The India Abroad Person of the Year Awards 2008 ceremony was held in downtown Manhattan this past weekend.
The Person of the Year award went to Fareed Zakaria, the first Indian American (Post-Indian-American?) to host his own show on a major network--CNN’s GPS Sunday. Zakaria joked about how he looked more pleasing on his TV show, thanks to the make-up and lights, and that the audience had to see him with neither on the occasion. (photo by Paresh Gandhi)
Other honors that night: Conductor Zubin Mehta received the India Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award. Mehta reminded the crowd of Sachin Tendulkar’s score against New Zealand. Switching to Hindi, he said, “New Zealand ko dho dalenge,” loosely translated as, “We'll beat the pants off them New Zealanders.” Wife Nancy Mehta and brother Zarin Mehta were nearby.
The Publisher's Special Award for Excellence was received by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri. (photo of author w/adoring husband by Jay Mandal)
The India Abroad Gopal Raju Award for Community Service, introduced this year, was shared by not one, not two, but 7 people who have been actively involved in American politics and fundraising over the last year: From the article:
Yet more awards. The Face of the Future award was also introduced this year. That went to Manjul Bhargava, the youngest-ever Princeton professor and the receiver of several awards, including the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize founded by Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) University in Kumbakonam, India.
The Young Achievers Award was received by three youngsters: Sameer Mishra, winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Akshay Rajagopal, winner of the National Geographic Bee and Shivani Sud, winner of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.
Photo of Zubin Mehta, Salman Rushdie and Padma Desai by Jay Mandal.