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Akshaya Tritiya: Countdown for Jagannatha Ratha Jatra Begins

Akshaya Tritiya: 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 […]

3rd Intl Konarak Festival: Dance, Music & Cuisine from Eastern India

3rd Intl Konarak Festival: Dance, Music & Cuisine from Eastern India

SUGAR LAND: The 3rd Annual 2019 Konark Festival in Houston is a Flagship event, filled to the brim with the best of Eastern and Northeastern Indian Classical Dance, Music, and Food. On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Wisdom High School, 6529 Beverly Hill St., Houston, TX 77057. East and Northeast part of […]

Indic Forum Offers Unmesa: A Summer Program in India for Teenagers

Indic Forum Offers Unmesa: A Summer Program in India for Teenagers

SUGAR LAND: Indic Forum-Houston organized a presentation, “An Introduction to Unmesa”, on a summer program for kids at Auroville, Pondicherry, India on Tuesday evening, May 28 at the Shirdi Sai Jalaram Mandir in Sugar Land. The Indo American parents of teenage kids watched an interesting introductory presentation of Camp UnmeSa, about a unique immersive learning […]

Annual Musical Performance of Kalabharati School of Arts and Music

Annual Musical Performance of Kalabharati School of Arts and Music

Houstonians witnessed a music-filled day with Kalabharati School of Arts and Music aka Kalabharati on the auspicious day of May 5th, 2019. Recital of many extra ordinary and mesmerizing musical notes by young and old alike amazed parents and families gathered to celebrate the annual day along with Kalabharati students, stakeholders, and benefactors. The Head […]

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

BY POOJA SALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: Since settling in Sugar Land 23 years ago, Naushad Kermally has done everything he could to learn about the community, from graduating from the Sugar Land 101 program, to serving on the city’s Ethics Review Board. All the while, he’s been working a full-time as the Executive Vice President of […]

Multi-talented Bud Patel Brings “Sai-Leela” Play

Multi-talented Bud Patel Brings “Sai-Leela” Play

HOUSTON: Bud Patel, renowned film Producer and lead actor of “A Curry on an American Plate” is coming with live Broadway-Style Stage Show an epic Hindi Drama based on the life of Shirdi Ke Sai Baba “SAI-LEELA“ the stage play. Bud, also known as Bhadresh Patel, a person of versatile personality, he is an Actor, […]

Gujarati Sahitya Sarita Celebrates ‘Juimela’ Festival

Gujarati Sahitya Sarita Celebrates ‘Juimela’ Festival

BY DEVIKA DHRUVA SUGAR LAND: On 27th May, the 197th meeting of GSS (Gujarati Sahitya Sarita) was held and celebrated in the name of ‘Juimela’ at Austin Parkway, Sugarland’s conference center. The GSS, Houston team had invited a main guest speaker Dr. Usha Upadhyay, who is a scholar of Gujarati language having Ph.D. degree, earned […]

Amir Dodhiya Qualifies for $1 Million New York Life Round Table for 3rd Time

Amir Dodhiya Qualifies for $1 Million New York Life Round Table for 3rd Time

HOUSTON: Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have elevated Amiralli (Amir) Dodhiya of the Houston General Office of New York Life to qualify for the exclusive “Court of the Table” of the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Financial Professionals® In addition to his role as a New York Life agent since […]

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

BY SARITA MEHTA HOUSTON: The elections in India were a highly anticipated event for the local supporters of the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party who had canvassed for him through calls to Indian voters through specially arranged phonebanks. When the final results came in on Thursday, May 23 showing the […]

Save a Life and Jaykay Wealth Advisors Host CPR Certification Class

Save a Life and Jaykay Wealth Advisors Host CPR Certification Class

SUGAR LAND: On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Jaykay Wealth Advisors Inc. sponsored and organized its first annual CPR Certification Class for the public in collaboration with Save a Life, a nonprofit organization. Financial Advisors, Anasuya Kabad and Jay Kabad, recognized that people’s well-being include not only their financial health, but also their physical and emotional […]

Kala Kunj and Gujarati Samaj of Houston Celebrate Gujarat Day

Kala Kunj and Gujarati Samaj of Houston Celebrate Gujarat Day

HOUSTON: Last Saturday, May 18, Kala Kunj and Gujarati Samaj of Houston celebrated Gujarat Day by organizing a concert with all Gujarati songs in the name of Gata Gulmahor. Mr. Rasesh Dalal, President of Kala Kunj, informed that such program of Sugam Sangeet was presented for the first time in Houston by local artist. He […]

Dr. Syamal Poddar Recognized for Impactful Contributions to Global Petrochemical & Refining Industry

Dr. Syamal Poddar Recognized for Impactful Contributions to Global Petrochemical & Refining Industry

BY PRAMOD KULKARNI HOUSTON: Dr. Syamal Poddar, a dedicated leader in the Indo-American community and a well known executive in the global Petrochemical and Refining industry, was recognized recently for his impactful contributions by the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), an acclaimed, 110-year-old professional organization. Dr. Poddar, president of Poddar & Associates, received the […]

Why You Need Uninsured (UM)/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Insurance to Protect Yourself

Why You Need Uninsured (UM)/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Insurance  to Protect Yourself

BY MALA SHARMA There are many types of auto insurance from minimal to full coverage, to protect your damages. Most states, like Texas, require car owners to carry liability insurance or the minimum car insurance. With liability insurance, recovering all damages caused by a driver who is at fault will depend on how much their […]

Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar Children Chant the Bhagavad Gita with Utmost Faith

Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar Children Chant the Bhagavad Gita with Utmost Faith

BY DISHA UDTHA, PHOTO BY RAJESH THATTE HOUSTON: On May 5th, 2019, Chinmaya Mission Houston held their annual Gita Chanting Competition to commemorate the birthday of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. It was well-known that Gurudev loved two things the most – children and the Bhagavad Gita. He also felt that children would be more inclined […]

Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameswari Jayanthi Celebrations at MTS

Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameswari Jayanthi Celebrations at MTS

BY DR. PABISETTY PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple celebrated Vasavi Kanyakaparameswari Jayanthi on Sunday, May 19th, 2019. It couldn’t have been a better festive day with a picture-perfect weather and ecstatic devotional kolattam dance by Vasavi Vanithas for Sri Vasavi Kanyakaparameswari in the Raja Veedhi of Meenakshi Temple. The festivities are a part of Sri Vasavi […]

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: The recent elections in Fort Bend County on May 4 draw a long slate of Asian Americans contending for seats on the FBISD Board and Sugar Land City Council. Mohammed “Jazz” Aijaz lost his bid to Steve Porter for the District 1 Sugar Land Council seat while Ashish Agarwal (receiving […]

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: It is a testament to the persuasive power of his philosophy of life and harmonious coexistence that Rabindranath Tagore is immortalized the world over in one manner or the other. In the Bayou City, his presence has been felt since 1974 when the Tagore Society of Houston was formed around the […]

UNICEF Gala Raises $1 Million, Honors Boggios, Lester Smith

UNICEF Gala Raises $1 Million, Honors Boggios, Lester Smith

HOUSTON: The 6th Annual UNICEF Gala was held at the Post Oak Hotel on May 3 to a ballroom full of the cream of Houston society drawn to the common cause of helping children worldwide. Honorary chairs for the event were the Houston power couple of Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy (also a Director of the […]

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

HOUSTON: A state visit is usually reserved for heads of state. But Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla received a state visit to Texas during May 20-22 thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Anupam Ray, Counsul General of India in Houston and the entire consular staff. On Tuesday, the Shringla team […]

Sadhguru to Lead Spiritual Discourse at AAPI

Sadhguru to Lead Spiritual Discourse at AAPI

ATLANTA: Understanding the inherent humanity that unites all nations, religions and cultures, Sadhguru is recognized for his pioneering efforts to nurture global harmony, Dr. Naresh Parikh, President of American association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said today, while announcing spiritual discourse led by Sadhguru during AAPI’s 37th Convention in New York. The 37th Annual […]