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Giddy-Up, Let’s Ride into Town

Giddy-Up, Let’s Ride into Town

By Krishna Giri HOUSTON: For 80 years, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has been the heartbeat of the Southwest, beating powerfully with 26,000 volunteers who annually contribute their time, resources, and talent as part of the world’s largest livestock exhibition, world’s richest regular-season rodeo, and the Southwest’s premier entertainment event. Since its beginning in […]

Sivoham Spiritually Uplifting on Eve of Shivarathri

Sivoham Spiritually Uplifting on Eve of Shivarathri

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON:  Led by an ornately adorned Nandi, a majestic Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati, and other celestial beings meandered through the audience from the foyer to the stage in a stately procession. Shiva, swathed in tiger skin, with matted locks unbridled, took his seat on the summit of Mount Kailash where he […]

Bharat Matrimony to Create World’s Largest Wedding Photo Album for Matrimony Day

Bharat Matrimony to Create World’s Largest Wedding Photo Album for Matrimony Day

NEW DELHI: Kick starting a two month long run-up to Matrimony Day (April 14), BharatMatrimony.com has set the ball rolling on February 14 in an attempt to create two world records – • Attempt a Guinness World Record in putting together the world’s largest wedding photo album • Set a world record with 1 million […]

Houston Area’s Asian American Students “Go Green” in Art Contest

Houston Area’s Asian American Students “Go Green” in Art Contest

HOUSTON: The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA), with support from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced the ‘Go Green’ Art Contest, aimed at engaging Asian/Pacific American high school students to express environmental issues such as sustainability, clean air, water quality, renewable energy and recycling  through art. The contest will accept participants from three Houston-area […]

Ashok Reddy Danda: New Ekal USA President

Ashok Reddy Danda: New Ekal USA President

HOUSTON: Ashok Reddy Danda of Houston is the new president of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF) USA. Danda, who has been the national secretary of the organization, succeeds Subhash Gupta, also of Houston. The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation is dedicated to education and village development in rural India.   The Ekal movement is the largest, grassroots, non-governmental education […]

100 Donors Pledge $192,500 for Houston Tamil Convention

100 Donors Pledge $192,500 for Houston Tamil Convention

HOUSTON: Tamil Nadu Foundation’s 37th National convention (TNF) is to be held in Houston, during the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2012. One hundred donors have already pledged to support as Steering Committee Donors, and have together pledged $192,500. The organizing committee lead by Sam Kannappan (Convener), Dr. Padmini Nathan(Convener), Dr. P. Vaduganathan, Rajan Radhakrishnan, […]

Saif Ahmed Wins Unitedhealthcare Scholarship Award

Saif Ahmed Wins Unitedhealthcare Scholarship Award

ARLINGTON, TX: Saif Ahmed, an Aerospace Engineering student from the University of Texas at Arlington, is one of twelve Asian-American college students who received $30,000 in scholarships that will help them build a foundation for personal and professional success. The scholarships, offered through the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) and funded by […]

Saffron Alliance does Better in Cities while Congress-NCP Combine Hold Sway in Villages

Saffron Alliance does Better in Cities while Congress-NCP Combine Hold Sway in Villages

By Raj Kanwar IAN India Correspondent No political party or alliance of parties could secure a clear majority in either Mumbai or even Thane Corporation in the municipal elections the results of which were declared on 17 February. In Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the Shiv Sena BJP alliance together secured 107 seats in a house of […]

Hindus of Greater Houston Hosts Area Hindu Organizations in Meeting of Shared Interests

Hindus of Greater Houston Hosts Area Hindu Organizations  in Meeting of Shared Interests

    By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: Local organization Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) hosted a meeting of Hindu faith based organizations and social/ community upliftment groups at the Keshav Smruti on February 11. The event, geared to foster an ongoing dialogue between HGH and the other agencies about issues relevant to all Hindus, began auspiciously […]

Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir-Fry Redefines Old Concepts

Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir-Fry Redefines Old Concepts

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: Push open the large wooden doors of the Kublai Khan Crazy Mongolian Stir-Fry, and a life-sized faux terracotta warrior stands inscrutably to one side, seemingly vigilant of those sweeping into the swank diner.  Braided ropes entwined around sturdy pillars give the room an anchored-down edginess, while luxurious beige and black couches, […]

Thaipoosam Celebrations at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Thaipoosam Celebrations at  Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Nachal Sethuraman PEARLAND: Thaipoosam is dedicated to the Hindu God Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati presented a lance to Lord Murugan to vanquish the demon army of Tarakasura and combat their evil deeds. Thaipoosam is a celebration of the victory of good over […]

Inclement Weather Fails to Quell Kolaveri Fever

Inclement Weather Fails to Quell Kolaveri Fever

By Kalyani Giri SUGAR LAND: Braced with great fortitude against bone-chilling weather, over 300 dance enthusiasts gathered to witness and encourage the first desi flash mob of its kind in this city perform at the City of Sugar Land Town Center on February 12. About 100 dancers, selected on the basis of their skill levels, […]

IITAGH Investment Seminar Kicks off Packed Events for 2012

IITAGH Investment Seminar Kicks off Packed Events for 2012

  By Dr. Huzefa Shakir HOUSTON: About 90 people gathered at Nirvana Restaurant on Wednesday, February 8, when the IIT Alumni of Greater Houston kicked off its 2012 season with its first event about “How Market Linked Investments can Impact a Portfolio’s Performance” sponsored by Merrill Lynch. The event started with a social hour over […]

ICC President Starts Term with Blessings at Mahatma Gandhi Statue

ICC President Starts Term with Blessings at  Mahatma Gandhi Statue

HOUSTON: January 30th is celebrated in India as Shraddhanjali Divas. This year, though the day fell on Monday and many of the Houstonians were facing the Monday morning blues, the new ICC President Rajiv Bhavsar attended the Rose Garden homage ceremony in Hermann Memorial Park. The Consulate General Office was represented by Consul Anil Matta. […]

FIS 2012 Board Announced

FIS 2012 Board Announced

Foundation of Indian Studies (FIS) announced its board for the year 2012.  From left:  Krishna Vavilala (Founder – Chairman ), Dr. Nik Nikam (Director), Manisha Mehta (Director), Surender Talwar (Director), Ellen Goldberg (Director), Dr. Rajendar Aparasu (Director), Vikas Jhingran (Director) and Vatsa Kumar (Secretary). Not in the picture: Parul Fernandes (Vice Chair), Meera Kapur, Col. […]

Shangri-La Arts Gallery Opens in Galveston

Shangri-La Arts  Gallery  Opens in Galveston

GALVESTON, TX: It was a cool, crisp evening and the faux gas-lamps in downtown Galveston were starting to flicker.  There was excitement in the air at Shangri-La Contemporary Arts, the newest Art Gallery. Saturday, January 29 was the Grand Opening of the Gallery and the event was timed to coincide with the Galveston Art Walk […]

Unique Spring Camp on Modern Contributions of Ancient Indian Civilization

MANVEL, TX: Traditional Treasures Spring Camp 2012, a unique 2-day program for children aged 10 to 16 years, focusing on the contributions of ancient (east) Indians to modern science, will be conducted by Global Organization for Divinity-Houston chapter, on March 12 and 13. The all-day camp goes from 9am to 5pm and will be held […]

Ashirwad’s Vedic Fair 2012: A Blessing for All

Ashirwad’s Vedic Fair 2012:  A Blessing for All

HOUSTON: Much needed rain came pouring down with its blessings on a thirsty Greater Houston Metroplex even as hectic last-minute finishing touches were setting the stage on fire for an eventful Ashirwad A Blessing’s Vedic Fair 2012. Young presenters—65 of them ranging in ages 5 to 15 years —unfazed by the cold and upbeat with […]

City Seeks Input of Needs and Community Leaders Oblige

City Seeks Input of Needs and Community Leaders Oblige

HOUSTON:  This past Saturday, at a meeting of a different type which solicited input, selected leaders of the Indian community met with Dr. Noelle Bezette of the University of Houston Downtown  and her associate Sacha Lazzare to give their wish-list of services and amenities that the City of Houston could provide. About 20 people attended […]

Gateway 2012: Finding Dharma with Hindu Youth

Gateway 2012: Finding Dharma with Hindu Youth

By Ambika Khanna The Hindu Students Association (HSA) hosted their annual camp ‘Gateway’ in Bruceville, Texas from February 3 to 5.  From all the HSA branches, there were a total of over 130 attendees.  This year’s camp sought to provide a gateway for young Hindus in “finding your dharma, ” as the camp theme demonstrated. […]