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JVB Preksha Meditation Center to Celebrate its 2nd Anniversary

JVB Preksha Meditation Center to Celebrate its 2nd Anniversary

HOUSTON: A daylong event has been planned to mark the celebration of JVB Preksha Meditation Center’s 2nd anniversary on Sunday, October 16 with an exciting program which includes Adhar Abhishek Pooja, Workshop on Tolerance, Bhajans, cultural programs and pravachan by Samani Ji. The program will start at 8am with Adhar Abhishek to Lord Mahavir under […]

Community Prayer Marked With a Unique Ritual

Community Prayer Marked With a Unique Ritual

SUGAR LAND: A local Hindu priest will conduct a rare prayer ceremony to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva on October 30, 2011. Veda Pundit Udhayakumar Sharma will perform the Rudra Abhishek for 25,000 Shiva Lingas with the participation of 25 families. Lord Shiva, worshipped as Sri Uma Pardhiveswara, is said to bring devotees spiritual […]

Indian Luminaries to make MAFS Event Grand

CHICAGO: ‘Work, earn and serve people in need’ seems to be the new mantra of expatriates in Illinois. A whole lot of luminaries from their motherland – India- are coming to grace the 19th annual fundraising dinner to be hosted by Metropolitan Asian Family Service (MAFS) at India House, Schaumburg, on October 15.  Announcing the […]

Resplendent Navarathri Celebration Attracts Hundreds of Hindus to Sri Meenakshi Temple

Resplendent Navarathri Celebration Attracts Hundreds of Hindus to Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Chittoor Ramachandran & Tupil Narasiman PEARLAND, TX: In Hindu tradition, the endless ways to worship Almighty include many forms of music and dances. This is pertinent especially when we celebrate the majesty of the Goddess Saraswati during the season of Navarathri.  Hindus recognize the Goddess, called Shakti, as the emanating power, the essence and […]

Whole Life Insurance: An Overlooked Foundation of Business Succession Planning?

Whole Life Insurance: An Overlooked Foundation of Business Succession Planning?

When its owner for more than four decades passed away suddenly, Troy Belting and Supply Co. in Watervliet, NY, could have collapsed, as do many family businesses that lose their leaders. Instead, the company continued to operate and grow, thanks in part to a succession plan funded by life insurance. “We were able to keep […]

Second Grand Ramleela Performance to be Held on Nov. 13

Second Grand Ramleela Performance to be Held on Nov. 13

By Usha Mehra HOUSTON: The second Grand Ramleela performance by 100 plus performers from our very own Houston Indian community will be held on November 13, Sunday at the Cullen Auditorium of University of Houston. The Houston Ramleela  is carefully planned in November between the Hindu festivals Dusshera and Diwali to be enjoyed beyond any […]

Telangana – Hyderabad the Apple of Discord

Telangana – Hyderabad the Apple of Discord

By Raj Kanwar IAN india Correspondent Contrary to indications available in political circles until Sunday (9 October), the expected resolution of the Telangana issue seems to have taken an about turn with the further hardening of the contrarian stands of the two sides. There were many positive straws in the wind until Monday so much […]

The Kalakshetra Explores the Essence of Movement

The Kalakshetra Explores the Essence of Movement

By Sowmya Nandakumar HOUSTON: Exploring the essence of movement, the Director of Kalakshetra, Leela Samson and her team, on the evening of Saturday the 1st of Oct 2011, vitalized the atmosphere inside Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center. As Leela Samson said, in the 75 years of its life, the Kalakshetra, a distinguished, top-class school […]

Mahatma Gandhi’s Messages of Peace Continue to Inspire Globally

Mahatma Gandhi’s Messages of Peace Continue to Inspire Globally

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.” He embodied truth, simplicity, strength, and a profound love of all humanity. His words and deeds had the power to evoke change, and his messages of non-violence stirred and […]

Nepalese Association of Houston Celebrates a Vibrant Dussehra

Nepalese Association of Houston  Celebrates a Vibrant Dussehra

By Jacob David HOUSTON: Dussehra was celebrated by at the Taj Party Hall on 5615 Savoy Drive by the Nepalese Association of Houston on Saturday, October 1. This was the second time that the NAH held a major celebration at the Taj Hall which can ccomodate the nearly 300 people who attended the function. The […]

Sixth Annual HME Conference Held in Columbus

Sixth Annual HME Conference Held in Columbus

COLUMBUS, OH: Over 280 adult and youth delegates representing nearly 100 Mandirs (Temples) and Hindu organizations, from across the world, participated in the sixth annual Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC), from September 23rd  through 25th, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. The Sixth HMEC was hosted by Bharatiya Hindu Temple (Columbus) and ten other Mandir co-hosts from […]

New York Life Foundation Grant Supports the United Way of Houston

New York Life Foundation Grant  Supports the United Way of Houston

HOUSTON: The New York Life Foundation announced a $6,400.00 grant to support the United Way of Houston.  The New York Life Foundation awards approximately 138 grants annually to local United Ways nationwide to support community programming. “We are happy to be supporting our local United Way, which responds to some of the most pressing needs […]

University of Houston’s First Navratri Festival

University of Houston’s First Navratri Festival

By Bijal Mehta HOUSTON: Navratri, the longest festival in Hinduism, is full of worship and dance. Many dance lovers look forward to this festival every year. In Hinduism, festivals mean celebration. What varies from festival to festival is the form of celebration: Rang in Holi, diyas in Diwali, Rakhi and gifts in Rakshabandhan, and nritya and bhajan […]

Going to Alabama? Take your Passport!

Going to Alabama? Take your Passport!

By Mukul Kelkar The new Alabama immigration law, upheld by a federal judge this week, now allows police to detain people they suspect of being illegal aliens and hold them, without bond, until they can prove their legal status. Federal District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld key portions of House Bill 56, including the provision […]

Gandhi Goes to England to Study Law

Gandhi Goes to England to Study Law

  Gandhiji’s Story Thus Far… Last week, we read about the birth and youth of the young boy Mohandas who would grow up to be universally revered as the Mahatma. He had an ordinary childhood, went to school, made friends, and got a rude awakening into the dreaded social specter of the caste system. This […]

Vishala Draws Record Crowds at its 2nd Location’s Grand Opening

Vishala Draws Record Crowds at its 2nd Location’s Grand Opening

HOUSTON: Growing grocery chain businessmen/owners Ashwin Patel, Virendra Thakkar, and Yomesh Patel celebrated the dhoom-dhamaka grand opening of their contemporary 3500 sq. foot grocery superstore Vishala II in Katy on October 1-2, 2011 at the corner of S. Mason Road and Fry Road. “ The South Asians, particularly the Gujarati population, has exploded in Katy, […]

Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary Celebrated in Dallas

Dallas, TX: The Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC) and India Association of North Texas (IANT) arranged a luncheon meeting to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Birthday celebrations in honor of. Usha Gokani, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 FunAsiA, Richardson, TX.  Prasad Thotakura, IAFC TX State Coordinator welcomed Gokani and stated Gandhi’s philosophy of peace and […]

Bathukamma Festival Celebrated at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

Bathukamma Festival Celebrated at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple

By Rajender Aparasu HOUSTON: Bathukamma Sambaralu “festival” 2011 was celebrated with all pomp and pageantry to celebrate life and Goddess Gauri at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple on October 1.  Bathuka in Telugu means life and amma means mother. Bathukamma Sambaralu was organized in association with several local and national organizations to promote Telugu culture and heritage. […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi

Born more than 130 years ago, the life and times of the man who would grow up to be universally known as The Mahatma, still resonates until today. Mohandas Gandhi, a loved and pampered son of very ordinary parents, had an ordinary childhood in Porbandar, on the coast of Kathiawad in the western state of […]

3rd Indian Film Festival Honors Bollywood’s Bad Boy Gulshan Grover

3rd Indian Film Festival Honors Bollywood’s Bad Boy Gulshan Grover

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON: Bollywood’s popular villain Gulshan Grover won kudos for his comedic role in the independently made comedy/drama movie Desperate Endeavors at the 3rd Indian Film Festival Houston (IFFH) Award Night banquet held at the Hotel Sorella on September 24, 2011. The actor, who was the star at the event that drew about […]