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Little Kids Heritage Camp Held at Namadwaar

Little Kids Heritage Camp Held at Namadwaar

MANVEL: The Gopa Kuteeram Li’l Gopas Summer Camp 2012, a unique 2-day summer camp for kids aged 4-8 years, was conducted by Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D.) Houston, on June 23 and 24, 2012 at the Houston Namadwaar prayer house located in the Pearland area. The camp was packed with an exciting array of activities […]

A Call to Abandon the Word ‘Desi’

By Arjune Rama Merriam-Webster defines desi as, “a person of Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladeshi birth or descent who lives abroad.” Common uses include calling someone a desi or describing something like Indian cuisine by calling it “desi food.” Etymologically, this word has had a long journey. It began in centuries-old Sanskrit, traveled into Hindi and […]

Indian Principal gets a Top Position in a Utah Global School

Indian Principal gets a Top Position in a Utah Global School

By Raj Kanwar, IAN India Correspondent When Dev Lahiri retired a year ago as the Principal of India’s famed Welham Boys School in Dehra Dun, everyone, including Lahiri himself, thought that he had reached the pinnacle of his eventful teaching career that had spanned over 30 years. He and wife Indrani had planned to lead […]

This India is Really Little – and Just South of Dallas

This India is Really Little – and Just South of Dallas

By Jawahar Malhotra INDIA, Texas:  Most people in the Lonestar State have heard of Paris, Texas (think the 1984 Cannes Film Festival award winning movie of the same name by Sam Shephard, starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Hunter Carson and Nastassja Kinski) or most certainly Palestine (pronounced PEH-LES-TEEN), Texas, both about 100 miles north […]

Annual Blood Drive at Sikh Center in Memory of Those Slain during June ‘84

Annual Blood Drive at Sikh Center in Memory of Those Slain during June ‘84

HOUSTON: A blood drive was held at the Sikh Center of the Gulf Coast Area on 8819 Prairie St. on Sunday, June 3. This annual blood drive is made in memory of those who lost their lives in what has come to be known in the Sikh community as the 3rd Sikh Holocaust of June […]

In Accra, Tandoor Restaurant Pulls in the Expats Looking for a Hearty Meal

In Accra, Tandoor Restaurant Pulls in the Expats Looking for a Hearty Meal

By Jawahar Malhotra ACCRA, Ghana:  This city hums with activity all throughout the day, never mind the hot sun and the oppressive humidity from the Atlantic Ocean which hugs its southern edge at Labadi Beach. If you’re stuck in a mile-long traffic jam along the Akasanoma Road, wilting in the heat of the taxi with […]

Dr. Alok Kalia and IACAN Encourage Community to Eat Better

Dr. Alok Kalia and IACAN Encourage Community to Eat Better

By Mika Rao Kalapatapu HOUSTON: On June 3, 2012, a packed audience filled the Arya Samaj Greater Houston  as community members came to learn about how to improve their health through eating better. According to recent data, South Asians have the highest risk of heart disease and diabetes compared to any major ethnic group in […]

FIS Demonstrates Its Oral History Project, Acted Out on Stage

FIS Demonstrates Its Oral History Project, Acted Out on Stage

    By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: On the mini studio, set on-stage in the main hall of the India House, Dr. Nik Nikam was interviewing the chief guests, former Mayor Bill White and his wife Andrea, about their involvement in the desi community. White explained how he had played a part in helping launch the […]

Light of India Awards Presented to a Host of NRI Luminaries

Light of India Awards Presented to a Host of NRI Luminaries

NEW YORK: More than 300 of New York’s crème de la crème from the business, finance, and entertainment communities converged at the 2nd annual The Light of India Awards, an initiative created by Remit2India and presented by The Amrapali Group. The awards ceremony, held on Friday, June 1 at the Taj Pierre Hotel, is a […]

Indian-American Wins US Spelling Contest for Fifth Year

Indian-American Wins US Spelling Contest for Fifth Year

(Nydailynews) Indian Americans continued to demonstrate their spelling prowess when Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old girl, correctly spelled “guetapens,” French word for ambush, to win the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown. She retained the coveted national honor for the community, that has been steadily growing in profile and influence, for the fifth straight year. “It’s […]

14-Year-Old Texan Wins National Geographic Bee

14-Year-Old Texan Wins  National Geographic Bee

(Stltoday) In the end, it came down to an educated guess as to which Bavarian city located on the Danube River was a legislative seat of the Holy Roman Empire from 1663 to 1806. Answer: The German city of Regensburg. And with that, 14-year-old Rahul Nagvekar took the top prize Thursday at the National Geographic […]

A Togolese Village, Ahepe, Where Everyone Knows His Name!

A Togolese Village, Ahepe, Where Everyone Knows His Name!

By Jawahar Malhotra AHEPE, Togo: It was just impossible to miss the yelled out greeting, accompanied with a peal of laughter, a flash of a broad smile and a clap of the hands. Little kids would stop, and the boys in the clearing that formed their soccer field would gaze and call him out. “Je- […]

Randhir Sahni Urges Kansas State Graduates to Defy Expectations

Randhir Sahni Urges Kansas State Graduates to Defy Expectations

By Pramod Kulkarni MANHATTAN, Kansas: Randhir Sahni, Houston’s leading architect and registered investment adviser, was invited to be the commencement speaker at his alma mater, Kansas State University School of Architecture, Planning  and Landscape Architecture. The graduation ceremonies were held May 11, 2012. Sahni was accompanied by his wife Sunila and youngest daughter Nandita. A […]

PSH’s Hands Out Vaisakhi Awards

PSH’s Hands Out Vaisakhi Awards

  By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The Punjabi Society of Houston held a dinner and award ceremony this past Saturday, June 2 for all the 40 volunteers and performers who participated in the annual Vaisakhi program, held this year at the Cullen Auditorium of the University of Houston on April 28. The party was held at […]

Salman Khan: World’s Most Influential Online Educator

Salman Khan: World’s Most Influential Online Educator

  By Sowmya Nandakumar HOUSTON: With degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an M.S in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and an MBA from Harvard Business School (a genius indeed!) Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy was no doubt headed for success. One would have […]

Why Ghee is Good: Science Shows Some Benefits

Why Ghee is Good: Science Shows Some Benefits

By Niraj Patel M.D. (Part II)In my last piece, I explained why many of us were wrong about ghee. For decades we were told that ghee is bad, that it causes heart attacks. But this may not be the case if we consider the evidence from several recent studies. Researchers like Dr. Frank Hu and […]

Canadian Rockies Onboard the RockyMountaineer!

Canadian Rockies Onboard the RockyMountaineer!

Considered by many to be the very best way to see British Columbia and the majestic Canadian Rockies, the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer offers an extraordinary experience. Travellers from across the globe are attracted to this rail journey’s mystique, aura of luxury and nod to times past.  The impeccable onboard service, comfortable surroundings and stunning scenery […]

Arathi School of Indian Dance Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Arathi School of Indian Dance Celebrates 30 Years of Service

SAN ANTONIO: Arathi School of Indian Dance in San Antonio celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the school on February 4. The book titled ‘Arathi: Thirty Years of Service to the Arts and the Community is the first book to be published in the US that outlines the history of development of dance in the […]

Yoga and Health

Yoga and Health

By Sadhguru Vasudev Fundamentally, the word health itself comes from the root word ‘whole’. What we call, ‘feeling healthy’ is that we have a sense of wholeness within us. If we are free of diseases medically, that is not health. If we feel like a complete human being in our body, mind and spirit, that […]

Sea is Calling, Get Onboard Royally!

Sea is Calling,  Get Onboard Royally!

Royal Caribbean International announced the cruise line’s 2012-13 Caribbean cruises, offering vacationers more choices for an exciting vacation aboard some of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships. Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the largest and most revolutionary cruise ships at sea, as well as Freedom of the Seas, Explorer […]