DesiClub, a popular portal targeted at second and third-generation Indians, has launched its second annual Swimsuit Calendar.
Shot entirely in the Hamptons, New York, in the early weeks of August, the calendar is a salute to the South Asian-American woman who is as brainy as she is sensuous. Among the models featured is a financial analyst, a would-be architect, a university volleyball champion, and a student with a perfect GPA.
The cover girl is Melanie Kannokada -- the Miss India America for 2006-2007 who has appeared as host on South Asian networks. A Stanford University graduate in mechanical engineering, Kannokada, who wears the many hats of dancer, pianist and a former karate champion, is also Miss April.
"Melanie was chosen for the cover not only for her breathtaking beauty, but because she represents a great message and is an ideal role model," Saroosh Gull, producer and publisher of the calendar, said.
Rakhee Gandhi, an actress and model from Portland, Oregon, is Miss January.
Sterie Varghese, who played volleyball at St John's University, New York and loves reading, is Miss February.
Pamela Soggu, a web programmer, as Miss March.
Miss May is Bansari Shah, who considers herself a 'fusion of modernity and tradition.' A Rutgers University student with GPA of 4, Shah defines beauty as having a kind heart and an accepting nature.
Miss June Megha Lathigara aspires to be a teacher and also expand her modelling career. She hopes to run her own dance school and travel the world.
Miss November Bhumika Vyas, an aspiring architect, loved the modern beach houses at the Hamptons when the calendar was shot. She enjoys dancing, modelling and dreaming, and hopes to design great skyscrapers and bridges. BDV-348871-BDV