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Women on top

It has been a smashing year for Asians in the field of arts and it would not be unfair to say that the fairer sex outshone the men in the field.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 21:18 IST

It has been a smashing year for Asians in the field of arts and crafts and it would not be wrong to say that the fairer sex outshone the men in the field.

The list of high flyers is really long - Parminder Nagra who was voted as the face of the future in film town by Variety, the Bend it... megaphone wielding woman Gurinder Chadha,who won top honours in Asian Achievment Awards. Bend It Like Beckham was one of the top grossers in US, too, and has been listed high up in UK’s top films of the year; Monica Ali whose book Brick Lane is among the novels predicted to have a long long shelf life in future.

We thought curry was also an achiever creating a world record with the longest flight, when an Aussie ordered for Indian curry from UK. May it continue to flavour British lives till kingdom come.

The Asians seem to have truly arrived.

The spotlight gleams brighter on Indian origin people living and working in the United Kingdom every time the Asian Who’s Who International, containing the names of thousands of high-flying men and women, is published. The latest edition (there have been 15 so far) had the names of 2,000 Indian achievers in the UK. When the first one was printed in 1976, there were just 175.

It is just not simply that they have created a path breaking film, etched out lives in a novel, or zoomed ahead on race tracks, as racing whizkid Karun Chandok has, become leading steel producers like Lakshmi Mittal, it is their contribution to the society they live in that is important. To have done it so excellently that their talent has cut across ethnic horizons and found mainstream acceptance is doubly commendable.

That so many Indians have been knighted this year is a recognition by UK of the community's contribution.