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Meet Sandhya Tenneti: The woman who is mapping India’s diaspora through social media

Through this initiative she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin

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  • Sandhya’s interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka
  • Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin
  • The social media page reveals some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal and the Iraqis in AP among others

With the world and its various communities constantly on a move, the thought that how do they sustain the authenticity of their culture, which reflects on their values and tradition is often an intriguing one.

This very thought interested Sandhya Tenneti and inspired her to launch a Facebook page titled, ‘The Diaspora Diaries’, revealing some fascinating facts on the Sikhs in Manipur, the Jains in Sikkim, the Japanese in West Bengal, the Siddis in Karnataka and the Iraqis in AP among others.

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The popularity of the page can be easily vouched for given the number of likes it boasts of, and all just within a span six months. The page has received over 10 thousand likes since its launch. It also has a short description, which is read as “Researching the migration patterns of communities within India and their current lifestyles, attitudes, and connections to their ancestral origins.”

Through this initiative, she is reaching out to various communities to have a better understanding of their life, culture, tradition and their origin.

Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express
Sandhya Tenneti Image Source: The New Indian Express

Speaking to The New Indian Express, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

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Talking about a heart-warming episode after posting an insight on the Burmese people, she said, “I had some bare-bones knowledge on the Africans in India but when I researched more about them, I was intrigued to learn their history in this country goes back hundreds of years.”

Sandhya further explained to The New Indian Express, that her interest in diaspora also springs from the fact that though she was born in Andhra Pradesh, she was brought up in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

She added, “I would constantly wonder how people from such communities relate to their ancestral origin. What kind of self-identity do they have? I realised that India, as we know it today, is made up of many such communities that have migrated from one part of the country to another.”

-by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Karishma Vanjani

    Sandhya Tenneti :An inspiration to many

  • AJ Krish

    The land one comes from, its tradition and culture is what makes up one’s identity. Sandhya Tenneti is indeed doing a great thing.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sandhya is doing a great Job by making people understand their culture and traditions. Such people won’t let Indian tradition and culture to come to an end.

  • Karishma Vanjani

    Sandhya Tenneti :An inspiration to many

  • AJ Krish

    The land one comes from, its tradition and culture is what makes up one’s identity. Sandhya Tenneti is indeed doing a great thing.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Sandhya is doing a great Job by making people understand their culture and traditions. Such people won’t let Indian tradition and culture to come to an end.

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When launched, the new payments feature is set to give a tough competition to Paytm and other digital payment services like Google Tez

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Factor Daily had reported that Facebook has begun a beta version of recharge payments for mobile phone and other prepaid services on Messenger. “Mobile recharge option is a Facebook ‘Marketplace’ offering — which is actually going on as a pilot test which is right now available to only Android users in some regions,” the sources added.

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Launched in 2016, Marketplace is a user-to-user exchange platform for buying and selling goods with others within the community. Currently, the peer-to-peer payment service on Messenger is available for its users in the US and the UK.

More than 1.3 billion people around the world are now using Facebook Messenger every month. The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp which also has over 1.3 billion monthly active users (MAUs). WhatsApp, however, has rolled out the testing phase of its digital payment feature in India — a first such move globally — which will be officially rolled out to its over 200 million Indian users in the days to come.

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When launched, the new payments feature is set to give a tough competition to Paytm and other digital payment services like Google Tez. The payments feature would take advantage of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and include support by a number of banks, including the State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank. IANS