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Tragic Times Restores Faith in Humanity!

Tragic Times Restores Faith in Humanity!

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: The devastating hurricane Harvey deluged the Texas area with days of torrential rain during the last week of August 2017. The resulting floods inundated thousands of homes, and displaced many. Throughout Texas more than 300,000 people were left without electricity and billions of dollars of property damage was reported.  The state and local […]

BAPS Charities Relief and Recovery Efforts throughout the Houston and Beaumont Areas

BAPS Charities Relief and Recovery Efforts throughout the Houston and Beaumont Areas

STAFFORD: As water started rising in Tushar Patel’s home on August 31, 2017 in Katy, Texas, all he could do was to grab a few essentials and get his family to higher grounds. He and his family were forced to evacuate their home and leave behind all of their personal and lifelong belongings. This was […]

Sikh National Center’s Relief Efforts

Sikh National Center’s Relief Efforts

HOUSTON: As Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston and created unprecedented damage, it was the floodwaters that took many residents by surprise and led to the deluging of many homes and offices. In the aftermath, the city came together as one to begin the process of rebuilding and getting lives back together. Communities and perfect strangers […]

Songs to Wipe Away a Grandparent’s Anxieties After Hurricane Harvey

Songs to Wipe Away a Grandparent’s Anxieties After Hurricane Harvey

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Perhaps it’s because he – as well as three other members of his usual group of musicians – is a grandparent himself, but the Mohammed Rafi styled crooner with a silky baritone voice and a penchant for breaking into lyrics if given a microphone or near a stage,  Surender Talwar, never […]

Kirtan Fest and Inter-faith Prayers at ISKCON of Houston for Harvey Victims

Kirtan Fest and Inter-faith Prayers at  ISKCON of Houston for Harvey Victims

HOUSTON: Despite all odds caused by hurricane Harvey and related rain and flooding, Kirtan Fest Houston was attended by over 150 guests at ISKCON of Houston over the Labor Day Weekend. The schedule was modified to 2 days instead of 3-day weekend due to city-wide flooding and transportation challenges. The special guests of the festival […]

Seva Clinic Doctors Help the Cambodian Community Affected by Hurricane Harvey at Rosharon

Seva Clinic Doctors Help the Cambodian Community Affected by Hurricane Harvey at Rosharon

By Dr. P. Vaduganathan ROSHARON, TX: The Cambodian community arrived in 1980s to the area in Rosharon, TX south of Alvin and is a tight knit community and derives their livelihood by growing plants like water spinach and other greens. This community of about 300 families has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and most of […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 16: Visit, Programs of Prince of Wales are Boycotted

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 16: Visit, Programs of Prince of Wales are Boycotted

The story thus far…During the latter part of 1920 Gandhi advocated a triple boycott. He wanted an absolute boycott of the Government and all government institutions, including schools, colleges, and courts. If the people were free of these they could easily have their own schools, colleges, and courts, and the power of the British would […]

A Connoisseur Flies Over Victoria Falls and has a Video to Prove it!

A Connoisseur Flies Over Victoria Falls and has a Video to Prove it!

By Jawahar Malhotra MANVEL, TX: At first sight, you wouldn’t think that mild-mannered, bespectacled Santosh Desai had an adventuresome streak in him for extreme tourism. After all, the 54 year-old physician and Administrative Consultant for the Dallas County and Harris County Hospital Systems had a fairly typical professional lifestyle, ensconced in a recent home in […]

An Expert on Geotechnical Science, Dr. Vasant N. Vijayvergiya, 81, Passes

An Expert on Geotechnical Science,  Dr. Vasant N. Vijayvergiya, 81, Passes

HOUSTON: He had an easy going manner and smile and an infectious way of engrossing people. When he started his own consulting firm in a small office just south of Bellaire near Hillcroft, he was cheerful about his prospects and happy that he had taken the leap from corporate life. The dint of his expertise […]

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on September 9 &10

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated at Sri Meenakshi Temple on September 9 &10

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your path and bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation! By Kamala Raghavan PEARLAND: Ganesha Chaturthi, also known as ‘Vinayaka Chaturthi’ is celebrated by Hindus around the world as the birthday of Lord […]

Comedian Amit Tandon is all set to Make Houston Laugh

Comedian Amit Tandon is all set to Make Houston Laugh

HOUSTON: Panni Poori Productions of Houston is proud to present India’s award winning stand-up comedian Amit Tandon Live.  Amit is on his maiden tour of the USA and makes his Texas debut in Houston on Friday September 22, 2017. Seven years ago, Delhi-based comedian Amit Tandon was running his own HR consultancy firm and had […]

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela is on September 24, at VPSS Haveli

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela  is on September 24, at VPSS Haveli

HOUSTON: UNESCO proclaimed the tradition of Ramleela a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. Incidentally from the same year in 2005, this heritage is kept alive in Houston by Kusum Sharma, director and mind behind the 13th annual Ramleela in Houston, which will be presented on September 24th at VPSS […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhune Baingan da Omelet (Roasted Eggplant Omelette)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Bhune Baingan da Omelet (Roasted Eggplant Omelette)

In Indian cuisine, you can easily combine different types of vegetables to produce a tasty dish, with spices that balance the flavor you are creating. But when it comes to ande (eggs), Indian cuisine is not as creative as European and other western cuisines which rely of the egg’s binding properties, as in quiches or […]

An Equal Opportunity Disaster Hurts Communities Far and Wide

An Equal Opportunity Disaster Hurts Communities Far and Wide

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: When Hurricane Harvey came onshore at Matagorda Bay and straight at Rockport, unleashing its Category 3 force winds on the area, it knocked down many structures and hovered there for a couple of days, but its fury didn’t really affect the Houston area. Two days later, we began to be pounded […]

Two Indian Students at Texas A&M Succumb after Rescue from Lake

Two Indian Students at Texas A&M Succumb after Rescue from Lake

COLLEGE STATION: Two Indian students—Shalini Singh and Nikhil Bhatia—have died after they were rescued on Saturday, August 26, from the choppy waters of Lake Bryan, churned by the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey. While Bhatia, 24, died in hospital on August 30, Singh, 25, who was initially in critical condition, was declared dead on Sunday, Sept. […]

UH Students Volunteer to Help with Area Relief

UH Students Volunteer to Help with Area Relief

By Sree Sai Ram Narayana HOUSTON: After the deluge that engulfed the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey last week, the international students at the University of Houston didn’t want to sit around and just witness the chaos. So they – among which were many Indian students – decided to spring into action and join forces […]

A Leap Ahead

A Leap Ahead

By Poonam Agrawal HOUSTON: Indian-Americans rank at the top of “highest household income by ethnic group,” according to the United States Census Bureau. At a staggering $107,390 median household income level, Indian-Americans blow away the rest of the world by being the only ethnic group to even land in the six figures. So why is […]

Relief Donations are Solicited as CGI Focuses Efforts

Relief Donations are Solicited as CGI Focuses Efforts

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: At the behest of some prominent members of the Indian community, the Consul General of India Anupam Ray helped to hastily convene a meeting of leaders of different organizations to help focus their attention on raising funds for the relief and rebuilding efforts underway in the Bayou City. Over 70 people […]

GISO Independence Day Celebrations

GISO Independence Day Celebrations

By Ravi Shankar Chandrasekar HOUSTON: On August 15, 2017, Graduate Indian Student Organization(GISO) at University of Houston celebrated India’s 71st Independence Day and the event was graced by our esteemed dignitaries, Consulate general of India Dr. Anupam Ray and Chancellor of the University of Houston System Dr. Renu khator. Their words inspired graduate students to better […]

Inspired Training Workshop for Bala Vihar Teachers

Inspired Training Workshop for Bala Vihar Teachers

By Satchitananda HOUSTON: During the weekend of August 19-20, 2017, Chinmaya Mission Houston hosted the much awaited Balavihar Teachers’ Training workshop that drew over 190 onsite and 150 online participants. The online live streaming feature was a first-time add-on to benefit teachers from other parts of the country. Acarya Darshana Nanavaty, fondly adored as Darshana […]

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