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Dr. PG Parameswaran: A Celebration of Life

Dr. PG Parameswaran: A Celebration of Life

HOUSTON: The Parameswaran family celebrated the life of Dr. P.G. Parameswaran with a special memorial service on Friday, May 27 at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilions of the McGovern Centenial Gardens in Hermann Park. Born on October 9, 1938, Dr. Parameswaran passed away in Houston on January 6, 2022. He leaves behind his wife Lakshmy […]

Obituaries for Shri Prabhat Chandra Sharma

Obituaries for Shri Prabhat Chandra Sharma

 

HWS Priest Pandit Rajendra Sharma Dies at 78

HWS Priest Pandit Rajendra Sharma Dies at 78

HOUSTON: Pandit Rajendra Sharma, known by most simply as “Panditji”, was the longest serving priest of the Hindu Worship Society, presiding over services and rituals for over a decade. Panditji passed away on March 1, after tackling complications due to Parkinson’s Disease for the past seven years. Sharma was born in a prominent Bhramin family […]

“Papaji” Bechardas Thakkar, 89, Passes: A Pioneer of Little India

“Papaji” Bechardas Thakkar, 89, Passes: A Pioneer of Little India

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Bechardas Thakkar was the owner and the president of East West International Inc. on Hillcroft Ave. in Houston. He left his human body for his onward Journey on January 19, 2022. His funeral service was held at Sugar Land Mortuary, Sugar Land on January 25, 2022. His family members, friends and […]

A Legend in Houston Community: Dr. P.G. Parameswaran

A Legend in Houston Community: Dr. P.G. Parameswaran

HOUSTON: With profound sadness, IACAN would like to inform you of the passing away of one of our past board members, Dr. Perunkulam Gopal (P.G.) Parameswaran. He was 83. Born in Burma and raised in India, Dr. Parameswaran was the first generation in his family to receive higher education. After completing a residency in cardiothoracic […]

VHPA Mourns Loss of its Founder

VHPA Mourns Loss of its Founder

World Hindu Council of America (VHPA) regretfully announces passing away of Dr. Mahesh Mehta (Maheshbhai), its founder and former President in Karnavati (Amdavad), India on December 14, 2021. He was eighty-six years old. He passed away on the pious day of Mokshda Ekadashi and Geeta Jayanti. In late 1960s, when Hindus started to immigrate to […]

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Houston: Rupa Vyas, the founder of Jay Store, Houston’s first Indian grocery store, died on January 16, 2021 after developing Covid-19 infection. She was 82 years old. Born in Bhavnagar, India, and the eldest daughter of the Balakrishna Trivedi and Shanta Trivedi. After completing her studies in India, she and her husband, Mahesh Vyas, and […]

Mariam Issa: Compassionate & Generous

Mariam Issa: Compassionate & Generous

Houston: With loving memories, Mariam Issa, a Houstonian for more than four decades, passed away on January 3, 2021.  “When you give to others, it is important to give more than what is expected.”  These are words that Mariam repeatedly conveyed to her children and grandchildren – words that she learned from her father and […]

Sri Hanumanbagas Gilda, 97, Leaves a Rich Legacy of Wisdom

Sri Hanumanbagas Gilda, 97, Leaves a Rich Legacy of Wisdom

By Manu Shah On 5th December, Sri Hanumanbagas Gilda woke up at his usual hour and asked one of his caretakers to give him a bath. The man was puzzled by this unusual request as Sri Hanumanbagasji normally had a bath later in the day. At 9:16 am, the patriarch of the Gilda family breathed […]

Leuva Patel Family Loses Two Sons: 19, 14

Leuva Patel Family Loses Two Sons: 19, 14

Cleveland, Texas: Two teenagers, a 14-year-old and a 19-year-old, were killed Saturday in a violent, multi-vehicle crash in Celeveland while on their way home with their parents. At approximately 6:45 p.m., the family was in a Toyota Camry stopped in traffic due to a vehicle fire on Interstate 69 near the San Jacinto River when […]

Eminent Geneticist Krishna Dronamraju Passes Away, 83

Eminent Geneticist Krishna Dronamraju Passes Away, 83

Houston: Dronamraju Krishna Rao (14 January 1937 – 3 December 2020) was an Indian-born geneticist and president of the Foundation for Genetic Research in Houston, Texas. He was born in Pithapuram, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. One focus of his work has been the research of his mentor J. B. S. Haldane. He […]

Passing of Gopal Savjani and Rao Ratnala

Houston: The Houston Indo-American community was saddened in recent days with the passing of two community stalwarts: Biotech CEO Gopal Savjani and Engineering executive Rao Ratnala. The American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE) announced the passing of Mr. Ratnala on October 11. Ratnala came to the United States in 1962 as a student and received […]

A Zoom Tribute to Raj Syal: Iconic Leader of Houston’s Hindu Community

A Zoom Tribute to Raj Syal: Iconic Leader of Houston’s Hindu Community

By Jawahar Malhotra Houston: The response to the Zoom call to pay tributes to a local pioneer who preferred to stay in the shadows, Raj Kumar Syal, was expected to be huge and so it was opened up to as many people as possible. At its peak, 150 different callers had joined in, most with […]

Raj Syal Dies: A Pioneering, Tireless Pillar of Houston’s Hindu Community

Raj Syal Dies: A Pioneering, Tireless Pillar of Houston’s Hindu Community

By Jawahar Malhotra The Woodlands: In the early years of the Indian community in the Bayou City, in 1968, when there were perhaps only 50 young families and a handful of foreign students at the University of Houston, there was a natural yearning to bond and find ways to gather for camaraderie and satisfy the […]

Baldev Jallan, Local Businessman, 78

Baldev Jallan, Local Businessman, 78

Houston: Another member of the early settlers of the local Indian community passed away five weeks ago after a foot injury had sidelined him in a rehab hospital. He suffered a fatal heart attack  when he returned home and died in his sleep on Saturday, August 15. Jallan was from a large family who all […]

A Tribute to University of Texas Professor Chandragiri Dinaker Rao (1938-2020)

Austin: There are some people who bring a light so bright to this world, that even after they are gone the glow remains. Chandragiri Dinaker Rao of Austin, Texas was one of them! Dinaker left for his heavenly abode on September 5, 2020. He was truly a Konkani icon of Austin. He led an exemplary […]

Mahesh Vyas Passes, Founded 1st Desi Grocery: “Jay Store” with Wife Rupa

Houston: The Indian community lost one of its founding members on Friday, August 14. After Mahesh Vyas had finished exercising, acute IPF flared up suddenly and quickly spread through his lungs. He was admitted to Memorial Hermann Hospital at Memorial City, but quickly succumbed to the disease. Mahesh Prataprai Vyas, 83, a geophysicist, was the […]

Shanti Khetpal: A Lifelong Learner, Passes Unexpectedly

Houston: Shanti Khetpal, a deeply caring and loyal person, and an extremely loving and wonderful mother passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 15, also the anniversary of India’s independence. She had complained of wheezing and had gone to take a nap in the morning but was found unresponsive and could not be revived by medics. […]

Dr. Ravi Prakash Aurora (April 26, 1937 – June 23, 2020)

DALLAS: Dr. Ravi P. Aurora passed away peacefully on June 23rd, 2020 with love and family all around him.  Dr. Aurora moved to New York in 1967 from India as a young man with his vibrant and departed wife, Suman Aurora, $6 in hand, an education and a hunger to find opportunity. He obtained a […]

Beloved Community Advocate Sonal Bhuchar, 58, Dies

Beloved Community Advocate Sonal Bhuchar, 58, Dies

SUGAR LAND: Sonal Bhuchar, 58, passed away peacefully in her home on April 20, 2019 after a valiant battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her family. Sonal was born in Mumbai, India on June 30, 1960, to Ramesh and Manju Parekh. She earned her education and studied to practice physical therapy in Mumbai […]

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