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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 […]

IACCGH Holds Power Dialogue with Gov. Greg Abbott

IACCGH Holds Power Dialogue with Gov. Greg Abbott

By Manu Shah Houston: In a Power Dialogue hosted by IACCGH on 27 January, Governor Greg Abbott offered an update on COVID-19, vaccine distribution and the economic initiatives that were being introduced to help the economy bounce back. Governor Abbott began by describing the “really good working relationship” he enjoyed with India’s Consul Generals in […]

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Houston: Rupa Vyas, the founder of Jay Store, Houston’s first Indian grocery store, died on January 16, 2021 after developing Covid-19 infection. She was 82 years old. Born in Bhavnagar, India, and the eldest daughter of the Balakrishna Trivedi and Shanta Trivedi. After completing her studies in India, she and her husband, Mahesh Vyas, and […]

HAF Files Motion to Intervene in Santa Clara Court Discrimination Case

HAF Files Motion to Intervene in Santa Clara Court Discrimination Case

Santa Clara, CA: Last week the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) filed a motion in Santa Clara County Superior Court to intervene in the case of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Cisco Systems. HAF has filed for injunctive relief to prevent the state’s overreach and violation of Hindu American rights under the First […]

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Dallas: The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has appointed Bob Patel to its Houston Branch board of directors for a term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Patel is CEO of Houston-based LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies with over 19,500 employees globally. He joined LyondellBasell in 2010 and became CEO in 2015.  […]

ASIE 2020 Annual Holiday Event: A Great Success

ASIE 2020 Annual Holiday Event: A Great Success

Houston: Annual Holiday Event – ASIE’s 2020 Annual Holiday Event (online) was a great success despite the COVID-19! Approximately 25% of the business organized holiday events this year due to the pandemic, and nearly 75% of the events have been virtual. ASIE wanted to bring the membership together, after almost a year, to virtually meet […]

American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE): 2020 Year at a Glance

American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE): 2020 Year at a Glance

Houston: American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) is a networking platform for engineers and architects of Indian origin. First, we would like to pay our respects to those who are in the frontline helping the public during the pandemic, and our condolences to the families and friends who suffered unthinkable loss due to […]

IACCGH ‘Women Mean Business’: World Affairs Council, ALF

IACCGH ‘Women Mean Business’: World Affairs Council, ALF

By Manu Shah Houston: Two extraordinary women highlighted the work of leading and redefining leadership in IACCGH’s Women Mean Business series held virtually on 15th December. Maryanne Maldonado, CEO of World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and Nory Angel, President of American Leadership Forum of Gulf Coast (ALF) who both head non nonprofit organizations were […]

IACCGH Webinar Features Houston Port Authority, Walmart Executives

IACCGH Webinar Features Houston Port Authority, Walmart Executives

By Manu Shah Houston: On October 30, Walmart’s Vice President of Merchandising Gita Chakrabarti and Houston Port Commissioner Cheryl Creuzot shared a virtual dais as Keynote Speakers for the IACCGH Women Mean Business (WMB) Series. The Webinar, replete with practical advice and insights on what it takes for a woman to succeed, stemmed from their […]

Sewa Receives “Love Takes Action” Award from New York Life

Sewa Receives “Love Takes Action” Award from New York Life

Houston: Sewa International announced today that it was awarded a $50,000 Love Takes Action Award from the New York Life Foundation. The grant will support the underserved community in Harris County, Texas, by providing food kits, distributing personal protective equipment (masks), hand sanitizers, and offering education and edutainment support to schoolchildren. The Love Takes Action […]

IACCGH Women Mean Business: “Worthwhile and Valuable”

By Manu Shah Houston: IACCGH’s Women Mean Business event on August 31 was in the words of Shell representative Alyssa Henderson a “worthwhile and valuable event.” The Webinar titled “Being a Woman in the age of COVID-19” highlighted the extra burden COVID-19 had placed on women and the balancing act it required from us as […]

Southwestern Bank Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

Southwestern Bank Celebrates 23rd Anniversary

Houston: Southwestern National Bank is incredibly proud to be marking our 23rd anniversary. 2020 is a special year where the world is facing an unprecedented health crisis. While it’s not a time for celebration, it is still important for us to reflect on the past, and more importantly, to focus on the future. CEO Mark […]

Vishala 7 Hillcroft Grand Opening Attracts Over 3,000 in Gandhi District!

Vishala 7 Hillcroft Grand Opening Attracts Over 3,000 in Gandhi District!

Houston: Vishala opens its seventh location – Vishala VII Hillcroft – with a BANG in the center of the Mahatma Gandhi district on SAT OCT 3rd.  “For the first time in Houston, we were giving away 7, 1-Gram Gold Coins to the first 7 shoppers and added Valet Parking,” said Viral Thakkar, Vishala Partner. “When […]

Al Rabba’s Masala Style Grand Opening

Al Rabba’s Masala Style Grand Opening

Houston: Al Rabba – 61,000 sf grocery store & Chat Hut restaurant, put on a dhamakedaar Masala Grand Opening event on one of the prettiest days of the season last Saturday September 19th from 10AM – 2PM.   Against backdrops of wedding style décor and balloons, owner Amir Patel celebrated the “official” opening by giving […]

UMMC TX President Syed Mohiuddin: A Frontline Hero for the Underserved

UMMC TX President Syed Mohiuddin: A Frontline Hero for the Underserved

Houston: With the ever-changing landscape of America’s healthcare system, it is becoming more and more difficult to find healthcare providers and facilities that value patient care and satisfaction above everything else. One hospital stands out in Houston, Texas, even going as far as only requiring a photo ID for covid-19 testing. United Memorial Medical Center […]

FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

Houston: On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) presented its first virtual webinar in its Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “India China Competition in South Asia: the Past, Present and Future,” was presented by Dr. Constantino Xavier of the Brookings Institute in New Delhi. Dr. Xavier’s presentation focused on the […]

American Chemical Society Honors Kashinath Patil

American Chemical Society Honors Kashinath Patil

Houston: Dr. Kashnath Patil was recognized by the American Chemical Society at a recent banquet for his outstanding 60 years of service. Dr. Patil received the certificate of servce and was able to share the recognition with his wife Manda and his family and friends. During his 60-year career, Mr. Patil has published numerous technical […]

Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Houston: For CEO and founder of Nitya Capital, Swapnil Agarwal, success and achievements never came easy. Coming from humble beginnings as a son of a working class Indian immigrant family in Houston, much of Swapnil’s youth was defined by observing and learning from the success of others. As he worked his first few jobs, Swapnil […]

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

By Madan Goyal Atlanta: One Friday evening, the family was at the dinner table at their grandparents’ house. Rani Shrivastava, 15, looked down at the table and read aloud the newspaper headline about the Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s brands being discontinued due to their racist connotations. Her younger brother Rohan, 13, then looked over […]

Corona Mein Dhamaal — Record 3,200 Attend Desi Brothers Farmers Market Grand Opening

Corona Mein Dhamaal — Record 3,200 Attend Desi Brothers Farmers Market Grand Opening

  Houston: Never did Desi Brothers nor Masala Radio imagine that during COVID, a Social Distance Grand Opening would bring out nearly 3200 guests on the first day!  When CEO Vipul Patel asked Masala Radio to do the grand opening, Sunil Thakkar thought August 15th (Indian Independence Day) would be the perfect date, but that […]

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