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Community Shows Solidarity in Prayers for Dead Houston Fire Fighters

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON:  Overcome by a profound sense of grief and obligation by the heroic sacrifice of four Houston fire fighters in battling the flames that engulfed the Southwest Motel and attached Bhojan restaurant (see story on page 6) on the Southwest Freeway this past Friday, the Indian community came together to offer their […]

Deadly Fire Guts Bhojan Restaurant, Southwest Inn Motel, Kills Four

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: I had to head toward downtown last Friday afternoon, so I took the ramp onto the Southwest Freeway going North, and hit traffic as far South as Bissonnet. I figured someone must have gotten into an accident an exit up and sat tight, eventually getting lost in my thoughts. I had […]

Sugar Land Former Candidate Wins Award for Activism

SUGAR LAND: The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) has named Sonal Bhuchar of Sugar Land as the 2013 recipient of its June Bratcher Award. TEXPAC presented her with the award during the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) annual conference, held this year in San Antonio. TEXPAC presents the June Bratcher Award for Political Action […]

The Chariot Festival (Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra – 2013)

HOUSTON: Orissa Culture Center (OCC) and Shri Sitaram Foundation cordially invite the people of Houston and surrounding cities to the sixth chariot festival of Houston. For the last six years the festival has been providing a ground for spreading the message of peace and universal brotherhood among the people of Houston. The venue for this […]

Annual Graduation Ritual Brings Joy to Seniors who Bridge Generations

By Jawahar Malhotra CLEAR LAKE: Whoever said that age slows you down didn’t have the sprightly Radha Golikeri in mind. A young 89-year-old, she has been the driving force behind the celebratory party for graduating high school seniors for the past fifteen years and this past Saturday, June 1, she held her 16th annual party […]

Certification Examination in Carnatic Music

By Thara Narasimhan HOUSTON: The first of its kind a certification Examination in Carnatic Music was held on 27 May. It was organized and designed by Vidushi Rajarajeshwary Bhat under the auspices of Krishna Gana Sudha Music Academy – Houston. An overwhelming 60 participants took advantage of this exam all over the United States several […]

In Attorney’s First Movie, Plot Twists Mimic Real Life Court Dramas

By Jawahar Malhotra LOS ANGELES: Revealing the central element would not be giving away too much of the plot of The Advocate, the new indie movie that will have its premier next week on Saturday, June 8 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The film has many more twists that will keep you riveted till […]

Former Indian Table Tennis Champion Kabad Makes The Bayou City his Home

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: When Jay Kabad casually introduced himself to the members of TT Nuts (a table tennis players association) at the Durga Bari Temple on the city’s westside a couple of years ago, there were gasps of disbelief and faces mirroring incredulity. It took a while for the fact to sink in that […]

Glowing Tribute Paid to Yoga Teacher Rama Rao

By Haider Kazim HOUSTON: A prayer meeting (Shraddhanjali) was held by VYASA-USA (Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) Tuesday evening at Keshav Smruthi for Yoga Teacher and therapist B.S. Rama Rao who expired last week at Mysore, India, at the age of 77. Rama Rao inspired hundreds of students in Houston and was highly respected in the […]

“Preserve our Heritage, Pursue Dreams, and Perform with Passion” is Anantha Aiyer’s Message

HOUSTON: Octogenarian, Anantha Aiyer, a native Houstonian for more than 35 years was interviewed at HCC studios on May 17 for the Indo-American Oral History project of the Foundation for India Studies (FIS). Anantha at 81 does not look his age.  Still walking upright, active and full of zest for life, he engages himself to […]

A Classy Conference Organized by Houston Kannada Vrinda

By Dr. M.S. Nataraja HOUSTON: Houston Kannada Vrinda (HKV) did it Again!  More than 250 lovers of Kannada literature gathered and celebrated the tenth anniversary of Kannada Sahitya Ranga (KSR), the one and only national organization dedicated to the growth of Kannada literature in the United States. It was a meticulously executed conference showcasing literary […]

Actor Politician Chiranjit Inaugurates NatyoUtsav Bengali Dramas at Houston Durgabari

HOUSTON: Eminent actor turned politician, an MLA (member of legislative assembly) of West Bengal in the eastern part of India heartland Chiranjit Chakraborty accompanied by his wife and daughter,  was the Chief Guest of Drama Festival at Houston Durgabari Sur Auditorium. Introduced by Mila Sengupta Houston Durgabari (HDBS) Vice President, Chakraborthy and Head Priest Dr. […]

Gita Wheels in Values at Chinmaya Prabha Houston

By Padmashree Rao and  Uma Aggarwal HOUSTON:The Bhagavad Gita and Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda were invoked with a loving Bala Vihar spirit on May 11, at Chinmaya Prabha, Houston.  The memorable weekend began with an awe-inspiring Chanting competition on the 11th chapter of the Lord’s Eternal Song and culminated with the “Wheel of Values” – an […]

So You Think You Have Friends!

By Farida Hasanali HOUSTON: Most likely you don’t! I know…sounds pretty morose doesn’t it? Every one of us wants to believe we have friends. Not just a friend, but different groups of friends. I find myself often explaining that I have many groups of friends. A group of Desi friends, a non Desi group, work […]

Dr. Beena George Named New University of St. Thomas Cameron Dean

HOUSTON : Dr. Beena George is the fourth dean of the Cameron School of Business effective on May 20. George previously served as the associate dean of the Cameron School and contributed to the school’s elite accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As dean, George said she sees three priorities for […]

Meeting Nehru Then Was a Child Play — Raj Kanwar Reminisces About First and Last Meetings with Nehru

By Raj Kanwar As a rookie journalist in the Nehru era, I regularly covered visits of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. I still carry some vivid recollections of Nehru’s last sunset in Dehra Dun on that sultry and humid Tuesday evening of May 26 in 1964. When Nehru left for New Delhi that evening, no […]

Middle School Students Join on Two Continents to Fight World Hunger

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: The St. Francis Episcopal Day School hosted an award ceremony Friday, May 17, to recognize the St. Francis Wolves Against Hunger – a group consisting of seven of their graduating eighth grade students under the faculty guidance of Debbie Harris – which participated in the World Hunger Leadership Challenge. The ceremony […]

HTC Honors Vijay Goradia for Entrepreneurship at Annual Gala

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The Houston Technology Center held its Tenth Annual Gala last Thursday evening, May 16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s ballroom downtown and about 500 people showed up for the much anticipated event that brought many of the city’s successful as well as new, up and coming entrepreneurs together for a show […]

Mayor Parker Celebrates Her Birthday and a Fundraiser Among Desi Friends

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Over the past few years, Bobby and Jasmeeta Singh have hosted Mayor Annise Parker at their house on the west side so many times one would think that she has become one of the family. Two year ago she was there at the Super Bowl, and then later for her birthday, […]

Showcase of Talent for Kusum Sharma’s Shri Natraj School of Dance

      HOUSTON: Shri Natraj school of Dance celebrated their annual talent program, this past weekend at Shri Radha Krishna temple on Sunday May 19. The program lasted little over an hour and was well coordinated and the event emcee Nipun Kakkar, did a very good job engaging the audience with his jokes, trivia […]