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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca & Potatoes)

    Khichdi is usually made from rice and dal (lentils) and is commonly considered an easy-to-cook comfort food, but it can also be made from sabudana (tapioca) in much the same way as making sabudana kheer, except the khichdi is salty instead of sweet. It is made mostly during fasts or during the navaratri […]

Sold Out Houston Diwali Mela Brimming with Mumbai Style Celebrations

  Click here for photo collage   By IAN Correspondent HOUSTON: A record early turnout marked this year’s Houston Diwali Mela at the Skeeters Stadium on October 25.  The benevolent Gods cancelled all rain for the week, instead sending halka sa cooling evening breezes to nearly 10,000 patrons in a yet again sold out event […]

Hillcroft Motorists Honk to Support Daya’s One Voice 2014 to End Domestic Violence

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: On Saturday, October 25 afternoon, the Hillcroft district turned into an Indian street scene with cars honking in support of the community gathering organized by Daya to commemorate October as domestic the violence awareness month. Daya volunteers, staffers, board members and volunteers formed a human chain along Hillcroft at the intersection […]

Celebrations of Diwali and Govardhan Puja at ISKCON of Houston

HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston held jubilant festivals of Diwali, “Festival of Lights” on Oct. 23 and Govardhan Puja on Oct. 24. The temple was bustling with numerous volunteers performing a multitude of services in preparation for these special occasions.  Devotees engaged in cleaning, decor of flower strands and arrangements, setting up lights, and preparing candles. […]

Jehangir Lakhani (1957-2014)

Jehangir Lakhani, a loving, caring, always smiling individual, known for spreading laughter and happiness, passed away on Thursday, October 23 in Houston, Texas after a battle with a rare kidney Cancer, Sarcomatoid Renal Cell Carcinoma. Born in Navsari, India, Jehangir moved to America in 1984 to pursue new opportunities and endeavors. After a long journey […]

A Simply Magnificient Diwali Celebrations at Radha Madhav Dham

AUSTIN, TX: Amazing fireworks, captivating rangoli’s, beautifully adorning lamps sparkling up the temple grounds, mouth-watering delicacies and raas garba dancing until midnight – Diwali at Radha Madhav Dham was buzzing with energy and activity until late into the night on October 18. Over 6,000 people flocked into the temple premises. It was a perfect family […]

Siddhivinayak Temple Now Open in Houston

By Vanshika Vipin HOUSTON: The newly opened Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Houston celebrated its grand opening with the Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav (idol installation ceremony). The event was held from Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19 at the temple located at 5645 Hillcroft Avenue, Suite 701, Houston. The temple idol in Houston is replica of […]

Gurajada Sphoorthi Utsavam at India House

HOUSTON: Mahakavi Sri Gurajada Apparao was a renowned poet, writer and social reformer born in 1862 at Rayavaram village, Andhra Pradesh. The lines, ‘Desamante matti kaadoyi, desamante manushuloyi’, from his famous patriotic song,  ‘Desamunu Preminchumanna’ ,   composed in 1910 meant, ‘A country is not made of land; a country is made of its people’. Mahakavi […]

Sutra Dance Theater Reinvents Love with “Krishna”

Sutra Dance Theater Reinvents Love with “Krishna”

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: A Malaysian dance troupe with a pure Odissi repertoire – what are the odds? That was what was made possible by the Sutra Dance Theater, which traveled from Malaysia to commence their US and Canada tour in Houston on Oct 26 at the Wortham Center with their production, “Krishna, Love Reinvented”, […]

Diwali and Govardhan Puja at Gaudiya Matha Temple

HOUSTON: The Sri Govinda Gaudiya Math temple celebrated Diwali last Thursday with celebrations that began soon after the partial Solar eclipse of the sun – an auspicious sign for the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Several volunteers had worked tirelessly for two weeks to decorate the temple with lights, flowers, rangoli, and […]

Ekal Raises Rs. 1 Crore to Implement Clean India Campaign in Villages

OHIO: ‘Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation-USA (EVF-USA)’, recently (Oct. 3-5) hosted an international conference in Cincinnati, Ohio to address various issues facing rural education, hygiene, and integrated development in remote parts of India, where it operates. In opening remarks, Shyamji Gupta, founder of ‘Ekal Movement’ set the tone by challenging the gathering to undertake a new initiative […]

Club 65 Celebrates Diwali

By Dr. Jaseem Pasha HOUSTON: The day was Sunday, October 11, the Senior Houstonians of Club 65 had their monthly ‘Lunch and Learn’ function at the Bay land Community Center in Houston. The Conference room was thronged with seniors of diverse professional background, including engineers, physicians, attorney, real estate brokers, poets, architects and you name […]

Namadwaar to Celebrate Bhoomi Pooja with Music and Mass Prayer

MANVEL,TX: Global Organization for Divinity’s Namadwaar Prayer House will perform bhoomi pooja (groundbreaking ceremony) for its new prayer house building on November 8, Saturday at its current location, 3642 Bailey Ave, Manvel TX (Pearland area). The bhoomi pooja, followed by prayers by Houston temples and organizations, will be conducted from 7:30 to 9 AM. In […]

Dipavali Puja: Celebrations Lit with Chinmaya Spirit

 By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: Dipavali has a greater meaning to the Indians who have left the shores of India. Beyond the sparkling lights, the smiling faces, the colorful Indian clothes, the weekend get-togethers, the enthusiastic wishes, and all the joyful celebrations, the immensely popular festival is a symbol of cultural and spiritual identity in lands […]

Fun Daal-bati Picnic by Madhya Pradesh Mitra Mandal

HOUSTON: Madhya Pradesh Mitra Mandal (MPMM) organized its 7th annual Daal-Bati picnic on Sunday, Octover 26,  at Bear Creek Park, in Houston, Texas.  It was attended by approx. 200 people who enjoyed fresh made Daal-Bati, Poha-Sev, Jalebi, Jiraman and garma-garam Chai during this daylong event.  The feeling of togetherness, the bonding between families and friends and […]

What a Leader Does

By Rohan Chaudhry HOUSTON: On Saturday, October 18, YLDP students toured the Houston Food Bank and listened to its President and CEO, Brian Greene, speak. The topic of the day’s YLDP session was What Leaders Really Do, and it was aimed at defining what makes a leader different from a manager or a boss. According […]

Arya Samaj Greater Houston Celebrates Diwali

By Sanjana Kapoor & Yash Bindal HOUSTON: Arya Samaj celebrated Diwali on Saturday, October  25. This jam-packed event was enjoyed by all, and the evening’s festivities were filled with good humor, friends, laughter and light. Arya Samaj’s Diwali celebrations started Saturday evening with beautiful performances in the main hall. Next came the puja and havan. […]

MassMutual Honors Diwali and Business Tradition of Chopda Pujan

No-Cost Seminars Help Business Owners Secure Their Futures and Protect the Next Generation SPRINGFIELD: Almost three million Asian Indians in the United States celebrated  Diwali, the festival of lights, on Oct. 23. For the more than 300,000 Asian-Indian owned firms* in the U.S., the holiday takes on an added dimension, as the celebration marks the […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Sabudana di Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Whereas chawal di kheer (rice pudding), along with ras malai (cheese in sweetened cream) and gulab jamun (syrup rose dumplings) have become some of the main desserts in many Indian restaurants, the sabudana kheer (tapioca pudding) has not. It is equally as easy, simple and inexpensive to make as kheer. I think the main reason […]

Diwali Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

By BAPS Correspondent STAFFORD: Many years ago Rupal Patel recalls reading comic books on Ramayan in India. She remembers that anytime she would have a question, her grandmother would narrate the journey of Bhagwan Ram and Sita by memory. She was always intrigued when hearing about when Ram would triumph over Ravan and bring Sita […]