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Washington: An Indian-American woman is one of the nine people who were chosen for American cable television network HBO’s writers’ fellowship programme.  HBO-Logo.svg

“Prathiksha Srinivasan, along with writing partner Joshua Levy, was chosen out of 2,000 submissions for an eight-month-long HBO’s fellowship programme. A series of master classes will be held in mid-August at the HBO campus in Santa Monica, California,” a statement on HBO’s official website read.

“The classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on character, story, pitching, securing an agent, and networking,” the statement added.

Hailing from Chennai, Srinivasan’s love of writing stems from the Hindu mythological stories that her grandmother told her in childhood.

Moving to the US was a culture shock that resulted in her passion for characters who are stuck between where they come from and where they are going.

Srinivasan earned bachelor’s in literature from the University of Texas.

The Writing Fellowship programme caters to those writers who are interested in building a career in series television. Writers develop original pilots and are considered for series staffing opportunities.

(IANS)

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Trump Praises Kalpana Chawla, Says She is an Inspiration for Millions

Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.
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United States President Donald Trump has hailed the late Indian American astronaut Kalpana Chawla as an inspiration for millions of American girls.

“Chawla’s courage and passion continue to serve as an inspiration for millions of American girls who dream of one day becoming astronauts,” Trump said on Monday in a proclamation honouring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islands descent.

Trump said that during this month "we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance".
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The month of May is celebrated in the US as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Trump said that during this month “we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance”.

Praising the contributions of Asian Americans, he said: “Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation has enjoyed the privileges and enrichments of multiple innovations and societal advancements.”

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Chawla, who was born in Karnal and emigrated to the US with an aeronautical engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, died in 2003 on her second mission when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated while returning to earth.

“Indian American Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, and became an American hero for her devotion to the Space Shuttle program and its various missions transporting cargo and crew to and from the International Space Station,” Trump said in his proclamation. (IANS)

 

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