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Few Indian Universities in Global Ranking Prompts New Learning Model

Few Indian Universities in Global Ranking Prompts New Learning Model

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: It wasn’t until he joined UCLA Berkley in 2006 and “took a deep dive into education” that he saw how multi-disciplinary universities functioned that he realized what his own education had been missing. As an administrator, he raised money, strengthened relations with communities, student bodies, US corporations and even Indian […]

HMM Presentation “Marathi Astitwa” Thrills Music Lovers

HMM Presentation “Marathi Astitwa” Thrills Music Lovers

HOUSTON: On Sunday, April 29, Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM), fondly known as He Maze Mandal, presented another quality program, Marathi Astitwa, in collaboration with the Graduate Indian Student Organization (GISO) at the University of  Houston Student Center. Marathi Astitwa, is a production of Grace Entertainment. HMM Dhol-Tasha team added live music to the program that […]

Bharathi Kalai Manram Helps Fight Blindness in India

Bharathi Kalai Manram Helps Fight Blindness in India

PEARLAND: On April 15, leading musician Sikkil Gurucharan and his accompanying artists treated music lovers to a wonderful performance at the Sri Meenakshi Temple, Pearland. The concert was organized by Bharathi Kalai Manram, Houston as a fundraiser event for Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. It was a tribute to Kanchi Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi who passed away […]

Celebration of the Indo-American Heritage Set for May 12

Celebration of the Indo-American Heritage Set for May 12

HOUSTON: For the second time in three years, Houston Public Library (HPL) and Foundation for India Studies have once again joined hands to put spotlight on the Indo-Americans and celebrate their Indian heritage. The FIS-HPL Project Team met at Jungman Library on April 30, to work out the details of the event. This year’s celebration will take […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhature wale Chole (Chickpeas Eaten With Deep Fried Bread)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhature wale Chole (Chickpeas Eaten With Deep Fried Bread)

With summer upon us, there is a huge demand for the kind of comfort food that is spicy, filling and easily and cheaply prepared. So, by popular demand, here is a reprint of Mama’s Bhature wale Chole recipe, which brings back memories of running to the street corner vendor on lazy hot afternoons. It is […]

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

India’s top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC’s Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court’s decision. “I just want justice for my child,” her mother says. “I […]

SNC’s Vaisakhi Mela Grows with Added Amenities for Festival Lovers

SNC’s Vaisakhi Mela Grows with Added Amenities for Festival Lovers

Click here to see Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The 20-acre Sikh National Center site on the West Sam Houston Beltway has been an evolution in slow but steady motion, with new additions as the money is raised and spent on various structures. With purposeful steps, it has taken on the semblance of the […]

Houston Goes Bonkers at Varun Thakur’s Stand-up Comedy Show!

Houston Goes Bonkers at Varun Thakur’s Stand-up Comedy Show!

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Laughter is one of the only things in our existence that can soothe the feeling of emptiness- the darkness feeling and the pain of reality. In recent times stand-up comedy has become a serious business. Varun Thakur is a standout amongst the most noticeable faces in the high-quality comic drama of […]

Saadhana Sur Sang – Epitome of Musical Grandeur

Saadhana Sur Sang – Epitome of Musical Grandeur

By Sasi Raghavan HOUSTON: On Sunday, April 22, Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston (CICMH) brought two stalwarts, the Living Legend of Sitar Ustad Shahid Parvez and flute Maestro Shashank Subramanyam, together in the space city for the first time as a part of its popular concert series Saadhana Sur Sang.  CICMH is unique in […]

ASIE Learns METRO’s Mobility Strategy to Keep Houston Flourishing

ASIE Learns METRO’s Mobility Strategy to Keep Houston Flourishing

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: When he was first appointed as the first Indian-American to serve on the Board of Metropolitan Transit Authority by then-Mayor Annise Parker in 2015, Sanjay Ramabhadran (he goes by the shortened form “Ram”) was tickled pink that his boyhood fantasy may finally be fulfilled. “I grew up in a small town […]

JVB Preksha Meditation Center, 18th Annual Family Camp “Reap What You Sow”

JVB Preksha Meditation Center, 18th Annual Family Camp “Reap What You Sow”

By Sudhanshu Sipani AUSTIN: JVB Preksha Meditation Center, Houston conducted its 18th Annual Family Retreat Camp, in scenic surroundings at Radhe Madhav Dham, Austin TX, on Easter weekend, from March 30 to April 1, under the spiritual guidance of Samani Satya Pragyaji, Samani Kanchan Pragyaji, Samani Rohini Pragyaji & Samani Pranav Pragyaji.  Each year, the […]

Purandaradasa – A Tribute to the Father of Carnatic Music

Purandaradasa – A Tribute to the Father of Carnatic Music

HOUSTON: The story of Purandara Dasa is a universal saga that is relevant to people across all ages. He is a famous historical figure renowned for the story of his mythical transformation and enlightenment and is revered as the father of Carnatic Music. His compositions are set in simple words, which exude devotion, common sense and […]

Tanmay Thakker Wins First Prize, Architecture Student & ASIE Student Member

Tanmay Thakker Wins First Prize, Architecture Student & ASIE Student Member

HOUSTON: Architecture students at the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture were challenged to design a single-family residence with modern and progressive materials while adhering deed restrictions, building codes, and Green Design Standards. The completion was led by Rafael Longoria, UH’s Distinguished Professor of Architecture in coordination with the organization “Seeds of […]

BAPS 11th Annual Women’s Conference Focuses on Unity as Our Greatest Strength

BAPS 11th Annual Women’s Conference Focuses on Unity as Our Greatest Strength

STAFFORD: Unity is strength. This was the simple yet powerful subject of conversation at this year’s annual BAPS Women’s Conference held at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Stafford, Texas on April 21. With the thought of unity currently on the minds of many in society, and separation due to differences natural, the conference instead […]

A Second-Generation Indo American Donates Two Crores to IIT Kharagpur

A Second-Generation Indo American Donates Two Crores to IIT Kharagpur

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Shion, a data scientist from Carnegie Mellon and the CEO of Datafiniti, grew up listening to his parents swap stories about their alma mater – IIT Kharagpur.  He observed their sense of pride and passion for education as they walked him through the campus pointing out their classrooms, dorms and even […]

Heavenly Pattabhishekam for Goddess Meenakshi at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Heavenly Pattabhishekam for Goddess Meenakshi at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Sri Meenakshi Pattabhishekam on April 21, the coronation ceremony on a majestic scale with religious fervor and devotion as part of the ten-day Chithirai Mahotsavam festival. Chithirai Mahotsavam is one of the biggest extravaganza annual celebrations that take place during the month of April both in Madurai […]

Akshaya Tritiya : The Countdown for Jagannatha Ratha Jatra Begins

Akshaya Tritiya : The Countdown for Jagannatha Ratha Jatra Begins

HOUSTON: Akshaya Tritiya which literally means the “never diminishing and eternal third day” falls on the third day of the bright phase of the “Baisakha” month. This day is considered very auspicious and any new venture started on this day is believed to be blessed with ‘akshaya’ – imperishable good fortune. Across India and Indian […]

Ekal Vidyalaya Show Dazzles The Woodlands

Ekal Vidyalaya Show Dazzles  The Woodlands

By Smita Centala THE WOODLANDS: A caravan rolls into town, and with it comes the deep reverberation of the tabla, the piercing tone of the violin, the drift of sweet melodies through the air, and the sharp strike of feet spelling out hypnotic patterns on the stage. We are immediately transported; we tangle with strands […]

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Receives Top National Nursing Recognition

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Receives Top National Nursing Recognition

HOUSTON: Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital is now among an elite group of facilities nationwide that has received Magnet® recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. The designation is one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can receive. “This is a great achievement and honor for our hospital. […]

Mighty Desi Muscles Flex for the MS 150 and Dallas Marathon

Mighty Desi Muscles Flex for the MS 150 and Dallas Marathon

By Jawahar Malhotra AUSTIN: In the past decade, it seems like the desi community has discovered the MS 150 ride from the Bayou City to La Grange through the Hill Country into Austin and their numbers only continue to multiple. This year was no different and a few of the hardy ones celebrated their race […]