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Houstonians Lend their Support for SEWA’s Harvey Relief!

Houstonians Lend their Support for SEWA’s Harvey Relief!

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, several organizations and individuals have supported the victims of this disaster. Amidst passionate speeches and moving performances, the Harvey Relief fundraiser event, organized by Mousumi Banerjee and well supported by Hemang Thakkar and Achalesh Amar was held on September 16, at India House. More than 300 people, including […]

Satyal Puts a Comedic Spin on 60 years of American Pop Music

Satyal Puts a Comedic Spin on 60 years of American Pop Music

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: From the moment he jumped on the stage, he was wired and in his groove, talking a mile a minute, every sentence containing a burst of humor that made the audience break out in a laugh. Thin, in a light blue suit with matching thin tie, his eyebrows thick and dense, […]

KTRU South Asian Concert Brings Healing in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

KTRU South Asian Concert Brings Healing in the  Wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Ethan Hasiuk HOUSTON: On Sunday, Septermber 10, a large, beautifully diverse, and attentive audience experienced Swar Yatra – A Musical Journey, a concert hosted by KTRU Rice University Radio. Varsha Vakil, who has now organized four South Asian music concerts and three KTRU Outdoor Show (ODS) Indian performances in her nine years as a […]

The Journey of Chakra Meditation

The Journey of Chakra Meditation

HOUSTON: Despite all its popularity, today very few of us truly know what “Meditation” is. Some say it is a mental concentration on something, others consider that when we meditate we imagine something that gives us peace and satisfaction. To enlighten the concept of meditation, one day workshop was conducted by Dr. Preeti Mandawewala at […]

Kidnapped, Coerced to Convert and Forced into Marriage in Pakistan

Kidnapped, Coerced to Convert and Forced into Marriage in Pakistan

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was the family’s worst nightmare. It wasn’t till much later when they looked around for her did her brother recall that his youngest sister had stepped out into the heat of the afternoon for a walk around 2 pm. That was the last they had seen of her. Panicking, they […]

Best in Class Education Center Celebrates its 50th Nationwide Opening

Best in Class Education Center Celebrates its 50th Nationwide Opening

HOUSTON: Founded with the mission to “Give the Gift of a Lifetime” to K-12 students nationwide, Best in Class Education Center, an unmatched education enrichment franchise with programs focusing on math and English, has a lot to celebrate this school year. From opening in new states throughout the country to expanding within existing states, Best […]

True to its Mission, Sewa Team Continues to Serve Houstonians in the Aftermath of Harvey

True to its Mission, Sewa Team Continues to Serve Houstonians in the Aftermath of Harvey

HOUSTON: 1,250+ volunteers, 43,000+ hours of service (translating to efforts worth 1 Million dollars), clean-up of 400+ damaged houses, direct support to 800+ families – this quick statistics of the rebuild and rehabilitation work over last 2 weeks by Sewa, says it all. Hundreds of Sewa volunteers continue to be on field supporting some of […]

Arya Samaj Houston for Hurricane Affected

Arya Samaj Houston for Hurricane Affected

HOUSTON: Soon after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, Arya Samaj Houston became active on multiple fronts. As the first target of $20,000 was being pledged by the key members, Sewa International’s efforts were noted and Arya Samaj Houston decided to channelize its funds through them. Close coordination made it apparent that needs of the people were phenomenally […]

9th Indian Film Festival to Present Films that Touch Heart & Soul

9th Indian Film Festival to Present Films that Touch Heart & Soul

HOUSTON: In its ninth edition, the annual Indian Film Festival will present feature films, documentaries and short films that will appeal to both South Asian and mainstream audiences. The festival will take place October 6-7 at the Asia Society Texas Center. “The films submitted this year reflect the historic changes in the world today and […]

“Reinforcing Positivity through Awareness” JVB’s Meaningful & Fun Filled Children Summer Camp

“Reinforcing Positivity through Awareness”  JVB’s Meaningful & Fun Filled Children Summer Camp

By Seema Jain HOUSTON: JVB Preksha Meditation Center, Houston conducted its Annual Children Summer Camp with much vigor & enthusiasm. The camp was held from August 7th-11th under the auspicious presence of Samani Kanchan Pragyaji & Samani Pranav Pragyaji (Disciples of Acharya Shri Mahashraman).  A total of 35 Kids, ages 6 to 11yrs. attended the week long eventful camp where they played, explored, laughed and learned together. Kids looked forward to each […]

Hindu Heritage Youth Camp of Houston

Hindu Heritage Youth Camp of Houston

By Rosch Wadera HOUSTON: The 33rd annual Hindu Heritage Youth Camp of Houston took place at Camp Lantern Creek in Montgomery in the month of August. Over 200 children attendees plus 50 student volunteers eagerly await to participate in this annual event with activities ranging from educations to yoga, cricket to volleyball, from Holi to […]

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj Meets with Former President Barack Obama

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj Meets with Former President Barack Obama

HOUSTON: His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj met with former President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.  The meeting was arranged as part of Mahant Swami Maharaj’s efforts in North America to share universal Hindu messages and foster public dialogue on service and the importance of unity in our communities and in our nation.  Joining His Holiness […]

HMM Ganesh Festival 2017

HMM Ganesh Festival 2017

By Amey Wakde HOUSTON: Houston Marathi Mandal (HMM) celebrated the most awaited Ganesh Festival at VPSS Haveli on September 9th, 2017. More than 720 devotees dressed in colorful traditional Indian attire attended the event to immerse themselves into a celebration of a new beginning through display of art and culture, song and dance. HMM celebrates […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 17: Wheels of Independence are Set in Motion

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 17: Wheels of Independence are Set in Motion

The story thus far….The war in Europe was having an impact in India. The Congress Working Committee found itself unable to accept in its entirety Gandhi’s attitude to the war. In particular, they would not accept his view that the defense of India should not depend on the armed forces. Congress leaders met on several […]

Three Friends Unite to Give Personal Help after Harvey’s Destruction

Three Friends Unite to Give Personal Help after Harvey’s Destruction

By Dr. Manju Sachdev VICTORIA, TX: It’s September the 1st, 11pm, and I am glued to my television set while watching the devastation that Harvey has created in Southeast Texas. Feeling helpless, and asking myself …..what can I do to help….I suddenly get a phone call from a dear friend, Dr. Udaya Shivangi of Jackson, […]

Rid India of the Exploitation by Self-Styled Godmen

Rid India of the Exploitation by Self-Styled Godmen

By Dr. Sulekh C. Jain HOUSTON: Three weeks ago, a self-styled seller of Bhagwan (the media calls him and others like him Godman) by the name of Ram Rahim was convicted of a rape crime. As soon as the verdict was announced, he and several hundred thousand of his followers went on a rampage and […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sukkhi Dhuli Urad di Dal (Dry Skinless Urad Lentils)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sukkhi Dhuli Urad di Dal (Dry Skinless Urad Lentils)

Daals of all types are so central to Indian cuisine and the Punjabi style of daals has to be the tastiest. By popular demand, below is a reprint of Mama’s Sukkhi Urad di Daal recipe which is not normally available in most Indian restaurants … unless it happens to be a dhaba in Delhi or […]

Torrential rain batters Kerala; educational institutions to remain shut tomorrow

Torrential rain batters Kerala; educational institutions to remain shut tomorrow

Torrential rainfall lashed Kerala on Sunday, resulting in widespread damage, landslides and waterlogging in various parts of the state. Very heavy rainfall has been predicted in few places of Kerala and heavy showers in Lakshadweep for two days, according to officials of India Meteorological department. High range Idukki and coastal Alappuzha district also witnessed relentless downpour, […]

Medha Patkar suspends Jal Satyagrah as water level stops rising

Medha Patkar suspends Jal Satyagrah as water level stops rising

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modiinaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar on Sunday suspended the Jal Satyagrah she had started with women affected by the project here on Friday. The NBA had called for an indefinite Jal Satyagrah, announcing that Patkar and the other women would prefer to […]

Donald Trump appoints Indian-American to key White House position

Donald Trump appoints Indian-American to key White House position

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Raj Shah, a well known aide of Donald Trump, has been appointed to a key position by the US President in his communications team, the White House has said. Shah, 32, was one of the few handful aides of Trump who landed in the White House within hours of the billionaire tycoon’s swearing in as the 45th […]

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