Oct 16, 2016

15 year old Asian Indian boy shot dead in Cleveland, Ohio

Sunny Ravi Patel of Mayfield Heights High School shot dead at Mr. Hero of Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Asian Indian boy shot dead in Cleveland
RIP Sunny Ravi Patel

Sunny Ravi Patel, of Highland Heights, died shortly after being shot on Friday at Mr. Hero on South Taylor Road, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said.  He was the only son of Ravi Patel.

Detectives have released several surveillance photos of an unidentified man who shot Patel during an armed robbery at the sandwich shop. They are asking the public to help identify the man.

The man entered the sandwich shop just before 8 p.m. and shot Sunny Ravi Patel once in the head, police said. (IT IS REPORTED THAT THIS TOOK ABOUT 30 SECONDS).  The Highland Heights teen died after paramedics took him to University Hospitals.  The armed man took money from a cash register after the shooting. He then ran from the store, police said.

The man is described as being approximately 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and thin. He was wearing a white rag over his face, sunglasses, a black Nike hooded sweatshirt and gray Adidas sweatpants with black and white stripes down the sides.

Restaurant Developers Corporation (RDC) is a regional franchisor of sandwich shops and coffeehouses.  Its flagship Mr. Hero chain boasts more than 80 locations in Ohio serving deli sandwiches, hot hero-style sandwiches, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches. The eateries also offer sides, salads, and pasta dishes. RDC also franchises about 15 Arabica Coffeehouse locations in Ohio and North Carolina, as well as a small number of Café Morocco locations. Robert Coulson started the sandwich chain as Bob's Jumbo Submarine Sandwiches in 1965.

Mr. Ravi Patel, father of Sunny Ravi Patel


Erin Setzer on behalf of Binta Patel has initiated a Sunny Patel Funeral and Family.  33k have been raised in 2 days at the time of writing.  Mayfield High School Student Council has chipped in with a contribution of $250.  Binta Patel, wife of the owner of the Mr. Hero and Sunny's aunt, will be the family liaison and designated beneficiary for handling the funds.  "In a beautiful act of selflessness, they have chosen to donate the funds to several organizations that were close to Sunny's heart."

Eleksis Soleil Johnson: "I wish I could donate but I have nothing to give but many prayers and thoughts of comfort and love to the family. I'm sorry this horrendous tragedy had to happen to you and your dear son. Much love and well wishes. "


Daveion Perry, 20 appeared in court.
He smiled and shook his head.

Jan 5, 2016

Islamic Terrorism's 4 Causes

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is a well-known Pakistani Muslim theologian, scholar, interpreter, and educationist.  There is nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth.  

On the other side, we at hindu temples chant, Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinaha and Om Shanti Shanti and look at where the rote got us! 

Is it possible that Presidential candidate Donald Trump is perhaps not entirely wrong?

Nov 1, 2015

@ Rini Sampath - You Indian Piece of Shit

Rini Sampath University of Southern California
Rini Sampath, University of Southern California (Source: Facebook)

Last night, as I was walking back from my friend’s apartment, a student screamed out at me through the window of his fraternity house, “You Indian piece of shit!” before hurling his drink at my friends and me. Once his fraternity brothers realized it was me, they began to apologize. This stung even more. Today, as I try to unpack these events, I couldn’t quite figure out why their after-the-fact apologies deepened the wound. But one of my friends explained it to me the best this morning: "Because now you know, the first thing they see you as is subhuman.” And that’s the first thing some students on our campus see when they look at anyone who looks like me. 
This was the same fraternity that kicked out a peer of mine from their tailgate after calling him a “fag.” That’s sickening.

I’m still in a state of shock. There’s an indescribable hollowness in me, but I’m going public with this because this can’t continue. Some people don’t believe racism like this can happen on our campus. Some people continue to doubt the need for safe spaces and the need for expanded cultural resource centers or the need for gender neutral bathrooms or the need for diversity in our curriculum or the need for diversity in our professors or the need for diversity in dialogue. And to those who continue to believe we’re just playing the “race” card, I ask you this — what’s there to win here? A sense of respect? A sense of humanity? A sense of love and compassion for others regardless of how they look like?

This isn’t an isolated incident. It happens everywhere. Last week, individuals in a pick-up truck yelled racial slurs at Mizzou’s Student Body President, Payton Head. Who knows what will happen to someone who looks like me today?

“You Indian piece of shit” is the type of language attackers have used before brutally murdering someone. Just look at Inderjit Singh Mukker. “You Indian piece of shit” are words used to humiliate someone for who they are. “You Indian piece of shit” continues to ring so loudly in my ears I still can’t shake it from me.

Whether racism or sexism or homophobia or transphobia happens on the internet, or behind closed doors, or in a small group setting, or as "just a joke," it’s not okay. It’s never okay.

I was surrounded by nearly ten of my friends when this happened last night. I’m glad I was, because I don't know what I would have done if I was alone. They consoled me by telling me, “Whatever you do the next morning will be the right thing.”

Well, I really don’t know what to do. For now, this is my public plea. I don't know if what I have written here is enough, because there aren't enough words in the world to summarize the experiences of people who look like me and what they go through every, single day.

We lost a football game last night, SC. But I think there’s something bigger, much bigger that we’re losing here. And we have to get it back.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/rinisampath?fref=nf

Jul 2, 2015

Asian Indians Marrying White Americans-Yea or Nay

Quotes: Asian Indian Men and Women marrying American Men and Women

"American women are like American cars, they are comfortable but not reliable" - An Asian Indian man with a doctoral degree.
"Never, ever marry an American woman. That’s the advice I give my friends." – Davide Serra, Italian hedge fund manager
"My wife is American but she has been very good to me". - An Asian Indian man
"American women are good for ^ucking not marrying" - One Asian Indian opinion

Asian Indian guy marrying white gal in India
During a visit to UCLA campus area, I saw a desi gal, likely from Southern India, canoodling at a Chipotle Mexican Grill with an caucasian dude.  As I stood in the long line for ordering food, I wondered if this could result in a long term dating, marriage, marriage that would end in a divorce, a one night stand (this desi gal can't be that dumb, right?) etc. 

Recently, its observed that young Asian Indian men and women and children of Asian Indian immigrants have been marrying caucasians.  I knew an Asian Indian feller who married a black woman and it was a little awkward experience socializing with them, for everyone.

For us Asian Indians, white skin color, blonde hair and blue eyes has a special allure.  This is why one sees caucasian background dancers in Bollywood movies and caucasian cheerleaders in IPL cricket matches.  They make better eye candy (Jalebi) than Indian women for Indian men, is this the sentiment in the sewer of Bollywood/cricket entertainment?  For some, the eye candies may appear better than the main female character in Bollywood songs!     

Indian and American cultures are different.  Their histories are different.  This makes things complicated for the purpose of marriage.  Indians are collectivistic/pseudo collectivistic and Americans are individualistic.  This means, in general, Asian Indians and Americans value different things in life and does not mean that one way is better than the other.  From the standpoint of Asian Indian parents, one point of concern would be that their white daughter in law in all likelihood won't be a virgin.  In some cases, the marriage ceremony is conducted twice, once in a church and once in a hindu temple.  In some cases, the ceremony occurs in India.  The important seems to be what happens when the honeymoon stage is over and love has plateaued?

Bobby Jindal changed his name and religion but did not marry a white woman.  This governor aint stupid, I tell you.  The sweet Governor Nikki Haley changed her religion and married a caucasian man.  I seen well heeled Asian Indian physicians marrying white women or is it white women marrying well heeled Asian Indian doctors?


May 24, 2015

Beachwood Arts Council's to hold Indian DiversityFEST

The Beachwood Arts Council's India Diversity Festival will held on Sunday, June 14th, from 2-5pm, at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd., at Richmond Road.
Beachwood Arts Council's event on June 14
Showcased will be Cleveland's local Asian Indian community with musical and dance performances by Sugata Chatterjee, Antara Datta of Anga Kala Kathak Academy, Dr. Pinaki Chaudhuri and Anindita Tapaswi.  After the performances, offerings include Indian appetizers for a $5/per person charge, from the Saffron Patch, Choolaah BBQ and Café Tandoor.

Amee Patel will be selling costume Indian jewelry and a henna artist, Kristina Habarek of HennaMe Body Art will decorate attendees hands for free!

A photography exhibit in the gallery will feature scenes from India.  For further information contact, Leah Gilbert, Executive Director of Beachwood Arts Council.  The Beachwood Art Council is an volunteer, nonprofit organization that has supported the arts in Northeast Ohio since 1964.