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‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’: Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji Kindle the Old Spark

‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’: Saif Ali Khan-Rani Mukerji Kindle the Old Spark

By Shubhra Gupta Bunty and Babli worked for several reasons. Apart from the great music, one of the primary ones was that it tapped into the frustrated aspirations of small-town India. That year was 2005. More than 15 years later, the sequel is bogged down by the closing distance between the two Indias, the desperate […]

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates Diwali Yagna with CGI

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates Diwali Yagna with CGI

By Maya and Shriya Bindal Houston: On November 6, 2021, members of Arya Samaj Greater Houston gathered to celebrate Diwali Yajna in a safe and festive environment. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, celebrates the spiritual victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and new beginnings. In order to celebrate this grand […]

Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Houston: Thursday, November 11, 2021 is another historic day for the Tamilians living in Texas and specifically in the Houston Metropolitan area. On this day, the Houston Tamil Studies Chair Inc. (HTSC), a Texas non-profit corporation with a primary purpose of setting up a Tamil Studies Chair at the University of Houston (UH), made the […]

IAPAC Hosts ‘Gratitude for Global Cultures’ Lunch with Elected Leaders

IAPAC Hosts ‘Gratitude for Global Cultures’ Lunch with Elected Leaders

Houston: The Indian American Political Action Committee of Greater Houston (IAPAC) is fulfilling its promise once again of being the only non-partisan voice for Indian Americans in the political arena. On November 20, 2021, IAPAC hosted “Gratitude with Global Cultures,” a Thanksgiving Lunch, focused on being grateful for the diversity within our region. Keeping in […]

YLPD Houston: Learning about the Qualities of an Authentic Leader

YLPD Houston: Learning about the Qualities of an Authentic Leader

By Srinivasa Mahankali Houston: Fifty-five future leaders of YLDP Houston gathered at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday morning to answer the essential question, “Why Should Anyone be Led by You?”.  The session was led by Mr. Brian Greene, the CEO of Houston Food Bank. He showed us the operations of the non-profit organization through […]

Chinmaya Mission Houston Celebrates Diwali with Serenity and Joy

Chinmaya Mission Houston Celebrates Diwali with Serenity and Joy

By Rajesh Thatte Houston: Dipavali, the auspicious Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with serenity and joy at Chinmaya Mission Houston over a two-day period. On Wednesday November 3, priest Sri Ganesh Sathayanarayana performed the Astalaksmi Puja at Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya. The Sivalaya is now open to the public following all safety guidelines. While the […]

Assam Association Participates in Diwali San Antonio with Bihu Dance

Assam Association Participates in Diwali San Antonio with Bihu Dance

By Runmee Barbara San Antonio: On November 6, Festival of Lights filled the air with sounds and colors at Hemisfair park and Tower of Americas, San Antonio, Texas. Diwali is the largest city-sanctioned festival open to public every year. This year, the 13th annual Festival of lights was celebrated in-person with great enthusiasm and spirit. […]

America’s First Ismaili Center will be Architectural Jewel for Houston

America’s First Ismaili Center will be Architectural Jewel for Houston

By Diane Cowen Houston: The Ismaili Center Houston’s architecture and gardens will set a new bar in a city increasingly devoted to modern design and lush green spaces. With a structure designed by U.K.-based Farshid Moussavi and gardens by Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects — a renowned landscape architect known locally for […]

ICC Builds Bridges Across Communities at Packed Cultural Event

ICC Builds Bridges Across Communities at Packed Cultural Event

By Parul Fernandes HOUSTON: WOW!  WOW!! WOW!!!  The cultural show, “Building Bridges by celebrating Diwali” was a breathtaking show that the India Culture Center put up at  VPSS  Hall at 11175  W. Belfort Village Drive. What a show and what a unifying concept of Building Bridges! Asian countries like Vietnam, Philippines and China participated because […]

Astroworld Stampede Claims Indian Origin Student Bharati Shahani

Astroworld Stampede Claims Indian Origin Student Bharati Shahani

Houston: Bharati Shahani, a 22-year-old college student who had incurred severe injuries during the Astroworld festival has passed away. Shahani had been declared brain dead a couple of days ago. With her passing the death toll from the Astroworld stampede has now risen to nine, while hundreds have been injured. The news of Shahani’s passing […]

Billboards On Houston Skyline Celebrate Hinduism

Billboards On Houston Skyline Celebrate Hinduism

Houston: New billboards celebrating Hinduism have popped up on major highways of Houston since mid-October. The occasion was to coincide with the Hindu Heritage Month in October marked by Hindu festivals and Diwali, the festival of lights, this week. The billboards were the brainchild of two Hindu women, Dr. Kusum Vyas of Living Planet Foundation […]

Southwestern National Bank Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Southwestern National Bank Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Houston: Southwestern National Bank is proud to be marking its 24th anniversary on November 3, 2021. CEO Simmons said 2021 is a good year to remember because we helped over 1,000 business owners to apply for assistance and save their businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. Our employees worked very hard to ensure our customers […]

‘India Sweets and Spices’: Gossip, Secrets and Biting Laughs

‘India Sweets and Spices’: Gossip, Secrets and Biting Laughs

By Lisa Kennedy In Geeta Malik’s comedy-drama “India Sweets and Spices” the aunties maim. At least emotionally. The wives and mothers who live in an upscale New Jersey enclave of Indian Americans like their gossip spicy and don’t seem to care who feels the burn. (The scotch-drinking, suit-clad uncles aren’t laggards in that department either.) […]

Diwali Dinner with Elected Officials and Hindu Leaders of Houston

Diwali Dinner with Elected Officials and Hindu Leaders of Houston

Houston: Pragati USA and Ashirwad A Blessing Temple (Ashirwad) collaborated to host Diwali Dinner at India House Houston on October 29th, 2021. The goal of the event was to bring together major Hindu organizations in the Greater Houston area, and both Democratic and Republican elected officials of Harris and Fort Bend counties to celebrate Diwali, […]

“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

“Drishyam 2”: Mohanlal’s Malyalam Film is a Solid, Satisfying Sequel

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, Esther Anil, Murali Gopi, Saikumar, Asha Sarath Director: Jeethu Joseph Rating: Three stars Where’s the body? No body, no case. That was the point where we bade farewell to prime suspect Georgekutty (Mohanlal) in ‘Drishyam’, Jeethu Joseph’s smash-hit 2013 murder mystery. In the sequel, which opens six […]

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Sugar Land: A social media campaign is underway for a Fort Bend School to be named after Sonal Bhuchar. After her long association with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, Bhuchar was elected to the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees and she served as the board president as well before her untimely passing in 2019. […]

Nasir Abasi: 1st Fort Bend Captain from South Asia

Nasir Abasi: 1st Fort Bend Captain from South Asia

Richmond: History was made Tuesday morning as the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office swore in its new captain. Captain Nasir Abbasi is the first South Asian to rank as captain in the sheriff’s office. “We are all here. We see the true reflection of Fort Bend County,” said Captain Abbasi. Sheriff Eric Fagan, the first […]

IACCGH Webinar: Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

IACCGH Webinar: Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

By Manu Shah Houston: On 27 January, the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston hosted an engaging virtual seminar on “Funding your Retirement Lifestyle.” The event, which was presented by chamber member Amiralli Dodhiya, was primarily aimed at business owners and in particular retail owners who wish to maintain their current lifestyle in […]

Sonal Shah: New Fellow at the University of Chicago

Sonal Shah: New Fellow at the University of Chicago

Chicago: On March 1, 2021, the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG), based at the the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, welcomed its first cohort of four Senior Practitioner Fellows—Liza Goitein, Jennifer Horn, Natalie Y. Moore, and Sonal Shah (AB’90)—who will advance the work of reform as part of the […]

Dr. Jaya Raman Publishes His Autobiography

Dr. Jaya Raman Publishes His Autobiography

Houston: Dr. Jay K. Raman has published an autobiography describing his early life in Kerala and his subsequent life and career in Houston. The book also covers his personal philosophy of life, religion and spirituality The title of this book, From the Land of Spice to the Land of Oil, aptly describes the book. It […]

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