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Gauhar: An Exhilarating Theatrical Journey to a Bygone Era

Gauhar: An Exhilarating Theatrical Journey to a Bygone Era

By Jyoti Kulkarni HOUSTON: Indian theater lovers in Houston were transported to the exhilarating life of a tawaif (court singer/dancer). The occasion was an extraordinary play “Gauhar”, depicting the life of Gauhar Jaan, a legendary North Indian classical court musician and dancer of the early 20th century. Gauhar’s claim to fame is that she is […]

ASIE Bids Farewell to Outgoing President Dinesh Shah, Introduces New Board

ASIE Bids Farewell to Outgoing President Dinesh Shah, Introduces New Board

HOUSTON: American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) held a  ceremonial event on Thursday, Jan. 25 at India House to bid farewell to the 2017 Outgoing President Dinesh D. Shah and Board and for the recognition and induction of their new Board for 2018. A packed hall of nearly 100 ASIE members and guest […]

IACF Elects Architect Mahesh Wadhwa as President

IACF Elects Architect Mahesh Wadhwa as President

HOUSTON: Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) has elected Mahesh Wadhwa as its President for 2018. Serving on the IACF’s Executive Committee with Wadhwa are Swetha Arora, Secretary; Venkat Iyer, Treasurer; Sreeni Nakirekanti, Joint Treasurer; Shobana Muratee as President–Elect; and Dr. Vanitha Pothuri, Immediate Past President. Wadhwa joined IACF in 2015 as a Director and served during […]

Space City Raas Partners with Kalakriti Performing Arts for the First Garba/Raas Competition

Space City Raas Partners with Kalakriti Performing Arts for the First Garba/Raas Competition

By Nakita Pandya HOUSTON: The University of Houston’s Space City Raas (SCR) in partnership with Kalakriti Performing Arts put on an outstanding show this last weekend at Cullen Performance Hall! Eight Raas Garba teams from Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania traveled far and wide to compete and earn bid points to Raas All-Stars, the Raas […]

Story of Fish Teaches Sikh Kids a Lesson in Having Faith in Guru Nanak

Story of Fish Teaches Sikh Kids a Lesson in Having Faith in Guru Nanak

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Bhupinder Singh was in the middle of explaining the central theme of his book and had gotten to the point when the main character, a young boy named Aman, turns to his dadaji (paternal grandfather) crying that he wouldn’t get the bike he wanted. His dadaji tried to divert his attention […]

Grand Celebration of Thai Poosam at Sri Meeenakshi Temple on Sunday, February 4

Grand Celebration of Thai Poosam at Sri Meeenakshi Temple on Sunday, February 4

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Thai Poosam with great grandeur, devotion and enthusiasm on February 4. This is one of the biggest and colorful festivals at MTS.  Around 1000 devotees participated in the celebration and about 250 registrations for Kavadi and Paalkudams. It is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (January […]

That Soothing, Haunting Voice Soothes Us Once Again! This Time, it’s Bunty!!

That Soothing, Haunting Voice Soothes Us Once Again! This Time, it’s Bunty!!

By Jawahar Malhotra SPRING, TX: It was a cold and wet night with a steady light drizzle and a light fog would soon descend along the pinetree lined backroads. Inside the Auburn Lakes Community Club House was packed with people who had come to listen to a live ghazal concert. And the velvety soothing voice […]

Laya Taal Saadhna on Saturday February 17

Laya Taal Saadhna on Saturday February 17

HOUSTON: On Saturday February 17, the Indian Music Society of Houston and students of Tabla Guru Pandit Shantilal Shah will present what has come to become an eagerly anticipated annual event – Laya Taal Saadhna. This year’s event bears special significance as we celebrate Pt. Shah’s 15 years in Houston.  Since the day he moved […]

Auspicious Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

Auspicious Maha Mrityunjaya Homam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

HOUSTON: This auspicious ritual of Vedic tradition will be performed in the temple on Sunday, February 11 from 9 am to 11 am at 11620 Ormandy St, Houston TX 77035. The powerful Havan (Mrityunjaya Homam) is performed by chanting the Mrityunjaya mantra described in the Rig Veda. This ancient mantra has the potential to invoke […]

Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy Receives the Golden Aesculapius Award from the Bexar County Medical Society

Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy Receives the Golden Aesculapius Award from the Bexar County Medical Society

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS:  On January 20, Rajam Ramamurthy, MD received the Golden Aesculapius award from the Bexar County Medical Society in San Antonio, Texas. This award is the Society’s highest honor recognizing a lifetime of distinguished service by a BCMS member to our patients and the medical profession. Dr. Ramamurthy is Professor Emeritus in the […]

International Customs Day 2018

International Customs Day 2018

MUMBAI (INDIA): Mumbai Customs celebrated International Customs Day ‘2018 with great zeal and enthusiasm on January 27. The formal function was organised at Y.B Chavan Centre, Nariman Point, Mumbai at 10.00 AM. Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Honourable Governor of Maharashtra was the chief guest on the occasion. Maharashtra Minister for Housing Shri Prakash Mehta, Flag […]

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Names New Trauma Medical Director

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Names New Trauma Medical Director

HOUSTON: Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital recently named Kulvinder Bajwa, M.D. as Trauma Medical Director. This appointment is an important step in the hospital’s journey to becoming a Level II Trauma Center. “It’s critical to have the expertise and immediate availability of highly skilled trauma physicians like Dr. Bajwa as we continue to serve the trauma […]

How to Get Your Children to LOVE Learning

How to Get Your Children to LOVE Learning

February is the month of love, and it’s also the perfect time to inspire your children to love learning. HOUSTON: Love is in the air, and what better time than now to inspire your children to love learning? One of the best ways to do this is to find what they already love doing and […]

Baingan De Pakore (Fried Eggplant Fritters)

Baingan De Pakore (Fried Eggplant Fritters)

One of the joys of rainy weather is sitting down with a hot cup of tea and “garma-garam” (piping hot) pakoras (fried fritters).  Below is a reprint of Mama’s Baingan De Pakore recipe, which can be a meal by itself, with some nice chutney, and keeps you warm on a wet, muggy day. It is […]

‘We must protect our religion, only then will world walk with us’

‘We must protect our religion, only then will world walk with us’

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi addressed the concluding session of the 6th International Centre for Cultural Studies’ International Conference and Gathering of the Elders in Uttan on Sunday. Delivering his keynote address, he stressed on the importance of preservation of the culture of Hinduism. “If religion is eradicated from India, there will be no […]

Govt plans framework to regulate cryptocurrencies by fiscal year-end

Govt plans framework to regulate cryptocurrencies by fiscal year-end

  Subhash Chandra Garg, secretary, department of economic affairs, at a CNBC TV18-Mint event on Budget 2018. Photo: Ramesh Pathania The government will come out with a framework to regulate cryptocurrencies by the end of this financial year, as it looks to clamp down on rapidly growing virtual currencies such as bitcoin. “We hope that […]

Mukesh Ambani says Reliance to invest Rs2,500 crore in Assam, create 80,000 jobs

Mukesh Ambani says Reliance to invest Rs2,500 crore in Assam, create 80,000 jobs

GUWAHATI: Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani on Saturday announced an investment of Rs2,500 crore in Assam in various sectors, including retail, petroleum, telecom, tourism and sports, creating jobs for at least 80,000 people over the next three years. “Today I am happy to announce five commitments for Assam over the next three years. Reliance will […]

India House Flaunts the Cultural Diversity of India at the 69th Republic Day Event

India House Flaunts the Cultural Diversity of India at the 69th Republic Day Event

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26 to honor the historic day on which the Constitution of India came into effect, in the year 1950. The Constitution of India tied together the hitherto fluid borders of the country and gave birth to the ‘sovereign democratic republic’ that […]

The Indian Flag Flutters and Voices Rise in Admiration

The Indian Flag Flutters and Voices Rise in Admiration

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It is one of the two most patriotic days in the Indian government’s calendar; an occasion to be proud of the progress that the country has made since it gained independence, completed its transition into an independent republic and Republic Day in New Delhi is a day when Rajpath, the wide […]

Padmaavat Premiere Brings Bollywood Glamour Back to Houston

Padmaavat Premiere Brings Bollywood Glamour Back to Houston

SUGAR LAND: Texans Energy and Masala Radio brought back the nostalgias of glamorous Bollywood movie premieres with the premiere screening of the much awaited Padmaavat in 3D IMAX on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 PM.  CEO Javed Meghani exclaimed, “I wanted to celebrate Texans Energy’s record 4Q sales, and in one week, Masala Radio was […]