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IACCGH Fetes Outstanding 2010 Businessperson, Young Businessperson, Businesswoman

HOUSTON: The Indo-American Chamber of Greater Houston (IACCGH) celebrated its 11th Annual Gala with the theme “Think India, Think Houston”. The sold-out banquet featured India’s Consul General Sanjiv Arora as the chief guest and included a presentation of the chamber’s annual awards.

Crowds Flock to Invigorated I-Day Celebration

HOUSTON: This year the ICC observed its annual India Fest 2010 celebrating India’s 64th Independence Day on Sunday, August 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. A large turnout of over 7,500 at the India Fest 2010 can be attributed to the free entry, a day when general parking in the downtown area is free.

Partners in Building Communities of Excellence

HOUSTON: One hot humid afternoon recently, we prepared ourselves psychologically and physically to endure Houston’s infamous peak hour traffic snarls as we headed south on Highway 59. To our surprised delight we found the ride smooth and effortless, with drivers conspiratorial in adhering to the posted speeds.

A Temple in Little India Draws in Many Faithful

HOUSTON: The lady who devotees affectionately call Maaji – Laxmiben Bechardas Thakkar – had a dream around 20 years back in which she saw Shri Sai Baba among divine lights, guiding her to build a temple which would not only provide a place of worship but also cultural and religious values.

Estate Planning and Your Legacy

Many years ago, a friend John called me to get some information. His sister-in-law, Mary was undergoing treatment for cancer and was in the hospital in a very serious condition. Mary had married late only a few years ago.

When Medical Help is Scarce, to be Sure, Friends Help Friends

HOUSTON: The woman two tables down wiped her eyes as she heard Angela Williams tell her story. If it was hard for her, it was doubly hard for Williams as she choked over the parts that hurt the most: the tumor that had been found over 4 years ago, the numbness she started to feel in her jaw, no insurance and no means to pay the $9,000 for medical treatment, a marriage that eventually fell apart, raise two kids as a single mom.

IACF Makes A $28K Investment in the Future

SUGAR LAND: It was music to the ears of the organizers and couldn’t have encapsulated the meaning of the evening’s program more. Here was 18 year-old Rosch Wadera, smiling at the podium as he responded for the entire 18 scholarship winners with a few appreciative remarks.

A Year of Milestones, Celebrations, for Kohinoor Diamonds

HOUSTON: The luster cast by the opulent chandeliers at the Sugar Land Marriott at Town Square were evocative of the magical gems vying for covetous attention at the Kohinoor Diamonds’ Hillcroft showroom.

35 Years of Glorious Service, Back to Motherland

Atul Kothari, CPA, has lived all his life in Houston having come here in 1975. Now he has plans to return back to Ahmedabad, India for his retirment years. He has no plans to retire out of doing social work, what he has done and the countless recognitions he achieved from the Houston community.

Kids R Kids North Sugar Land Wins iSmart School Award

AUSTIN: On July 30, Kids R Kids North Sugarland located on Hwy 6 and West Airport received the first national iSmart School Award in Austin by Assistant to the President of Kids R Kids International Glen Sloan for utilizing technology tools to enhance student learning.

Kohinoor Diamonds Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

HOUSTON: Kohinoor Diamonds, the most prestigious retailer of “Everything Diamonds”, exclusively featuring Luca Carati, LeVian, Breanna, Claude Thibaudeau, Diana Classic, Carlex, and Fendi is celebrating its fifth anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, an award-winning necklace collection featuring diamonds and precious stones with handcrafted designs will be revealed.

Miss India Texas 2010 Crowned

HOUSTON: On July 24, 2010, an extraordinary pageant took place in the heart of Houston, Texas at University of Houston. his trail-blazing event was the Official Miss India Texas Pageant 2010 presented by Kohinoor Diamonds.

Houstonians Celebrate Jagannath Rath Yatra

HOUSTON: Even though other parts of Houston were washed out with Rain, the Sun was shining happily celebrating the joyous occasion of Lord Jagannatha’s Rath Yatra. More than thousands devotees thronged to majestic India House to have glimpses of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra on Rath.

Sewa International Hosts Immunization Drive for Refugee Children

HOUSTON: Sewa International Houston, a local service-based nonprofit organization, collaborated with Texas Children’s Hospital’s Mobile Clinic on Saturday, July 10, to host an immunization drive for the children of low-income families at the Los Arcos apartment complex in Southwest Houston. In total, forty children received free immunizations and medical check-ups.

An Early Breakfast at the Fed to Hear of India’s Miracle Growth

HOUSTON: For the architecturally inclined, the invitation from the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston to attend another in its Distinguished Lecture Series, this time at the Federal Reserve Bank building on Allen Parkway was inducement enough, never mind the early 8 am hour.

IACCGH Hosts Business Seminar on “Sharpening Your Strategy”

HOUSTON: The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce held an insightful and enlightening event on June 29, 2010 for its members, and small and mid-sized business owners. As part of its Small Business Seminar Series, sponsored by Citibank, the chamber hosted Ravi Kathuria, author of the recently published book, Coherent Strategy and Execution: An Eye-opening Parable about Transforming Leadership and Management Perspectives.

Divinity and Ingenuity Guide a Program that Feeds Millions

HOUSTON: While we went through the buffet line and ate Gujarati food at round tables in the spacious auditorium of the Vallabh Priti Sewa Samaj on the city’s southwest side, a short video explained the work of the group that feeds millions of under privileged school children each day in India .

Tagore Society, UH Sign Declaration for Tagore Scholarship

HOUSTON: One lucky student to be qualified by an independent review committee appointed by the Tagore Society of Houston and the University of Houston will receive the Tagore Passport Operating Scholarship to visit India

Houston Gears Up for the 3rd Annual Ratha Yatra

The Odisha Culture Center (OCC) and Shree Govindaji Gaudiya Matha in collaboration with the Hindus of the Greater Houston, Hindu Worship Society and ISKCON are all set to celebrate this grand festival of procession of the Lord Jagannath, Lord of the Universe, at 5 pm on July 24

Don’t Rely Solely on Uncle Sam’s Help During Retirement

You can’t watch television or read a newspaper without being reminded of the uncertain times we’re in. Disappearing jobs, disturbing stock market losses — we don’t need to tell you, it’s rough out there. This has made retirement planning more complicated than ever.