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A Gentle Giant Passes, Leaving an Immense Void in the Arts World

A steady stream of mourners passed by Anil Kumar’s coffin and offered condolences to his bereaved family

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Those who have settled in the part of Southwest Texas over the past 60 years may recall the pioneers who paved the way for succeeding waves of desi immigrants from the Old Country. They gave freely of their time and money, sacrificing family time, jobs and the tug of other occasions to transplant some elements of culture and religion for the next generations to come. They arrived as bright-eyed young adults, deeply connected in their past traditions, unwilling to let it slip through their fingers as the inevitable process of Americanization would follow. A handful of these stalwarts still remain, but also as inevitably they reach their Golden Years,

they pass on leaving a void that is hard to accept, and perhaps harder to fill. Among them was a gentle, soft –spoken giant who sought not to be in the limelight, rather was content to bring others and their works into it. Anil Kumar was a pioneer in the world of performing arts, who, with his immensely talented wife Rathna, became the inseparable duo linked to classical Indian dance, avant garde fusion performances and mentors to many an budding, aspiring young artist. This past Friday, February 13, one half of the duo, a pioneer and a friend to many in the desi community, passed away. News spread like wildfire to stunned people, and the outpouring of grief was immense as hundreds of people came for the funeral and memorial

service at the Garden Oaks Funeral Home in southwest Houston on Monday morning, February 16. Two long lines snaked through the lobby and aisles as the mourners passed by Kumar’s coffin, laying out rose petals and folding their hands and giving their condolences to his immediate family. Sons Kedar and Chetan and their families, brother-in-law Krishna Giri and wife Kalyani, and the teary-eyed, grief stricken Rathna, seated at the end and receiving the hugs and words of comfort from all those who insisted to soothe her. They stayed later for the service, which was already an hour behind schedule because of the stream of mourners. The mourners came to say goodbye to a man who had, with his wife, created an Indian clas-

sical performance industry in the Bayou City and beyond, developing deep friendships with families whose children came for dance classes and returned when their own children were of age. The Kumars were childhood sweethearts with acting and performing in their bloods; appearing in film and plays when they were 4 and 6 years old. They arrived in Houston in the late 60s and soon were the owners of the first Indian restaurant, Maharaja, in the Rice Village, where Rathna and Anil shared cooking and serving duties. Two years later, they had their first dance school on Beechnut and Kirkwood, in a warehouse space. The moved to Bissonnet and the Southwest Freeway, and stayed for many years till

they moved to their current location in Sugar Land, emerging as Anjali Performing Arts Center. For Anil, the lure of the performing arts, working behind the scenes, was so strong that he quit his engineering job at Texas Instruments and went headlong into photography and videography when it was still an evolving into the pre-digital age. His company, VideoWorks was sought out by the public and imitated by others younger and eager to get into the field. Anil taught himself the intricacies of shooting and editing using the latest software, but he kept an eye on the artists out there. He simultaneously developed his skills as a stage and video director, and founded the Samskriti Indian Performing Arts CONTINUED ON PAGE


The President and the Board of Directors of Samskriti mourn the death of our beloved Founder Executive Director Anil Kumar, husband of Artistic Director Rathna Kumar, Founder of Anjali Center of Performing Arts, Houston. Ever since Samskriti’s inception, Anil was an integral part of our planning, organizing and administrative operations. His creative genius and title in presenting “Bollywood Blast” and “Incredible India” for nearly ten years at the Miller Outdoor Theater that brought 5000 strong audience is in indeed incredible. His efforts helped Samskriti to bring to stage some of the finest of Indian performers, seminars and conferences. He lived a good life of giving, sharing, caring, and smiling, and was above all he was a simple and a good person at heart. We will miss you always, Anil Kumar. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family to give them strength to bear the loss. We remember you with this quote by Helen Keller "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." Thara Narasimhan



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February 20, 2015


Season of Love Hits Houston

HOUSTON: February 14, happens to be one of the most awaited days every year. This is a day when every person would love to remember his or her loved ones and spend some quality time together remembering and reliving some old memories. Since the day is all about loving, caring and promising it calls for a celebration. There are different types and themes of Valentine’s Day party that happens on that day across the globe. Houstonians are always busy partying and celebrating their Valentine’s Day but there are two such parties you would not want to miss. “Jumma Chumma” and the “DJ Dholi Deep & ABCD Houston Party” ended as one of the most popular and happening par-

ties this year for the Valentine’s Day. Starting with the “Jumma Chumma” Valentines Party, one can say that the theme of the party at Club Blaunsch for the Friday’s Masala Radio’s Party was highly influenced by an Amitabh Bachchan starring song “Jumma Chumma” from the movie HUM. The organizers of the event successfully managed to attract people as the number of guest’s recorder crossed 600. The host for the evening Sunil T. aka “Tiger” delivered a rocking party with hard beating and romantic songs along with some Dharu Sharu, Hookahs and Heaters on the spacious patios. To elevate the mood of all the members the owner of the Club Blaunsch, Vishal Anne had some even better plans as he offered 200 complimentary

Above 2 pictures; Jumma Chumma party at Blaunsch.

Above 2 pictures; Party at The De Gaulle.

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masala shots and midnight champagne. No party is complete without DJ’s and loud music isn’t it? Well the event sponsors Anand Chauhan and Dr. Ashima Chauhan provided free cover for all guests. The best DJ’s in the town, DJ Dholi TAMIM, DJ GEO, DJ INDO, and DJ ZEE were in charge for setting unique dance numbers every hour. The dance floor was so packed that the scheduled Jumma Chumma dance performance was scattered and only Sunil T, who stood on the DJ Table was visible in his Red & White dress code. Guests were asked to wear either Red (taken) or green (single) glow bands clearly distinguishing “Jodi’s” from the “Awaara’s”. The night was so scintillating, DJ Tamim said, “this was the first party I saw a line at 10PM, and a filled dance floor at 10:30 PM.” The crowd did not stop up until 3AM. We are so psyched for HOLI where DJ Geo and I are going to build out a party booth like Masala crowd has never seen before at HOLI” Another popular and happening Valentine’s Party at Houston was the one orga-

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nized by DJ Dholi Deep & Sunny Taj from ABCD Houston. The collaboration of DJ Dholi Deep and Sunny Taj proved to be a great success this Valentine. Love was in the air when both these professional and skilled DJ took charge at The De Gaulle, located at 2811 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas where Houstonians gathered in large number on the Friday night. The event was sponsored by Shiva Saadi of Dream photo & Video, and Anand and Dr. Ashima Chauhan The place was jam packed with the guests and the music was leading the night with their favorite Bollywood tracks of all time, which kept the crowd on their feet throughout the night. The night was truly and highly dominated by the letter ‘M’ which stands for Music, Masti & Mohabbat (Love). Sunny Taj at the end of the night said, “To see People who are in love and not just couples, but friends too who come to our events, have a blast and fall in love all over again is the reason we host these events and Valentine’s Edition at the De Gaulle was just another one of those nights”



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KATY: With the blessings of gurusatta and Ma Gayatri, Gayatri Pariwar, Houston conducted the brick pooja (shila pooja) ceremony on Saturday, February 7 for the upcoming “Center for Gayatri Consciousness” in Katy, TX. Adarniya Pushkar Raj ji from Shantikunj, Haridwar who conducted the ceremony, touched the hearts of all the attendees with his soulful message during the ceremony. The attendees were asked to write 108 Gayatri Mantras on a piece of paper and bring to the event as their spiritual contribution which would be installed under the idol of Ma Gayatri along with a brick in the memory of their loved ones. Ashok Parikh and Garima Doshi presented the plan of the temple before the attendees along with giving a brief background about Gayatri Pariwar and its activities. The ceremony was followed by aarti and dinner Prasad. A bhumi pooja ceremony at the temple site was also done in the presence of the local active volunteers. The brick pooja ceremony was attended by around 250 people who whole heartedly gave their support right now and for the future as well, for the construction of the Center for Gayatri Consciousness. Volunteers from Gayatri Pariwar Houston – Sangita & Bharat Tailor, Mahesh & Varsha Patel, Jayani & Ashok Parikh, Deepak & Daksha Khatri,

Niru & Suresh Bakshi, Madhu & Prabha Barvalia, Jignesh Patel, Viral & Manisha Patel, Dinesh & Asmita Bhavsaar, Jitendra & Rekha Siddlagata, Ritu & Haresh Malkani, Madhu and Vandana Agarwal, Mahish and Richa Sharma, Ketan & Garima Doshi worked very hard to make the program a success. Shri Dinesh, Asmita and Niketa Bhavsaar also accompanied Ad. Pushkarji for music on stage. Many volunteers from Gayatri Pariwar San Antonio and Austin also attended the ceremony and provided their hearty support to the Houston center. Gayatri Pariwar, Houston acquired an old warehouse on October 17th 2014 in Katy, a suburb of Houston, TX, which will be remodeled into “Center for Gayatri Consciousness”, a temple of Ma Gayatri. The remodeling is expected to be finished in the next 4 months. The center will also have Bal Sanskarshala for kids, Youth activities including meditation and Bhagvad Geeta workshops, weekly video pravachans, and will also perform different sanskars like punsavan, grih pravesh, naamkaran, vidyaarambh, vivah etc. at the temple or in your home. The center aims at spreading the philosophy of Gayatri (righteous thinking) and Yagya (righteous actions) to the Greater Houston area.

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February 20, 2015


Leadership in Modern Entrepreneurship

BY ANIRUDH SURESH HOUSTON: In January of 2015, the YLDP Class of 2015 had the opportunity to learn about leadership in business from Dr. Arun Pasrija, an experienced entrepreneur whose work has been centered on the founding and executive-level management of companies in the global telecommunications industry. Dr. Pasrija’s message to the YLDP youth incorporated his wide range of experiences in entrepreneurship as well as his insightful advice regarding education, persistence, and prudence in the context of business. By describing the risks he took during his life, Dr. Pasrija conveyed that sensible, high-reward risks, as opposed to haphazard gambles, are the key to achieving greater success in the modern world. For instance, Dr. Pasrija discussed his decision to serve as the expatriate country manager of India for Lucent Technologies Power Division. In this job, he helped to develop a joint venture to spur on telecommunication technology in India.

Despite the lower job security this post provided him, Dr. Pasrija showed that it allowed him to cultivate his passion for building something from scratch. Similarly, Dr. Pasrija shed light upon a critical life skill and trait of successful enterprisers: perseverance. For example, Dr. Pasrija’s presentation involved the statistic that although over 80% of first-time startups fail, the major-

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a proper education. Dr. Pasrija stressed that the U.S. has one of the best higher education systems in the world and that a pursuit for a leadership role in one’s career must begin with the fundamentals of a good education. Yet what fascinated me most about Dr. Pasrija’s presentation was his argument that education alone is not sufficient for effective

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COMMUNITY A Treasure for all Fashion Lovers

Arefa Merchant (Center) with Neha Shukla and Nirju Tailor.

BY VANSHIKA VIPIN HOUSTON: In Vogue, a comprehensive fashion show dedicated to bring awareness about child abuse came-out to be one of the most successful events in the recent past. The high-end fashion event was aimed at supporting child advocates Fort Bend, dealing with child abuse initiative taken by the A.R. Designers Arefa Merchant. Arefa Merchant jewelry’s are popularly known as one of the richest and purest forms of jewelry’s ever made. The jewels made by Arefa are also renowned as Maharani of Jewels. Since Arefa has a strong family background devoted in to jewels and diamonds they set high standards for all their de-

signs they make. Arefa Jewelry’s taking the initiative to raise a voice against child abuse definitely did wonders. In Vogue-Come fall in Love with Fashion 2015 was supported and sponsored by KAS Inspiration Aisha Khan, Aventography - Zia Ahmed and was hosted on February 8, at the Hilton Post Oak. Guests were in abundance of about 500 willing to participate and contribute for the cause. A panel of reputed mental health professionals started off the session. The panel included some eminent personalities and renowned specialists like Asma Rahim, Teresa Cox Reading, Diana Collins and Betsy De Vega. Being the owner of Rahim Counseling and Consulting Services, Asma Rahim to the best of her

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expertise conveyed some wonderful message to the audience. Asma Rahim is very popular in Sugar Land, as she has being providing talk therapy and counseling services for life issues to individuals from more than 15 years now. Another specialist from the panel, Teresa Cox Reading, took over who is a nurse by profession. She is an RN Practice Administrator and has been working at William H Reading and provides psychiatric and TMS services. Diana Collins, was then next to take the center stage to share her thoughts on child abuse and showing her support for the cause. Diana Collins has completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry and also has earned her degree at University of Texas Health Science Centre. She is also a part of the Mental Health America of the Medical Society. Betsy De Vega then took off to conclude the session sharing her valuable experience and thoughts on the same. Betsy De Vega happens to be the founder of the School KniLE Learning Centre in Richmond, Texas. CONTINUED ON PAGE




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Musical Night-Fun for a Cause BY GOPINATH SIVASUBRAMANIAN KATY: A Musical Night Fundraiser for adding High School to the Govindier Aided Middle school located in a village called Valavanur, Tamilnadu was held at Faith West Academy located in Katy. The evening before Valentine’s Day, opened to the warm and smooth voice of MC Ganga Hiremath. The artistes were from Canada to Katy. The singers were Ms.Shyamala Ram, a professional singer from Canada, Dipayan Bhattacharya , Prazwala Irshad and Sradha Ravishankar from Katy, Sandhya Ayyar and Dr.Arun Joseph from Sugarland. Shyamala riveted the audience with her inaugural Hindi song that filled the auditorium with her melodious voice. Dipayan’s opening song was a K.J.Yesudas number from movie Toote Khilone. Shymala’s rendition of Parineeta song Kaisi Paheli Zindagani had many women in the audience swaying to her, a La Pied Piper from Canada. Prazwala sang Tamil movie songs from A.R.Rehman that brought the desi audience to cheers and joining her in the numbers. Sandhya sang Tamil songs from Ilayaraja composed movies. Sradha’s rendition of Adele’s Skyfall was a highpoint in the first half of the evening.

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Musical Night Team

Students from Shingari School of Rhythm and Athyanthika School of performing Arts performed dance routines to lilting music which was a visual treat. The musical evening had a delicious interlude in the Indo-Thai dinner. Sanjay Ahuja of Katy in the

audience chimed “ The musical night is awesome. Rupendra Radia wrote :It was an excellent show with great talents , volunteers and good food and can’t ask for more ..”. The auditorium was sponsored by Anand Chauhan and Dr.Ashima Chauhan. Other event sponsors

include Vishala Grocers, Choti Sarees, Sudha Chan, Prudential Insurance and Texas Kick boxing Academy. Thai food was sponsored by Toon of Thai Gourmet, Richmond Avenue. Indian food was catered from Mantra Restaurant in Katy . Decoration was

sponsored by Marla and event photography was sponsored by Murali Santhanam of Msanphoto. com. Sharad Ravishankar shared his experiences of his visit to the school and how humbling the experience made him feel about his own privileges. Latha Ravishankar who organized the event was thankful to the overwhelming support she received from the sponsors, Jimmy Botter -Faith West Academy, artistes, family, friends, volunteers, Mr Bangar Reddy, Devi and Chandra Sirigiri , Jayani Parikh, Sunny,Roger, Sridhar Dadi, Gemini Cownan, Nagarajan Ravishankar and the community who supported the cause with their attendance at the musical night. The school website is https://



February 20, 2015

Jagdip Ahluwalia and Abeezar Tyebji Honored by ICC

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ICC Award for Jagdip Ahluwalia

HOUSTON: IACCGH Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia and CEO of Shipcom Wireless Abeezar Tyebji were honored by the India Culture Center at their Republic Day celebrations on January 31. They were presented plaques by Consul General P. Harish. Jagdip Ahluwalia was felicitated for his continued efforts over the last 15 years in fostering Indo US bilateral trade, taking

the organization to greater heights and strengthening the bonds of the Greater Houston business community. This award signifies the buoyant Synergy US India relations theme of the celebrations and as Emcee and IACCGH Board member Swapan Dhairyawan put it, the ICC committee “could not find anyone better than him” for the award. CEO of Shipcom Wireless and IACCGH member – Abeezar Tyebji was also honored for his immense contribution to Houston’s economic growth and the creation of 250 high paying jobs in Houston, many of them employing Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Abeezar has built Shipcom into a leading provider of Inventory Management Software Solutions and recently led Shipcom to win one of the largest single medical supplies inventory management programs for $5 billion plus clinical supplies for 153 Veteran Administration Hospitals and 600 clinics across the US. IACCGH President Ashok Garg described this honor as a “well deserved recognition and an inspiration to all of us.” He further stated that the efforts of both the honorees “exemplified the mission and vision of the Chamber” of impacting the economic growth of the Greater Houston area by creating jobs and investments right here.

Sahna Report Release Event

HOUSTON: The Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center completed a comprehensive health survey of Asian Indians living in the Houston Metropolitan Area. Asian Indians are the second largest Asian American population in Texas, increasing by 90 percent from 2000 to 2010 (from 129,365 to 245,981), and the second largest in the Houston area (the three largest Asian groups in the Houston area are Vietnamese, Asian Indian, and Chinese. The results of the South Asian Health Needs Assessment (SAHNA) survey, administered to over 1500 Asian Indians at community settings and events from August 2013 to July 2014, provides self- reported data on: Demographic information including age, marital status, education, income, employment, country of origin, and length of time in the U.S. Health status, including weight, height and chronic disease Health behaviors, including diet, physical activity, food preferences, tobacco and alcohol use, and dental health Health care access, including health insurance status, barriers to health care, use of alternative medicine, cancer screenings and immunizations Cancer knowledge and beliefs, and needs of cancer survivors and their caregivers Participants in the SAHNA survey included Asian Indian adults 18 years or older, living in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria or Galveston

counties. Participants had to be able to read and understand English or Hindi. To enhance the generalizability of the study, only one member per household was allowed to participate. The survey was administered at more than 25 locations and at various community events and it took approximately two years for the IACAN Board members and volunteers of both IACAN and MDA to complete the survey. The South Asian Health Needs Assessment Report will be released on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at an event at the India House, 8888 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77031 from 3-5 pm. The Honorable Consul General of India, Mr. Parvathaneni Harish will be present to congratulate IACAN and MD Anderson on the research which will help the community, health professionals and public health researchers develop programs to improve the health of the Asian Indian community. Mala Pande, Ph.D., M.P.H. assistant professor Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at MDAnderson and principal investigator on the study, and Beverly Gor, collaborator will share additional findings. Kanchan Kabad, President and Board Chair of IACAN, welcomes the community to this special event. For more information or to RSVP, please call the Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) at (713) 370-3489 or email



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which has produced and presented numerous musical arrangements over the years, and was the first to offer its unique creations at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Anil was constantly looking for the unusual angle that blended classical moves with Bollywood snazziness and wanted the music and the backlighting, video clips and props to create the mood. With Rathna, he worked out the music clips that matched her choreography and he was the one she most depended upon. As happens to many of us, Anil neglected often his own needs and didn’t always get routine medical checkups. He was dedicated to taking care of his elderly aunt-inlaw and helping others. What was supposed to be a routine checkup on August 22, last year instead became a nightmare scenario that

resulted in his being hospitalized and then confined to a rehabilitation hospital, for the past five months. With hopes dwindling for his recovery and grappling with the pain that he was enduring, Anil’s family made the difficult decision to see if he could make it on his own strength, and he slowly passed away on Friday, September 13 at 11:30pm. It was with much anxiety that the Houston community followed Anil’s final tribulation, hoping for his recovery. It is with mixed emotion – relief for his deliverance from the suffering he endured and grief for losing such a talent – that the desi community, of all creeds and religions, from all over the Sub-Continent have to say goodbye to Anil. But the desi performing arts scene created will long outlive him, and this will be his everlasting legacy.

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Samia Adil

After all the Medical Specialists were done with their session then began the much awaited and interesting second event, The Fashion Show. The best thing about the second half of the event was that shopping was open to public while fashion show was invite only. The theme around which the fashion show revolved was awareness about child abuse. A big list

Arefa Merchant (left) with Pooja Lodhia

of vendor team was present in the event to enhance the significance of it. The vendor team was Panache Designs by Sharmeen, Sania Maskatiya, Anamika Choubey of Anakooki and Hema Prasad -Pushkala fine Diamond Jewelry, Fashion Show-N2Production, and Fariba Kosravi - Candence Bank Sponsor. Samia Adil, a popular

DJ, provided the music for the evening, the emcee was Pooja Lodhia from ABC13, FOX newsreader was Jaquei Baly, and Ruchi Mekherjee of Lights Camera Action. The event was concluded successfully and left the audience with a positive intent in their minds saying, “Each of us, Need all of us, to be successful”.



February 20, 2015

Invoking Lord Shiva in the Vastu Way

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva as the great night in which he tied the knot with Goddess Parvati, the embodiment of Shakti or Power. Lord Shiva, is popularly known as Devon ke Dev or Maha Dev, which means the God of all Gods or the Supreme God. Maha Shivaratri is basically celebrated on the 13th night/14th day in the Krishna Paksha, every year in the month of Falgun, as per the Hindu calendar. This year, it falls on February 17, according to the Julian calendar, that we use today. As per Vastu Shastra, Shivaratri is celebrated to bring positivity in your life, removing all the negative feelings and thoughts that create conflicts in your mind, hindering happiness, growth and prosperity. You should also keep in mind that while worshipping Lord Shiva, you should always place the idol/photo in the North-East Zone, which is considered to be the Vastu Zone of New Ideas, Clarity of Mind and Wisdom. The famous legendary tale of Lord Shiva consuming poison for the welfare of Humanity is an inspiration for all of us to learn and bury all the negative thoughts, feelings and experiences deep down in our throats, by never ever letting it out before anybody. In other words, you should completely flush it out from your system, before it comes out in the form of words or expressions affecting you or anyone adversely. In a nutshell, you should never welcome negative thoughts, whether they are emerging from inside or outside your body, and abandon them totally as poison. This

alone will guide you to live a life with more Love, Money, Happiness and Prosperity. If you are constantly developing Negative Thoughts in your minds, and are facing problems in taking timely and appropriate decisions, or not getting the desired results of your efforts, then in addition to placing the idol of Lord Shiva in the North-East, you should check the balance of the East-South-East Zone of your house, which is the Vastu Zone of Anxiety and Analysis. If this Zone is balanced, then you will be able to balance your thoughts, and take correct decisions in your life, without getting anxious, puzzled or confused. Idols of Gods and Goddesses should never be kept in the East-South-East Zone of a house, and you should never worship or practise Yoga facing in this direction, as it will arouse anxiety and tensions in your mind, making you irritated and more critical in nature. Before worshipping Lord Shiva during Shivaratri, you should ensure that there are no dark blue curtains in the East-South-East Vastu Zone of your house. However, if you cannot remove the curtains, place a picture of a Manthan Scene, such as a man/ woman milking a cow to balance the

Zone, and remove the ill-effects of this Zone. Moreover, by doing this, you will also get the desired results of your worship or puja on this auspicious day. Besides the above, you should also check the location of the Entrance of your house, the Zones in which the bedroom/s and kitchen are located. If the kitchen is in the North-East Vastu Zone of your house, i.e., the Zone of Mental Clarity and Wisdom, then you will remain agitated and your mind will be full of anger, tensions and anxiety. This is because a Kitchen represents the Fire Element according to the Panchtattva or Five Basic Elements of Nature, i.e., Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. In addition to all this, you should also avoid placing a mirror or shaft in the South-East Vastu Zone, which is considered to be the Zone of Money or Cash.A kitchen or the presence of Fire in this Zone ensures quick flow of money. Therefore, before worshipping Tridev, or the Lord of the three worlds this Shivaratri, ensure that the Vastu of your home/office is perfect by consulting a certified MahaVastu Expert or enrolling yourself in a MahaVastu Course. In this way you can yourself learn how to make good fortunes and how to fulfil all your desires or wishes. The writer, Chetan Patel a wellknown MahaVastu Expert of Houston, is also CEO of MahaVastu Houston Centre and owns many motels there.Contact: 832 412 2827, 832 269 9000.Contact: chetan.patel@

Gaura Purnima at Iskcon of Houston

HOUSTON: ISKCON of Houston is celebrating Gaura Purnima, the auspicious appearance day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on Thursday, March 5 and will host a cultural festival on Sunday, March 8 in continuation of the festivities. The ISKCON movement traces its origins back to this divine Personality who brought the science of devotional service (Bhakti) to all humanity, notwithstanding the barriers of caste, gender or race. The

Vedas have prophesized that in the age of Kali, Lord Sri Krishna would advent Himself in a golden avatar and propagate the worship of Krishna through chanting of His holy names. Fulfilling this prophecy, in the early fifteenth century, on a full moon night, also known as purnima, Sri Krishna Chaitanya was born in Mayapur on the banks of the Ganges. His golden bodily complexion earned him the endearment ‘Gaura’ - which means golden.

All over the world, devotees observe this festival by fasting through the day and breaking fast at moonrise. Festivities start at 7 pm on Thursday, March 5. You can witness the abhishekh, the ceremonial bathing of the Deities followed by a discourse on the glorious life of Mahaprabhu – given by HH Rtadhvaja Swami. There will be kirtan or congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna before ending the evening with delicious free vegetarian dinner prasadam. If you would like to experience this offering of devotion again, join us on Sunday, March 8. We will have kirtan along with discourse on glories of Mahaprabhu by HH Rtadhvaja Swami, leading up to more kirtans, followed by cultural programs and a grand feast at 7 30 pm. We invite you to join to celebrate this great personality’s appearance and gain a glimpse into the blissful purity of His devotion. Connect with us: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube



18 February 20, 2015 Time to Walk the Talk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election victory in the 2014 general election has often been credited to his decision of making stability and development his main poll plank. Since his victory in May last year, the PM has been sticking to that winning script, utilising every platform to talk about his growth agenda. Yet, there has been a growing disquiet over his “dangerous silence” on the repeated attacks on minority communities, mass conversion of minorities to Hinduism (ghar wapsi programme), love jihad and relentless barbs against minorities by the “loony fringe” of the Sangh parivar. Mr Modi did not respond even when US President Barack Obama during his visit to India spoke about growing religious intolerance in India and how it can affect the country’s development process. Against this backdrop, Mr Modi’s address at the National Celebration of the Elevation to Sainthood of Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia in New Delhi on Tuesday was definitely the kind of assurance that many have been waiting to hear from the PM for a while now. At the celebration, the prime minister said that his government will ensure that there is “complete freedom of faith and that everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence”. He added that no religious group would be allowed to incite hatred against others, overtly or covertly and that his mantra remains development. While many feel that the speech is a course-correction, the delay in responding to what has been happening across the country could take sheen off his speech considerably and also raise several uncomfortable questions: What prompted Mr Modi to now say what he should have long ago? Is it because of the drubbing that the BJP got in the assembly elections in Delhi? Or is it because Mr Modi has realised that his development agenda is in the danger losing out to the broader divisive social agenda of the right-wing groups? The Delhi election results is being seen as a trigger for the speech by detractors because it was only after the sixth attack on a church in the city that Mr Modi summoned the Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi and directed him to take action with regard to the series of attacks on Christian institutions. However, promises are not enough. Mr Modi will now have to walk the talk: Take strong and visible action against all those disruptive elements in the Sangh who are trying to destabilise the country and systematically attacking the very idea of India. Hindustan Times


Take India to $10 Trillion through Innovation BY VINEET NAYAR, GARY HAMEL The economic progress of any nation is closely entwined with the aspirations and capabilities of its corporate sector. That’s why the success of India is inseparable from the success of India Inc. Economic juggernauts like the US and Germany owe their prosperity to a cadre of companies that, decade after decade, took the lead in staking out the future. GE, Ford, Procter & Gamble, Amazon, Apple, Google, Siemens, Airbus, BMW and SAP are just a few of the leading American and European companies that have created enormous wealth for their countries while addressing global needs. In the developing world Haier and Alibaba in China, along with Hyundai and Samsung in Korea, are other examples of ambitious contenders who parlayed national strengths into global success. To help build a $10 trillion economy India’s businesses must become the most progressive in the world, fully prepared for the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century. In practice, this means addressing three urgent questions around strategy, organisation and leadership. Strategy: Are we capable of continuously inventing new industries and reinventing old ones — leveraging the game-changing potential of digital technologies? Organisation: Can we change as fast as the world around us — by excising bureaucracy and building an ‘evolutionary advantage’? Leadership: Do we have inspirational leaders in every part of the organisation who are genuinely worth following? Over the past few decades many cost-advantaged Indian businesses, led by IT and auto industries, built a global footprint, but globalisation is just the beginning. Today, global presence and cost efficiency are no more than table stakes — necessary, but not sufficient prerequisites for success. To intercept the future, Indian companies must build tomorrow’s best practices today. Truth is, even the world’s most admired companies often suffer from

To help build a $10 trillion economy India’s businesses must become the most progressive in the world, fully prepared for the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century. three incompetencies. First, they are too incremental. While they may have been innovative once, they haven’t made innovation a deeply embedded capability. As a result, few employees believe they have a responsibility to innovate, few leaders are held accountable for innovation, and there is little in the culture that supports breakout thinking and rapid experimentation. That’s why the future usually gets invented by newcomers rather than incumbents. The challenge for India Inc: How to make innovation both instinctive and intrinsic? Second, they are too inertial. Topheavy management structures and a snarl of red tape undermine responsiveness. In most companies, there are few incentives for risk-taking and few mechanisms that support internal activism. Change, when it happens, is belated, episodic and convulsive. As the pace of change accelerates, the bar for adaptability will continue to rise. The challenge for India Inc: How to build companies that forever out-run change? Finally, most companies are uninspiring. How else do you explain the fact that even in the most advanced economies, less than one-third of employees are emotionally engaged in their work? The figure for East Asia is 6%. It was long assumed that the culprit here was uninspiring work, but that’s not the case. The real problem is leaders who fail to inform, involve

and heed the led. If workers are discouraged, it’s because they are disempowered. Shrink someone’s autonomy, and you shrink their creativity, initiative and passion. The challenge for India Inc: How to create work environments that encourage and inspire extraordinary contribution? Here and there, a few bold companies are already working to overcome these disabilities. To do so, they are abandoning the bureaucracy-infused practices of ‘Management 1.0′. India Inc must do likewise. Do you believe that senior executives should set strategy? Think again. One multi-billion dollar software company crowdsources its strategy development to its entire workforce. Do you believe that power trickles down? Well, maybe it should trickle up. In one of the world’s most innovative companies, employees choose their leaders and can ‘unchoose’them as well. Do you believe employees need a boss to keep them in line? Perhaps not. Peek inside one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities and you’ll find a 1-400 span of control. These are the bleeding-edge practices of a small but growing group of ‘post-bureaucratic’ organisations. These companies are in the forefront of what’s shaping up to be the most fundamental reinvention of work, organisation and leadership since the industrial revolution. If India Inc is going to vault its many rivals, it needs to join the vanguard. The world is excited about India, and it’s time for India Inc to be excited about India. If India’s going to achieve its growth aspirations, India Inc must dream bigger and bolder. It must be a global force for ‘creative destruction’. It must tear down pyramidal power structures and embrace new networkcentric management models. It must help millions of young people to not only find work, but to find meaning in their work. This is what it means to lead in the 21st century. Vineet Nayar is ex-CEO of HCL Technologies. Gary Hamel is visiting Professor at London Business School.


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SANT NIRANKARI MISSION On the auspicious occasion of His Holiness’ Birthday, Sant Nirankari Mission would be celebrating the Guru-Puja Diwas on Sunday Feb 22, 2015 from10.30 am -12.30 pm at India House. All are welcome on this occasion.

Sant Nirankari Mission, a Spiritual Movement holds a congregation at India House every Sunday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. For further details contact Raja Bhalla @ 281-980-2825 INDO AMERICAN NEWS • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 • ONLINE EDITION: WWW.INDOAMERICAN-NEWS.COM

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Dr. Rajan Sachdeva’s Texas Tour Stresses Serenity, Awareness



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HOUSTON: Spirituality is one of the necessities of life. Life without spirituality is a ship without rudder. This was the essence of spiritual scholar Dr. Rajan Sachdeva’s discourse in Houston at the Sant Nirankari Mission, Houston chapter was blessed with his presence from February 7 through 9. He has been on a speaking tour of Texas, starting from Dallas, stressing the key points of serenity and awareness. He explained how inner healing is very important to maintain peace in difficult situations. This is only possible through the support systems of Nirankar, which is the True Master, His Holiness. Life is precious and we can make it rich by accepting the things we cannot change and focus our energy where we can make a difference in our lives. His discourse in India House on Sunday, February 16, was based on unconditional prayer and love towards our Lord. Prayer is an ongoing process and should be BY KRISHAN GUPTA Arvind Kejriwal, who rebuilt the Aam Aadmi Party after it’s mauling in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, realized that BJP’s resorting to a negative campaign reduced the party to single digits in the 70-member assembly. A confused and divided BJP, which was riding high following the landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections and consecutive wins in the assembly elections in four states, has been steamrolled by the two-year-old AAP in the Delhi Assembly Elections. The BJP roped in 120 MPs, including several Central and Chief Ministers to target AAP and Kejriwal but the plan instead backfired.

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continued all the time. Usually we human beings do prayer when we need something from Lord. We all have the tendency to only remember God in tough situations, but if we also connect with him during times of happiness, we will end up with better results and form an unbreakable link with Him. Rajanji emphasized how important the message is to children and youth. Children learn what they see and therefore it is important for us to be a role model, reflecting positive values. Instilling values of spirituality and positivity in our children and youth is absolutely necessary, as the generation lies with them, and they are the ones to carry this on. The transition of gaining this human experience through spiritual state of being enables these children to get acquainted with the norms of moral behavior and the divine experience. This spirit even helps to build their character, which in turn, enables us to work towards

knowledge of God and self realization which is God Realization. A chief point of Rajan Sachdeva’s discourse was to “surround yourself with the dreamers and believers and the doers.” Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth. Prayer is indeed a never- was organized by ending process that should be practiced all the time. Reflecting upon our human tendencies, we come to the ideal of karma. Anything we do in this world involves action. When journeying through the process of Karma, it can start to feel a bit heavy with all the explanations and inner explorations. Action is the way of life and perhaps the best tip of this journey through Karma is to remember that we are trying to experience that Bliss, Joy, or Absolute Truth, which is beyond, behind, or underneath all of the Karma. By remembering that the goal is Joy, Bliss, or Absolute, we (and the mind) will have a focal point of connectivity with lord and continuing the company of saints. Above all else, seek that Joy or Bliss. The program was attended by a large gathering including people from the Sindhi Association, Sai Temple, Sadhu Vaswani mission, Ahmadiya Muslim Community and Family Federation Church. It was organized by the Sant Nirankari Mission volunteers, who put their heart and soul together to make it successful. A celebration of Babaji’s birthday, which falls on February 23, will be held on Sunday, February 22 as a Guru Puja Divas 10:30 at India House and the public is invited to attend.

Why BJP Lost to Aam Aadmi Party Kejriwal was called bhagoda (runaway) and dharna expert which sent out the message that the party was only interested in name calling. BJP published cartoons in newspapers on the U-turns by Kejriwal and it hit the lowest point when the party called him belonging to the ‘updravi gothra’. The BJP also asked 35 questions to Kejriwal on U-turns made by him on his poll promises and targeting him for leaving the government in 49 days. BJP’s plan to target Kejriwal on every issue and from all angles made him the tallest leader. Kiran Bedi tweeted her own 25-point project for Delhi and it resulted

in her party belatedly coming out with a vision document for the national capital. In a huge blunder, the party in its vision document called people from North East ‘immigrants’. The result was similar to that the of Lok Sabha elections wherein Modi was targeted by all the parties and he singlehandedly took them on. BJP President Amit Shah inducted former IPS officer Kiran Bedi to take on Kejriwal but the plan failed and she lost from the party’s stronghold constituency Krishna Nagar. The coming in of new faces, sidelining of old-timers and declining them ticket resulted in fierce infighting within the party which was already badly divided. The situation turned worse as party workers carried out protests outside Delhi unit office and some of them even contested as Independents. Instead of going as a united body, the BJP looked like a divided front in Delhi polls. Kejriwal’s ‘Aam Aadmi’ image wearing a muffler gave more as-





February 20, 2015

Club 65 Celebrates Valentine Day

BY JASEEM PASHA, MD HOUSTON: There is something about Valentine’s Day that makes us conscious that we are most alive when we’re in love. When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out. Love is, after all, our true partner. Finding the meaning of life by us alone is not an option. As expected, the Red and Pink, the colors of Valentine,were all over the hall at Bayland Community Center, at 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, where the Houstonian seniors of the Club 65 celebrated the Valentine’s Day on February7, this year. Approximately 75 plus members and Guests attended the event. The members were happily socializing with smile on their faces, complimenting each other, and taking pictures with their spouses and friends against the backdrop created especially for the event. Love was definitely in the air. One could see it, and feel it. The program started with a warm welcome from Paru McGuire, President of the Club. Next came Latafath Hussain, the ex-President of the Club 65, who after a brief history of Club 65 invited the members to send in their thoughts on ways to make the Club financially independent. The activity committee including Rozina Jafferali, Farida Bandali and Paru McGuire, with the help of Rahat Kalle kept the members engaged in Valentine theme games with members participating with zeal and vigor. Prizes were awarded to the Best Dressed Female, Best

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surance to people that he will work for them. The BJP leaders only targeted the AAP and Kejriwal, and did not focus on any local issue which concerned the common Delhiite. The four rallies addressed by Modi a week before elections saw meager crowds where he did not address any local issue or lay down the development plan for the national capital. On the other hand, the AAP’s campaign was more mature, focusing of local issues like water, electricity, corruption, and price rise and women security. The BJP, however, failed to read the mood of the people for whom basic necessities matter the most. The party’s inability to fulfil its tall promises made during the Lok Sabha elections on black money, ‘Acche Din Aaenge’ (good days ahead), price rise cost the party dearly. Not witnessing much

Dressed Male and Best Dressed Couple. The 2 judges Jamil Chunawala and Rashida Logher had to work extra hard at making the final choices, but none the less arrived at a decision after much deliberation. During a short break for lunch, seniors enjoyed the delicious Chinese cuisine and a Valentine Day Cake for desert, which was planned by Asghar Alibhoy and his team. The music group of Aarohar Bollywood Music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of oldies. Preitu Dave, Anjan Kothare, Vijay Kalpathi and Nick Ganatra entertained the audience with a mix of romantic and melodious songs of the 50’s and 60’s, as well as some newer Bollywood songs. Never has the dance floor seen so many members engaged in slow dances with their spouses and the loved ones. Neither the music nor the dancing would have ended if it were not for the time restraints of the venue. The musicians thanked the audience stating that this was the most responsive and appreciative audience they have ever had. The Aarohar Bollywood Music Group offered their services totally free as a courtesy to the seniors of Club 65. The program that usually ends by 2.30 PM went on until 3.30 PM. Club 65 is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of IMAGH (Indian Muslims of Greater Houston). To find out more about Club 65 or to become a member, please visit, www. or call Paru Mcguire at 440-3901763. work done by the Narendra Modi government on development front and the growing corruption in the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi, inflated water and electricity bills, people showed their anger by voting against the BJP in Delhi polls. Even though Kejriwal fared badly when he made his political debut on the national platform in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he realized his blunder and devoted all his energy and resources for over six months to lay the road map for success in Delhi by working on the ground. Modi’s MPs who were allegedly forcing people to convert into Hinduism across the country and calling it ‘Ghar Wapsi’ created a lot of anger amongst the people. He also failed to curb attacks on Church hurting the sentiment of Christians which resulted in the alienation of voters. His MPs also went on to the extent of asking Hindu women to produce four children or 10 children in order to protect the religion.



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Bread Pakore (Fried Bread Fritters)

To most people, pakoras (or pakore) are an inexpensive fried snack that combines the flavor of a vegetable, fish or chicken with a spicy batter and is eaten with some chutney, and served mostly as an appetizer. In many Indian cities, it is eaten as a snack, often from a hawker stand on the street corner or from the neighborhood halwai (pastry cook), coming hot, straight from the boiling cauldron, It is the satisfying, carbohydrate-rich garbanzo (or chickpea) flour or besan used in the batter that makes pakore so irresistible. Besan also has a higher protein content than other flours and is used in a variety of other food and snack preparations. In North India, where the staple food is wheat flour and many types of rotis (breads), paranthas (stuffed flatbread) and naans are made, it is only natural for this to be combined in some way with besan. There is a type of special bread called missi roti that is made with a mixture of atta (wheat flour) and besan. But for those who prefer the crispiness of a pakora, but the fluffiness of a slice of bread, what better way than to fry the bread coated in besan? This is especially a hit with young kids who eat it like salted pancakes for breakfast, or even for dinner, dipping it in some tomato ketchup! Hmmm! Delicious!! Ingredients: 1.5 cups besan (chickpea flour) Water – enough to make running paste 4 slices bread – preferably white, sandwhich 2 cup vegetable oil for deep frying Spices to taste: namak (salt), mirch (red pepper)

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Shakuntla Malhotra is a skilled cook of Punjabi dishes made in the old-fashioned style that she learnt as a young woman in her ancestral home in Lyallpur, India before it became part of Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. People have often admired her cooking for its simplicity and taste that comes with each mouthful. Even in her mid-eighties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share some of her delectable Punjabi recipes.


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Movie Review: Roy

BY MADHUREETA MUKHERJEE Get ready to go on a ‘trip’. This one’s rolled up in celluloid - with all the kaleidoscopic colours and hues associated with it. Roy takes you on an orgasm of the imagination, and gives you a treat of visual delight - with all things good-looking. Smooth vintage wheels, stunning studs (horses), Fedora hats and magnificent Malaysia. Of course, the gorgeous lead trio too - striking poses right out of fashion glossies. Kabir Grewal (Arjun) is a filmmaker known as much for his flamboyant lifestyle (read: wine and women) as his action films (‘Guns’ series). He’s also the darlin’ of the tabloids because he simply can’t keep his ‘gun-on-steroids’ under control. His heist stories are born out of a thief’s character from his childhood memories. Kabir starts filming in Malaysia with a writer’s block and without a script, but he quickly finds a muse in Ayesha (Jacqueline part 1) - an arty filmmaker (who shows no sign of making a film). He takes his story forward; ‘Roy’(Ranbir) the robber, reaches Malaysia to plan his next big robbery. The fictitious tale meets reality - they collide and crumble - leaving us confused. Ayesha’s lookalike, Tia, walks in to the chaos (Jacqueline part 2). There’s a forced sense of mystery,

and the transition between the real and the imagination is what leaves you baffled. Debutant director Vikramjit’s premise is uncommon; the execution is stylish - with beautifully captured actors and ambience, but it turns into an emotional drama (often too

complex) rather than a taut romantic thriller. It’s glazed with visual appeal and style (champagne, cigar, et al), and evokes curiosity too, but the soul of the plot fades into thick clouds of smoke. There are characters that add no real dimension to the story. Much is said in silence minus melodrama, backed by a good musical score - a saving grace. The editing is weak in parts and the pace is too languid. There’s a dialogue in the film which goes, “If the story isn’t going anywhere, it’s better to end it.” Wish this dialogue was taken seriously. Arjun looks dapper in every frame and shows brooding intensity even if it’s tucked under his stylish hat. Ranbir, with few dialogues and a poorly sketched role, looks dreamyeyed throughout. Jacqueline, in both parts looks the same - but great. Roy’ has its moments, but the story is like a blotch of painting on abstract art -Times of India

Amitabh Bachchan to be Part of Andhra Pradesh Health Campaign

HYDERABAD (HT): His face and baritone is now synonymous with polio eradication campaign - Do boond zindagi ki. Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan is now set to be part of an awareness campaign on health issues like maternal and child mortality, helmed by Andhra Pradesh Government. “The Principal Secretary (Health) is going to Mumbai next week. He will meet him (Bachchan) with regard to the campaign which would be mainly on maternal and child

mortality. We want a script that suits his functioning to be made by appropriately experienced people,” Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas told reporters. The Government had earlier announced the 72-year-old popular actor, who is brand ambassador for polio eradication campaign in India, would be helping the State to highlight health issues. Meanwhile, Srinivas also said the foundation stone for the proposed AIIMS-like institution in Andhra Pradesh would be laid next month. He said Union Health Minister J P Nadda has agreed to lay the foundation for the institution, proposed to be located in the Vijayawada-Guntur region, where the new state capitalwould come up.

Ranbir Kapoor’s Roy Earns Rs 20 Crore in Two Days

Despite being panned by most critics, Vikramjit Singh’s directorial debut Roy managed to maintain a steady pace at the ticket windows on the second day. After making an impressive opening collection of Rs 10.4 crore on Friday, Roy earned Rs 11.16 crore on Saturday, grossing Rs 21.56 crore in two days of the release! Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandes feature in piv-

otal roles in Roy. He plays a conman in the film, with Arjun and Jacqueline as filmmakers. Now, given the box office trend for Roy, Ranbir can now heave a sigh of relief considering that this was his first film to hit the screens after a year. His earlier release, Besharam was a sad attempt to remake Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg. -HindustanTimes

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India Continues to Lead Global Consumer Confidence Index BY SAPNA AGARWAL MUMBAI: India led the global Consumer Confidence Index in the quarter ended 31 December, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, market researcher Nielsen found through an online survey. Consumer confidence in urban India rose to 129 in the December quarter, a three-point rise over the preceding three months, and a 14-point increase from the year-earlier period. This was the third quarter in a row that India led the index. In the latest online survey, conducted 10-28 November, over four in five (82%) urban Indian respondents indicated the highest level of optimism globally on job prospects in the next 12 months, followed by Indonesia (73%) and the Philippines (73%). In the same quarter a year ago, 70% in India were optimistic about their job prospects. “The urban online consumer in India ended the year far more optimistically as compared to last year, and even the preceding quarter and ends on an encouraging note,” said Piyush Mathur, president, Nielsen India region. “The increased consumer sentiment is also aided by lower inflation rates and the positive economic environment and development initiatives led by the new

government that have been instrumental in driving the India growth story,” Mathur said. The increase in confidence is seen across sectors, according to Mathur, with the packaged consumer goods sector poised to grow in double digits in 2015 after a gap of two years. In 2014, the consumer packaged goods sector grew at 7% in value terms with a flat volume growth of around 1%. Earlier this month, India’s largest consumer goods maker Hindustan Unilever Ltd reported a 7.69% increase in sales for the three months ended December, with a 3% volume growth as consumers continued to hold back on their small and discretionary spends. All the same, Sanjiv Mehta, chief executive officer (CEO), Hindustan Unilever was hopeful of future growth and said the worst is over. “In the last 12 weeks, volumes have picked up in categories such as home care and beverages, and across rural and general trade,” said Mehta after the earnings announcement. But, he added, there are still many parts of the market that are shrinking: urban, modern trade, large packs and skin cleansing products. Likewise for retailers, January and the ongoing endof-season sales have been better than Diwali season. “January has been

Consumer confidence in urban India rose to a score of 129 in December quarter, a three-point increase over the preceding three months

very good after a bad festive season. We feel that we will achieve our growth targets for this year and see good growth next year as well,” said Harikat Singh, managing director, Aero Group which retails Woodland shoes and apparel, adding growth is also coming from Tier II and Tier III cities where the company is adding stores. Dipak Agarwal, CEO, DLF Brands which retails brands like Mango, Mothercare and Boggi affirms, “End-of-season sales was better than the last one. The improved consumer sentiments has helped and

we believe we can now maintain this growth rate in the coming year.” Sales of passenger, two-wheelers, threewheelers and commercial vehicles have also registered a 12.39% growth in November over the year-ago corresponding period, said Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers in a December 9 report on its website. The survey noted that three in five (61%) online respondents in India signalled it’s a good time to buy things they want and need, a 2 percentage point rise from the preceding quarter. From the same period last year,

those saying it’s a good time to buy things has gone up by 12 percentage points. When it comes to investing spare cash, 62% indicated it is a good time. Half (50%) of the respondents polled are purchasing new technology products, up 11% from the year-ago quarter. The purchase intent for new clothes by urban online respondents here has risen by seven percentage points to 44% last quarter from 37% a year ago. However, a few dark clouds remain. The lower rabi crop expected this year could mean that the cooling inflation may not be sustained as food prices could go up this summer. While a section of consumers has started spending, an equal number is still in the waitand-watch mode. “The sentiments are high and consumers are feeling the recovery is there and they want to spend. However, there is an equal half that is waiting for the money to come in the hand before they spend. They are still in the wait-and-watch mode,” said Mathur, adding the results reflect an outlook of cautious optimism.

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26 February 20, 2015 World Cup 2015: Kohli Ton Lifts India to Win vs. Pakistan chastened figure who took his BY DANIEL BRETTIG time at the other end, gatherADELAIDE (ESPN Cricinfo): ing steady momentum but reIndia 300 for 7 (Kohli 107, specting Pakistan’s bowlers. Raina 74, Dhawan 73, Sohail Kohli, too, had some recent 5-55) beat Pakistan 224 (Misouts behind him, failing to bah 76, Shehzad 47, Shami pass 20 in the triangular se4-35) by 76 runs ries or either of India’s Cup If Adelaide had never seen warm-up matches. So he anything quite like it, the noisy played within himself, helphordes of India and Pakistan ing India to keep wickets in supporters were well and truly hand for a later surge that is familiar with this tale. A Virat already becoming customary Kohli hundred and supporting at this tournament, only two hands from Shikhar Dhawan days and four matches into and Suresh Raina lifted Inits narrative. Yasir’s dropped dia to 300 for 7, and the task of claiming victory proved Mohammed Shami is congratulated after he removed Younis Khan, India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, chance was the moment’s grace Kohli required. beyond Pakistan for the sixth Group B, Adelaide, February 15, 2015. It was also the introduction time out of six in this most inby MS Dhoni, when Younis Khan culated slightly when he gave the of Yasir that signalled a higher tense of World Cup fixtures. Just as the “sell-out” crowd of mis-hooked and was taken behind ball to Afridi before Yasir. While gear from Kohli, boundaries disAfridi’s greater experience mer- appearing through cover and mid 41,587 fell some 10,000 short of by India’s captain. That sort of a start had been ited his introduction, Yasir was off and 11 runs from the wrist Adelaide Oval’s capacity, the contest did not quite reach the heights made all the more important due not called upon until Kohli and spinner’s second over taking India many had hoped for. Pakistan’s to exemplary death-bowling by Dhawan were well set, and strug- past a run rate of five an over for chase of 301 was too jittery, and Pakistan. As well as Kohli played gled to contain rather than seeking the first time. From there it continthe captain Misbah-ul-Haq was left in a worthy reprise of his twin hun- wickets against batsmen less sure ued up and up, punctuated only by in the familiar position of keeping dreds on this ground in last year’s of themselves - his final figures a Dhawan’s dismissal for an important 73. Even that moment aided his head while all around him were Border-Gavaskar Test match, In- barren 0 for 60 in eight overs. Masses of spectators from India India’s momentum, for Raina imlosing theirs. Misbah’s innings ran dia did not quite get away as they Kohli’s close for the best of the would have wanted on a hot day had assembled at the Oval’s south- mediately struck the ball cleanly, match, but it was the collective ef- and a blameless pitch. This was ern plaza before the match, with taking advantage of the gaps left fort of India’s batsmen that made down largely to some excellent another gathering at the Rotunda by the presence of only four men the difference - Dhawan and Raina work with both new and old ball in Elder Park across the Torrens outside the fielding circle at most. Kohli’s hundred drew Indian by Sohail Khan, supported by Mo- River. Pakistan’s gathering was also contributed substance. smaller but resplendent in a mass paroxysms of delight and an exMS Dhoni then marshaled his hammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz. When Raina and Kohli were of green shirts in the lower tier of pression of relief and gratitude men skilfully, cajoling strong from the batsman, his departure spells out of Umesh Yadav, Mo- motoring towards the end of their the eastern stand. Both groups were initially kept a just reward for Sohail’s persishammed Shami, Mohit Sharma 110-run stand, it seemed as though and R Ashwin on a surface that 330 was plausible. As it was, only a little quiet as Mohammad Irfan tence. Raina and Dhoni were then slowed a little as the match wore 21 runs came from the final four and Sohail Khan began with dis- expected to pile up the runs in the on. India received one helping overs. Sohail claimed five wick- cipline and purpose. Sohail’s first closing overs, but exemplary death of assistance when Umar Akmal ets when he did MS Dhoni for too ball swung back at Dhawan and bowling from Sohail and Wahab, was given out caught behind off much pace and then Ajinkya Rah- drew a speculative appeal, though much as their captain Misbah had Ravindra Jadeja via DRS referral, ane for too little with the first two replays indicated the ball had forecast on match eve, meant India based on evidence that seemed cir- balls of the 50th, narrowly missing struck bat rather than pad. Irfan’s did not get past 300. Pakistan went to the dinner break cumstantial at best, but in truth the a hat-trick when his yorker beat bounce extracted one edge that match had already begun to slope not only Mohammed Shami but flew to where a third slip might with plenty of optimism, but it also the off stump. have been, but Misbah’s intent to would prove too flimsy to sustain away from Pakistan. It may even have been better defend was made clear when the them through the pressures of the The loss of Ahmed Shehzad followed by Sohaib Maqsood in the for Pakistan. Kohli offered a pair second slip disappeared the ball sort of chase that has tripped them space of three balls from Umesh, of difficult chances, and Pakistan after Dhawan cut the first bound- up in all but one of their six Cup defeats at Indian hands. They will after the establishment of what needed to clasp at least one of ary of the day behind point. Rohit Sharma has recently been look back ruefully on moments seemed a sound platform, was the them in order to restrict India to hammer blow to Pakistan’s chase, a less lofty total. Yasir Shah could India’s most dominant ODI force, like Yasir’s dropped catch, or leaving too much for the middle not hold onto a running chance at but he was hurried out by Sohail, Umar’s caught behind dismissal. order to do in a team featuring the deep midwicket when Kohli had who generated considerable pace India, meanwhile, can look ahead explosive but never completely made just three, and on 76 a well- from his strong-shouldered ac- with hope. At an effervescent Adreliable Shahid Afridi as high as pitched, left-arm orthodox from tion and arrived too quickly for elaide Oval, their winless AustraNo. 7. Shami’s four wickets were Haris Sohail evaded the gloves of the batsman’s attempted pull shot. lian tour has turned a corner. Daniel Brettig is an assistant Dhawan’s travails on this tour have a just reward for his efforts, which Umar Akmal. Misbah might also have miscal- been many, and it was a somewhat editor at ESPNcricinfo.. began with the early wicket craved


Joyful Ireland Win Adds WI Turmoil

Ireland 307 for 6 (Stirling 92, Joyce 84, N O’Brien 79*) beat West Indies 304 for 7 (Simmons 102, Sammy 89, Dockrell 3-50) by 4 wickets Ireland put the world in the cup as the obliging West Indies sleepwalked to an embarrassing - does it embarrass them anymore, though? - defeat during which only Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons seemed awake in rescuing them from 87 for 5. The West Indies bowling was as flat as their top order as the adventurous Paul Stirling, smooth Ed Joyce and nerveless Niall O’Brien coasted to the target of 305 efficiently and without any anxiety despite a late wobble that came too late. Fittingly the most compelling story played itself out in Nelson, whose population is 45,000 and whose cricket ground, the Saxton Oval, holds a maximum of 6,000. There was immense joy as Ireland’s discipline and nous stood in a two-finger salute to the administrators’ plans to keep them and other smaller cricket teams out of the World Cup. There was grief too as West Indies showed for the most of the match a lack of application, fight and cricketing smarts. It was almost as if they had a long night out in Nelson but forgot to invite Sammy and Simmons. Only rarely do two men win matches against teams that maximise their resources as Ireland do. It doesn’t matter that Sammy posted the highest score by a No. 7 in World Cups - 89 off 67, it doesn’t matter that the 218 their lower half added was the secondhighest in ODI history, it doesn’t matter that Simmons accelerated from 26 off 44 to 102 off 84. What mattered was that this was a flat pitch with boundaries hard to defend, and that they didn’t have the bowling to defend. Stirling and Joyce showed them how to do it, letting at no point in the chase the asking rate go beyond 6.64. This was no upset; there were 25 balls to spare when the match finished. This was a clinical defeat of a team that could not look less interested even if it tried.


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