Volume 1: Number 2 November 26, 1997
Washington--Convinced she was about to win the National Spelling Bee,13 year-old Rebecca Sealfon from Brooklyn, N.Y., shouted each letter of her last word into the microphone "e-u-o-n-y-m" and raised her arms high. She beat out Prem Murthy Trivedi, 11, of Howell, N.J. Prem lost after he added an extra "l" to the word "cortile," a courtyard. Sudheer Potru, 13, of Beverly Hills, Mich., came third. (Associated Press)
I need to look up the word "euonym" in my d-i-c-t-i-o-n-a-r-y.
"Euonymous: Well or felicitously named, as in, The Peace Society and its euonymous president, Mr. Pease."
Prem Murthy Trivedi from Howell, N.J., and Sudheer Potru, of Beverly Hills, Mich.,
and there must be many others,
Deepa Rao, 12, from Jacksonville, Fl., and Renuka Ghosh-Michaels, 14, of San Diego, Calif.,
these are the born-again Indians of pages 45 or 47 of next week's India Abroad.
One Mr TV Raghavan from Houston will write that this is the best news he has heard
since Vishwanthan Anand beat the computers 4-2 in the Dutch tourney,
"including the one named Genius which had already beaten Kasparov previously in rapid chess."
There is Senator Jesse Helms on page 16 of my last India Abroad.
Sen. Helms responded to an invitation by the Indian American Forum for Political Education
and its euonymous president-elect, Swadesh Chatterjee, to help celebrate India's
50th anniversary of independence.
On way to the bold type, the exclamation marks, the box with the word URGENT screwed on it,
I reach at last the Classifieds, past the want ads for motel help, computer programmers, drivers,
tandoori cooks, curry cooks, live-in housekeepers, typists fluent in English, till I am
seeking with the rest of independent India one beautiful girl, convent educated, tall, slim, fair,
charming, caring, humble, from respectable family, open minded with traditional Indian values.
Two columns to the left of "Restaurant for Sale under $60,000" and right next to "Photo Lab Must Sell Due to Health" is one that reads:
"24 and 29, handsome, tall, citizens with mixed blessing of eastern and western cultures are seeking women, 22-28. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org".
Dear Editor, Prem Murthy Trivedi, Sudheer Potru, Deepa Rao, Renuka Ghosh-Michaels, TV
Raghavan, Swadesh Chatterjee, and citizens of mixed blessing a.k.a. email@example.com:
You have in your possession/words
to spell and to sell/tell me
how many "l's" are there in "loneliness?"
Why have these words become meaningless to me
Ma ghar aaunga
to tumhare liye kyaa launga?
When I come home
what will I bring for you, Ma?
You invite Jesse Helms, the euonymous head
of the Foreign Relations Committee,
to tell you about your independence
and he does
praising you for the opening of the market
of "the world's largest democracy" to the US
and you who print news-reports
of your sons and daughters winning quizzes
with the correct names of fossils and the T-Rex
why didn't you ask Jesse Helms if he knew the
between Bhagat Singh and Manmohan Singh?
What link do I have anyway to the world's
that is ever worth more than a 49-cent-per
minute calling card?
That is why
I sit here turning the pages of my India Abroad.
2.Tu kisi rail-si gujarti hai,