Happy Diwali ! It is that time of the year again and we at NRI Achievers would like to grasp
this opportunity and wish you the warmest, most colourful, happy, and a most eminently enjoyable time ahead, with the festive season beginning here in India with the glorious festival of lights, Lakshmi puja and the new Samvat, to a whole bunch of multicultural and religious festivals that stretch onwards for a couple of months more …

The past month has been more of a mixed bag for most, what with the Indian economy embarking on a veritable roller coaster ride with a free-falling rupee dampening the sentiment across many sectors of the economy from manufacturing, industrial production and even the services sector. While a stabilising rupee has brought some respite to the overall gloom, the outlook still lingers on a tentative and cautious mindset of ‘wait-and-watch.’ While this may be so, what was a bane for many was indeed a boon for some, and there is no gainsaying that for our Diaspora, the grass may well have been greener on the other side, with a deeply-devalued rupee providing a never-before window of opportunity, getting them more bang-for-the-buck, with their investments into India’s domestic economy garnering much higher valuefor-money.

Australia is our country in-focus for this edition, with our cover story and special feature focusing on the massive island continent down under, even as it readies itself to host the upcoming 7th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013. To be held in Sydney over three days during 10-12 November this year, the Regional PBD has as it’s central theme, “Connecting for a Shared Future – The Indian Diaspora,India & The Pacific.” We bring you an interview with the Australian Charge d’Affaires in India, and a glimpse of what is in store during the regional PBD.Apart from this, we bring you interesting glimpses from the various other segments we usually carry in every issue, like news from the worlds of business, sports, cinema, heritage, culture and architecture,and yes, our ubiquitous travelogue that you have so come to enjoy.

Heritage this time tells you an untold tale about Delhi’s ubiquitous Qutb Minar, with some quirky nuggets of information to boot. New additions this time round include two new columns on Vaastu & Astrology,apart from our regular takes on real estate and property, health and wellness, and the like.We do hope you will as always relish his evolving mix of content,and as ever, we welcome your feedback on what you like, and what else you desire to see featured in your magazine.

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