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Hijab-wearing Muslim competes in Miss England

Hijab-wearing Muslim competes in Miss England

Maria Mahmood is to become the first hijab-wearing Muslim to compete in Miss England. The 20-year-old beauty queen who has made it to the semi-finals is hoping to reach the finals. If Maria wins Miss England, she will go on to compete in Miss World. Click here to read more… Credit: beautypageants.indiatimes.com

Over 300 unseen photos of ‘The Beatles’ fetch 253,200 pounds at auction

Over 300 unseen photos of ‘The Beatles’ fetch 253,200 pounds at auction

A teenage portfolio of more than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles early invasion of the US has fetched 253,200 pounds ($357,950) at an auction in England, the media reported. The photographer Mike Mitchell’s images show the band arriving in 1964 for their first concerts in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the Guardian reported on […]

Spoken Sanskrit Workshop Organized by Samskrita Bharati USA in Greater Houston Area

Spoken Sanskrit Workshop Organized by  Samskrita Bharati USA in Greater Houston Area

SUGAR LAND: The weekend of March 3, was special for spoken Sanskrit enthusiasts in the greater Houston area. Samskrita Bharati USA organized a two-day spoken Sanskrit workshop at Shri Krishna Vrindavana, Sugar Land, Texas. The air was reverberating with the sound of the classical language as the language of communication was Sanskrit only during the […]

Was Atlantis a place in India?

Was Atlantis a place in India?

Could the famed Atlantis civilization, which is said to have disappeared mysteriously, have been in India?   Or was Atlantis known to ancient Indians? After all, Atlantis has the reputation of possessing extreme advanced knowledge in mathematics, astronomy, science and architecture.   The same holds true for India as well…there are numerous instances of ancient […]

Vedic Fair 7 Brings Together the Rich Indian Heritage to Houston

Vedic Fair 7 Brings Together the Rich Indian Heritage to Houston

Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma KATY: India’s rich cultural heritage encompasses the spectacular flavors of customs, traditions and rituals. The vibrancy, diversity and glory of India come alive each year at the Vedic Fair, and this year’s event was spectacular as ever. The 7th edition of this majestic event was held at the Cinco […]

Hindi Sonnets of Love for the Matrubhoomi (Motherland)

Hindi Sonnets of Love for the Matrubhoomi (Motherland)

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: For those who have been brought up in the culture and shared in the traditions and festivals that shaped them, there is nothing short of love for the country that nurtured them. This is especially true of a culture that values its language and is known for the warmth of its […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Poetry Paradise

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Poetry Paradise

By Varsha Halabe HOUSTON: A rainy afternoon; wet streets and dripping branches, a slight nip in the air and stray renditions of Indian Classical vocal music! What more can one want besides beautiful poetry to accompany it! Around sixty lucky souls witnessed the recitation of the famous Marathi poet and writer Purushottam Shivram Rege’s poetry […]

An Ode to Harmony – Eastern and Western Music & Dance Ensembles

An Ode to Harmony – Eastern and Western Music & Dance Ensembles

MANVEL: A beautiful bouquet of music and dance ensembles from different genres will be presented on February 25, 3 to 6 pm at the Stafford Civic Center (located at 1415 Constitution Ave, Stafford TX), in honor of the 8th anniversary of Houston Namadwaar, a Center for Universal Harmony located in the Pearland/Manvel area. Titled “An […]

Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases

Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases

MUMBAI: Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its ‘Future Relics’ project — the first-ever lab experiment in India. The “Future Relics” project, which was announced in November 2017, blends ancient craft and modern technology to […]

MFAH Presents “Peacock in the Desert”: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur

MFAH Presents “Peacock in the Desert”: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: An opportunity to learn about one fascinating aspect of India’s exceptional culture will soon be available for Houstonians courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). Titled “Peacock in the Desert”, the exhibit will display centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur in Rajasthan for the first time in an epic […]

Shraddhanjali 2018, Commemoration of 70th Death Anniversay of Mahatma Gandhi

Shraddhanjali 2018, Commemoration of 70th Death Anniversay of Mahatma Gandhi

HOUSTON: Mahatma Gandhi Library (MGL), and Unity of Houston jointly observed Shraddhanjali, Memorial Service, to commemorate the 70th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday, February 3 at Unity of Houston in collaboration with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, The Ismaili Jamatkhana Center, Houston Non-violent communications, Compassionate Houston, Rothko Chapel and Baha’I […]

Key to India’s Immortality? Author Amish Says It is Balance

Key to India’s Immortality?  Author Amish Says It is Balance

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: India’s latest literary phenom is Amish Tripathi. His mythological series, “The Shiva Trilogy” and “Ram Chandra Series” have garnered a tremendous following among India’s youth as well as mature audiences. Amish’s latest book is non-fiction, “Immortal India”, which is a compilation of his articles and speeches relating to a discussion of […]

Herein lies a king: A day in the life of Alauddin Khilji’s tomb

Herein lies a king: A day in the life of Alauddin Khilji’s tomb

NEW DELHI: It is a sunny Saturday winter afternoon, and Qutb Complex is teeming with people, including Indian and foreign tourists, photographers and a new breed of Instagrammars, travel bloggers, children, love-struck couples, families, and young boys and girls celebrating their birthdays. Walking past the towering corbelled arched gateways of Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, considered North India’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Valentine’s Week Days 2018 Full List, Schedule, Date Sheet of Rose, Propose, Chocolate, Promise, Teddy, Hug and Kiss Day

Valentine’s Week Days 2018 Full List, Schedule, Date Sheet of Rose, Propose, Chocolate, Promise, Teddy, Hug and Kiss Day

While many of us have come to be of the opinion that there need not be just one day in the calendar to celebrate love, when it is Valentine’s month of the year, mush and love is inevitably found in the air. Yes, the Valentine’s Week is around the corner and if you are still […]

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 […]

New Sikh Children’s Book “Fish Eat Fish World” Release, Feb. 4

New Sikh Children’s Book “Fish Eat Fish World” Release, Feb. 4

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Bhupinder Singh, a mechanical engineer and a Vice President of Newage Casting Co. a manufacturer and distributer for cast iron plumbing products in Houston has written four books on Sikhism and has also penned articles that have been published in magazines and journals. He recently released his first children’s book “Fish […]