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Keshav Smriti Holds Prayer Meeting to Honor Sandy Hook Victims

Keshav Smriti Holds Prayer Meeting to Honor Sandy Hook Victims

  By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was hastily arranged as many of the familiar names of local Hindu leaders fanned out to their friends and acquaintances. But between the calls that Sharad Amin, Girish Desai and Vijay Pallod made, about 30 people turned up on Sunday, December 16 at the Keshav Smriti – the meeting […]

Christmas Time, But 2013 is Around the Corner! My New Year Resolution is …

Christmas Time, But 2013 is Around the Corner! My New Year Resolution is …

  By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Christmas isn’t even over and the kids still want their presents (see page 1) but some people already are thinking way ahead about the New Year and the resolutions they swear they will keep.  Indo American News touched base with a broad mix of people – seniors, children, men and […]

Santa Claus, All I Want for Christmas is ….

Santa Claus, All I Want for Christmas is ….

  HOUSTON: Brightly colored packages tied up with satin ribbons with your name on it under the Christmas tree?  Does Christmas get any better?  Probably not. We posed the above question to several children and judging by their lightning quick responses, they’ve been thinking about this for a while.  Let’s hope their parents are reading […]

Norah Jones – A Decade of Singing

Norah Jones – A Decade of Singing

By Sowmya Nandamukar Norah Jones, (Geetali Norah Jones Shankar) was born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York on March 30, 1979 to Sue Jones (a concert producer at that time) and Pandit Ravi Shankar of Sitar glory. Her father named her Geetali at birth, a name which contains the word Geet, which means song or melody. […]

Sergeant Uday Singh Taunque – First US Army Soldier of Indian Origin to Die in Iraq

Sergeant Uday Singh Taunque – First US Army Soldier of Indian Origin to Die in Iraq

As the USA celebrates July 4th, independence day, all the immigrant, Indian Americans, a large community and a vital social force in American society are as much a part of the celebrations, having embraced this nation for many a reason.  There couldn’t be a better time than that to remember a US army soldier of […]

Vikram Seth – A Multi-Faceted Writer, Polyglot and Perhaps Even a Musician?

Vikram Seth – A Multi-Faceted Writer, Polyglot and Perhaps Even a Musician?

By Sowmya Nandakumar Vikram Seth, son of Leila and Prem Seth was born on June 20, 1952 in Kolkata. He is of Punjabi origin.  His father Prem Seth was an executive of a shoe company – so one of the places Vikram has lived in is Batanagar, the town of the Bata shoe company, near […]

Indian Principal gets a Top Position in a Utah Global School

Indian Principal gets a Top Position in a Utah Global School

By Raj Kanwar, IAN India Correspondent When Dev Lahiri retired a year ago as the Principal of India’s famed Welham Boys School in Dehra Dun, everyone, including Lahiri himself, thought that he had reached the pinnacle of his eventful teaching career that had spanned over 30 years. He and wife Indrani had planned to lead […]

Anita Desai: A Booker Prize Finalist

Anita Desai: A Booker Prize Finalist

By Sowmya Nandakumar Novelist Anita Mazumdar Desai was born in Mussoorie, India, on June 24 1937, to a German mother, Toni Nime and a Bengali businessman, D.N. Mazumdar. Growing up, she spoke German at home and four languages outside home, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English. German was her first language but she started learning to […]

Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Finalist Playwright

Rajiv Joseph, Pulitzer Finalist Playwright

By Sowmya Nandakumar When one is at Alley Theater, downtown, for a performance, and reads their brochure, one cant help but feel a sense of pride at learning that an American of partial Indian origin, Rajiv Joseph is a company artist at Alley theater and a playwright who was a Pulitzer finalist in 2010! Rajiv […]

Life Unfolds for Lisa Ray–Model and Actress, to Cancer Conqueror

Life Unfolds for Lisa Ray–Model and Actress, to Cancer Conqueror

By Sowmya Nandakumar From wanting to major in journalism to a career in modeling, acting and films, Lisa Ray’s story is quite something! Lisa Rani Ray was born on April 4, 1972 in Toronto, Canada. She is a Canadian of Indian and Polish origins born to a Bengali father and a Polish mother. She went […]

Another Great Accolade for Mira Nair

Another Great Accolade for Mira Nair

  By Sowmya Nandakumar Mira Nair, an Indian- American film maker, lives in New York City and heads her film production company, Mirabai Films. She teaches in the film division of the Columbia School of Arts as an adjunct professor. Mira Nair is Malayali and Punjabi, born in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa on Oct 15, 1957. Her […]

The Actor Who Brought Gandhi to Life – Sir Ben Kingsley!

The Actor Who Brought Gandhi to Life – Sir Ben Kingsley!

By Sowmya Nandakumar One of the eight actors of Asian origin to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting category, Ben Kingsley (Krishna Pandit Bhanji), was born on December 31, 1943 in Snaiton, Yorkshire, England. Kingsley’s father Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji was a medical doctor of Gujarati lineage, born in Kenya. Rahimatulla’s father was […]

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