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“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopi, Saikumar, Asha Sarath Director: Jeethu Joseph Rating: Three stars Where’s the body? No body, no case. That was the point where we bade farewell to prime suspect Georgekutty (Mohanlal) in ‘Drishyam’, Jeethu Joseph’s smash-hit 2013 murder mystery. In the sequel, which opens six […]

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Sugar Land: A social media campaign is underway for a Fort Bend School to be named after Sonal Bhuchar. After her long association with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, Bhuchar was elected to the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees and she served as the board president as well before her untimely passing in 2019. […]

Nasir Abasi: 1st Fort Bend Captain from South Asia

Nasir Abasi: 1st Fort Bend Captain from South Asia

Richmond: History was made Tuesday morning as the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office swore in its new captain. Captain Nasir Abbasi is the first South Asian to rank as captain in the sheriff’s office. “We are all here. We see the true reflection of Fort Bend County,” said Captain Abbasi. Sheriff Eric Fagan, the first […]

IACCGH Webinar: Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

IACCGH Webinar: Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

By Manu Shah Houston: On 27 January, the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston hosted an engaging virtual seminar on “Funding your Retirement Lifestyle.” The event, which was presented by chamber member Amiralli Dodhiya, was primarily aimed at business owners and in particular retail owners who wish to maintain their current lifestyle in […]

Sonal Shah: New Fellow at the University of Chicago

Sonal Shah: New Fellow at the University of Chicago

Chicago: On March 1, 2021, the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG), based at the the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, welcomed its first cohort of four Senior Practitioner Fellows—Liza Goitein, Jennifer Horn, Natalie Y. Moore, and Sonal Shah (AB’90)—who will advance the work of reform as part of the […]

Dr. Jaya Raman Publishes His Autobiography

Dr. Jaya Raman Publishes His Autobiography

Houston: Dr. Jay K. Raman has published an autobiography describing his early life in Kerala and his subsequent life and career in Houston. The book also covers his personal philosophy of life, religion and spirituality The title of this book, From the Land of Spice to the Land of Oil, aptly describes the book. It […]

Fort Bend Aide Taral Patel Joins Biden Administration

Fort Bend Aide Taral Patel Joins Biden Administration

Richmond: The Indian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) of Greater Houston is a nonpartisan organization and one of its missions is to promote and encourage political involvement and increase political awareness in the Indian American community residing in the Greater Houston area. IAPAC would like to congratulate Taral Patel on his appointment to work with […]

Sewa International Distributes 260,000 lbs of Food, Water in Houston

Sewa International Distributes 260,000 lbs of Food, Water in Houston

Houston: Sewa International distributed over 260,000 pounds of food and more than 10,000 liters of bottled drinking water in Houston in six mega distribution drives held in February. Sewa volunteers served more than 7,500 families in food drives held at apartment complexes, senior citizen centers, places of worship, and a United Way distribution center. These […]

Commissioner Adrian Garcia Proposes Initiatives to Strengthen Grid

Commissioner Adrian Garcia Proposes Initiatives to Strengthen Grid

Harris County: Commissioners Court discussed an item brought forth by Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia to consider what county actions are available to respond to the widely acknowledged failures of the Public Utility Commission of Texas that led to dozens of lives being lost. According to the Houston Chronicle, the number of deaths from the […]

Deep Freeze Aftermath: Free Water and PPE Distribution at India House

Deep Freeze Aftermath: Free Water and PPE Distribution at India House

Houston: In response to the boil water notice and busted pipes following the winter storm Uri, India House partnered with Houston City Council Member of District J, Edward Pollard to distribute water, PPE and hand sanitizer. Total 200 cases of water (24 bottles each case) were distributed. Council Member Pollard said, “India House has stepped […]

Abhilasha Rathi: New President of Maheshwaris

Abhilasha Rathi: New President of Maheshwaris

By Manu Shah Boston: It was the day of Diwali 2020 when Abhilasha Rathi made up her mind to helm the Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America (MMNA) for the next four years. She was pleasantly surprised when her name was proposed but mulled over it for a few days. While her husband Bharat and father-in-law […]

IAPAC Supports Neera Tanden Nomination

IAPAC Supports Neera Tanden Nomination

Houston: The Indian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) of Greater Houston is a nonpartisan organization and one of its missions is to promote and encourage political involvement and increase political awareness in the Indian American community residing in the Greater Houston area. IAPAC congratulates Neera Tanden on her historic nomination to be the Director of […]

Face of ‘Perseverance’ Mars Landing was an Indian American: Swati Mohan

Face of ‘Perseverance’ Mars Landing was an Indian American: Swati Mohan

By Harmeet Kaur Pasadena, California: It was Swati Mohan who first delivered the news to earthlings that NASA’s Perseverance rover had successfully landed on Mars. “Touchdown confirmed,” she announced to roaring applause from mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the […]

UH Receives $5 Million to Combat HIV/AIDS

UH Receives $5 Million to Combat HIV/AIDS

Houston: A University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work research center working to eradicate the underlying serious and systemic challenges that contribute to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States has received $5 million in renewal funding from biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. to facilitate the continuation of its impactful work. Led by […]

Hindus of Greater Houston Supports BIPOC Yoga Teachers

Hindus of Greater Houston Supports BIPOC Yoga Teachers

By Pooja Salhotra Houston: In response to calls for racial justice last summer, Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) donated about $8,000 to fund yoga-teacher-training for four Black students, each of whom is, in their own way, spreading the mind and body practice to marginalized communities. Last summer, a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd died […]

Community Organizations Help Houstonians Recover from Deep Freeze

Community Organizations Help Houstonians Recover from Deep Freeze

Houston: Several South Asian community organizations gathered their resources to help the needy of Houston to survive the challenges of the Texas deep freeze last week. Among these organizations included India Culture Center, Sewa International and Dawoody Bohra Community of Houston. India Culture Center addressed the need to help Seniors by providing about 400 hot […]

How Netflix’s Rom-Com “Namaste Wahala” Breaks New Ground

How Netflix’s Rom-Com “Namaste Wahala” Breaks New Ground

By Bernard Dayo Namaste Wahala has now arrived – but you might not realize how it breaks new ground. Nigeria and India have always shared interesting parallels. Both were colonised by Britain and geopolitically, they are each other’s biggest trading partner. During the ‘90s video boom in Nigeria’s Nollywood, the industry’s brush with horror borrowed […]

TSH Celebrates Centennial of Tagore’s Visit to Houston – Feb. 13-14, 2021

TSH Celebrates Centennial of Tagore’s Visit to Houston – Feb. 13-14, 2021

By Partha Sarathi Chatterjee Tagore Society of Houston (TSH) held 100 years commemoration of Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to Houston on February 13, 1921. On February 13, 2021, TSH organized a socially distanced event at the Tagore Grove in Ray Miller Park in west Houston. Due to Covid restrictions, City of Houston allowed only a few […]

BAPS Donates for the Ram Janmabhumi Mandir in Ayodhya

BAPS Donates for the Ram Janmabhumi Mandir in Ayodhya

  Ahmedabad: Inspired by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, a special ceremonial donation assembly for the Ram Mandir was held at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad, in the presence of the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijaybhai Rupani, and Shri Govinddevgiriji Maharaj, a trustee and treasurer of Ram Janmabhumi Tirthkshetra, Ayodhya on February 13, 2021. […]

Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja’s 100th Appearance Day Celebrated Worldwide

Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja’s 100th Appearance Day Celebrated Worldwide

Houston: On February 11th, the auspicious day of Mauni Amavasya, devotees around the world celebrated the 100th Appearance Day (Centennial Vyasa-puja) festival of Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja (known affectionately around the world as “Srila Gurudeva”), who is recognized as a pure devotee of Lord Krishna in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and […]

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