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)