New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest Spring Festival 2009

NJISACF will be organizing a Film Festival of regional Indian films on April 18, 2009 at the Rutgers Bush Campus Students Center from 12pm to 11.00pm.

The feature films to be screened include:

GENESIS – directed by Mrinal Sen

KAALBELA (Calcutta My Love) – directed by Gautam Ghosh

MAATI MAAY (A Grave Diggers Tale) – directed by Chitra Palekar

BIOSCOPE – directed by K. M. Madhusudhanan

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Phantom – Where are You?

It seems the “Ghost who walks” is not aware of the rampant piracy that’s going on in the Indian ocean. Phantom, the nemesis of the pirates, is needed once again. The Somali pirates have been ravaging the shipping lanes off the horn of Africa. The recent attack on Maersk and the kidnapping of its American captain has suddenly caught the attention of the media.

Where is Phantom? Let the drums of Denkali once again summon the great comic book hero – Phantom – The Ghost Who Walks!

Facebook, Social Networks and Teens

Teenager sending text message on cell phoneRecently I listened to an excellent talk by Dr. Jeffrey Cole (Director, Center for the Digital Future, of the USC Annenberg School) about Social Networks, the digital media and our teens. His research and insights into this digital revolution that we are growing through threw some interesting light on our teen generation. The teens today use technology in ways we never thought of. The entire digital industry is geared up to develop new gadgets and gizmos for the new generation. The social networking phenomenon like Facebook, Orkut and others have demonstrated how much influence this new generation has in defining the shape of digital media.  Dr. Cole lists few characteristics of a teen in this and our future digital generation.

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Kal Penn in White House

Actor Kal Penn is taking a job in the Obama administration as a liaison to Asian-American groups, a White House spokesman said. The Hollywood star, who appeared in Fox TV’s drama “House” and several movies like “The Namesake”, “Harold and Kumar” etc., is joining the White House Office of Public Liaison as a link to Asian-American and Pacific- Islander communities, spokesman Shin Inouye said.
Kal Pen was recently seen in Fox Network’s highly popular series “House” as Dr. Cutner who commits suicide on the April 6 2009 episode. I guess Kal has a more important call to answer to.

Shiv Kumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain

Ustad Zakir Hussain on TablaSaturday April 25 Doors open 7.30 pm Show 8 pm
The Grand Opera, Wilmington DE.
Sponsored by The Bengali Association of the Delaware Valley
*Shiv Kumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain, santur and tabla*
Tickets $35.00, $50.00 and $75.00
Tickets can be purchased from A
$2.00/ticket service fee applies when you purchase tickets on-line.
Phone 302-652-5577 or 1-800-37-GRAND

How to Bring Traffic to Your Blog or How to Make Money with Your Blog!

Make Money on your Blog and WebsiteAnybody who is even the least interested in making money with their blog has done a google search this title phrase and have landed up with thousands of articles, posts, advertorials, videos and other material that provide a hash-up of few different techniques that can bring in the greens. But when you look at them with some curiosity, you’ll see that almost all off them give you a bullet list of techniques that can bring in traffic and can potentially bring in some dough. You’ll learn about SEO techniques to improve search engine rankings, you’ll know how important it is to have in-links to your site, you’ll discover what article marketing is, and how to effectively use the social networking and bookmarking sites (Facebook, Orkut,, Reddit, Stumbleupon etc. etc.). You’ll know the benefits of enlisting your blog to multiple blog networks and directories, tricks to improve Alexa rankings and the secrets of setting up RSS feeds for potential subscribers. All these techniques are good and work to some degree to bring in traffic to your blog – but believe me, millions of bloggers are doing just the same. Traffic is king to any blogger, and whatever published technique exists today are being tried over and over again. The problem is that the search engines (google, yahoo etc) and traffic ranking sites (like Alexa) keep on changing their strategy frequently and hence many techniques become stale. Continue reading