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Bahuda Yatra (Return Ratha Yatra) Celebrated at Durga Bari

HOUSTON: Bahuda yatra or return ratha yatra is the return journey of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra from their Aunt’s house (Gundicha Temple) to the main temple. It is significant in the sense that it completes the ratha yatra.  Like last year, Char Dham Hindu Temple along with Houston Durga Bari Society and […]

yourDIL Celebrates Ramadan by Giving, Promoting Education in South Asia

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: Iftaar on Thursday, July 18, held in the hall of Mezban Restaurant was marked by celebration of more than the usual practices of salat, prayer, and sawm, fasting. Zakat, alms-giving, was aptly celebrated by yourDIL, the youth outreach arm of the secular, L.A.-based 501(c)(3) charity, Developments in Literacy, or DIL for […]

Gita Camp 2013 Held at ISKCON, Hare Krishna Dham

HOUSTON: A fun-filled Gita Camp was held the week of July 8 at the Hare Krishna Dham (ISKCON) temple. There were over 55 children, ages three to thirteen, from all across the greater Houston area in attendance for each of the five full-days. The camp combined activities with traditional Vedic learning and values. There were […]

G.O.D. Conducts Four Different Cultural Summer Camps Across Houston

MANVEL: This summer, the Houston chapter of Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D.) USA conducted four different “Gopa Kuteeram” summer camps for various age groups, three of them at Houston Namadwaar Prayer House in the Pearland/Manvel area, and a fourth one in Cypress. A number of kids and youth took part in these camps that aimed […]

FIA : Changing Gear for Better

By Nand Kapoor CHICAGO: Good, bad  and indifferent things keep on happening in India and many times we are just silent spectators. In very recent days, three developments have been rather disturbing and caught up the eyes of all Indians in this part of the  world. One is the Uttrakhand tragedy, the second one is […]

ASIE Presents Technical PDH Seminar

By Dinesh Shah  HOUSTON: American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE), a Houston based organization for engineers, architects, designers, and engineering technicians, presented a technical seminar on July 18 at Sankalp Restaurant conference/banquet hall in Sugar Land. The presenter Danny Hale, regional Sales manager of ADS Inc., introduced Polypropylene Pipe (PP), new innovations in Sanitary Sewer […]

Just the Beginning

HOUSTON: This day was marked as the first official day of Diwan at the up-and-coming Sikh National Center site. The program took place in the temporary Diwan Hall building in honor of Sangrand, at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 16. Upon short notice, approximately 150 people attended the program led by Bhai Makhan Singh Ji. […]

VSNA Blessed by Poojyashree Allamaprabhu Swamiji’s Visit

HOUSTON: Members of  Veerashaiva  Samaja  of North America  (VSNA)- Houston Chapter which recently celebrated the first ever Basaveshwara Jayanti were blessed by the visit of Poojyashree Allamaprabhu Swamiji from Basava Yoga Trust, Bangalore, India  and Basava Divine Center, Austin. Swamiji visited the chapter during the July Mahamane. The Mahamane was hosted by Amruthesh, Jayanthi and […]

FIS Interviews Petroleum Geoscientist, Dr. Venkataratnam Kolla

His message: “Experience and Explore new frontiers of knowledge. Be prepared for changes.” HOUSTON: Who said Houston’s Indian community consists of only Doctors and Engineers?  Little known fact in that there are  outstanding Geoscientists (Geologists and Geophysicists) of Indian origin living in Houston quietly doing their research and publishing scientific papers, not seeking any publicity […]

Ratha Yatra at Durga Bari: Southern Sun Can’t Stop an Eastern Tradition

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: The Ratha Yatra, or Chariot Festival, was celebrated at the Houston Durga Bari in Houston on Saturday, July 13. The event was organized to bring the festivities of the original Ratha Yatra held in Puri, Orissa every year closer to home. Traditionally, the festival is celebrated on the second day of […]

Greater Houston Ratha Yatra Witnessed by Huge Crowd of Houstonians

By Sujata Srikanteswaran   HOUSTON: Over 4000 Houstonians witnessed the grand Chariot Festival of the Lord of the Universe, “Jagannath Ratha Yatra”, on Saturday, July 13 at the Discovery Green Park in Houston.  The wide eyed and beautifully smiling siblings – Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra cast Their cooling and soothing Divine glances on the Houstonians, […]

Rath Yatra Draws in the Multitudes at VPSS

Rath Yatra Draws in the Multitudes at VPSS

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: It was a monumental day last Sunday, July 14 at the VPSS premises for the organizers and volunteers of the Orissa Culture Center who in partnership with the Shri Sita Ram Foundation organized a rath yatra.  Thanks to their combined efforts and dedication, the well-organized event was a resounding success with […]

With Awards, HGH Shows its Full Support for Hindu Youth

By Parth Dwivedi HOUSTON: The Hindus of Greater Houston, recognized young people for their contributions in the local community in roles of service and leadership in the 2013 Hindu Youth Awards Gala, hosted at the VPSS on the southwest side on Saturday, July 13.  The organization’s President, Sharad Amin, said that the ceremony marked a […]

Grand Opening of Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Math Temple

Grand Opening of Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Math Temple

HOUSTON: On July 13, the International Gaudiya Vedanta Society (IGVS) of Houston celebrated the grand opening of the new Sri Govindaji Gaudiya Matha temple with the installation of beautiful Deities of Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Radha Govindaji and Sri Sita Rama Laxman Hanumanji. This Vedic educational and cultural center will be dedicated to the philosophy […]

Holistic Living to Get Best Out of Life and World Seminar

HOUSTON: A unique seminar was organized on Holistic Living to Get Best out of Life and World organized by the South Central Chapter of Holistic Science Charitable Research Foundation in Houston on Saturday, July 13   which was very well attended by a cross section of many different professions. Experienced self-realized Swamis Dr. Shaileshanandji and […]

TCC Taped Ball Tournment Spring 2013 – Grady Winners, SLCC Runners up

HOUSTON: Grady Cricket Club (GCC) won the TCC Taped Ball Spring 2013 tournament defeating Sri Lanka Cricket Club (SLCC) by 4 wickets. It was a well-deserved win for GCC in only their second appearance in the fiercely fought tournament featuring 17 participating teams. SLCC reached the finals for the second consecutive time. On a hot […]

Home Run, T20 Style on Svetasvatara Upanisad

Guruji’s Yajna in Houston By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: With pure Grace, masterly delivery of Knowledge, and an agile sense of humor which kept the audience alert and enchanted, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda completed his seven-day (July 7 -13) Jnana yajna on Svetasvatara Upanisad at Chinmaya Prabha, Houston. Guruji introduced the rare Upanisad with a invocative […]

Sewa International USA Helps Refugees

HOUSTON: Houston is home to many refugees from around the world. Adjusting to this country can be very overwhelming in many ways, especially for children. Sewa International combined its synergies with Alief ISD, Texas Children Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to provide wholesome acclimatization for refugees and their school-going children. Right from helping the […]

Dr. Syamal Poddar Receives Award for Distinguished Services to the AIChE

SAN ANTONIO: The Ameri-can Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fuels and Petrochemicals division (F&PD) each year recognizes an individual’s outstanding services to the division. For 2013, the distinguished service award winner was Dr. Syamal K. Poddar, an active member of over 35 years and a Fellow of the AIChE institute. The distinguished service award was […]

The Billionaire’s Apprentice

The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund Author, Anita Raghavan Book Review by Pradeep Anand  I knew that the book would not have a surprise ending. I knew that Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta would be found guilty and be sentenced to jail terms. Yet, I had to […]