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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 […]

The Grand Deepavali Bazaar at Sri Meenakshi Temple

PEARLAND: Sri Meenakshi Temple looked extraordinarily vibrant starting from the daybreak on Saturday, October 18 with the morning Suprabhadam to welcome Sri Venkateswara and Sri Lakshmi to the beautiful dawn.   The festive look of the temple with colorful lights, huge tents and filled parking lots were all indicative of a grand celebration. Deepavali (Diwali) literally […]

Club 24 Kicks Off Diwali Celebrations at a Home Worthy of a Resort

   Click here for photo collage    By Jawahar Malhotra MISSOURI CITY: In the background, jets of water splashed playing fully in multi-hued colors from the middle of the kidney-shaped swimming pool and a gas-fueled fire blazed in the open hearth at the far edge. Trunks of the palm trees surrounding the pool were draped […]

Walkathon for Child Rights

SUGAR LAND: Millions of children can only dream of having the basic rights to live, learn, play and grow. The United Nations Convention on the rights of the child grants children four basic human rights: the right to survival, development, participation and protection. CRY supports organizations in India and the US and has transformed the […]

Dinner Honoring Daya at Consul General’s Home

By Lakshmy Parameswaran HOUSTON: Daya, an organization serving South Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault was inaugurated in 1996 by the then Consul General of India, Swashpawan Singh. Since then, Daya has been fortunate to have the support of every Consul General and his spouse who succeeded Swashpawan Singh in Houston. This relationship […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Celebrated Diwali

By Ravi Ozarker HOUSTON: HMM celebrated Diwali on October 18 in Katy.   Highlights of the Diwali event included Mangaldeep Sugam Sangeet Concert by Padmaja Phenany Joglekar.  Padmaja received Padma Shri Award in 2001 for her god gifted voice and singing talent. She had a special privilege of composing and singing poems written by Honorable Shri […]

Soulful Concent by T.M. Krishna

Soulful Concent by T.M. Krishna

By Uma Ranganathan STAFFORD: The great poet Rabindranath Tagore once said, ‘The measure of a singer’s liberation is in his own creative personality. He can sing the composer’s song as his own, if he has the power creatively to assert himself in his interpretation of general law of the melody which he is given to […]

Urge to Reconcile and Bind a War Torn Society Leads to Visible Role in Sri Lankan Government

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was a civil war that lasted 26 years and tore apart the fabric of the country, with death and destruction wreaking havoc far from the Jafna Peninsula, the epicenter of the conflict, to the streets of Columbo, the Sri Lankan capital on the western seaboard. Countless people were caught within […]