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‘Kalank’: Visually Stunning, Great Performances

‘Kalank’: Visually Stunning, Great Performances

BY RACHIT GUPTA Story: A complex love story set during India’s Partition era, where the young Roop (Alia Bhatt) is torn between respect for husband Dev (Aditya Roy Kapur) and her newfound love for Zafar (Varun Dhawan). While their back stories and heart-breaking love saga unfolds, the history of India takes an epic turn, from […]

Utsav Parking Lot Inaugurated at Sri MTS

Utsav Parking Lot Inaugurated at Sri MTS

BY VATSA KUMAR PEARLAND: An April morning with clear skies and a gentle breeze was the perfect setting at Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland, Texas for Mayor Tom Reid to inaugurate the Utsav Parking lot. Serving the Indian community for over 42 years, Sri Meenakshi Temple, one of its kind in the US, is a […]

Houston Tamils Participate in Thirukkural Marathon

Houston Tamils Participate in Thirukkural Marathon

BY NADHU RADHAKRISHNAN HOUSTON: Thirukkural, a collection of 1,330 couplets referred to as Kurals, written by Thiruvalluvar is a possession that is treasured by the Tamils. This collection has been written more than 2,000 years ago. However, every verse of Thirukkural holds good to our deeds today. In order to commemorate this divine literature and […]

Space Center CEO Describes Initiatives at IACCGH Series

Space Center CEO Describes Initiatives at IACCGH Series

HOUSTON: On April 4, 2019, the Indo-American Chamber of Greater Houston, hosted Mr. William Harris- President and CEO of Space center Houston manned space flight education foundation, for its SHELL distinguished lecture series at Double Tree Hilton – Greenway Plaza. Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia opened the event by welcoming the attendees and highlighted the chamber’s […]

Serene Lady Champaben Gandhi Slips Away Quietly and Quickly on Her 82nd Birthday

Serene Lady Champaben Gandhi Slips Away Quietly and Quickly on Her 82nd Birthday

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: She would always be at her daughter Manisha’s side, accompanying her on many community functions and she would relish those events, sitting quietly by herself or with some other elderly ladies whom she had come to know. Often she would come dressed in fine, bright colored sarees and say a few […]

Club 65 Seniors Take a Spring Bling at Lake Conroe

Club 65 Seniors Take a Spring Bling at Lake Conroe

BY DR.  SARITA MEHTA CONROE: Club 65, a non-profit organization under the umbrella of IMAGH (Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston) organized a picnic on Sunday, April 14 with 32 members spending the whole day on beautiful Lake Conroe. Spring is here and so is the Sun, warm weather and blue skies: it was a […]

Arijit’s Show Wows with Unparalleled Sets, Record Crowd

Arijit’s Show Wows with Unparalleled Sets, Record Crowd

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: Ever since his first US tour in 2015 when he performed with a full symphony in four cities including Houston, Arijit Singh has been on a roll with entertaining crowds in America. He skipped a year and did a 6-city tour in 2017, then focused on Toronto and Vancouver in […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan ka Pooda (Chickpea Flour Pancakes)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Besan ka Pooda  (Chickpea Flour Pancakes)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA In the cold and often rainy or snowy winter months, when you are in need of some warm comfort food, this dish is a perfect fit and is so easy to make. Below is a reprint of Mama’s Besan de Poode recipe, which is perfect with chutney and hot tea. It is […]

Romeo Akbar Walter: John Abraham Starrer is a Drab Affair

Romeo Akbar Walter: John Abraham Starrer is a Drab Affair

Cast: John Abraham, Jackie Shroff, Anil George, Sikander Kher, Rajesh Shrigarpure, Raghubir Yadav, Alka Amin, Suchitra Krishnamoorthy Director: Robbie Grewal Rating: 2 stars The title smartly abbreviates to RAW, which is short for Research and Analysis Wing, a sort of ‘desi’ MI-5 which nurtures and sends brave spies into the cold, to get back vital […]

International Yoga Day Planned for June 21-22 by Consulate General with Local Organizations

International Yoga Day Planned for June 21-22 by Consulate General with Local Organizations

HOUSTON: The Consulate General of India in Houston with other organizations will host the International Yoga Day this year. There will be two events – on June 21, Friday at Mid Town Park, 2811 Travis Street, Houston, and on June 22, Saturday, at the Hindu Temple of Woodlands. Attending the planning meeting above are Jennifer […]

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates its 18th Sthapana Divas

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates its 18th Sthapana Divas

BY MAHI TOMAR HOUSTON: Over the weekend of April 6-7, Arya Samaj of Greater Houston celebrated its 28th Sthapana Divas. Arya Samaj was found by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati on April 10, 1875, in Mumbai. Arya Samaj Greater Houston was founded in by Shri Ram Chand Mahajan to establish a center where families could meet to […]

Un-biased Analysis of India’s 2019 General Elections by Dr. Milan Vaishnav

Un-biased Analysis of India’s 2019 General Elections by Dr. Milan Vaishnav

HOUSTON: On March 30, 2019, members of Houston’s Indian community gathered at India House for a lecture on Indian politics and the upcoming general elections, organized by Foundation for India Studies. The lecture, presented by Dr. Milan Vaishnav, head of South Asian Studies at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace, Washington,D.C, and a former Houstonian, […]

Close in 2018, Sri Kulkarni to Campaign for 22nd District 2020 Race

Close in 2018, Sri Kulkarni to Campaign for 22nd District 2020 Race

BY PRAMOD KULKARNI SUGAR LAND – In 1964, George Bush Sr. ran for the US Congress in Texas District 7. Bush Sr. lost that race, but came back as the winner two years later. This historical nugget may be instructive for Sri Kulkarni, former Democratic nominee and United States Foreign Service Officer, who announced his […]

Open Forum 2019 Gala: To Raise Funds, Talk Openly, and Have Fun with Two Hundred Friends

Open Forum 2019 Gala: To Raise Funds, Talk Openly,  and Have Fun with Two Hundred Friends

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: A large part of the charm of these three unlikely radio talk-show hosts is that they like to mix it up on the air, even letting some local supporters sit in as the lead anchor when one of them is away. The word ‘Open’ fits their approach nicely to the free-ranging, […]

Kamna Sharma Remembered as a Jovial Spirit with a Smile

Kamna Sharma Remembered as a Jovial Spirit with a Smile

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Her younger son Mayoor, 35, remembered her as the adoring mom whose loving arms he could jump into from the school bus after a particularly traumatic incident in school. This Major in the US Army Reserve with two tours in Iraq fought to hold back the tears even though the dark […]

Super Deluxe: Gutsy, Strikingly Different and Devoid of Cliches

Super Deluxe: Gutsy, Strikingly Different and Devoid of Cliches

Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Ramya Krishnan, Mysskin Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja Rating: 4 stars I can’t say enough about how glad I am to have caught Super Deluxe because I missed Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s award-winning film when it was in cinemas. Aaranya Kaandam was a cult classic. But why was it not celebrated then? It’s […]

Daya Houston’s 2019 Gala Shines the Light on Survivors

Daya Houston’s 2019 Gala Shines the Light on Survivors

HOUSTON: Chaired by Daya Board Members, Aparna Asthana, Annu Naik, and Shamza Matin on March 31, 2019, Daya held Shine – Celebrating the Light of Survivors to raise funds to support South Asian victims of domestic and sexual violence in Houston. As a result of outreach by Honorary Event Chairs Salma and Riaz Siddiqi, and […]

Bright Hues and Cool Games Warm Hearts at Chinmaya Prabha

Bright Hues and Cool Games Warm Hearts at Chinmaya Prabha

HOUSTON: The Holi celebration at Chinmaya Mission Houston on Sunday, March 24th, gave joy to adults and was immense fun to children. Over 700 members participated with amazing zeal, making it a truly memorable day. Rain or shine, the event was to go on as planned. Volunteers were seen working enthusiatically in the courtyard of […]

Rish Oberoi Joins Ekal Vidyalaya Houston as Zonal Development Director

HOUSTON: Rish Oberoi is excited about joining Ekal Vidyalaya Houston as Zonal Development Director since it involves two of his favorite things. Making a difference and flexing his fundraising skills. As Development Director, Rish’s job involves rallying support from Corporations, strengthening donor base, coordinating with other Ekal Chapters on projects and events and tapping young […]

A Man for All Seasons, Gitesh Desai is Honored, Here and in India

A Man for All Seasons, Gitesh Desai is Honored, Here and in India

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: It has happened so often for the local desi community that it is almost expected that someone from this area will make the final cut for the annual Parvasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Honor) awards. After four previous local Indians received the award, it was remarkable to learn that yet another […]

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