does not define her. Being Indian, like being a football player, or being a woman, is part of her identity, rather than her defining characteristic. Her Indian-ness also wasn’t the foundation for the movie’s jokes, which was huge for me. For once, the foreigners weren’t funny because they were foreign, but funny because they were saying funny things.