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Pratham Houston Holds Annual Volunteers Meet

Pratham Houston Holds Annual Volunteers Meet

By Nirali Shah HOUSTON: This year’s Pratham Gala volunteer’s meeting hosted at the Madras Pavilion in Sugar Land was, per usual, a wonderful success. Volunteers from across the Houston area ranging in age, background, profession, and experience came together to be incorporated into the final details and logistics of the event. Darel D’Souza, the president […]

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

By Vidya Sridhar HOUSTON: Harvard University has accepted a proposal to set up a “Sangam Tamil Chair” in the Department of South Asian Studies with the focus being on Tamil Sangam Literature and all Tamil literature influenced by it. Tamil language has ancient literature dating back to around 300 B.C. Tamil is one of the […]

Krishnamurthy to Head Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust

Krishnamurthy to Head Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: With the start of the new year, local community activist and philanthropist Leela Krishnamurthy has been selected to head the Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust, a national non-profit in the US, which was established in 1988 to support the highly regarded charitable, not-for-profit Sankara Nethralaya, Ophthalmic Hospital, in Chennai, India. The […]

Vikas Khanna: Guest of Honor at the 14th India House Annual Gala

Vikas Khanna: Guest of Honor at the  14th India House Annual Gala

Three Times Michelin Starred Indian chef, and Top 10 Chefs of the World in 2017 HOUSTON: India House, Houston will hold its 14th annual Gala on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at J W Marriott Galleria in Houston, TX. Three times award winning Michelin starred Indian chef and top 10 chefs of the world in 2017, […]

Houston Chapter President visits an Ekal School in Maharashtra

Houston Chapter President visits an Ekal School in Maharashtra

HOUSTON: Have you ever wondered what it might be like to spend a day visiting with one of 55 plus thousand Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Schools in the remote and tribal villages of India?  Well, that was exactly what the new incoming president of the Ekal Houston local chapter, Pankaj Desai and his wife, Urmi Desai, […]

Help Raise Funds for Maira

Help Raise Funds for Maira

HOUSTON: Maira Junaid turned 9 years old this November … but she has been sick since birth. This little girl has spent more time in hospitals than in school.  The doctors say she has a few months to live, unless she gets a double lung replacement. Maira needs to $650,000 for the transplant surgery. Maira […]

Disha Think Pink Launches in Houston

Disha Think Pink Launches in Houston

HOUSTON: December 18, marked the panache launch of an organization whose mission is to save South-Asian Women’s lives from Breast Cancer by empowering them to live proactively from a young age. Disha Think Pink is the first South Asian non-profit organization to spread the message of hope and increase public awareness, prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of those dealing […]

Akshaya Patra Tampa Bay to Build Kitchen in Gujarat

Akshaya Patra Tampa Bay to Build Kitchen in Gujarat

Tampa Bay community along with Philanthropists Dr. Kiran Patel, Dr. Vijay Patel and Businessman Vijay Patel pledged to raise $3.1 million” TAMPA BAY: The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA’s Tampa Chapter raised $2.5 million to build a new kitchen in Mota Fofalia, Gujarat, at its annual benefit on Saturday, November 19.  Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest […]

Inspired by the IDCC, Teen Learns the Value of Community Service

Inspired by the IDCC, Teen Learns the  Value of Community Service

By Mallika Tripathy CLEAR LAKE: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer, theologian and medical-missionary As a senior at Clear Lake High School, I participate in debate, DECA, Red Cross, and many other clubs. I’ve grown up hearing about the importance of […]

ISKCON 50: Four Day Celebration is a Success

ISKCON 50: Four Day Celebration is a Success

HOUSTON: ISKCON 50, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York City in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada [1896-1977], was celebrated in Houston over four consecutive days, beginning with a formal gala on Thursday, December 8 at the society’s state-of-the art neo-Vedic temple […]

Charity Clinic Remembers … and Renews Commitment with Optimism

Charity Clinic Remembers …  and Renews Commitment with Optimism

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: It began with vigor and enthusiasm to provide a brighter future for those who had nowhere to turn for immediate health needs, in a rented space in an office building off Tarneff and DeMoss on the southwest side, almost behind Fire Station 51 on Bellaire Boulevard. After giving it a lot […]

Holiday Cheer, Fashionistas Make a Statement for Pratham

Holiday Cheer, Fashionistas Make a Statement for Pratham

Click here for Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Its annual fashion shows have become as much of a draw as the good cheer and fundraising focus of the luncheon itself. This year was no different as the models strutted down the runway to the sound of pulsating music and showed off the elegant designs […]

CRY Walkathon: A Step forward for Children

CRY Walkathon: A Step forward for Children

SUGAR LAND: CRY(Child Rights & You) America Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works towards ensuring children their basic rights to live, learn, play and grow hosted the 13th CRY Walk across 16 cities this year.  CRY America supports organizations in India and the USA and has transformed the life of over 618,915 children across 3084 […]

Virtuosi of Performing Arts Raises Money for the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund

Virtuosi of Performing Arts Raises Money for the Lilli Curry Memorial Fund

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: What a wonderful way to pay tribute to a lively and charismatic sophomore at Taylor High School who passed away on August 4, after fighting a hard battle with Ewing Sarcoma, an extremely rare bone cancer found mostly in children and young adults. Lilli Curry has left a lasting impact on her school since then.   Although […]

HAF’s Annual Fundraising Gala

HAF’s Annual Fundraising Gala

HOUSTON: The Hindu American Foundation returns to Houston on Sunday, November 13, for their annual Fundraising Gala Dinner, to be held at India House from 5:30-8:00pm. Join other HAF supporters to enjoy a gourmet dinner, laugh a little, and learn about HAF’s advocacy efforts and how you can get more involved. Speaking at the event will be Rishi […]

Yes, Feed Their Minds, … but not on a Hungry Stomach

Yes, Feed Their Minds, … but not on a Hungry Stomach

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: It’s a pretty simple notion, one that was implemented by the British in the Madras Corporation in 1925 and by the French in the Union Territory of Pondicherry in 1930: provide a mid-day meal to children in school so that they could better concentrate their minds on studying on a […]

Dance Drama, Singing Sensation for Nov. 4 Cancer Fundraiser

Dance Drama, Singing Sensation for Nov. 4 Cancer Fundraiser

STAFFORD: Virtuosi of Performing Arts promises to bring an extraordinary and unique event to the audience on Friday, November 4 at 8pm at the Old Stafford Center. “The first part of the show will be a unique dance drama, ‘Fisherman and his Soul’ based on a French story by Oscar Wilde”, explained VPA’s Executive Director Keka Kar. “The performers […]

Friends, Angels … and a Little Bear, Bring Charity Home

Friends, Angels … and a Little Bear, Bring Charity Home

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: All Nik Nikam had with him (apart from the mic that he loves so well!) as he strode on to the catwalk was a fluffy white teddy bear. And a penchant for adlibbing witticisms, which he has captured in a couple of books. “Our biggest addiction is texting while driving at […]

Nurturing Children through the Expeditions of Magic Bus

Nurturing Children through the Expeditions of Magic Bus

By Vanshika Vipin HOUSTON:  ‘Play’ is a powerful medium. Powerful enough to get across a message very effectively. The respected place for ‘play’ in children’s lives can weave magic. Magic Bus has precisely embarked on one such novel journey by using sports as a tool for development and social reconstruction among the underprivileged communities. Founded […]

Beauty with a Purpose Resonates at 2016 Bollywood Pageant USA

Beauty with a Purpose Resonates at 2016 Bollywood Pageant USA

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: A Bollywood star has good looks, talent in speaking, dancing and singing, and capable of being a fashion diva. All of these qualities were on display as Bollywood Shake hosted its 4th Annual Bollywood Pageant USA 2016 on Sept 4, 2016 at Hotel Sorella in City Center. Beauty with a Purpose […]

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