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Shama Joshi (cq), of the food truck Roll OK Please, serves a customer during lunchtime on the campus of T-Mobile in Bellevue.

Shama Joshi (cq), of the food truck Roll OK Please, serves a customer during lunchtime on the campus of T-Mobile in Bellevue.

SEATTLE (DIYA TV) — Shama Joshi and Seema Pai, the duo who run the Roll OK Please food truck in Seattle, left their cushy jobs to pursue their culinary passions, and represent what they refer to as the “ridiculous diversity” of India — Joshi previously worked at Microsoft for 14 years, Pai was an associate professor of marketing at Boston University.

Now, Pai accompanies Joshi when the two roll their food truck onto the Microsoft campus. Customers “would come to the truck and look at her and look really confused,” said Pai. The two have been pals since college, and both used to prepare banquets and other functions for buddies, joking one day that they’d open a street-food stand together one day. After Joshi decided her passion for the tech world no longer existed, Pai left the university, and the two collaborated to bring the joke to life.

“It’s been an adventure every day, and a story,” Pai says.

The two are known specifically for their signature Kathi rolls — a delicacy which is prepared by grilling rounds of roti flatbread coated with a beaten egg, stuffed with various fillings like spicy goat meat or potato-cauliflower curry. Extra ingredients like a vibrant, labor-intensive mint chutney or a spicy green chili sauce have made the two’s truck must-try for the lunch crowd.

Joshi’s father served in the Indian army, which resulted in her family’s frequent relocation. Each stop along the road exposed Joshi to another variation of India’s vast cuisine. Pai came from Bombay, a city notoriously known for boasting foods from every region of the country. Pai noticed quickly that only a “very small sliver” of India’s cuisines are represented in the U.S., mainly saag paneers and biryanis. Pai said that’s where the inspiration for becoming the representation of India’s “ridiculous diversity” was drawn from.

The two have become rockstars of Seattle’s embraced food culture, and have enjoyed every minute of it.

“It was so heartwarming for us!” Joshi says. “It’s a testament, to me, to Seattle’s food scene, people being so open to new food.”

They and their employees do most of the cooking in a shared commercial kitchen, with the goal of creating the most healthy food possible. They employ whole-wheat flour and all-scratch ingredients in their recipes, and use techniques which were passed down from their mothers in all of the dishes. All aromatic spices in their ingredients are ground by hand, and all of the paneer cheese used is homemade.

Information from the Seattle Times contributed to this report.

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Indian CEO’s meet with President Trump in London

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Indian CEOs and Trump

LONDON (Diya TV) — A number of prominent Indian CEOs from the US and the UK met with President Trump during a breakfast roundtable on his visit to London. Members of the American cabinet were also in attendance, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as the president’s daughter, Ivanka.

The Punjab government announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery school to the PhD level. They also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 schools and all 48 government colleges.

Rayna Gokli McIntyre will be a new District Court Judge in Colorado, becoming the second South Asian member to the bench in that state.

In New Jersey, Zahid Quraishi was named a U.S. Magistrate Judge, becoming the first Asian American federal judge in that state.

And Karamjit and Karawjit Singh took danger to new heights with this coconut and melon smashing display on America’s Got Talent, all while wearing a blindfold.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump ends $5.6B GSP trade preference for India

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump is ending $5.6 billion worth of trade concessions for India under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences program effective this week, saying India failed to assure the U.S. that it would provide ‘equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India.

Bay Area Congressmembers Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo reintroduced a bill to save work authorization visas for H-4 holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. Many of those eligible are Indian American women.

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released new social studies standards, which for the first time include Sikhism. Nearly 700,000 students in Oklahoma public schools will now learn more about the Sikh community, in this effort spearheaded by the Sikh Coalition.

The Golden State Warriors played through two more injuries to rotation players to beat the Raptors in Toronto 109-104 to even the NBA Finals at a game a piece.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe are on-site and will have more courtside.

And we talk to the stars of Netflix’s newest romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe,’ a feature that offers a story & characters Asian Americans will find relatable from some of the most talented names in Hollywood.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Campaigning stopped in West Bengal due to violence

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West Bengal violence

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — For the first time in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning to stop a day early in West Bengal because of violence between political factions in Kolkata.

SAALT released an overview of the growth in the South Asian demographic around America and it shows the community is increasing exponentially.

SAALT says the South Asian population in the U.S. grew a stunning 40% in seven years, from 3.5 million in 2010 to 5.4 million in 2017.

The first ever Sikh American mayor of a large city, Ravi Bhalla, was portrayed by a New Jersey-based website in a photoshopped image as an Arab dictator. Supporters of Bhalla, who is the mayor of Hoboken, are denouncing the image as racist and want the “Hudson Mile Square View” to take it down.

And the Indian government held an event at the Cannes Film Festival to promote the world’s largest film industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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