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TransAmerica’s Bollywood Treat for the South-Asian Community


HOUSTON: This was no ordi-

nary Sunday for some lucky folks in Houston. TransAmerica Agency Network organized a movie day, with latest Bollywood hit ‘Ki and Ka’ to show their appreciation for support by Houston’s South-Asian community. People were invited to watch the highly entertaining film starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, at the AMC Dunvale Theatres on Sunday, April 3 for the 11:30 am show. What a novel way to begin a Sunday! The agency went all out, not only organizing the show, but also making sure they welcomed guests personally. Top management of the agency including William Garner (Managing Director) and Abha Dwivedi (Associate Director) were there at the entrance to greet the guests. Their team, including Rukhsana Lakhani, Anju Chugh, Malti Kumar, Shree Madan, Owais Minhas, Renuka Lakhani, John Kmiecik, Dhirubhai Patel, Narinder Kaur and Salma Kurji, joined them in welcoming the invitees. Before the movie screening, the entire team was introduced to the audience and a company introduction was given. Abha thanked the invitees and her team who helped organize the event. The activities organized before the screening, were as entertaining as the movie itself! A slideshow was played before the film with funny quotes from Bollywood movies for each team member. For example, team member Rukhsana’s favorite dialogue was “Hum Jahan Khade Ho Jaate Hain Line Wahan Se Shuru Hoti Hai,” while Owais Minhas confessed that ‘Kajarare Kajarare’ was his favorite item number. The guests had a great time watching the film and interacting with TransAmerica’s courteous team. Guests who attended the screening were also happy to know more about the company. TransAmerica Agency Network is a licensed insurance agency with TransAmerica Life Insurance Company, Monumental Life Insurance Com-

years of industry experience joined TransAmerica recently, and looks after the recruiting department. A fun-loving person, master of the Hindi language, Bollywood-lover and a poet, she is known for hosting events and being an amazing emcee. If you’re looking for a career in the finance industry, she’s

the person to call. After the movie Abha said, “Our ongoing comprehensive training program prepares our insurance agents for a meaningful and rewarding future designed for long term success.” The success of the event, with more than 450 guests turning up, had the company hope

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Infused Performing Arts Half-Time Show BY VANSHIKA VIPIN

HOUSTON: There was a wonder-

ful surprise in store at the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City (OKC) game on Sunday, April 3. The Infused Performing Arts Bollywood Dance Company & Dance School presented their 4th halftime performance, wherein 30 talented artists represented the best of Bollywood. The dazzling medley included classical, folk, Bollywood, hip-hop, bhangra, and kuthu styles of dance featured in just 5 minutes. The spectacular performance had amazing lifts and stunts by Infused Dance Company, which is also known for the largest group of male dancers in Houston. Naturally, the songs had to be a super-hit mix, and the list included current favorite Pinga with other popular numbers like Apsara Aali, Malhaari, BannoTera Swagger, and a Fast Beats Medley. Apart from the superb dancing, the audience was equally taken in by the colorful vermillion-and-blue shaded costumes of the dancers. The performers looked resplendent in their bright costumes, with their hair done and make-up done in the typical traditional manner, with an addition of gorgeous flowers in the hair. It was interesting to see artists of all ages perform in unison, with the younger ones doing as well as the more experienced members. The incredible lighting by Balu Madhu and Kiran Asokan, which was done for the first time by a Bollywood Dance Company, ensured that the entire Toyota Center was blacked out and the focus was only on the center stage. And why not? It’s not every day you get to see a Bollywood medley with superb dance, music, choreography and costumes. The energetic dancers set the stage on fire, and added that extra zing by not limiting themselves to the stage and making the performance interactive. Incidentally, the verdict of the basketball game was: Rockets beat OKC

118 to 110. Was it thanks to Infusion doubling up as a lucky charm? We certainly think so! The Infusion luck has always worked as every time Infused performed the halftime show (this is their 4th year in a row), Rockets have beat different opponents at EVERY game. Infused Performing Arts provides Bollywood dance classes and custom choreography for special occasions and competitions, for all ages at their studios

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in Stafford, Pearland, Katy, and Dallas. Choreographers Kiron Kumar and Tina Bose, a husbandwife-duo, are highly experienced, well-trained professional performers and dance teachers, who also directed and choreographed this act. After the game, a visibly overjoyed Tina said: “We have been practicing for two whole months! I am so happy with the performance. The lighting and cheering by the audience while and after our performance, added to my joy. Our hard work has paid off! I’d especially like to thank Rathna Kumar of Anjali Center and Vipin Kumar of India House for giving us space for our practices.” For those who want to enjoy some of their upcoming shows, their 3rd Bollywood Blast Production ‘Kaleidoscope’ will be held at Miller Outdoor Theatre

on Sunday, September 4. Dancers who wish to be a part of their troupe can attend auditions for the same that will be held at Anjali Centre on May 8 (5-7pm). Also their 6th Annual Production ‘INFUSION 2016’ will be held on November 19, 2016 at Stafford Civic Centre. Mark your dates, Bollywood fans! For further details contact them at 724-638-7338 or visit

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Houston’s Mayor Turner Re-appoints Sanjay Ramabhadran to the METRO Board

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eficial as METRO works to increase transit options and improve mobility in the area.” At the Press Conference, Mayor Turner recognized Sanjay’s civic engagement and added that he brings a great deal of experience to the Board especially as it relates to transit and transportation infrastructure. METRO operates a regional multimodal transportation system across 1,300 square miles with 2,663 route miles, a 22.7 mile light rail system, 20 Transit Centers, 29 Park & Ride Facilities, over a 100 miles of HOV/HOT lanes and a paratransit service, METROLift. Communities that are part of the METRO area include the cities of Houston, Bellaire, Katy, Missouri City, the Villages and West University Place. Major portions of unincorporated Harris County are also included. Sanjay Ramabhadran currently serves as Managing Partner at VERSA Group LLC providing strategic consulting and advisory services. A registered Professional Engineer, he has provided engineering and master planning services to the Industrial and Governmental market segments for 20 years. He previously served on the Board & Management Team of a regional consulting firm and directed a Corporate Practice focused on water and infrastructure. His civic involvement has included serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of LEADERSHIP HOUSTON; Director in the Texas Lyceum – a state-wide leadership group focused on public policy issues impacting Texas; Steering Committee Member – Houston General Plan; Senior Fellow – American Leadership Forum; President of the HESS Club; President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston; and Past-President of the Indo-American Political Action Committee. Sanjay Ram was honored as one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) by the United States Junior Chamber.

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A Quick Vastu Guide to Achieve Success in Examinations

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HOUSTON: As the examinations are ap-

proaching, parents have started complaining that their children do not concentrate in studies, or do not study at all! Some of them think that the various modern means of technology, such as Computers, Internet, Mobiles and Laptop, etc., are responsible for this. But rarely do the parents wonder if there is a fault lurking within the very environment where the child lives. And even where the parents suspect the existence of such a fault, he or she could be misled by many baseless myths. Documented Case studies in MahaVastu show how our subconscious mind and concentration is influenced by things kept in different directions in our homes. As per MahaVastu, studying in different zones in your home produces different effects Here is a Vastu quick guide, which if followed, will help your child to study well and get good grades. 1. The North-East zone is responsible for mental clarity and wisdom. Students studying in this zone will think and de-

velop new ideas and develop insights required to excel in their studies. If this zone is afflicted by being cut, missing or overextended, or has a wrong colour scheme or a kitchen or bathroom, then it will be difficult to attain mental balance and develop concentration. 2. The West-South-West is the Zone of Studies – Keep books, study material or study table in this zone and your child will naturally feel inclined towards studies. With a washing machine in this zone, the child may study as hard as he/she can, but will always feel drained out. In the examination hall, the mind may become totally blank. This zone also equips the child with power, energy and capacity for the retention of knowledge. 3. In contrast, if the study table is placed in East-North-East zone, kids will be more inclined towards fun activities (like reading story books, novels, etc.,) than studying. 4. Similarly, studies done in the SouthSouth-West Zone will prove futile, as this is the zone of disposal. Never keep study

material, books or study table in this zone as kids will secure poor grades or may even fail. 5. Location of the child’s bed being in East-South-East, Vastu zone of churning and anxiety can lead to inner conflicts and doubts. This is the greatest impediment in focussing their attention and grasping of the subject. Even their books placed in this zone lead to poor understanding and retention due to over analysis. 6. With respect to children, who do not pay much attention towards studies, the study table should be in the middle of the SouthWest and West Vastu zones. If children do not concentrate on their books and are easily and frequently distracted, they should study facing towards the West.’ In a MahaVastu case study, the child used to cry whenever his parents asked him to study. Can you guess where his study table was lying? It was in the Zone of Depression and Low Moods, i.e., the West-North-West. If you know the logics of Vastu Shastra, or learn them in a two-day Vastu Course, you

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Enthralling Ramayana Katha and Mass Prayer at Namadwaar

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vaham - a 9-day English discourse series on the timeless Ramayana - was rendered by Sri Poornimaji, disciple of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji at Namadwaar Houston from March 12 to 20. Sri Poornimaji also conducted a Mahamantra Mass Prayer during Namadwaar’s sixth anniversary celebrations on March 27. In her unique, enthralling Ramayana katha, Sri Poornimaji captivated the listening devotees with her references, stories and songs from many saints, various scriptures, numerous commentaries and many different Ramayanas – Valmiki, Tulsidas, Kamban, Thyagaraja Ramayana, Shuka Ramayana, Bhoja Champu, Raghuvamsa and several others. She beautifully brought out the essence and nuances of the popular stories that one may know only summarily; gave deep insights into the philosophy and Dharma behind many of the incidents in the great epic; and also helped listeners discover practical lessons for everyday life that abound in the Ramayana. Best of all, Sri Poornimaji portrayed Rama in a completely new light, flowering a fresh love and regard in the listeners’ hearts for this great incarnation who endured so much simply for the sake of mankind. The katha began with extolling the greatness of Ramayana on the first day and concluded with Sri Rama Pattabhishekam on the final ninth day. Just two hours a day was not enough to linger and relish all the gems that Ramayana contains, and left the listeners wanting for more. Sri Tulsidas Ramayan parayana

was performed daily before the katha. On the final day morning, Seetha Kalyanam was celebrated grandly at Namadwaar. The deities of Sri Premika Varadan and Sri Madhuri Sakhi were given a sacred bath and decorated beautifully. Following this, the scene of Rama’s entry into Mithila and His breaking the bow was enacted. Sri Rama and Seetha Devi were then taken out on a procession around Namadwaar. When they finally arrived back to their palace, they were wedded in style, to the singing of sampradaya bhajans. On March 27, Namadwaar prayer house’s sixth anniversary was celebrated with the highlight Mahamantra mass prayer. Several devotees, including children, shared their personal experiences with the Mahamantra. Sri Poornimaji then gave a very inspiring talk on the greatness and value of the Mahamantra, and prayed specially for many specific prayers. This was followed by an enthusiastic, reverberating chanting by the entire assembled crowd. Everyone felt rejuvenated and inspired after the prayer. Earlier in the evening, Gopa Kuteeram children from Cypress and Pearland enacted a play on “Prahlada – The Greatest Devotee” and a group of Houston singers and instrumentalists presented a melodious performance of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s kirtans. To commemorate Namadwaar’s anniversary each year,

Love to Share Foundation and Global Organization for Divinity conduct an annual giving program where they provide needed supplies and donations to local service organizations. Organizations that have benefited in the past from this annual program include Forgotten Angels, SEARCH Homeless Services, Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, Monarch and Westview schools for special needs children, and many others. This year a food, clothes, baby and hygiene supplies drive was conducted and hundreds of items were donated to Pearland Neighborhood Center. Namadwaar Houston prayer house is located at 3642 Bailey Ave, Manvel TX in the Pearland area. It is open Saturdays 8 am-7 pm, Sundays 8-11 am and 4-7 pm, and weekdays 7-8 am and 6-7 pm. For more information about Namadwaar, Global Organization for Divinity and Love to Share Foundation America, visit and www.


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MP Mitra Mandal Celebrates Vivid & Colorful Holi Picnic

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Madhya Pradesh Mitra Mandal (MPMM) celebrated its 19th event as Holi Picnic on Saturday April 2, at Bear Creek Park, in Houston, Texas. This event was attended by well over 200 people who enjoyed Holi, food and beautiful outdoor weather at the park. The event started with yummy ‘Thandai’ (Traditional drink for Holi) followed by introduction of new families who attended this event for the first time. There were performances by kids and adults which captured one and all. After the performances and entertainment program, a group picture was taken by Navin Mediwala

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which was followed by delicious lunch that was prepared by several families of our group. Members then participated in ‘Tambola’ (MP version of Bingo) to win some fabulous prizes. Holi was played with great enthusiasm and

fun using Gulal and dry colors. The event concluded with Indoree traditional Sev-Parmal snacks and Thandai. The feeling of togetherness, the bonding between families & friends and the cordial atmosphere made this gathering fun

& entertaining. Colors & Gifts were sponsored by and by Jhanvi Thakar. This event was organized by Gagan & Shilpa Pandey, Ashish & Pallavi Jain, Manish & Richa Sharma, Ashish & Mukul Kudaria, Aashish Mahodaya & Devendra Sharma. Their Planning, hard work and execution made it best ever MPMM picnic by far. For the past so many years, response to MPMM picnic has been so overwhelming that RSVP had to be closed 2 weeks before the event, to ensure that picnic is man-


MP Mitra Mandal is an informal community group made up of people who have come from Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh and settled in Houston area. This state reflect “unity in diversity” in true sense which is visible amongst the people who attend MPMM events in Houston. This group was started in Houston in the year 2001 by Ashish Bhandari and Nikhil Jain and has grown to over 270 families belonging to various cities like Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Bilaspur, Raipur, Gwalior Bhilai etc., who are also registered on the group’s website . MPMM events have been covered by various media groups in Houston as well as in leading news media in Madhya Pradesh in the past.

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EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Four State Polls Worth Watching

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ment alternating with a Congress one. This time that pattern rom Monday eleccould be disrupted betions are being held in cause the BJP has been four states, West Bengal, actively wooing the backAssam, Tamil Nadu and ward classes, traditionally Kerala, and one union a vote bank for the Left. territory, Puducherry. If it chips away some of In all, nearly 170 milthat bank’s votes, it could lion voters will be electbecome a spoiler for the ing representatives for Left, which, if you went 824 assembly seats. by the old pattern, should Those numbers are big replace the incumbent and so is their politiCongress-led governcal significance. Yet, in In Assam, for the first time in that state’s history, the ment. sharp contrast to the BJP has a fighting chance of getting its first chief Could the Congress hyped-up media focus minister. (HT Photo). then make history and during last year’s asget a second term? That sembly elections in Delhi first and would be worth watching. then Bihar, these have curiously Can the Congress, a The same holds true for Tamil received cursory attention. junior partner in the pact Nadu, where since 1989 the penIn fact, they’ve been overshaddulum of power has oscillated that won Bihar, retain owed by other things that have between the DMK and incumgrabbed the headlines — such as Assam and Kerala? If it bent chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s the politics over the suicide of a does, it could be a shot AIADMK. This time that pattern Dalit student in Hyderabad; and in the arm for the party’s could change in Tamil Nadu as charges of sedition against stuwell with ‘Amma’, as the chief dent leaders at another university chief, Sonia Gandhi, minister is popularly called, exin Delhi. Why, even Vijay Mal- and her son Rahul. For pected to break the jinx. lya, once a self-proclaimed ‘King the Left, which is all but Such singularities apart, what of Good Times’ but now clearly happens in the four states will matfacing rather bad ones, got more becoming irrelevant, ter for all the parties in the fray. press and air-play than what the how it fares in Kerala Can the BJP, which failed to win elections have got. Delhi and Bihar, win Assam? Can and West Bengal will be They deserve plenty more. it gain vote-shares in Kerala and critical. Here’s why. West Bengal? If it does it would In each of the four poll-bound see how their ‘alliance’ works. Or boost the street-cred of the party, states, there are things that are out doesn’t. of course, but also of Prime Minisof the ordinary this time and that In Assam, for the first time in ter Narendra Modi and party chief makes them noteworthy. that state’s history, the BJP has a Amit Shah. Let’s begin with West Bengal. fighting chance of getting its first Can the Congress, a junior partFor the first time in the history of chief minister. In a state where the ner in the pact that won Bihar, rethe state, the Left parties, led by AGP, a party that was born out of a tain Assam and Kerala? If it does, the CPI(M), have struck up an al- student agitation, once got India’s it could be a shot in the arm for the liance with the Congress. The al- youngest chief minister straight party’s chief, Sonia Gandhi, and liance is said to be informal but out of university, that same party is her son Rahul. For the Left, which both parties are lending active now playing a minor role to that of is all but becoming irrelevant, how support to each other’s candidates. its alliance partner, the BJP. That’s it fares in Kerala and West Bengal Anyone who follows West Bengal no mean feat in a state where the will be critical. And, for the TMC politics knows how unthinkable BJP has at best played second (or in Bengal, it would be chief ministhat would have been even a few even third) fiddle. How the BJP ter Mamata Banerjee’s first assemyears ago. The Congress and the fares in Assam will be something bly election while being in power, Left have been arch-enemies in the that politics junkies should be which is going to be wholly difstate and have always been at each keen to watch. ferent from the agitprop campaign other’s throats rather than in each How it fares in Kerala should that got her there in 2011. other’s beds. Now that they are also be of interest. For more than As I said, these state polls are bound together against common 45 years, no party has ever won well worth following. enemies, the TMC and the BJP, consecutive elections in Kerala. The author is the editor-in-chief it will, therefore, be interesting to It’s always been a Leftist govern- of Hindustan Times, BY SANJOY NARAYAN



leak of 11.5 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama headquartered law firm, may catalyse far reaching reforms in global financial and tax systems. The documents do not by themselves establish wrong doing. But they provide governments a chance to investigate suspicious transactions and also show up the opaque nature of the global financial system which allows tax evasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done the right thing by setting up a multiagency probe to examine the information flowing out of the ‘Panama Papers’. There are legitimate reasons to have bank accounts outside the country , says RBI governor Raghuram Rajan who is a part of the multiagency probe. The problem stems from financial secrecy which is not the same thing as an individual’s legitimate right to privacy . In the shadowy world of tax havens, phantom firms are registered whose main purpose is to conceal the identity of the true owner. This permissive environment allows for creation of vehicles to evade taxes or launder money coming out of illegal activities. It also helps terror groups such as Islamic State or Lashkar-e-Taiba. Fortunately , western governments have woken up to the threat posed by this opaque system and have been champio ning global enforcement of transparency . India too is a signatory to initiatives such as Automatic Exchange of Information, under which governments will exchange relevant financial information based on common re porting standards and which will kick in from next year. These are the routes India must follow to garner significant information and evidence about tax evasion, instead of through fishing expeditions such as complicated tax forms that require even salary earners to declare all moveable and immoveable assets, foreign trips and so on. Initial reactions to ‘Panama Papers’ indicate that the ongoing transparency drive will gain momentum. The UK government is now under pressure to reform its tax havens like Cayman Islands. On the other hand, global leaders such as President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping have been stung by the leaks. India should not wait for the world to act before benefits flow. Domestic reform of tax laws and processes can minimise the temptation to avoid taxes through illegal means. Reform needs to encompass lower rates, simplicity of filing and a wider base for direct taxes. That’s the best way to fight black money. Times of India


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Ekal Vidyalaya & Indian Consulate Hosts ‘Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao’



On March 24, “Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation” and “Indian Consulate, New York” jointly celebrated ‘International Women’s month’, focusing on, Women’s Empowerment through education. The event also provided the first opportunity for newly appointed Consulate General (CG), Riva Ganguly Das to interact with the diverse Indian community for vibrant exchange of ideas. Dr. Anila Midha, a prominent Physician who took the helm for the evening explained to the capacitygathering the main objective of the event and introduced various participants. In her welcome address, CG Das, provided an overview of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao as a flagship initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereby a third of ‘Village Panchayats’ have been decreed to have women in responsible positions. She acknowledged that, though great strides are being made to empower women, a lot yet to be done to change age-old attitudes and beliefs affecting women in our society, and especially in rural areas. She expressed hope that the grassroot organizations like Ekal, with presence in 60,000-plus villages can play an important role in it. Aroon Shivdasani, the President of the Indo American Arts Council gave the Key note address. She stressed the importance of educating men as much as women to create an environment in families where self-esteem of individuals is not compromised and women have equal opportunity in all walks of life. ITV’s famous anchor woman, Renee Mehrra, moderated the panel discussion among three successful women of Indian origin from different backgrounds and family values. Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director of ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’, touched on the need to uphold the standards set by parents who

Consular General, Riva Ganguli Das

Key note speaker, Aroon Shivdasani

From left: Ranjani Saigal, Dr. Urmilesh Arya, Dr. Sunita Saini, Renee Mehrra

precipitated her own academic success at IIT and MIT. She further elaborated a story how during a visit to a rural area a girl asked her, “what can I do in my village what you have done out there?” According to her, the question has dogged her ever since while she is working at Ekal. She informed that Ekal puts special emphasis on educating girls and making them self-reliant though various skillstraining, in rural-tribal areas. Dr. Urmilesh Arya, C.O.O at Gastroenterology Associates in Brooklyn and a trustee of Hindu Center in Flushing, brought to fore a critical challenge for girls in accessing education - the fear that their daughter would get romantically entangled with a boy, which may bring shame to the family. She herself overcame this challenge and many others with self-conviction and courage. Dr. Sunita Saini, and Director of South Shore Psychological Ser-

vices and Long Island Psychology and Psychotherapy Services, highlighted the importance of having a supportive family who, regardless of gender, value building their children’s career more rather than acquiring material assets. There was a resounding agreement that when a woman is educated, she educates her entire family. The ensuing discussion highlighted the relevance of good health for women as a strategy towards empowerment. The panel cautioned that overcoming the socio-cultural biases that promote female infanticide and the perception that a girl is a burden are major stumbling blocks in restoring dignity of women in our society. Mr. Vinod Jhunjhunwalla the President of Ekal Foundation, USA and Prof Subash Midha, the main Ekal coordinator for the event thanked the Indian Consulate, for their support in hosting this event.



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Annual 5-K Walkathon at The Sri Meenakshi Temple BY DR. AL. ALAGAPPAN

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annual 5K walkathon event happened on Sunday, April 3, at the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland. Around 125-150 cheerful participants both young and old with active sporting gear started to assemble slowly from around 7:30 am on a beautiful sunny spring morning. The event kicked off with a 15 minutes warm up session of yoga, stretching and Soorya NaCONTINUED ON PAGE



20 April 08, 2016


Chitra Divakaruni’s New Novel: Before We Meet The Goddess




Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the Houston-based prolific novelist, has published a new novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, that is being published simultaneously in USA, UK and India during April 2016. According to Chitra, the book has been written in an unusual form known as a novel-in-stories. In her latest novel, Chitra explores the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of male and female voices. Before We Visit the Goddess describes three generations of mothers and daughters, who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love. The story begins with the daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity

soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover— but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel. Writer Amitav Ghosh (The Ibis Trilogy) describes this novel as, “”Tender, bittersweet, beautifully wrought tales about love and longing, exile and loneliness.” Here is an advance review from Booklist: “The always enchanting and enlightening Divakaruni spins another silken yet tensile saga about the lives of women in India and as immigrants in America. Chitra’s gracefully insightful, dazzlingly descriptive, and covertly stinging tale illuminates the opposition women must confront, generation by generation, as they seek both independence and connection.” Chitra is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her 17 books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. Several of her novels and stories, such as Mistress of Spices, Arranged Marriage, Sister of My Heart, Oleander

Writer Amitav Ghosh describes Before We Visit the Goddess as, ”Tender, bittersweet, beautifully wrought tales about love and longing, exile and loneliness.”

Girl, and Palace of Illusions have been made into films and plays. She has won an American Book Award, a Premio Scanno award, also known as the Italian Nobel, and a Light of India award. Chitra teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston and writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list

of Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women. Chitra will be doing two readings in Houston, on April 19, 7 pm, at Blue Willow Books, 14532 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079. And at Brazos bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM. The readings are free and open to the public.

Annual 5-K Walkathon at The Sri Meenakshi Temple



maskhar demonstration by the event coordinator, Dr. Alagappan. The walk started after the ribbon cutting by the temple board of directors followed by a pooja by the temple priest seeking the blessing of Lord Ganesha. It was a beautiful sight to see the participants walking briskly along the walking area prepared with in the temple premises which comprised of 5 rounds around the temple buildings and the recently laid walking trail. The picture perfect weather along with the morning raagas playing in the back ground kept the walkers in high spirits throughout. Several volunteers worked hard all

through the week in getting the entire walking track prepared. The temple board and the support staff were very cooperative and helpful it getting the event done successfully. The MTS also provided free T-shirts and a sumptuous hot breakfast to all participants. Several door prizes were given away at the conclusion of the event. Chairman Narayanan thanked the coordinators Dr. Alagappan, Saro, Muthuraman, Murali Ravoori and all the volunteers. The peacocks at Meenakshi Temple shelter showed their happiness by dancing with feathers open seeing all the walkers passing by.



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I count amongst some of my best

friends, house husbands. Or let’s put it in a slightly more nuanced way, men who like to stay home, take charge of the household, be the primary caregiver for parents and children. They know that they come in for more than their share of good- humoured ribbing as well as nasty jibes, and they have learnt to take it in their stride because they are supremely comfortable doing what they do. Oh, and before I forget, their wives go to work, excel at their demanding jobs, and get in the lolly. With ‘Ki and Ka’, Bollywood has got to the point of being able to place a man willing to be home, knuckle down to dull domestic chores, and wave the flag for ambitious women and progressive men. So hurrah for Ka and Ki and Balki? Yes, but only up to point. The film is fun when it is setting up the roles. But the execution, as it goes along, gets rocky. Much of it stays episodic, and

starts reinforcing the very stereotypes it set out to negate. And so much of the writing is so explicatory that you begin wondering if the filmmakers really take their viewers for People Who Do Not Understand Anything Unless It Is Underlined Thrice Over. Kia (Kareena Kapoor) and Kabir (Arjun Kapoor) get past their meetcute in a tearing hurry, and jump into an exchange of garlands and glands. All is hunky-dory to begin with : Ka rolls out of bed, picks up after his office-going wife and mum-in-law (Swaroop Sampat ; good to see her back on screen), lays out steaming hot ‘khana’ ; Ki cracks open her Mac, and delivers smart campaign ideas to her advertising agency colleagues (great excuse for lots of product placements, yo), and goes up the corporate ladder. She is into marketing; he is busy home-making, and they are happy playing footsie. And then jealousy rears its ugly head, and the lines Ka and Ki had set up for themselves start to blur. Who will go out? Who will have a public face and high profile? Who will stay in and cook fresh? Will a Ka be happy to be called ‘nikamma’? The film evades that problematic one neatly by a tooconvenient plot twist, involving Ka’s disapproving papa (a permanently sneering Rajit, who is never given the chance to smile through the film) who thunders on about ‘ ‘mards’and, haha, cautionary ‘chhaddi checks’. The problem is the film’s unwillingness to go the mile and really explore what that ‘nikamma’ could

do to the male ego. Ka, poor fellow, is a victim of confusion. He may say he wants to be like his mummy. He may adorn his wrist with a ‘mangalsutra’, hoho, but has no problem in using his legs to kick louts. He is shown hosting kitty parties and urging fat aunties into shape: huge stereotypes, dear director and writer, connecting all your jolly housewives and ‘kitties’, and stayat-home ladies and bulges; tsk. When Ka is not doing all of the above, he is busy wheeling his trike (yes, trike) up and down certain heavy-traffic bearing Delhi roads – these are roads, any Dilliwala will tell you, where only trucks and buses and cars carrying passengers will traverse. Couldn’t they find a residential colony? Ki is better drawn. The director is an ad man, so Kareena’s character is spot on. She plays it familiar but is svelte and lively enough. The office is just so, but I could not shake off the feeling that the Ka-Ki home was basically an overdressed set. Plus, Arjun and Kareena give off precious little steam, despite all the canoodling on display. That takes some off the edge of the couple. Or is all that sibling-like matter-of-factness a thing these days? And then there is the incessant chatter about men and women, and this is what ‘they’ do, and this is what ‘they’ must not do. All too message-y. Good to see the premise– send a woman out, keep a man in, and reverse gender expectations- on screen: it just needed to have been sharper and deeper. -


Pratyusha Banerjee Case, Cops Shocked to Find Her House in a Complete Mess! BY SHOBHITA DUTT

In the last three days since the death of TV actress

Pratyusha Banerjee, different shocking revelations have been coming to light. It was reported that she had tried to commit suicide twice before. But her close friends also maintained that she couldn’t have killed herself at all since she was planning to fight back and file a case against her boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh’s ex. And now in a new development to this case, cops found her apartment in Goregaon in a bad shape. According to reports, Pratyusha’s apartment, which she shared with her boyfriend Rahul Singh, was in a complete mess with clothes, liquor bottles, cigarette butts and half-eaten packets of snacks all around. A team even tried to reconstruct the entire suicide scene, including the way she hanged herself. The blades of the fan were found intact, so it has been concluded that she tied her dupatta to the middle of the fan and then looped the other end around the neck. But only time will tell the whether there is more than it meets the eye in this case.

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24 April 08, 2016


World T20 2016 Final: Brathwaite’s Sixes that Silenced England BY SIDHARTH MONGA


ISHAKHAPATNAM (ESPN Cricinfo): Carlos Brathwaite’s stillness, the smooth flow of his bat, the ball struck sweetly beyond the ropes - again and again and again. Four balls that wiped out all that had gone before Twenty20 matches are more often won or lost in the 19th over. Fielding captains bowl their best bowler in the 19th so that during the chaos of the 20th they have more to defend. Chris Jordan has had a great tournament with his yorkers. He has a wet ball in his hand. England have 27 to defend. Jordan bowls an ordinary first ball, which goes for four, but comes back superbly, conceding just singles off the next four balls. For West Indies’ sake, they need a boundary off the last ball because they don’t want to find themselves needing three sixes off the last over. Marlon Samuels, 85 off 65, is on strike. He has been brutal on everything that has been not a yorker of late. Jordan - 3.50-36-0 - has to secure this match for his team right now. He runs in, Samuels backs away as he always does to open up the off side, and Jordan slips in a wide yorker. This is a dot. The next best thing to a wicket. Now England have a last over at Carlos Brathwaite, in his eighth Twenty20 international. It’s simple: they have to deny West Indies three boundaries. Even if they get three boundaries at least one of them has to be a six. Michael Hussey chased 18 in the last over against Saeed Ajmal in the 2010 World T20 semi-final. In the 2014 World T20, James Faulkner made it difficult for West Indies with two dots at the start of the 20th over, but Darren Sammy took the required 12 off the next two balls with sensational, brutal sixes. This is different, though. This is the World T20 final. The final. West Indies are playing this for much more than just the final. They need three boundaries, at least one of them has to be a six, and they have a rookie on strike, against an allrounder who will be one of the best of this era. He has won Eng-

moralising sound, because land Tests and ODIs, but this is not a powerful this is the World T20 fihit. This is just a caress. nal. The final. Also, like The long powerful arms Faulkner, West Indies just of Brathwaite hold the don’t like Ben Stokes. bat right at the top of its Written word will nevhandle, giving him leverer be able to do justice age to lift these balls high. to Sammy’s narration of The long-on is in place. that final over, so it is There has never been a over to him. fielder more redundant. All right. Okay 19 runs, This lands in the crowd. six balls. All of us in the Samuels comes and hugs dugout. Three hits that’s Brathwaite again. Ian all we need. Bishop says on television Bowling his first over commentary: “You think of the night from the he will be a player in the High Court End, Stokes future, Carlos Brathwaite. has three men on the legYou think he has talent. It side boundary. Long leg, ain’t over yet, but this is a deep midwicket, long-on. glimpse into the future.” The idea is to cramp him. Kidding us, Bish. He Bowl yorkers. Stokes is the present. And this is runs in, Samuels is not over bar the shouting. backing up, there can be Over to Sammy. no mankading, there are Second one, where it to be no pinched singles. did go, deep midwicket? Stokes fails to execute the Long-on, yes long-on. plan. He bowls length, YES! Come on Carlos! and on the pads. BrathOne more hit away. waite doesn’t hit the ball Stokes will continue to hard. He just flicks it. In the air. All night Eng- Carlos Brathwaite hits a six, England v West Indies, win matches for England, but you can see it on his land have been running World T20, final, Kolkata, April 3, 2016 face. He even looks at their boots off after balls the ball sail away. Brathhit in the air or along the ond ball for a six. Not just a six. A ground. You look at Moeen Ali at huge six. It doesn’t matter where waite’s job is done. Bowlers usualmidwicket. He doesn’t move. He the ball goes because the bowler ly just turn up to take their punishknows it. Long leg doesn’t move. doesn’t look behind to see where ment after two such hits from these He knows it. The ball has bisected it has gone. It has to sound big off modern bats. Stokes has some life them. It has gone for six. Just six. the bat. That sound has to com- in him yet. He runs in with the Not a big six. Doesn’t even go into pletely demotivate the bowler. A same plan, looking for that yorker the stands, but does the job. Sam- flick doesn’t make that sound. For again. The length is similar again. uels goes and hugs Brathwaite. that you need a straight six. Brath- He has erred but not by a lot. But Brathwaite stays beautifully still. Later he says he told Brathwaite waite hasn’t done that yet. Stokes is a “nervous laddie”, that Now Stokes runs in. Brathwaite The high back lift, waving the bat he will err. stands still. The front leg cleared about chest high. And everything slows down Over to Sammy again. slightly. He holds the bat high. He First one over square leg, six. doesn’t move. Nothing to tell what again as the ball dips on him. The YES! Come on Carlos. he was going to do. Bowlers look high grip on the bat, the bat comStokes now knows the plan is for that sign, and perhaps bowl a ing down in a smooth motion but right, but not the execution. He bouncer or a slower ball. There is with the momentum from such a needs to execute it better. Just nothing here. So Stokes tries the high back lift. He has timed this bowl the yorker. Don’t let Brath- yorker. This is not quite a yorker, perfectly even though it looks like waite get under it. But Brathwaite but if a batsman is moving forward just a slice. The only difference is, has also shown earlier that he is there is no way he can get under it. unlike the last ball which he took from outside leg, this is on middle capable of playing the cute ramp This is that full. over short fine so he can’t get too Brathwaite is expecting this, he and off. This time he clears longfull on the yorker. is deep inside his crease, and when off. None of the sixes has drawn a Those who know MS Dhoni the ball dips on him, it is like ev- wild reaction from the press box. say one of his tricks in final-over erything has slowed down. You It is the largest “ho ho ho” ever heists is to send the first or sec- don’t know if Stokes hears the de- in unison. There is marvel at the


cleanness of the strikes, the lack of nerves, the brutal but smooth execution. Stokes is down on his haunches. He has tears in his eyes. Samuels, who has been sledged by him earlier, is giving it to Stokes now. He is also running circles around Brathwaite. A match that is lost is almost won back. Over to Sammy. And you know… the third ball… six again! Ramdin thought we won. He was halfway on the field. Look it was just amazing. Jerome Taylor sat in the dugout and said we’ll win with two balls to spare and he was spot on. It was just a joy. We needed this. We’ve been through so much. It is not over yet. Even before we evoke Bangladesh, there is a small matter of separating Samuels and Stokes, and retrieving the ball. The ball has to be changed. For a while, as they wait for the ball, the fielders don’t come in to defend the single. For a while it seems that England, just like India against Bangladesh, are going to play on the hero factor. They don’t think West Indies will look to nurdle a quiet single. That can perhaps explain the lack of urgency in the fielders moving in. But as the ball is replaced, the field moves up. There is no reason now to not end it with a six. Why? Because you can. Without stretching yourself. Stokes runs in again, he errs a little again. Bowls the line outside leg. In slow motion again Brathwaite lifts this over long-on. “Carlos Brathwaite,” goes Bish. “Remember the name.” Only now does Brathwaite let out a roar. Stokes is inconsolable. Kumar Dharmasena leaves his cap on his shoulder. The celebrations are wild. Twenty20 is brutal on the vanquished, but these are four of the most non-violent sixes you might ever see in a cluster. The absolute stillness, the smooth flow of the bat, the timing, it is enough to make you forget a messed-up chase. The party has begun. West Indies have risen again. Like a raging fire. Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo.

April 08, 2016

Vijay Mallya’s Craft Beer Firm Brews Fresh Funding in US

NEW YORK: Away from the fu-

rore over huge loan default in India by Vijay Mallya-led UB Group, its US-based brewery arm has secured a complex funding that it intends to repay later with a bridge loan from its parent. California-basedMendocinoBrewing Co. Inc, which sells a number of beer brands including Kingfisher in the US, has got Mallya as its chairman and is owned by UB Group through a complex shareholding structure. In a regulatory filing with the US markets regulator SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Mendocino has disclosed having issued a

ings) Ltd (UBHL), making UBHL the indirect majority shareholder of Mendocino. Mallya chairs the boards of UBHL as well as Mendocino. Mendocino further said it has also received a letter from Illinois-based MB Financial Bank permitting the company to obtain loans up to $400,000. As per the terms of the promissory note, Mendocino has promised to pay the principal sum of $325,000 with accrued interest to Catamaran within six months, subject to the receipt by the company of a bridge loan from its majority shareholder. This repayment is subject to the

promissory note to Delaware-based Catamaran Services Inc. in the principal amount of $325,000. It further said Mendocino had earlier also issued four promissory notes to Catamaran between January 2014 and June 2015, for principal amounts of $500,000 each. Catamaran’s sole shareholder is an entity named Catamaran Holdings Ltd, which “has directors in common with Inversiones Mirabel SA”, one of the major shareholders of Mendocino. The indirect beneficial owner of Inversiones is United Breweries (Hold-

shareholder loan amount being sufficient either to pay the note through permitted payments, or to pay both the note and certain existing obligations of the company to MB Financial Bank. The permitted payments on the note are payments made from the portion of a shareholder loan that is in excess of $600,000, the filing further said. If the company is not able to satisfy its obligations on the note within six months, the note will get automatically extended for additional six months terms “until a shareholder loan sufficient to satisfy the note is received or the note is otherwise paid.”


Amazon India’s Authorized Capital Doubles to Rs 16,000 Crore CEO Jeff Bezos had pumped $2 billion into the firm’s India arm in 2014. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint



ENGALURU: Amazon India has almost doubled its authorized capital to Rs.16,000 crore, exceeding its massive capital commitment of $2 billion made in July 2014 and indicating the company’s intent to splash whatever cash is needed to become the country’s largest ecommerce firm. Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd (Amazon India) increased its authorized capital from Rs.8,500 crore in February, documents with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) show. The firm’s authorized capital was Rs.1,500 crore in July 2014, when Inc.’s chief executive Jeff Bezos promised it will invest as much as $2 billion in India over the next few years. The authorized capital of a firm is the maximum amount of share capital that is allowed by the company’s charter and can be changed with shareholders’ approval. Typically, a greater number of shares are authorized than required, allowing the company to issue stock to raise capital when it needs funds. Amazon didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. Amazon India is stepping up its pace of investment to try and overtake local rivals Flipkart Ltd and Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt.Ltd), both are struggling to raise money. Last week, India permitted 100%

foreign direct investment in online retail of goods and services under the so-called “marketplace model”, legitimizing existing businesses of e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Flipkart. It also notified new rules which could potentially end discount wars between these companies. Since Bezos committed $2 billion, Amazon Seller Services has already received roughly Rs.10,730 crore to splurge on discounts, advertising, hiring and other things, documents with the RoC show. This is apart from the company’s cash infusions in its logistics unit Amazon Transportation Services Pvt. Ltd and Cloudtail India Pvt. Ltd, Amazon’s joint venture with Catamaran Ventures. Amazon is desperate to succeed in India, the last big e-commerce market in the world, after losing out in China to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. India’s e-commerce sales could reach $48-60 billion by 2020 from $4.47 billion in 2014, according to a UBS report. Amazon’s massive investments have yielded immediate results. While Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon India haven’t officially released their latest sales figures, executives familiar with the matter said the three companies are neck and neck in the race for dominance of India’s e-commerce market. The pace at which Amazon has caught up with Flipkart and Snapdeal,


which launched several years before theirAmerican rival, has surprised experts and investors. Led by Amazon veteran Amit Agarwal, Amazon India launched only in June 2013 and successfully wooed tens of millions of Indian shoppers with low prices, wide product selection and fast delivery. Last year, Amazon gained significant market share at the expense of Flipkart and Snapdeal, according to publicly available data and several company executives. That Amazon is seriously stepping up its investment pace will worry Flipkart and Snapdeal, which are struggling to raise money at their current valuations of $15 billion and $6.5 billion, respectively. Flipkart and Snapdeal have also seen a dip in sales growth over the past six months. Mint reported on 4 February that Flipkart approached Alibaba for cash, but a proposed deal depends on Flipkart’s ability to reduce its valuation expectation. Later in February, one of Flipkart’s mutual fund investors, Morgan Stanley, cut the value of its estimated stake in the e-commerce firm by 27%, implying Flipkart is now valued at $11 billion. Amazon India is also expanding into other businesses even as its rivals are conserving cash for their core business. In February, Amazon India launched grocery deliveries in Bengaluru through a dedicated app called Amazon Now, promising to deliver soaps, shampoos, fruits and other staples in less than two hours after receiving an order. In the same month, Flipkart shut its groceries delivery app Nearby after it failed to generate enough interest among shoppers.

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