The great Indian NBA hope: Could an 18-year-old high schooler one day become the first Indian national to make it to the NBA? The Caravan profiles Satnam Singh Bhamara, a current student at Florida’s IMG Academy. While the 7’2″ center is still a teenager, he’s already being seen as one of India’s best shots to reach the NBA. (Caravan)
Restoring that natural glow: Pollution has long been a threat to the Taj Mahal. A 2010 report by the Indian government found that previous measures to protect the tomb of Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz were failing. The BBC reported this weekend that the monument will “be given a mud-pack to remove yellow pollution stains.” The last time the Taj Mahal received the restorative mud-pack was in 2008. (Gawker)
Pakistan’s contribution to the World Cup: While there won’t be any South Asian teams taking the field when the World Cup starts in a few days, Pakistan make an important contribution to the tournament– the actual balls on the field. The Punjab-based company Forward Sports manufactured all of the balls just 30 days after winning the contract to do so. (Dawn)
How to create the perfect elevator pitch: I talked to Shark Tank contestant and entrepreneur Kaeya Majmundar about the art of selling yourself for Metro US. (Metro New York)
Bookmark this: The much-anticipated Quartz India is now live.
Music Monday: Filmmaker Hena Ashraf (who I wrote about here) passes along this mix she recently made. Start your week off right with a listen:
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