Angel More at Terranea Beach soon after her swim from Catalina Island. (Archana More)

Angel More is a triathlete, hiker, bicyclist, and open water swimmer and has completed many notable swims including, Alcatraz to shore, Golden Gate to Bay Bridge, Wharf to Wharf to Wharf , Anacapa Channel, and more recently, Catalina Channel. She also swam internationally in countries extending to England, Sweden, South Africa, and Chile.

More is attempting the California Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming, with a 21.3-mile swim across the lengthwise axis of Lake Tahoe as the last swim left on her list. If she completes this swim she will become the youngest person to receive the California Triple Crown which will add to her collections of previous world records. More wants to empower children around the world and is raising awareness and money for Children International, which helps children around the world escape the cycle of poverty.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian American woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, was arrested in Washington, D.C., June 28, during a protest against the Trump administration’s “inhumane” “zero-tolerance” border policy, writes Lalit K. Jha.

Their study investigated the complications experienced by Indian expatriates’ (on H-1B) due to the work restriction (more specifically, visa-related) issues faced by the spouses of these expatriates. Pooja B. Vijayakumar and Dr. Christopher J.L. Cunningham present their research.

The U.S. did not spell out the “unavoidable reasons,” June 28, that forced the postponement of the first 2+2 dialog with India again, a development that India watchers here say was “unfortunate” and “more than a little embarrassing” for the Trump administration, writes Lalit K. Jha.Young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who is now a vital cog in India’s limited overs bowling set-up, said, June 26, that he has developed two variations of googly, which will benefit him in the long run, writes Chetan Narula.

Our Memorial Day 2018 family plans pointed towards doing something quiet and simple. With the last of the Siddiqui daughters graduating from high school the following week, some time to relax and enjoy the natural beauty present in California was warranted. And within that realm one cannot overlook the wonders which our Golden State has to offer. One of these is the presence of some of the mightiest trees on the planet aptly named the “Giant Sequoia” indicative of nature gone wild, writes Ras H. Siddiqui.

For the last several years, yoga and meditation are becoming more acceptable in America. Yoga has surged in popularity and its impact is everywhere: in movies, television, advertising, and schools. Americans have witnessed an increase in yoga studios, meditation centers and vegetarian restaurants, all of which have roots in India. Meditation was originally a huge part of yoga. Now, yoga is marketed as a series of asanas (postures) that makes one fit and helps in weight loss. Many Americans have incorporated yoga routines as an essential part of their work out regime. The number of US yoga practitioners has increased exponentially to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012, as per a 2016 study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, writes Inder Singh.