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Whether you are applying for OCI or PIO, you will be required to surrender your Indian citizenship prior to the acquisition of OCI or PIO. If you have acquired the citizenship of a foreign country after June 1, 2010, you will be required to pay a renunciation fee of $175.00 along with the application of surrendering Indian Citizenship. You have to send your Indian Passport along with the application for cancellation. You are required to surrender the Indian Citizenship within 90 days of acquiring the citizenship of a foreign country, in case of any delay, penalties may be imposed.

A surrender certificate is issued to the applicant once the process is completed. Read More

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Teenage Eating Disorders

The average weight of American population is increasing with just two percent of total population having supermodel type of body. In spite of this statistic, most women of normal weight see themselves as too heavy. Even elementary school children are not satisfied with their body make and go on unnecessary diet regiments. A recent study in New York showed that 50 percent of girls develop eating disorders sometime during teen years. On an average one percent of suburban teenage girls develop anorexia nervosa (significant weight loss and cessation of periods), and about 5 percent of college women develop bulimia (binging and purging). Teenagers love to do things in their own ways. They want to eat out most of the times. Recent research conducted out by Children’s Hospital in Boston reflects that 4 to 19 percent of American kids eat outside gain up to six pounds every day. The obesity rate among teenagers has become three times in past twenty years. If this trend keeps up, obesity will soon be the nation’s number one killer - overtaking smoking.  Read More

Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia

Pt. Chaurasia was born in Allahabad, India. He trained as a wrestler until one day he picked up a bansuri. That single event changed the entire course of his life and the history of music. He then blossomed under the tutelage of maestros like Raja Ramji, Pt. Bholanath and finally Guru Annapoorna Devi, the daughter of the famous Ustad Allauddin Khan, the sister of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. As a world-renowned virtuoso of the Indian bansuri, Pt. Chaurasia has delighted and enthralled audiences around the world with his unique mastery of the North Indian bamboo flute (bansuri), his versatility and inimitable style. He is one of the busiest and most sought-after contemporary musicians in the world today. Read More



Welcome back to a hot and spicy edition of Masala Talks Bollywood, CM readers! If you think it’s hot here, you should check out the soaring temperatures in India.

But that doesn’t stop our favorite stars from getting out and doing their thing. And you know they do it well! Take a read at the latest from Tinseltown! Read More

Aditya Kripalani - Writing From The Back Seat

Ask him to describe the book in a few sentences, “The book is set in Mumbai amongst real roads, restaurants, lanes, bylanes so there is a lovely mix of fiction and reality. Anyone who loves or hates Mumbai can relate to the book. And anyone who has been in love.” The dark characters have come under immense scrutiny and have been pointed out by all who have critiqued the book.

Kripalani instantly defends his characters, “They are real in the sense that there is almost no escapism in the book. As opposed to a Karan Johar film where money is never a problem, these characters even in the midst of love, sex, dhoka have to bother all the time about even making a living and so on. If you want an escape, this might not be the book you’re looking at. That said it does have its fair share of romanticism.” Read More

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