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Classical Arts Society Presents Ramkrishnan Murthy via FB Live

Classical Arts Society Presents Ramkrishnan Murthy via FB Live

The South Indian NRI diaspora in the US has supported classical carnatic music for more than half a century. This is done both by bringing carnatic musicians to perform here in the US, and by having kids born and raised here learn this art in order for them to stay connected to their Indian roots. […]

Democracy First

Democracy First

By Lakshmy Parameswaran The United States of America – the model of democracy for the world – is at the precipice of becoming an autocratic state. The validity and certainty of the 2020 presidential election hang in the balance. President Trump claims that our ballot system is rigged, that is, if he loses the election. […]

A Year Later, County Honors its Fallen Hero Dhaliwal with Tollway Dedication

A Year Later, County Honors its Fallen Hero Dhaliwal with Tollway Dedication

By Jawahar Malhotra Houston: A year after Harris County Deputy Constable Sandeep Dhaliwal was senselessly murdered at a gas station during a routine traffic stop on September 27, 2019, the County Commissioners formally unveiled signs on both sides of the 5-mile stretch of the Sam Houston Tollroad Beltway 8 from West Gulf Bank to Fairbanks […]

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 […]

Raj Syal Dies: A Pioneering, Tireless Pillar of Houston’s Hindu Community

Raj Syal Dies: A Pioneering, Tireless Pillar of Houston’s Hindu Community

By Jawahar Malhotra The Woodlands: In the early years of the Indian community in the Bayou City, in 1968, when there were perhaps only 50 young families and a handful of foreign students at the University of Houston, there was a natural yearning to bond and find ways to gather for camaraderie and satisfy the […]

“Serious Men”: A Bitingly Sharp, Satirical Look at Aspirational India

“Serious Men”: A Bitingly Sharp, Satirical Look at Aspirational India

Houston Chronicle Endorses Sri Kulkarni

Houston Chronicle Endorses Sri Kulkarni

Changing demographics and a narrow escape in the 2018 elections helped persuade longtime Republican Congressman Pete Olson not to run for reelection in U.S. House District 22 this year. The six-term incumbent’s departure sets up a showdown that mirrors the presidential race with Sri Preston Kulkarni representing the moderate approach of Democrat Joe Biden and […]

The Indo-American Voter in 2020

The Indo-American Voter in 2020

By Safiya Ghori-Ahmad and Fatima Salman In her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Senator Kamala Devi Harris (D-CA) put her Indian roots on full display. She spoke movingly about her Indian mother and gave a shout out to her “chittis” or, aunts in Tamil. Just a few days later at the Republican National […]

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

By Lisa Grey Houston: In early March, Susham “Rita” Singh, then 65, took time off from selling appliances at the Galleria-area Home Depot. Her husband and her daughter — a doctor — yelled at her, warning her against flying to India for her annual visit with her mom. This new coronavirus was wreaking havoc in […]

Arya Samaj Houston Reaches Out During the Pandemic for Covid Testing

Arya Samaj Houston Reaches Out During the Pandemic for Covid Testing

Houston: Covid-19 has thrown everyone into an uncertain phase and many have suffered a great deal. The pain is continuous in the form of health challenges, financial distress, isolation, and so on. But Arya Samaj Houston became proactive and walked an extra mile to deliver to the community It has been functioning online and indeed […]

Chinmaya e-Bala Vihar Zooms in a New Year of Online Vedic Learning

Chinmaya e-Bala Vihar Zooms in a New Year of Online Vedic Learning

By Padmashree Rao Houston: In a pandemic-stricken world, where life, work and relationships have been redefined, learning too has taken a new online face. To evolve through such a challenging time, technology has zoomed in through many platforms to replace empty hallways and classrooms of education with fully charged homes of learning, both secular and […]

Community Honors Deputy Dhaliwal One Year after Death

Community Honors Deputy Dhaliwal One Year after Death

Houston: A year ago, Harris County deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was killed in the line of duty. The community he served vowed never to forget the beloved officer. Many showed up for a processional near his memorial on Sunday, where they remembered his life and honored his legacy. People from all backgrounds came to pay tribute […]

Review of Reflections @ 50: Legacy of Hindus in North America

Review of Reflections @ 50: Legacy of Hindus in North America

By Thara Narasimhan REFLECTIONS@50: WALKING IN DHARMA held on Sept. 20th, 2020 included the # 6 Panel discussion on Hindu American Vanaprasti Network (HAVAN) with a chosen topic “ The Legacy of the Hindus in North America.” The panelists consisted of diverse background of professionals to share their views about the contribution of Hindus in […]

Richard Dawkins to Honor Javed Akhtar for Secularism

Richard Dawkins to Honor Javed Akhtar for Secularism

London: Their work has inspired and enlightened millions of people around the world and across generations. Their passionate advocacy for reason and their unapologetic questioning of religion and superstition have broken taboos and changed the cultural landscape. On October 24, these two champions of science and secularism will come together for the first time, as […]

“Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” Daring Subject of Female Desire

“Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare” Daring Subject of Female Desire

Houston Symphony Features Indo-American Composer

Houston Symphony Features Indo-American Composer

Houston: The Houston Symphony’s second concert of the season features works entirely by women composers, and in particular, Indian-American composer Reena Esmail, whose music straddles and unites the worlds of Indian and Western classical music. A brass quintet of Houston Symphony musicians are performing Reena Esmail’s  “Khirkhiyaan: Three Transformations for Brass Quintet”. Meaning “Windows” in […]

Reflections @ 50: Hinduism Has Profound Impact on the West

Reflections @ 50: Hinduism Has Profound Impact on the West

  By Manu Shah Houston: The Hindu way of life and thinking, far from being a mystical eastern religion, has had a profound influence on the west, leading to successes on American soil, not in terms of material wealth, but in individual satisfaction with immense self- content. Four outstanding personalities from different walks of life […]

Bhallas’ Act of Charitable Giving Sets Iconic Example for Others to Follow

Bhallas’ Act of Charitable Giving Sets Iconic Example for Others to Follow

Sugar Land: Theirs has been a long journey and life has been mostly kind to them as they pursued challenges and passed through its various stages. Along the way, they have met people – the nasty and the good – which helped shape their worldly view and perspective of human nature. And though they left […]

Biden Holds Lead among Indo-Americans

Biden Holds Lead among Indo-Americans

San Francisco: Sixty-six percent of Indian Americans currently favour Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election as compared to 28 per cent who prefer President Donald Trump, according to a survey released Tuesday. Indiaspora, a nonprofit member organisation of global Indian diaspora leaders, and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Data on Tuesday […]

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 […]