On Monday, a new airline began operating from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Turkish Airlines began a new route with nonstop flights from Atlanta to Istanbul.

Aviation analysts say Turkish Airlines routinely has some of the best fares in the industry because of low labor costs and that this addition could help lower international fares out of Hartsfield-Jackson across the board.

Atlanta-area attorney Sonjui Kumar is a member of the board on the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. She flew to Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and other cities in India five times last year for family and business trips with Delta Air Lines.

"We have to do a lot of gymnastics to get to India now," Kumar said. "You have to book well in advance, fly on dates you don't want to because you're trying to get a reasonable fare. The flights are just packed."

Continue reading: The original story aired on WABE 90.1 on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

The board of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce met with India‘s Consul General Nagesh Singh at the Consulate General in Sandy Springs on April 26 to discuss strategies for promoting business with India and raising the recognition of Indian firms and individuals active in the state’s economy.

Formed in 2000, the chamber has served as a bridge between India and the state of Georgia as the economic ties have grown stronger over the years. It also has organized networking events and partnered with local chambers as well as meeting with trade delegations from overseas and taking trade delegations to India.

During the luncheon meeting at the consulate, Mr. Singh called for the chamber to support his government’s efforts to increase the business ties with Georgia and the Southeast U.S. as well as raise awareness of the extent of the Indian communities’ commercial, educational and cultural impact locally.

“We want to work with you,” he told the board members who were receptive to a variety of networking events and creating new relationships with the local business community.

Board Chair Sonjui Kumar told Global Atlanta that the backing of the consul general will help revitalize the chamber at a time when the Indian government is actively pursuing new leads to expand commercial ties with the U.S.

The chamber also is in the process of launching a new website that may be viewed at giacc.net, which contains the names and contact information of the current board members. To review the chamber’s activities over the past 15 years conduct a search for GIACC on globalatlanta.com

The original article appeared in Global Atlanta on May 4, 2016.

The positive personal chemistry between Barack Obama and Narendra Modi has recast U.S.-India relations to such an extent that even Atlanta is feeling the new vibes, Sonjui L. Kumar, chair of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, told Global Atlanta.

Ms. Kumar, a founding member of the Atlanta-based law firm, Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee LLC, was in New Delhi, India’s capital, for a speaking engagement in late January when she witnessed the Indians’ enthusiasm for the relationship between the U.S. president and Indian prime minister.

“There was 24/7 coverage of the Obama visit,” she recalled of the president’s visit for India’s Republic Day celebrations. “Indians loved the personal connection and warmth that the two leaders showed.”

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