Members of the Indian American community gathered at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his maiden visit to Silicon Valley. (L-r): From Dadi Pariwar USA Foundation, Mukesh Sharma, Sudha Gupta, Shipra Sharma and Yatharth Sharma (r). (Facebook)

Members of the Indian American community gathered at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his maiden visit to Silicon Valley. (L-r): From Dadi Pariwar USA Foundation, Mukesh Sharma, Sudha Gupta, Shipra Sharma and Yatharth Sharma (r). (Facebook)

Britain MP Keith Vaz’s remark, “Modi is a rock star among international politicians,” holds true and on his second visit to the United States, the first to Silicon Valley, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a perfect rock star welcome as much as he charmed and enchanted the millions who thronged to take a glimpse or listen to him.

Despite his visit being timed with China’s Xi Jinping and, a little earlier with that of Pope Francis, Prime Minister Modi clearly stole the show on his six-day visit that ended Sept. 28.

Marketing his showmanship, tech-savvy, and pro-development image that gelled well with his overt display of India’s hard and soft power, he drove the point home that the U.S. is willing to engage with India as a partner and not a rival, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

Given the land acquisition hurdle to development, the Modi government is looking at an out-of-the-box idea to circumvent the vexed issue. One way is to look at natural resources beyond land, such as the sea.  Recently, New Delhi approved the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy that aims to harness the clean energy along the country’s 7,600 km coastline. The policy will enable projects and research and development activities up to a seaward distance of 200 nautical miles that constitutes the exclusive economic zone of the country, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association of Northern California held its 19th Sir Syed Day event at the ICC in Milpitas, Calif., Sept. 19, with a wonderful night to honor and remember not only the founder of the esteemed university but also in a way to continue his mission, writes Ras H. Siddiqui.

This restaurant’s buffet has more items than what we could review in a single trip, so here’s a brief take. If you are in the mood for a quick bite of Naan, chicken, chholé, gulab jamun, and the likes in Fremont, Calif., Taste of India should top your list, write Siliconeer foodies Vansh A. Gupta and Rohan Kumar.

Their lives crossed at a dance in San Francisco, where Pop was stationed. Discharged on August 24, 1921 and married his chosen in The City the next day. And the great adventure two-years later was forged. Marie and Albert were on their way to Worcester, Mass., to see Albert’s family and introduce his new bride. While mom’s “Memorandum” ran some 60-plus pages, the following are many of the highlights – and lowlights – of this momentous journey, reminisces Al Auger.