July 2015

Desh Videsh October 2015 – Cover Story

Indian Americans Shine at the 2015 Spelling Bee

In what is developing into quite an interesting trend, Indian American kids are dominating the Scripps National Spelling Bee year after year. What is even more remarkable is that the winners from the last eight years have all been of South Asian origin. This year was no exception as 13-year-old Vanya Shivashankar and 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam walked away with the …



Meet the Geo Bee Winner with the World at His Fingertips

The 2015 National Geographic Bee witnessed the sheer brilliance of 14-year old Karan Menon from New Jersey as he surpassed his fellow contestants to become the proud recipient of the much coveted $50,000 scholarship prize. This competition has been open to eighth graders across the United States since 2000 with the finals being held in Washington, DC. Finalists at the …


Why Indian Americans are Spelling Bee Champions

In what is becoming quite the subject of debate and controversy, Indian Americans appear to dominate every intelligence competition held across the United States. Whether it is the Scripps National Spelling bee or the National Geographic Bee, kids of South Asian origin are walking away with the top honors year after year much to the chagrin of the American population. …


Diabetes: Leading Cause of Mortality in South Asian Community

Author by Saira Gillani, ND What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when a person’s body doesn’t make enough of the hormone insulin or can’t use insulin properly. There are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body’s pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas either doesn’t produce enough insulin …


Class of 2015 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Desh-Videsh congratulates all 2015 graduates! We wish them all a future filled with prosperity and meaningful opportunities. We are especially thrilled that so many of our young community members continue to excel and push themselves to be strong, talented leaders. Learn more about these Valedictorians and Salutatorians below. Simran Vyas – Valedictorian School: Boyd H. Anderson High School Hometown: Sunrise, …


Editorial July 2015

July 2015 Dear Readers, This is one of my favorite issues of the year. I know it seems like I say that a lot, but really, this is one of my favorite issues! This time of year, we celebrate the many accomplishments of our youth. Young South Asians, whether in grade school, college, or part of the working world, are …