The Beta Test, by Giri Kulkarni

I guess I’m writing this as if I’m speaking. What is INΔ? It’s quite a question because when you take a step back, this is way more than one thing. But what exactly is it? Hard to explain something that has brought all of us equal amounts of joy as it has stress. In any organization, team, or family there are those who came before, some if quantified, did more than others. While some members hard work went unnoticed. And some were just amazing company along the way. But we all did something. If nothing else at all, at the bare minimum each one of us did one thing – We pledged ourselves to this organization.

Why? What got us into it? And what kept us going? In what direction is this organization moving?

Along with others, those were, and are the questions I find myself pondering. As I’m sure all of us have wondered the same. Although I have not come up with concrete answers for why one decides to start pledging nor where this organization is headed, I do know that all of us took away something from that one thing we have in common. Armed with an experience very difficult to define or explain to those who did not choose to try, or did not see it through. I’ve heard others describe it as some kind of magnificent galvanizing bond amongst brothers, or the ice breaker when you meet a brother for the first time. I’m not one for the theatrics of imaging we are some kind of band of brothers or other such depictions. Quite simply, I call that armor of experience brought to us by what we are a part of… The Beta Test.

A beta test is the trial period; the time when you can afford to point out and diagnose the glitches. So in that sense, in my opinion, the entire Iota Nu Delta experience serves as the beta test for what’s to come in our lives. I think I speak for all alumni from National Founding Fathers down to recent grads – Adversity, persistence, planning, event coordination, team management, and to an extent, chain of command are all part of what comes with being involved with this well-knit organization. These experiences we partake in allow us to make mistakes, so when in the real world we go to implement, for example, a team management skill in a professional setting, our performance is that much more refined.

Ask any brother in any professional setting, from Health Care, Legal, Engineering or Business. You will face adversity in your future. Something will always be in your way.

You will have to do event planning, whether it’s your own marriage, or setting up a volunteer event for your hospital/place of employment. You will always have to work with others, whether you are the follower or the leader of the group. And you will always need to assess the best way to navigate yourself through these obstacles. The values we learn from this organization become the tools we are able to use in our daily lives because of this beta test. Participating in events whether as a prospect, active brother, or alumni sharpens our capabilities of knowing how to react in all different scenarios life throws at us. For actives, if you’re in a position to contribute through going out on campus gaining ground, providing chapter with financial stability through fund raisers, successfully executing recruitment, having sustainable intake and expanding this organization to higher levels – or something as simple as being responsible for pre-party organization - you will walk away with intangibles that you will be able to use throughout your life. The beta test will truly teach you how to get to the top of your professional game, and personal life regardless of what the future has in store for you.

Everyone’s life experiences are obviously unique to that person. Countless times I’ve been around brothers, some of whom I see daily, others once a year, maybe… And the conversation of INΔ somehow comes up. All of us have our reasons for how we feel about our experience. But, however your opinion differs from one another, the opinion itself is irrelevant to my observation of what Iota Nu Delta is.

Happy New Years!


by Giri Kulkarni

This Fall, Rutgers University formed the Multicultural Greek Counsel. Our very own Spring 2014 Brother Jaydip Desai was elected as VP of Administration! This is an incredible accomplishment for neo and our brothers at our Mu Chapter. Jaydip (second from the left) is an example of how young brothers can get involved on campus through unprecedented leadership opportunities.  Congratulations to Jaydip and we wish him the best of luck during his time on the board.  -The Flame, (Material submitted by Sohum Doshi)

This Fall, Rutgers University formed the Multicultural Greek Counsel. Our very own Spring 2014 Brother Jaydip Desai was elected as VP of Administration! This is an incredible accomplishment for neo and our brothers at our Mu Chapter.

Jaydip (second from the left) is an example of how young brothers can get involved on campus through unprecedented leadership opportunities. 

Congratulations to Jaydip and we wish him the best of luck during his time on the board. 

-The Flame, (Material submitted by Sohum Doshi)

In 1994...

Let’s take a trip back in time.

The year is 1994. I am turning five years old. Bill Clinton is the president of the U.S. It costs about a buck for a gallon of gas, and only four bucks to see a movie. Michael Jordan has left basketball, the World Series is cancelled, and the Dallas Cowboys are the Super Bowl champions. Nirvana is one of the biggest things in music, and a young rapper by the name of Nas is releasing his first album.

And in upstate New York, eight young men are turning a dream into reality.

On February 7th, 1994, these eight young men stepped forward to the world and dared to be the first for generations to come. They created the first South Asian Greek organization in the world, Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc.

And what better of a year to create history than 1994? It was a bold time. It was a time when America challenged its people, no matter the race or creed, to step forward and claim what was theirs. The South Asian community was still building its identity and was often misunderstood. These misunderstandings built the common stereotypes South Asians are challenged with, even to this day. The courage of immigrant parents leaving their lives behind in order to build a future for their children had gone unnoticed. But many of those parents knew something important; their children would have the opportunity to justify a South Asian’s place in America. This is exactly what IN∆’s eight founding fathers dared to accomplish.

There was no such thing as a “South Asian fraternity”.. or sorority. South Asians involvement in Greek life was essentially non-existent.

But not after 1994.

These eight men envisioned a family of brothers that would provide service to humanity and leadership in society while uplifting the beautiful South Asian culture. But how could a group of eight men do this and continue to do this, forever? They began to expand their fraternity through family and close friends, working their way from New York to Philadelphia. This gave birth to two ideas that IN∆ lives by: One – the quality of the brother is more important than the quantity of brothers. Two – the fraternity must remain a family to truly emphasize “Brotherhood Eternal”. And twenty years later, in 2014, the fraternity remains true to these ideas.

In the years following 1994, similar organizations arose. These organizations grew rapidly and boasted of their fast growth and membership rate. IN∆ remained true to its identity and the vision of their eight founding fathers. In 2014, similar organizations that began after IN∆ proudly boast 2,000 – 3,000 members.

As for IN∆? Nine-Hundred and Nine.

That’s it. Nine-Hundred and Nine brothers worldwide. Which, not by coincidence, is just the right amount.  

Now, how does IN∆ continue to “keep it in the family”? No longer is blood or friendship a primary indicator of potential.  Being a brother now means more than sharing a pre-existing bond, it means building a bond through a common journey, a common goal, and a common will. No matter race or creed, individuals who show the potential to become a brother and uphold the fraternity’s mission are eligible.

How does IN∆ find this individual?

IN∆ does not rush. IN∆ recruits. To maintain the idea that the quality of brother is more important than the quantity of brothers, the fraternity strives to actively search out unique students who exhibit the ambition to achieve the greater things in life. The fraternity’s expansion team is active all year round in search of prospects at colleges and universities around the nation who wish to bring IN∆ to their respective campus.

There has never been a more exciting and promising time to be a brother of IN∆ than right now. The fraternity is experiencing its own renaissance, exploring new ideas and practices in all its fields. Reaching twenty years of brotherhood has been a humbling and enlightening achievement. It has allowed our leaders to return to the roots of our fraternity’s success: setting precedents for the world in the boldest and most professional manner.

Twenty years ago, I was turning five years old. My biggest fears were drawn from my imagination, my biggest concerns revolved around the Power Rangers, and my biggest dreams came during nap time. I didn’t know it then, but twenty years and Nine-Hundred and Nine brothers later,  I can truly appreciate what eight young men were dreaming up.. in 1994.


by Binoy Babukutty
Feature Piece for Brown Girl Magazine

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Creative Competition I: What Is INΔ?

What Is INΔ?

What is Iota Nu Delta? What is Iota Nu Delta to you?
The Flame would like to announce its first ever Creative Competition for the brothers of INΔ.
Participation is simple: Answer the question “What Is INΔ?” with a critical writing response, a poem, a sketch, a drawing - basically anything that can visually answer the question.
The top five best posts will be rewarded with the official INΔ Crest Lapel Pins(limit one per person). The first place post will receive an additional prize that is TBD. Other prizes may be included for participants.
Submit your posts to theflame@iotanudelta.org by Sunday, August 31st . Please include a description if it is art work.

-The Flame Staff, Creative Competition

THE TIGER CLASSIC TIKI is yours for the taking. Every year, at convention, one Chapter or Colony wins the Body Award - a part of the Mind, Body, Soul series. The Body Award is given to the Chapter or Colony which wins The Tiger Classic - the annual athletic competition. This year, a three on three basketball tournament in Washington DC will determine the champions. The winners will be presented with The Flame Tikis (seen above). The Flame Tiki represents exactly what this Convention stands for. Come witness history. The Flame Staff, #20InTheDistrict

THE TIGER CLASSIC TIKI is yours for the taking.

Every year, at convention, one Chapter or Colony wins the Body Award - a part of the Mind, Body, Soul series.

The Body Award is given to the Chapter or Colony which wins The Tiger Classic - the annual athletic competition. This year, a three on three basketball tournament in Washington DC will determine the champions. The winners will be presented with The Flame Tikis (seen above).

The Flame Tiki represents exactly what this Convention stands for.

Come witness history.

The Flame Staff, #20InTheDistrict

Like Blood. The brothers of Iota Nu Delta’s Baruch Colony have built a culture based on one thing: Family First. It is a common understanding that is rooted from its Alpha Class and has grown into its newest Spring 2014 Iota Class. This past weekend (7/18 - 7/20) the colony met together in the Poconos for a colony trip which saw fifteen of its twenty-one brothers. White water rafting, playing golf, football, soccer, hitting the casino; The brothers spent the weekend keeping the IND fire within their family burning. The presence of the seven of its original eight brothers (who all crossed in 2008) is a true testament to the culture at Baruch Colony. Whether an Alpha Class member, or a neo, once you’re in, you’re like blood. -The Flame Staff, Colony Event

Like Blood.

The brothers of Iota Nu Delta’s Baruch Colony have built a culture based on one thing: Family First. It is a common understanding that is rooted from its Alpha Class and has grown into its newest Spring 2014 Iota Class.

This past weekend (7/18 - 7/20) the colony met together in the Poconos for a colony trip which saw fifteen of its twenty-one brothers. White water rafting, playing golf, football, soccer, hitting the casino; The brothers spent the weekend keeping the IND fire within their family burning. The presence of the seven of its original eight brothers (who all crossed in 2008) is a true testament to the culture at Baruch Colony. Whether an Alpha Class member, or a neo, once you’re in, you’re like blood.

-The Flame Staff, Colony Event

Convention IX: Alumni Guest Speaker Take a glimpse back into the early years of IND through the words of one of Zeta Chapter’s very own. On Saturday, August 2nd, at Convention IX, we will be having Dr. Beje Thomas speak on the early years of IND, the evolution of our brotherhood since, and what the future holds for us from an alumni perspective. Beje (Zeta Chapter, Alpha Class, Spring 1999)  is living proof that Zeta is more than just a myth. Hear from him as he reflects on joining while in Medical School in Hungary, under the leadership of his PM Dr. Ashok J. Prasad, Dr. Renjy Vattasseril, and Dr. Stanley Jacob. Beje has become an influential member of our brotherhood, advising countless brothers on their journey into the medical field, mentoring local chapters wherever he goes, all while proving that age does not hinder one’s passion for life. He currently serves as a Nephrologist at the Univ. of MD Medical Center. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the organization’s younger years as we continue to celebrate 20 years of brotherhood. -NCIX Committee, EventI nformation #20InTheDistrict #20YearsOfIND

Convention IX: Alumni Guest Speaker

Take a glimpse back into the early years of IND through the words of one of Zeta Chapter’s very own. On Saturday, August 2nd, at Convention IX, we will be having Dr. Beje Thomas speak on the early years of IND, the evolution of our brotherhood since, and what the future holds for us from an alumni perspective.

Beje (Zeta Chapter, Alpha Class, Spring 1999)  is living proof that Zeta is more than just a myth. Hear from him as he reflects on joining while in Medical School in Hungary, under the leadership of his PM Dr. Ashok J. Prasad, Dr. Renjy Vattasseril, and Dr. Stanley Jacob. Beje has become an influential member of our brotherhood, advising countless brothers on their journey into the medical field, mentoring local chapters wherever he goes, all while proving that age does not hinder one’s passion for life. He currently serves as a Nephrologist at the Univ. of MD Medical Center.

Don’t miss this chance to learn about the organization’s younger years as we continue to celebrate 20 years of brotherhood.

-NCIX Committee, EventI nformation
#20InTheDistrict #20YearsOfIND

FIBA Asia Cup, India Surprises The World India, ranked 61st in the world, stunned the world when they beat China, ranked 12th, in the third round of the FIBA Asia Cup. India’s coach, the American Scott Flemming, was surprised by the fact that this was India’s first ever win against China. “In fact, I’m more surprised that this was the first win for India against China. Because we have a lot of potential and this should have happened much earlier,” said Flemming.  “I’m so happy for these players. And I’m so happy for the country. I’ve coached for 32 years in the USA, and the only reason I came here, win or lose,– was to make a difference in the lives of these players. "There were a few questions asked when we won in January (the Lusofonia Games gold medal beating Angola). I think this win last night adds credibility to that earlier victory. With this win, we are no longer a team with just potential. We can also perform to prove it,” Flemming added. India followed up their win against China with another win against Indonesia in round 4. India’s next match will be against Iran on Tuesday, July 15th. Let’s go India. -The Flame Staff, Sports, Current Events, India

FIBA Asia Cup, India Surprises The World

India, ranked 61st in the world, stunned the world when they beat China, ranked 12th, in the third round of the FIBA Asia Cup.

India’s coach, the American Scott Flemming, was surprised by the fact that this was India’s first ever win against China. “In fact, I’m more surprised that this was the first win for India against China. Because we have a lot of potential and this should have happened much earlier,” said Flemming. 

“I’m so happy for these players. And I’m so happy for the country. I’ve coached for 32 years in the USA, and the only reason I came here, win or lose,– was to make a difference in the lives of these players.

"There were a few questions asked when we won in January (the Lusofonia Games gold medal beating Angola). I think this win last night adds credibility to that earlier victory. With this win, we are no longer a team with just potential. We can also perform to prove it,” Flemming added.

India followed up their win against China with another win against Indonesia in round 4. India’s next match will be against Iran on Tuesday, July 15th.

Let’s go India.


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The Flame Staff, Sports, Current Events, India

THE CUTTHROAT CLASSIC III Saturday, July 12th @ 11am Alley Pong Park, 67th Ave, Queens, NY 11364 Come join the brothers of CCNY and New York for an afternoon of BBQ’ing and Softball. The Cutthroat Classic started 2012 with the three members of CCNY ALPHA who were joined by brothers from almost every school in New York. Food, Sports, and Bro’ing out. -Cutthroat CCNY, Event Information #CutthroatClassic3

THE CUTTHROAT CLASSIC III Saturday, July 12th @ 11am
Alley Pong Park, 67th Ave, Queens, NY 11364

Come join the brothers of CCNY and New York for an afternoon of BBQ’ing and Softball. The Cutthroat Classic started 2012 with the three members of CCNY ALPHA who were joined by brothers from almost every school in New York.

Food, Sports, and Bro’ing out.

-Cutthroat CCNY, Event Information #CutthroatClassic3