The Indian American

indian American The October-December2018,Vol.v11No.4 CHAIRMAN AND PUBLISHER SUDHIR M. PARIKH, M.D. COO ILYAS QURESHI EDITOR ELA DUTT EXECUTIVE EDITOR SUJEET RAJAN REPORTER RUCHI VAISHNAV CONTRIBUTING WRITERS BRITTNEY MARTIN* DR. PRASAD THOTAKURA* SOFIA ANJUMAN ALi* LAVANYA MOOKERJEE * TOM HAN* VIDHI DOSHI* ELAHE AZADI* LAYOUT & DESIGN AJITA KAPOOR* PETER FERREIRA* EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BHAILAL PATEL FINANCIAL CONTROLLER DARSHANA GANDHI BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JIM GALLENTINE ADVERTISING SHAHNAZ SHEIKH* SONIA LALWANI* SHAILU DESAI* MUSLIMA SHETHWALA* DISTRIBUTION HERVENDER SINGH HEAD OFFICE 35 JOURNAL SQUARE, SUITE 204, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07306 TEL: 212.675.7515 WEST COAST OFFICE 650 VERMONT AVE., SUITE 46, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA 92805 TEL. 661.468.3851 CHICAGO OFFICE 2652 W DEVON AVE., SUITE # B, CHICAGO, IL 60659 PH:773.856.3345/0545/3445 NEW YORK OFFICE 36-01 36TH AVE, LONG ISLAND CITY NY 11106 WEBSITE WWW.THEINDIANAMERICAN.COM The Indian American is published by The Indian American, LLC. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. No material herein or portions thereof may be reprinted without the consent of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. Views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily in accordance with the opinions and views of the magazine, its personnel, its agents and no liability is assumed by the publisher thereof. Advertising copy and artwork are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. No warranties, guarantees or endorsements are made by the publisher. 03 THE INDIAN AMERICAN OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2018 Publisher’s Note ricket is always in the air, what with the advent of multiple platforms on TV to watch games around the world. This is great for hardcore fans of the game, who revere it. For cricket lovers, it doesn’t matter where they live and work. It will always remain their number one choice for sports watching. Cricket is growing in popularity around the world, and there is more money in the sport with the advent of lucra- tive T20 tournaments in several countries. India started it all with the IPL which is now one of the most awaited tournaments every year, one with the biggest contracts to boot also. It’s not just the game itself, but even the draw of play- ers, how much they make every year, that creates news as well. The IPL has today spawned similar tournaments, even in countries like Afghanistan, with international play- ers making a beeline for a few days of heady cricket spread across their international commitments. Some players today are more in favor of playing such T20 tournaments than playing for their own home coun- try. But that’s a different story altogether. For cricket fans in the United States, the good news is that the sport is beginning to take off in a big way right here at home. Our cover story, by Brittney Martin, takes a look at the fast rising popularity of cricket in football coun- try, like Texas. Cricket in states like Texas and Florida is not just a weekend past time, played on an empty lot. There are sta- diums up, and the sport is gaining in popularity and is flourishing. Some international cricket has already been played in the US, and the way things look right now, the odds are that the US might soon host an international T20 tournament in the near future. In this issue, we also look at a critical issue: how to deal with paperwork after the demise of a loved one in the fam- ily. It’s better to be prepared than not when it comes to death, and in the US, like in other countries, there is a lot of documentation to be done, plenty of paperwork, to put things into order, and put life back on track. Dr. Prasad Thotakura gives a checklist of such documents to deal with such a calamity. We also have several stories spanning technology and entertainment, as well as a report by Vidhi Doshi on the tallest statue in the world built in India. The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a matter of pride for Indians across the world. It will go down in history as an achieve- ment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wish you Happy Holidays! C Dr. SUDHIR M. PARIKH