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Rhythm India Has a New Address BY VANSHIKA VIPIN STAFFORD:“Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring" - Ralph Waldo Emerson. This quote has been at the helm of successfully creating a tornado in the dance fraternity of Houston. Rhythm India, a creative melting pot for the multicultural dancers, found a new swanky address in Stafford on the joyous occasion of their 10th anniversary on Sunday, July 12. Founded by Arzan Gonda, an exemplary danseuse and a theatre personality par excellence, Rhythm India celebrated the grand opening of this magnificent 3000+ sq feet dance studio amidst pomp, fervour and Bollywood dance performances. The grand opening was scheduled and spread across three slots to accommodate the well wishers, eminent guests and parents of the students who have been with Rhythm India over the past decade. Each slot started with a fifteen minute dance performance on either Bhangra, Folk dance or Bollywood tune by the students of the academy. It was followed by the demonstration of the Rhythm India’s trademark fitness routine called ‘JHOOM’ by the fitness instructor Namrata Sirur. The ideology behind the ‘Jhoom’ work outs is to ensure that basic fitness, a must for each and every individual, is possible with fun filled dance routine. This energetic workout was an instant ice breaker amongst the newbies and they felt at ease dancing to the beats. A guided tour of the newly furbished studio ended in the cake cutting ceremony for this festive occasion. The delicious refreshments were provided by the next door neighbour, Cillies Cakes and Bakery. Rhythm India promotes the ideology that with the right guidance and positive attitude, anybody can

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Dance. Thus, the entire space is divided in three studios to accommodate different groups of dance aficionados. There are separate batches for kids (5- 8 yrs), juniors (9-12 yrs), Youth & Teens (12 + yrs) and adults. In fact Rhythm India received such an overwhelming feedback from the

parents that they decided to start a ‘Parents Batch’ for the adults who accompanied their kids for dancing. ‘JHOOM’ Bollywood Fitness classes are for the adults who wish to tone themselves up with a clear goal in mind. Sharing her dream with the guests, Arzan said, ‘It's our 10th year anniversary this year & we wanted to do something special. We’ve always wanted to have our own space where creative people

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improves with each endeavour.’ She aims at formalizing the teaching of Bollywood dance, thus developing a structure to the entire dance sequences. To expose the students to the best choreographers in Bollywood, Rhythm India will be bringing Jack Samuel Gill, lead dancer in ABCD 2 & finalist on Dance India Dance along with Swarali Karulkar, famous from Dance India Dance & Jhalak Dikhlaja in the coming month. They will conduct two day workshop with the dancers at intermediate and advance levels and train them. The creative interiors of the dance studio have been ideated and conceptualised by Arzan but executed by Jim DeVega. The studio had interesting facts in forms of posters across the lobbies with themes like ‘5 secrets of a super performer’ and so on. Spanning across 3000+ sq feet, this dance studio swears to take Stafford and the surrounding areas by their dancing shoes. The studio is located at 867 Dulles Ave, Suite B, Stafford TX 77477 (Easy access to HWY 90 & 59, & close to Dulles High School & Swami Narayan Temple). Katy classes will continue on in Cinco Ranch & dance classes in Plano (Dallas Tx) will also continue at their current locations. For further information call 281 968 9479 or visit www.rhythmindia.com

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Banga Sammelan, NABC 2015, Brought Fun, Passion to the Heart of Texas

The North American Bengali Conference was held this past weekend at the GRB Convention Center to an estimated 8,000 registrants. In terms of superlatives, the conference was truly Texas-sized. A total of 146 different events were planned for the threeday conference, 78 on Saturday alone; an exhibits area featured numerous manufacturers who had come especially from India to show their products – from jute to textiles, books, handicrafts, food products and especially jewelry. There were a dozen namebrand jewelry exhibitors showing off there marvelous, high-end diamond and precious pieces and on the other end of the spectrum were a dozen jewelry booths exhibiting artificial pieces that were exquisitely chic and also very ethnic. Walking through the area was like being in a huge, well-laid out Bengali Bazaar, in the midst of which was a stage for performers and fashion shows and off to one side, a huge dining area where all the meals were served by area restaurants. The opening ceremony featured a 45-minute spectacular fusion dance performance that told the story of Bengal through the music of the ages. – Jawahar Malhotra BY PARTHA SARATHI CHATTERJEE HOUSTON: The North American Bengali Conference (NABC) 2015, organized by Tagore Society of Houston, was celebrated with unprecedented enthusiasm in Space City Houston, at the George R. Brown Convention Center from July 10-12. An overflowing crowd of about 8,000 registered attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, distinguished guests and walk-in visitors to the fair and exhibitors’ area thronged every nook and corner of the third floor of the sprawling complex. It signified the closest official level participation between India and Bangladesh and even featured exhibitors from all over India and Middle East. The conference kicked off with the business forum called Houston 2025 and Beyond organized by Asoke Deysarkar and his team, on July 9 and 10, highlighting the future of energy, from fracking to LNG and the role of the Port of Houston, which signed a MOU at a gala dinner with the Port of Mumbai Port. The NABC 2015 opening ceremony was a fantastic event, with the national anthems of India, Bangladesh, Canada and US. Tagore Society President Ruma Acharya, NABC 2015 Presidents Sanku Bose and Tapan Das joined other dignitaries in lighting the lamp. Starting with a rousing welcome by US Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee and proclamation by Annie Parker, Adrian Garcia, the dignitaries included Indian Consul General Parvathaneni Harish, Sugato Bose, Rashed Kham Memon, Krishna Bose, Manaranjan Seal Gopal, Md. Abdul Wadad Dara, Arefin Shamsul, Swadesh Chatterjee, Satyam Roychowdhury, Rahul Roy, and others on stage. General Secretaries Partha Sarathi Chatterjee and Gopendu Chakrabarti welcomed the audience with a hearty welcome. Eminent music director Debojyoti Mishra and dance director Tanushree Shankar amazed the audience by putting together Broadway-style, Olympic-like opening and closing ceremonies. Shreya Ghosal kicked off her latest US tour at the Convention on Sunday night; sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Ayaan and Amaan performed on Saturday night, and the musical group of RED of Sivamani and Suchi

fame on Friday. Shreya’s high-energy concert, fantastic voice and emotional appeal to her Bengali roots scripted the perfect ending to the conference. In addition, there was a range of classical with Ashwini Bhide, Ronu Majumdar and Debojyoti Bose 70 odd artists mesmerized the audience – Manomoy, Pramita, Sounak, Kinjal, Iman, Parnava, Keka, Saikat, Saheb, Riddhi, Santanu, Biplab, Biswanath, Rini and so many. Thousands of spectators enjoyed classical and traditional songs including Rabindra Sangeet and Baul to modern and fusion songs, spread over many stages. The Film Festival was the center of attraction, drawing packed audiences to a host of films like Kadambari, Lorai, Bitnoon, 89, Guerrilla etc. Konkona, Parambrata, Saswata, Gargi and others definitely added to the celebrity glamour quotient along with the famed directors Gautam Ghose and Suman Ghosh. NABC literary committee had invigorating discussions with many distinguished literary figures – Harsha, Chitra Divakaruni, Selina Hossain, and many more. Popular drama festival featured fabulous play by Debesh and Debshankar group with eminent artists from Kolkata. Twelve dramas were presented, some even from United Kingdom and Finland! Seminars with Krishna Bose, Sugato Bose, Swadesh Chatterjee and retired justice Shyamal Sen focused on current topics and throw light on the past, present and future of India. Swami Ishatmanada, head monk of Vedanta Society of Chicago, spoke on Future of Humanity to a packed hall. He wanted people to focus on the inherent humanity of every human being and not the differences. He announced the project for creation of the Museum of World Religions. LUSTER 2015 brought exhibitors and companies from across India, Bangladesh and Middle East with exquisite handicrafts, gems, jewelry, fashion, and sarees. Fashion shows added a glamour factor to the conference. World Congress on Preventive Healthcare

2015 of Dr. Sumita Chowdhury brought medical testing, diagnosis and knowledge about high mortality causes to the fore. Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, President of American Heart Association and Dr. Seema Jain, of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) were impressed. Attendees flocked to an incredible exhibition of Tagore Paintings as also the Art of Bengal with Shuvaprasanna, Ganesh Pyne, Subroto Gangopadhyay, and others. In a sparkling awards ceremony, Techno India conferred Shera Bangali awards on Shreya Ghosal (Sherar Shera), Goutom

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Ghose, Selena Hossain, Konkona Sensharma, among others. Houston helped launch the conference to a new orbit and a huge crowd witnessed the spectacle.

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India Festival: Greater Houston Rath Yatra 2015

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BY PREANKA DESAI HOUSTON: “Jai Jagannath” and “Hare Krishna” were the chants you could hear above the excited conversations. Where, you ask? Well, July 11, saw Masala Entertainment in association with SKAI Foundation bring several cultures together to celebrate one big Festival – India Festival – the Greater Houston Rath Yatra. This is the annual tradition commemorating Lord Jagannath’s summer vacation with elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra from the main Jagannath Temple in Puri, India, to nearby Gundicha Mandir. SKAI Foundation founder, Dr. Surya Sahoo, had a vision to bring this festival to Houston several years ago when he and his wife, Kabita, experienced a miracle. Kabita suffered from right-sided paralysis, but was determined to visit Puri in India and participate in the Rath Yatra there. Reluctantly, Dr. Sahoo agreed to take her. As they approached the chariots in the procession, magically Kabita was able to climb one of the chariots – by herself – and felt the feeling return to her right side. Almost immediately her paralysis was cured and she was able to walk and function normally again! Dr. Sahoo and Kabita wanted to share their experience with others and planned to recreate the festival here in Houston. Hindus of Greater Houston, ISKCON, Gujarati Samaj of Houston and India Cultural Center joined hands with Masala Entertainment and SKAI Foundation to recreate this festival. The venue, Discovery Green, is known for bringing various events to its beautiful setting, was perfect. As people took their seats in the front lawn or crowding around the stage, Hush Puppy Entertainment by DJ Tamim & DJ Geo got the mood set with devotional music. Soon, in his inimitable style, Sunil T, lead RJ at Masala Radio, got the audience revved up in unrehearsed dance routines. The crowd cheered along as enthusiastic participants matched steps to the music. The audience chose winners; Zee TV rewarded $50 AMEX and gift baskets from Britannia. It was time for the procession, which started with Sanga Initiative leading the parade under ISKCON’s Guru Bhakti Ma’s direction. Devotees began pulling the three charCONTINUED ON PAGE

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BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: A rebel rousing from the Chairman of the Metro Board energized the crowd that had come together to heap praise on one of its own as the Indo American Chamber of Commerce held a reception for the newest appointee Sanjay Ram this past Thursday evening, July 8 at the HESS Club on Westheimer over cocktails and appetizers, the Indian ones catered by Dawat Catering. Chairman Gilbert Garcia, not one for pomp and circumstance, in an open-necked shirt (“Why didn’t you wear your jacket?” ribbed Mayor Annise Parker during group pictures later) and egged on the crowd to loud cheers. “This is a celebration!” he shouted, adding “Sanjay, you have to be careful for what you want because you may get it!” He was referring to Ram’s recent appointment to the Metro Board by the Mayor. “We have a new wing man,” continued Garcia, “and that’s Sanjay Ram.” Ram will complete the remaining term (till April 2016) of Board member Allen Watson who resigned earlier. Ram responded he was ready to be that wing man, as he warmed the crowd up before Parker arrived late, from a later than usual CIP meeting at City Hall. Ram thanked fellow-members Texas Lyceum (a statewide bi-partisan policy group) who had come for the event as the others who had been involved with during his stints with numerous boards and organizations in Houston. ‘In India, public transportation left a big impression in my life,” quipped Ram. “All I wanted to do was grown up and drive a bus! Now that I’ve grown up, I realize there are other ways to get people to their destinations.” As he winded down, Parker arrived and took the podium to declare that she was

proud of all her appointees to the Metro Board as they had restored credibility with their unique skills. She lauded Ram for his special skills and long list of community involvement. “I have appointed three engineers now, and Sanjay is the most extroverted,” she quipped, “but Gilbert is the best choice I have made,” pointing to the Chairman. Current IACCGH President Ashok Garg commended Ram, who was the President last year. “We are proud of where you are now, Sanjay,” he said. “You are an outgoing person, brilliant, a born leader, witty, yet always approachable.” Raj Basavaraju, the President of the American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects said the Ram was a shining example for other young professionals. Dick Huebner, who was head of the Houston Minority Business Council for almost 4 years, lavished more praise. Long-term IACCGH Executive Director Jadgip Ahluwalia complimented Ram for his work with the Chamber and revealed that Ram had just left his firm for other opportunities yet undisclosed. Indian Consul General Parvathaneni Harish was full of admiration for “the wonderful and unique city of Houston. Diversity and integration is ingrained in the DNA of the City.” He reminded the crowd that “for Indians arriving in the US, the first port-of-call is universities and the STEM disciplines”, alluding to his oft mentioned refrain that they should try to return to their Motherland to teach, on short-term sabbaticals from work, in short-staffed universities in the Old Country. “Your mother’s wait to go back to India,” he added with a chuckle, “will be longer now!”

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Excitement Between Generations Runs Both Ways in Races and in Colors

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: For one morning, the halls and the lobby where meetings are usually held and a buffet line is served became a hub-bub for peals of laughter, commotion, lemon-inspoon races, face painting, drawing and coloring contests. Senior citizens and their young grandkids had taken over the building in one of the community’s few kid-friendly activities! For the second year in a row, the Indo American Charity Foundation teamed up with the Indian Senior Citizens Association to hold a Desi Grandparents Day this past Sunday, July 12 at the India House on West Bellfort. “The seniors even showed up 30 minutes before the scheduled time,” smiled IACF President Kamala Raghavan as she and several other volunteers raced to get the preparations made for the event that ended after lunch (catered by Udippi Café) around 2pm. IACF coordinator Ramesh Cherivirala could not attend, but ISCA coordinator Ravi Arora had his hands full! It was an event for both demographics, with a couple of medical screening booths set up for the aged to check their vital signs and get a free dental checkup and consult Dr. Purvi Parikh of A to Z Dental. Doctors and nurses from the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group (coordinated by IACF Board Director Dr. Mahendra Jain) checked blood pressure, gave free consult and gave away free samples to a line of 200 elderly who waited patiently in line. The regular ISCA monthly meeting was delayed and abbreviated until after a light snack and the kid’s games. But in fact, the kid’s games were the main focus of the event which brought in over 250 people on a bright, hot Sunday morning. It started with a couple of rounds of musical chairs where young kids and tykes walked around hand-inhand with their grandparents, jumping onto a spare chair as the music stopped abruptly. It moved on to a lemon-spoon race as the gramps and kiddies raced the length of the long lobby.

IACF Director Dr. Mahendra Jain with the medical consult booth. The musical chairs brought in a lot of excitement

Little tykes showed off their face painting results Photos: Jawahar Malhotra

And the waiting room of the Sareen Clinic was turned into a drawing and coloring zone, with a clown painting faces and making balloon toys for a long line of eager kids who excitedly later posed to show off on stage. Ratna Kumar, the celebrated dance artist and director of the Anjali School of Performing Arts (and also an IACF Director) guided little kids, including her young grand-daughter through dance steps on stage to the delight of the doting grandparents! “I have had the pleasure of recently becoming a grandparent,” beamed Vipin Kumar, the General Manager of India House as he welcomed the guests to the function, proudly pointing to his sleeping two-month-old grand-daughter Myra. He introduced the goals and functions of India House with a CONTINUED ON PAGE

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Houston 2025 and Beyond HOUSTON: The inaugural Houston 2025 and Beyond business forum and gala, July 9 and 10, at the Hilton America’s Hotel in downtown Houston, can be cogently summarized in the phrase “It’s about Houston and You …”. The idea is smooth out the deep troughs of the energy cycles with increased commerce through the Port of Houston, top-notch universities, and a globe-leading medical center. Day 1 featured an opening ceremony, followed by a forum discussion and spirited Q&A session, a cocktail reception and wound down with an elegant gala and entertainment. Day 2 featured impressive forums featuring industry and government leaders which were all very well attended. The opening ceremony featured ribboncutting by the Honorable Consul General of India, Parvathaneni Harish and speeches by Harish and Mayor Pro Tem, Ed Gonzalez. Harish congratulated the organizers on setting up a forward-looking agenda incorporating the best minds for the future growth and development of Houston. Ed Gonzalez expressed his satisfaction with the level of interaction and community involvement in furthering energy development and sustainability programs right in our own backyard. The business forum quickly got down to brass tacks with an enthralling discussion on the Future of Energy: Innovation, Sustainability and Diversity was moderated by and Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer, U of H and featured industry leaders Ram Shenoy, CTO, Conoco Phillips, Dr. Sergio Kapusta, CTO of Technel, June Ressler, President, Cenergy Companies, Graeme Pirie, VP of Business Development,

DNV-GL. The forum focused on STEM education, the challenges of retooling the existing workforce to take on the changing needs of tomorrow and the constant drive to extend the research boundaries to achieve a diverse and sustainable future. The evening was rounded off with a cocktail reception and an elegant gala in the ball room, organized by Sutapa Ghosh, Advisor and co-chair. The ambience was wonderful and drew a lot of oohs and aahs from all in attendance. John Moseley, Senior Director, Port of Houston recognized the signing of the Memorandum of Friendship and Partnership with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai, India. Honorable Councilman Jack Christie and former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia were also present and spoke about the diversity of Houston and the sense of community service and long term plans espoused by Houston 2025. The gala was emceed by Nate Griffin of Fox 26 and the evening’s entertainment was provided by Moodafaruka and Rhythm India, who kept the audience completely enthralled with their energetic performances. The next day was feature-packed with forums and lunch discussions. The morning’s forum, Dos and Don’ts of doing business in India and Bangladesh was moderated by Asoke Deysarkar and featured Prof. Sugata Bose, MP - India and Gardner Professor of History, Harvard University, Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Bangladesh and Dean Wenner, Executive VP - Richard Design System Inc. The next session Fracking to LNG: Optimizing Operation Costs on Surface Drill-

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From left: Atul Badwal, Vice President, Additech Inc., John Moseley, Senior Director, Port of Houston, Consul General of India, Parvathaneni Harish, Sutapa Ghosh, Advisor and Co-chair, Houston 2025 and Beyond, Ed Gonzalez, Mayor Pro Tem, Dipankar Sinharoy, Track Lead, Houston 2025 and Beyond.

ing discussed the importance of increasing efficiency and lowering cost especially in these times of low crude prices. It was moderated by Rustom K. Mody, VP/ Chief Engineer, Baker Hughes and featured Prof. Akhil Datta-Gupta, Texas A&M, Richard Green, Region Segment Lead, DNV-GL, Nameer Siddiqui, MD, Goldman Sachs; Mickey Callanan, COO, PfP Industries; Vik Rao, Exec Director, RTEC. Lunch featured a speech explaining the history of Indo-US relations by Swadesh Chatterjee, recipient of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian awards. After lunch, there were additional discussion around the Fracking to LNG Tracts Impact of HSE and Future Regulations with panelists Sean Riccardelli, President, RCS and Tim Armitt, Director, Lavender International; Operations and Future Trends with panelists Ajay Batra, Director, Cheniere Energy, Chris Caswell, Director, KBR, Tony

Teo, Director, Keppel; Future Trends and Risk Management moderated by Ruth Liao, Editor, LNG Americas at ICIS Heren with panelists Ajay Batra, Director, Cheniere Energy, Rashed Haq, VP, Sapient Global Markets. Houston 2025 and Beyond is an independent non-profit organization whose main objective is to bring together thought leaders from various fields in Houston and abroad to build a better Houston together for 2025 and beyond. The people behind this conference are Asoke DeySarkar and Sutapa Ghosh, Advisors and co-chairs, Jayant K Roy Choudhury and Soovo Sen, co-chairs, Shiladitya Basu and Dipankar Sinharoy, Track Leads along with the forum committee members – Raja Roy, Hirakesh Roy, Mrinal Choudhuri, Indrani de Sirkar, Surupa Shaw, Subrata Dasgupta and Nirmalya Roy.

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Develop Leaders with Emotional Intelligence: ICC Annual Leadership Conference 2015

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Shri Lakshmi Puja Hindu Wedding Markand Puja Engagement Shri Ganpati Puja Simant Laghu Rudra Vastu Shanti Mundan Sanskar Navchandi Puja Shanti Havan Shri Gayatri Havan Shri Satyanarayan Puja The Board members of the India Culture Center with the speakers and panelists at the Leadership Conference held at India House on Saturday, July 11.

BY VANSHIKA VIPIN HOUSTON: The Annual Leadership conference hosted by India Culture Centre (ICC) in association with other Indo American associations aimed at bringing a paradigm shift in developing leadership. Centred on the theme ‘Developing Leadership’, Leader’s Conference 2015 witnessed a full house on Saturday, July 11, at the India House. Without the vision, best of the causes are lost. With a mission to foster and accelerate the smoother coordination between Indo American organisations and individuals of Indian origin, ICC hosts Leadership conferences every year to instil the need of visionary leaders in all spheres of life, including non profits. The annual conference began at 10.00 am with informal networking over breakfast powered by the Sri Swaminarayan Temple. The opening speech was given by the conference chair Girish Naik. He opened the conference by welcoming the audience, esteemed panel speakers and the eminent dignitaries of the city. Charlie Patel, the presiding president of ICC, catapulted the conference in the right direction by clearly specifying the objectives of the Annual Leadership Conference. The need of the hour is to develop global leaders who have a clear vision, well thought strategy, excellent interpersonal skills to delegate and optimism to execute. One of the esteemed speakers, Pinakin Jaradi, took over the stage to warm up the audience before the conference began. The conference kick started with Girish Naik introducing the first speaker, Parul Fernandes, a Higher Education Consultant with XPAN International, exDirector of International Stud-

ies, University of Houston. Parul highlighted on the seven effective habits essential for developing the leadership skills. She backed up her seven pointers with a psychological test that took one through a visualisation series of forest, key, bear, urn, house, man shouting followed by a white out. At the end of this test, she synced the test results with the personality traits and effective methods to develop visionary attributes and combat the fear of failures. With around 40 years of experience in education and management and, having travelled to 45 countries, Parul gave the tips of putting first things first and believe in Synergizing as a medium of cohesive growth. Honored as one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber, the next speaker in line, Sanjay Ram brought with him 20 years of experience in providing engineering, management and master planning services to the Industrial and Governmental market segments. Having been the Principal-In-Charge of a $1 billion global consulting firm, where he managed an Infrastructure Business Practice across multiple states, Sanjay spoke emphatically on ‘Servant Leadership’. Peppering his talk with quotes from famous personalities, he said ‘An essential part of the American dream is Civic engagement’. It is crucial to have inclusive growth strategy and implementation to ensure global development. Few ice breaking exercises were done to create an inclusive environment. He quoted a quote from Max De Pree – ‘The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say Thank You. In between the leader is a servant ’. The final speaker of the highly engaging conference was Pinakin Jaradi who has worked in Shell and Chevron oil & gas companies for 30+ years in the positions of se-

nior integration consultant, advisor, business manager, and project manager. “Emotional Intelligence separates the star and the average leader by more than 90% at the higher level of leadership. Self awareness, Self control, Self motivation, empathy and social skill formed the basics of Emotional Intelligence’, said Pinakin while explaining the importance of the Emotional intelligence in leadership. The good news was that Emotional Intelligence would be cultivated by appropriate training and conditioning. The power packed conference concluded with a mix of Q&A from the audiences and the final vote of thanks delivered to the esteemed speakers with plaque presentation. The conference ended at 1 pm followed by the scrumptious lunch served by the Vishala Restaurant. While the guests indeed took with them the umpteen pearls of wisdom freely distributed through the medium of leadership conference, one was left wondering on how the world would change if each one practiced these leadership traits.

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iots from Discovery Green’s main stage, dancing and chanting “Jai Jagannath” or singing devotional songs (bhajans) along the way. Legend has it that if you pull the chariots during this festival, all your sins are washed away! Proceeding down Lamar Street, the procession circled Discovery Green’s complex and returned to the main stage, where the chariots were positioned next to the stage. An “aarti” sung in praise of Lord Jagannath was performed. The cultural program included a dance by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Troupe, Tablatronics, a fusion of traditional, electronic beats and music with Tabla prodigy, Rishabh Nayak, and one of Houston’s finest, DJ Geo on the turntables, a dance by the Irish Folk Dance Troupe, the Houston International Folk Dancers, Kalangan

School of Odissi, with energetic and well-coordinated dances by the world-renown Mayapuris, and University of Houston’s Roarin’ Raas troupe’s finale, followed by open-air Dandia Raas dancing. Tara Energy gave away bottles of drinking water, Zee TV gave away free Dandias, ISKCON distributed “Prasad” and Britannia gave away their new Choco-nut cookies. Event sponsors included Tara, Zee TV, Mercedes Benz of Sugarland, Anand and Dr. Ashima Chauhan, Britannia and Deep Foods. The event was attended by over 5000 people – double that of last year’s event. The myriad of ethnic cultures coming together was a sight to see, everyone feeling a sense of blessing just being in the presence of the Raths.

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short video. Raghavan emphasized IACF’s mission to give back to the 23 organizations (ISCA is one of them) that it supports every year. “We live here, we give here,” she declared, referring to IACF’s tag line, “and we’ll continue to enhance our services every year.” IACF will hold its IACF Directors (from left) Sreeni Nakirekanti, Ponnada next event on AuNarayana, Kamala Raghavan and Prem Cholia with ISCA’s gust 9 (End Child Ravi Arora at the event. Abuse) and it’s Gala on September 12. But, for the young minds that wondered the halls that Sunday, and their doting Desi grandparents, relating with others and sharing in the delight was what it was all about! Dr. Purvi Parikh gave free dental exams and consultation INDO AMERICAN NEWS • FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015 • ONLINE EDITION: WWW.INDOAMERICAN-NEWS.COM


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Maha Pooja and Maha Yagna

HOUSTON: According to Pandit Pradip Pandya, Adhik Maas is also called Purushottam Maas. The Vedic calendar is based on lunar cycle and has 12 months for total of about 360 days. The Western calendar is based on solar cycle of 12 months for 365 days. To match the lunar and solar calendars the Vedic Munis added an extra month roughly every 3 years and called it Adhik Maas. All the 12 months were assigned to 12 different gods. But the Adhik Maas or the 13 month was not Assigned to any god. This made Adhik Maas feel sad and he spoke with Lord Vishnu, PurshottamBhagvan and requested to be assigned to a god. Lord Vishnu felt sympathetic and assigned Adhik Maas to himself and gave it the name of Purushottam Maas. Lord Vishnu also said that devotees should acquire punyas(merits) during this month by performing charitable deeds, yagnas, and offering prayers. Purushottam Maas is the month in which

Hindus can become spiritual, by engaging in charitable work and self-development, self-introspection and by immersing themselves in devotion to Lord and by giving donations. Actually, Purushottam yagna and daan(donations) offered during this month has far greater importance than that of any other month and brings greater benefits to the devotees. The Maha Purushottam yagna was performed at Gauri Siddhivinayak temple, last Sunday and was attended by over 300 devotees. Pandit Pandya wants to thank all devotees for their support by attending the yagna. Pandit Pandya can be reached at (832)4669868. Gauri Sidhhivinayak temple is open daily fron 8am to 8.30pm and aarti is performed performed at 7.30pm. The temple is a non profit 501(c) organization and all donations are tax exempt. The temple is located at 5645 Hillcroft Ave, Suite 701, Houston, TX 77036.

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Fort Bend Rotarians Find a Talwar in their Hands!

After the installation ceremony, the Talwar posed with his Executive Committee (from left) Fernando Gonzalez, Kay Lahiri, Jerry Fariza, Kamran Makhdoom and Nalin Pillai, with District Governor Giannone (right) and seated guests, including his wife Rita (front center). Photos: Jawahar Malhotra Ft. Bend Rotary Club President Surender Talwar after he was installed in office on Thursday, July 8 by District Governor Dr. Nick Giannone (right)

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SUGAR LAND: In no doubt a first among the Fort Bend Rotary Club, the newly installed President was asked to sing a song in Hindi and he, not one for turning down a request, obliged and sang one of his favorite numbers – “Bohot shukariya, badi meherbani …” The thanks he sang came straight from the heart of Surender Talwar, 72, who has been a fixture among

business, entertainment and charitable circles for the past four decades in the Houston area. Talwar (which, in Hindi, Urdu and his native Punjabi, means “sword”) had joined the Club three years ago when his friend, Sunny Sharma was its President. Late last year, he took a group of Rotarians on a three city tour of India, meeting local Rotarians there, businesses and charitable NGOs. One of the administrators of the NGO was

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visiting Houston and attended the event. Talwar has not been a stranger to the Rotary Clubs. As a business owner of Zardoz, an Indian artworks and antique store instantly recognizable for the peasant bullock cart artfully displayed on the front lawn in Rice Village, he had been a member of the West University Rotary Club for four years. District Governor Dr. Nick Giannone lauded Talwar’s zeal and constant willingness to serve, which made him the ideal candidate of becoming this year’s President, as he installed him at a brief cer-

emony at the Sugar Creek Country Club on Diary Ashford and the Southwest Freeway last Thursday, July 8. Following dinner, the ceremony started with outgoing President Kamran Makhdoom who presented an award for outstanding service to Nalin Pillai, the former Treasurer; the new Treasurer Kay Lahiri and the President-Elect Jerry Fariza. Talwar outlined his plans for his term in office, emphasizing the need to increase membership, learn from the community and to hold more fundraisers. He related a joke about getting his first traffic

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ticket, mispronouncing San Jose (with a “j” not an “h”) and turning tables on the cop by saying he would be in town till “hune and huly” (June and July) to illustrate the constant learning process. “I am excited by all the opportunities for the club,” he said, obviously thrilled at his new role. He promises an open door policy in which he would welcome ideas and support from the Ft. Bend community, asking them to reach him at his mobile (713-668-2948) or by email at surendertalwar@ sbcglobal.net.


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Gandhi Invites Untouchable Family to Ashram

Great Summer Project For children! Enter Mahatma Gandhi Week 2015 Essay, I-Tribute, Poster and Speech contests. Visitgandhilibrary. org for registration and more information. Allschoolgoing children can participate! These contests are being organized to create higher awareness of the inspiring life and work of Mahatma Gandhitopromoteuniversal values of Truth, NonViolence, Love and Service. Gandhi with Kasturbai in 1913

The story thus far….Gandhi went to Rajkot and Porbandar to meet his relatives and then went on to Shantiniketan. There Gandhi met poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore for the first time, as well as C. F. Andrews. Andrews, who came to India as an Anglican priest in 1904, was one of the very few people respected both within Indian nationalist circles and official British ones. A close friend of Gandhi, Tagore and other eminent Indians of the time, Andrews never ceased to champion the Indian cause for independence and, in a broader sense, the cause of all the downtrodden. During his short stay at Santiniketan Gandhi heard the sad news that Gokhale had passed away. He immediately left for Poona, with C. F. Andrews accompanying him up to Burdwan. Andrews asked Gandhi whether India would ever experience satyagraha, and when. “It is difficult to say,” replied Gandhi. “For one year I am to do nothing. Gokhale made me promise that I would travel in India for one year to gain experience, and that I would express no opinion until I had finished this period of probation. So I do not think there will be any occasion for satyagraha for five years.” After attending the shraddha ceremonies for Gokhale, Gandhi met the leaders of the Servants of India Society. Out of respect for Gokhale he would have joined the Society, but there was opposition from some members. Gandhi visited Rangoon, in Burma, for a short period and on his return he went to Hardwar during the time of the Kumbha Mela. About 1.7 million people attended the festival. Volunteer corps from different organizations had gone to Hardwar to be of service to the big crowds that thronged the riverbanks. Gandhi was invited to join the Phoenix party to help the volunteers. Gandhi was deeply disappointed at the many happenings and shortcomings at the great religious fair. There was cor-

ruption, cheating and many other unsocial activities. Scant care was taken about sanitary arrangements. All this saddened Gandhi. He thought a great deal about the problem of how to improve the Indian character. In May 1915 an ashram was established in a village near Ahmedabad. The city was an ancient centre of handloom weaving and Gandhi thought the place was suited for the revival of the cottage industry of hand- weaving. Gandhi named the new institution Satyagraha Ashram. “Our creed is devotion to truth, and our business is the search for and insist on truth,” he said. A simple uniform style of clothing was worn by all who worked together in a common kitchen as all strove to live as one family. “If you want to serve the people, it is essential to observe the vows of truth, ahimsa, celibacy, non-stealing, non-possession, and control of the palate,” Gandhi told inhabitants of the ashram. One day Gandhi informed the ashram dwellers that he had received a request from an ‘untouchable’ family to move in. He said he had responded favorably. This created quite a stir. Even Kasturbai had her misgivings. Gandhi’s mind was made up, however, and there could be no objection from anyone in the ashram. But the patrons of the ashram did not like the idea and they stopped funding the ashram. The ashram was suddenly faced with an acute financial crisis, but help came from an unexpected source. A rich man came to the ashram and gave Gandhi Rs. 13,000 and urged him to continue running the ashram. In February 1916, Gandhi was invited to speak at the laying of the foundation-stone of the Banaras Hindu University. The Viceroy and many of the most important people of India were there. Gandhi, clad in a Kathiawadi long coat and a turban, rose to speak. The police arrangements, and also the pomp and luxury around him, hurt him deeply. Turning to the audience he said, “I want

to think audibly and speak without reservation.” His first words froze the audience. “It is a matter of deep humiliation and shame for us,” he said, “that I am compelled this evening under the shadow of this great college, in this sacred city, to address my countrymen in a language that is foreign to me.” It was a bombshell. Nobody had ever dared to speak against the English language. The British officers, then friends, and the important Indians who had gathered there were furious. But Gandhi went on, “His Highness the Maharaja who presided yesterday over our deliberations spoke about the poverty of India. But what did we witness? A most gorgeous show, an exhibition of jewelry...” Gandhi gave a long speech that covered many topics. His was outspoken in his criticism. Annie Besant, who was one of the organizers of the function, was horrified and urged Gandhi to sit down. But Gandhi went on. Some people went red with rage, but others listened to Gandhi with great interest. “Here at last is a man telling the truth,” they thought. “He is the man to raise India from the mire.” They applauded him and shouted joyfully. Gandhi turned to them and said, “No amount of speeches will ever make us fit for self-government. It is only our conduct that will make us deserve it.” Gandhi told them that they take up the work of self-government. Finally, Gandhi, the man who had supported the British in their war efforts, said, “If I found it necessary for the salvation of India that the English should retire, that they should be driven out, I would not hesitate to declare that they would have to go, and I hope I would be prepared to die in defense of that belief.” The people were amazed at Gandhi’s frankness. It was Gandhi’s first great political speech in India. Years later, Jawaharlal Nehru described what the coming of Gandhi meant to the Indian people. “We seemed to be helpless in the grip of some all powerful monster; our limbs were paralysed, our minds deadened. What could we do? How could we pull India out of this quagmire of poverty and defeatism which sucked her in... And then Gandhi came. He was like a powerful current of fresh air that made us stretch ourselves and take deep breaths, like a beam of light that pierced the darkness and removed the scales from our eyes, like a whirlwind that upset many things, but most of all the working of people’s minds,” said Nehru. Several conferences demanding home rule were held in India during the latter half of 1916. They marked a new wave of political life under the leadership of Tilak, Mrs. Besant, and Jinnah. -To be Continued

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18 July 17, 2015 Shades of Grey

Does money have morality? Can ‘bad’ money – money that has been obtained by questionable means – be put to good use, so as to benefit the community as a whole? It’s an old question which has been raised again in the context of the publication of the third part E L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey series, the soft-porn bestsellers that have sold over 130 million copies worldwide. The books, which deal with the sado-masochistic relationship that billionaire Christian Grey has with a young, innocent college student, have found their most avid readership among women, much to the dismay of feminists who see this as a subversion of their crusade against male sexual and economic domination. The third book of the series, Grey, was accompanied by a lot of hoop-la designed to further promote sales. Of more social significance was the debate generated by the publishers’ claim that part of the profits generated by the Grey books would go towards subsidising ‘good literature’ – as opposed to porn – by sponsoring the works of notable writers who might otherwise not be commercially viable to print. Can the ‘bad’ money generated by pornography be made good money by promoting the worthy cause of literary art? Commentators on the issue recalled the case of Mother Teresa who famously said “Give me your money and I will make it clean” while accepting donations from dubious sources, such as dictatorial regimes and organised crime syndicates, to finance her charitable works. The British journalist and writer, Christopher Hitchens, deemed her as a ‘Hell’s Angel’ in his book on the missionary nun whom many revered as a saint. Can a ‘good’ harvest be reaped from seeds that are ‘bad’? In other words, can the end justify the means? An idealist like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi would say ‘No’ to that question. However, pragmatists would point out that much that is desirable has its genesis in the undesirable. For example, the so-called ‘robber barons’ of 19th century America who made fortunes out of ruthless exploitation have left behind a rich legacy of cultural and educational institutions that are the envy of the world. It seems money is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad’, neither white nor black. Just another shade of Grey. Jug Suraiya, Times of India.

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Greece Brings Back India’s 1991 Memory BY NARAYANAN MADHAVAN In the dead of night on a hot summer day in May 1991, India flew out 67 tonnes of gold – considered a symbol of pride and security among its millions – to the UK and Switzerland on a chartered jet so it could borrow $600 million to avert a foreign exchange crisis. The Greek economic crisis, with Germany suggesting that Athens put up $50 billion in an aid-for-collateral plan, has brought back to many Indians memories of that night, after which a newly elected government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao began a wave of liberalization and globalization of the economy, 10 weeks after Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar’s rump coalition pawned the gold. The India and Greek crises are quite different from each other – but both have in common a history of high government spending, a threat to foreign exchange rates and a sharp wound on national pride. India rose like the Greek Phoenix from the ashes of the crisis, which was then deftly turned into an opportunity by the then finance minister and later Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Can Greece, cradle of the Western civilization, bounce back like its Oriental counterpart – with EU playing Kamadhenu, the ever-giving creature from Indian mythology? While the comparison of the two nations may be evocative, in essence India’s problem was a relatively short term one, and Singh’s measures, beginning with two incisive rounds of devaluation of the state-controlled rupee on July 1 and 3, were focused. A 23% devaluation of the rupee sent a strong message of austerity to Indians. Three weeks later, Singh unshackled most industries from state licences and permits to help private

enterprise and unveiled a budget that readily, if painfully, began to tighten India’s fiscal deficit from the then 8.4% of GDP to under 5 % in a couple of years under the watchful eyes of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The two institutions lent tide-over loans of $2.2 billion and $500 million, respectively. When Singh began his reform, forex reserves had shrunk to a mere $1.2 billion, barely enough to cover three weeks of imports. From 1980 to 1991 India’s domestic public debt had increased steadily, from 36 percent to 56 percent of the GDP, even as its external debt grew three-fold to $70 billion, as the government spent more on a bloated public sector, especially employee wages. This was similar to Greece, but India also suffered on other short-term shocks that had little to do with its own profligacy. An anti-Congress coalition led by Prime Minister V.P.Singh fell from power in November 1990, a month after the BJP led its “Rath Yatra” to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya. The social unrest and political uncertainties led to a flight of short term nonresident Indian forex deposits. To make matters worse, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 led to a global oil price hike, making imports costlier. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, expected to be re-elected, was assassinated on May 21, 1991

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coinciding with the gold mortgage. At about $354 billion, Greece’s debt level is at 177 % of GDP, three times that of India’s during the crisis, but the Syriza government is showing much less willingness to tighten its belt. India did not miss a single payment during its crisis, unlike Greece. Two years reforms began, India decided not to go for a larger IMF loan that was on the cards. I recall Dr. Bimal Jalan, then the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council, telling me in mid-1991: “We are ready with a programme. As soon as a new government comes to power, we can do something. The international institutions understand this.” Inflation was close to 17% a month after reforms began, causing a threat to both exports and imports. Singh’s government quickly did what was necessary. It cut subsidies, cracked the whip on the public sector, and allowed in both foreign director and foreign portfolio investors who steadily invested in India’s strong but under-exposed private companies. India also began a long march to disinvestment in state enterprises. India’s GDP crawled by 1.2% in the first reform year (No contraction, like Greece), and picked up pace to hit 5% in 1993/94 and 6.3 percent in 1994/95. Exports also kept up pace. In 1992, India weathered a bruising stock market scandal triggered by a boom that resulted from the 1991 reforms that raised hopes on the country’s future. In 2009, India bought 200 tonnes of gold from the IMF and had come a full circle. There are as many as 90 Indian dollar billionaires now in the Fortune 500 list between them worth $295 billion. Greece has a longer haul ahead – and India, in 1991, did not seem to have the long financial rope that Athens seems blessed with. Hindustan Times


July 17, 2015 19 COMMUNITY International Yoga Day Honors Yoga Service Award BY KIRTHI JAIN During the opening ceremony of International Day of Yoga held for the first year at George R Brown Convention Center on June 21, 2015, the Consul General Harish Parvathaneni presented Yoga Service Awards to individuals who have exhibited exceptional service to the community in the field of yoga. We congratulated the following community leaders who have promoted yoga as a way of life or some aspect of its teachings within complex and often unique environments:

Anne Carolyn Klein, Ph D, a professor and former Chair of Religious Studies, Rice University. She has written six books on various subjects covering mind, body and soul. In tandem with her interest in Contemplative Studies, she teaches at Mind and Life programs at Stanford, Emory and elsewhere. Her central thematic interest is in the interaction between head and heart across a spectrum of Buddhist traditions. We honor Professor Klein for her devotion to help others understand the yoga of the heart.

Billie Gollnick is considered “The Mother” of Southeast Texas Yoga. She is 88 years old and began her journey by giving lectures on the health benefits of yoga in country clubs, sorority houses, and sociology classes. In 1966, she began teaching classes out of her dining room. She traveled into the Himalayas seeking out yogis in caves. Billie Gollnick has been a huge part of bringing yoga to Southeast Texas over the last 40 years and was one of the first to teach the practice to women in India. We honor Billie for her years of devotion to spreading the benefits of yoga to others.

Robert Boustany is a Rice graduate and has a degree in Physics. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 40 years. He is internationally renowned for his in-depth knowledge of energetics and anatomy. He has a background in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Forrest, and Sivananda yoga. Robert's system, Pralaya Yoga, scientifically evolves traditional Hatha and Ashtanga yoga principles to meet the needs of modern society. Robert is the teacher of teachers in Houston and travels the world sharing his unique vision for yoga. We honor Robert for his years of service making yoga palpable to the masses.

Charles MacInerney has been practicing yoga for 40 years and teaching 27 years. Since 1989 he has introduced yoga into schools, universities, governments, corporations and hospitals. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and has written articles for numerous magazines. He leads yoga retreats and workshops throughout the US and abroad. Charles also pioneered Free Day of Yoga in Austin, Texas held on Labor Day annually in many cities through out Texas and beyond. We honor Charles for his ability to integrate yoga into many systems that bring its teachings to the public.

Daksha Shah started pursuing her dream of teaching Yoga 12 years ago. She went to India and stayed at Vivekananda Yoga University for 6 months. She expanded her knowledge by learning the basics and advanced studies in yoga therapy. She is very gentle and passionate in her teaching. Her skills attracted a large number of people to the yogic lifestyle. She has actively volunteered in many yoga projects including the Stop Diabetic Movement. We honor Daksha for her devotion and active involvement in community sharing the principles of yoga.

Dr Alejandro Chaoul, Ph D, is a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and has studied since 1989 with many Tibetan Bon and Buddhist masters. After studying with various Hindu and Buddhist teachers, he became a senior student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at the Ligmincha Institute. Since 1995, he has been teaching Tibetan meditation and mind-body techniques in the US, Mexico, Latin America and Europe. In 2006 Alejandro obtained his PhD in Tibetan Religions from Rice University in Houston, TX. He currently teaches courses in spirituality and health at the University of Texas Health Science Center and does research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, using Tibetan meditation and mind-body techniques with cancer patients

Elizabeth "Beth" Reese, a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, Beth, a mother of three OHMazing® yogis under the age of 16. As the founder and executive director of Yogiños: Yoga forYouth®. She authored award winning, bilingual DVDs, CDs, and other printed and digital teaching materials, including the Online Studio & Resource site, The OHMazing Way. Beth serves as a Health & Wellness Instructor in Houston Independent School District via a private foundation where she teaches 300+ elementary students.

Jennifer Buergermeister, MA has been practicing yoga since 1992 studying Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest and a form of South Indian martial arts yoga. She began teaching in 2002. She is also a consultant to HISD for the Sonima Foundation, and the CEO and Founder of Breathe the Cure, a 501(c)3 that facilitates programs for children and adults such as Jennyoga and the Texas Yoga Conference. She is also a journalist and the founder and director of the Texas Yoga Association that changed two laws in Texas to protect the sanctity of yoga. She has released two yoga dvds and co-authored a children’s book called the FUNdamentals of Breathing and Yoga, and has presented at numerous conferences and corporations in the United States.

Kay Wescott studied with Billie Gollnick and has been teaching classical Hatha yoga for over 20 years at various locations in the greater Houston area. Kay’s classes are both fun and challenging. She has an expressive and nurturing approach that meets students where they are. She teaches around 20 classes a week at different venues with an eclectic mix of styles. We honor Kay for her devotion to community and support she brings to the masses.

Dr. Harish Chandra is dedicated full-time to Vedic teachings. He successfully carried the Vedic message to over 50 leading corporations in India, many communities and organizations in Canada, Europe, Holland, Norway, and Kenya. He founded the Center for Inner Sciences (CIS) in 2004 to spread Vedic Spiritual Science and Patanjali Yoga among western people and successfully produced many Vedic teachers in England through teachings of Patanjali Yoga Meditation. H ‎ e was awarded the title of Ved-Ratna. We are happy to honor Dr. Chandra for his leadership and ability to spread the science of Vedic principles to the masses.

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Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen conducts research examining the biobehavioral effects of integrative medicine practices aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life including studies of Meditation, Tibetan yoga, Patanjali-based yoga, Tai chi/ Qigong, and other strategies such as stress management, emotional writing, neurofeedback, and acupuncture. He is also conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle changes can influence cancer outcomes.

Shriram Sarvotham has been doing yoga since childhood and began teaching yoga in USA in 2001 through the Art of Living Foundation. During the last 14 years he has conducted over 150 yoga workshops in Houston and all over USA. Shriram regularly presents lectures, demonstrations and workshops at various prestigious conferences. Shriram is also a scholar in the classic yoga literature including the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Yoga Choodamani Upanishad. Shriram has over 5000 hours of yoga teaching experience. We honor Shriram for his devotion to spreading the light of yoga in various communities as a scholar.


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India has been a destination for foreigners for many centuries, and especially Northwestern India which has been the place of many battles with invading hoards from ancient empires like the Greeks, Persians and Mongols and later by the Europeans: the British, French, Portuguese and Dutch. Each foreign culture left its mark on Indian cuisine, and they remain popular even today in India. So, it is not surprising that some of the foods – and tastes – of the last colonizers, the British, has found a comfortable corner in the Indian hearts and stomachs. Among these is the favorite British sweet custard, a milk based pudding that North Indians have adopted as their own, adding blanched, slivered almonds, crunched cardamom and pistachios on the top crust, and even soaked raisins. It is a sweetdish that my family grew to love when we were living in London in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s as it had become a standard item at many a weekend party. My two young boys enjoyed it immensely, especially when it was a little thick and had a nice, soft but thick congealed layer on top which they would fight for. The popular brand of custard powder then was Bird’s, invented by Alfred Bird in 1837 and still going strong now 138 years later. There are many other English manufacturers now and many Indian ones too which make a fine product like Laziza, Golden Caramel, Harnik and Pruthvi’s. Custard is nothing more than a cooked mixture of milk or cream and egg yolk. When it is thin, it becomes a sauce called crème anglaise and if it’s a thicker cream (crème patissiere), it is used to fill eclairs. Most common custards use sugar and vanilla and sometimes flour, corn starch or gelatin. Though it’s not as popular in India as it once was, it is still a crowd pleaser, especially after adding the nuts, which no Indian can resist! Ingredients :

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½ gal - doodh (whole milk) ½ cup chinni (sugar) 1 pouch custard powder (about 2 tbsp) Toppings: cut slivers of apples, bananas, blanched almonds, pistachios, cardamom, raisins (to your taste)

Directions: 1.Take a half cup of the milk. Pour in the custard powder, mix well and put it to the side. 2.Bring the rest of the milk to a gentle boil over low heat. 3.After it has come to a boil, mix in the sugar and let the milk continue to boil. 4.Pour in the custard mixture into the boiling milk and stir well. Turn the heat down to low and let the milk thicken up, stirring often so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn. 5.When thick (per your taste), turn the heat off 6.Pour into a serving bowl and mix in the bananas, grapes and apples or sprinkle the top with the almonds,

pistachios, cardamom and place in a the fridge to chill for 2 or 3 hours. 7.Serve chilled in small bowls.

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.

MAMA’S TIP OF THE WEEK HOW TO BROWN ONIONS QUICKLY FOR FAST COOKING

Piyaaz or onions of all sorts are as essential to Indian cooking as sauce is to pasta, for very few dishes are made without them. There are three varieties of onions (other than green ones) normally available in the markets: yellow, white and red, and each has its own taste and the color they add to the dish. In North India, the most available are the red onions, although these are not as large as the ones found in the US. Now, you can easily find cut, browned, fried onions in a bag in the supermarket, but if you prefer to make your own, there is a simple trick to quickly saute the onions till they are golden brown. Just take a good pinch of salt and toss it on the onions while they are in the pan and they will get brown faster.

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Movie Review: I Love NY

BY ROHIT VATS There were reports that Kangana Ranaut didn’t want I Love NY (New Year) to be released, but now after watching the film, it seems her worries were mostly fictional. In fact, she is the one you’ll noticce the most in the film, and she doesn’t disappoint either. I Love NY is much better than its run-of-the-mill trailers, but how good is actually good enough? Let’s find out. The film starts with a commentary in Randhir Singh’s (Sunny Deol) voice which is basically an exercise to make the ‘desi’ audience familiar with the popular American outlook. It’s just that the film has been released after being canned for some years and thus the Indian viewers have become used to such cultural and behavioural differences via other Hindi films. Randhir Singh is a guy from Chicago who accidentally reaches New York.Anyway, we get to know that our guy Randhir is a hard working, coffee drinking guy whose last marriage proposal was dated 10 years ago, and now he is gathering courage to pop-up the same question to his current girlfriend Riya (Tannishtha). The really long gap between the two proposals is necessary otherwise how will the filmmakers justify a 57-yearold hero to the Indian audience? Of course, pun intended. He chooses the

New Year Eve to get the long pending work done, but a series of mistakes and coincidences brings him to New York (you get the NYdrift?), where he meets a school teacher Tikku Verma (Kangana Ranaut), described as the president of unlucky club by her boyfriend Ishaan (Navin Chowdhary).

This ‘chance’ encounter is the actual beginning of a story which can at least boast of sensible dialogues. A basic initiation is needed before we delve deeper into the nitty-gritties of a ‘why did you happen to me’ sort of tale in New York. In case, you don't have any direct reference to American pop culture then you can also consider Friends as a source of information. There things like handing over the keys of your apartment to somebody you’re dating is considered as the penultimate step towards getting married. In a nutshell, New York is a city which is a great mixture of traditional and modern. In such a city, Ishaan finds a ‘gharelu ladki’ who he accuses of being the ‘titli’ type. -HindustanTimes

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Filmmaker S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali: The Beginning”, the first part in a two-part war drama, has set the cash registers ringing by grossing approximately Rs.60 crore on the first day worldwide. Baahubali movie review: SS Rajamouli’s film holds out many promises “It’s a phenomenal start. Early estimate suggests that the film has grossed about Rs.60 crore on release day worldwide. This way, it may even reach the Rs.100 crore club over the weekend,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS. The film, which is about the battle

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between two brothers for an ancient kingdom, stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia, Nasser and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles. In US alone, “Baahubali…” collected a whopping Rs.15 crore. Produced by Arka Media Works, the film released in over 4,000 screens in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. “The Telugu version did extremely well. The Tamil and Hindi versions did decent business too. In Kerala, since the film managed to release in only 50 screens, it couldn’t open big,” said Trinath. -IndianExpress


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Hundreds of Devotees Flock Around the World to be a Part of Radha Rani Rath Yatra AUSTIN, TX: Radha Rani Rath Yatra (Radha Rani’s Chariot Procession) is a unique event that is the highlight of all the events held at the exceptionally beautiful Radha Madhav Dham located in Austin, Texas. Every year the Procession draws larger and larger crowds, and it is indeed a sight to behold. A magnificent chariot drawn by devotees; Radha Rani sitting majestically on the chariot served by gopis on either side; followed by devotees chanting enthusiastically, give an authentic experience of divine pastimes 5,000 years ago. This event draws devotees from all over the world such as Ireland, New Zealand and Australia and of course India. The much anticipated procession started last Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in front of the temple building with Aarti performed by devotees. Lord Krishna welcomed Radha Rani with song and joyfully danced for Her Highness as devotees showered flower petals on the Divine Couple from above. All devotees were dressed in their finest; women in colorful saris and men wearing fancy kurtas and sherwanis. Every devotee was trying to please Radha Rani not only through devotion but also with attire, hair ornaments and Shringar. Everyone wanted to look their best for Radha and Krishna and danced their hearts out taking their beloved Goddess through the scenic property. There were many devotees like Agna who

flies all the way from Ireland has been attending this event since the last 10 years and said she saves her vacation to be a part of this event every year. Govindanand ji who is flying all the way from Australia to be a part of this for the first time shows the growing popularity of this amazing event. Radha Madhav Dham which was recently mentioned as one of the top ten places of worship in United States of America by an independent agency, is reminiscent of many leela pastimes in the sacred land of Braj, and Radha Rani’s chariot made stops at Shyam Kuti and Govardhan(These Leela sthalis have been created in Ashram as a replica of Vrindavan), while passing by Kali Dah and Prem Sarovar.Abeautiful leela was enacted at Shyam Kuti. Radha and Krishna sat on the jhoola (swing) in the pleasure groves while devotees took turns giving the swing a gentle push. The garments and ornaments worn by the Divine Couple were authentic representation of Radha and Krishna. Everyone present little devotees play-

ing the part of selfless gopis enhanced everyone’s devotion and took it to a higher level. Radha Madhav Dham which is the biggest Hindu Temple in North America spread over 220 acres, has been graced with the divine presence of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in 2005 and 2007. The holy vibrations of the fifth original Jagadguru in Kaliyug who was the personification of devotional nectar, have infused divine sweetness into each and every particle of the Dham. The divine beauty of the Temple and Ashram should be experienced by everyone. It is the next best thing to being in the land of Braj. Radha Madhav Dham is world famous for celebrating all major Hindu festivals in a grand way and is famous for attracting crowds as large as 8000 people on Diwali and Holi. For more information about this beautiful Ashram visit our website www.radhamadhavdham.org or to book an overnight stay please call 512-288-7180

Houston Rath Yatra 2015: A Unique Spiritual Experience HOUSTON: Adi Guru Shankaracharya established the four centers for the propagation of the ancient Vedic Philosophy for the four Vedas. The Gobardhana Matha of Puri, Orissa is for the propagation of the Rig Vedic Philosophy. The core Vedic philosophy is centered on the permanence of the Supreme Being we call God and hinges upon the universal truth that God is the source of everything in universe and everything belongs to God. Lord Jagannath, the presiding deity in the Puri temple is the Lord of the Universe and the philosophy surrounding the Lord is of universal brotherhood and religious tolerance. The several thousand year old chariot festival of Lord Jagannath celebrates this truth of universal brotherhood. Orissa Culture Center and Sri Sitaram Foundation cordially invite everyone to the eighth chariot festival of Lord Jagannath to be celebrated on Saturday, July 18 at VPSS Haveli, 11715 Bellfort Village Drive, Houston, TX, 77031. The day’s events are highlighted below. Puja, Devotional chanting, singing : 9am – 2:30pm Padma Bibhusana Pt. Jasraj and Ensemble Concert : 4 – 6:30pm (Accompanied with Pt. Suman Ghosh, Pt. Shantilal Shah, Pt. Ratan Mohan Sharma, Pta. Tripti

Mukherjee and Sri Jay Gandhi on Flute) Pahandi (Devotees Carry the Deities to Chariot) and Chariot Pulling : 7 – 8:30pm Maha Arati followed by Maha Prasadam Dinner : 8:30 – 10pm The festival of this scale is possible with the support of the participating organizations. The participating organizations are Shree Minakshi Temple, Sri Siridi Sai Jalaram Temple, Sri Govinda Ji Gaudiya Matha, ISKON, Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Sri Guru Vayur Temple, Sri Ashta Lakshmi Temple, Namadwara, Sri Sanatana Shiva Shakti Temple, Hindus of greater Houston, ICC, Houston, Hindu Worship Society, Sri Bankey Bihari Parivar, Durgabari Society, Voice of Sanatan Hinduism, Ashirvad Vedic School, Shri Krishna Pranami temple and Pashupati temple of Richmond and many more. The event is partially funded by a grant from Houston City Arts Alliance and many patrons and well-wishers. The contact information for details is listed below.Rath Jatra Portal: www.houstonrathyatra.org Email and Telephone Number: rathyatra. hou@gmail.com (832-225-2376) Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/HoustonRathYatra

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Foxconn in the Process of Setting Up an India Focused Venture Fund BY SHARAN POOVANNA BENGALURU: Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwan-based world’s largest contract electronics maker, is in the process of setting up an India focused venture fund as a part of its initiative to invest and partner with start-ups and e-commerce companies here. Though the company is yet to announce the size of the venture fund, the visiting senior leadership indicated that there could be multiple dedicated venture funds for different verticals, including manufacturing

and cloud services. Foxconn’s senior leadership also said that the firm is looking at setting up start-up incubators here. The high-level delegation led by group chief executive officer Terry Gou has been meeting with state government representatives and homegrown star-tup companies in Mumbai and Bengaluru, including InMobi and Flipkart. The visit comes at a time when Indian start-ups are attracting attention and investments from foreign entities, including Chinese e-commerce

firm Alibaba Group and Japan-based SoftBank Corp. “We are in the process of setting up a dedicated venture fund for India. The field trip is all about the market to meet the right people and get to know what resources we should be putting in and where,” Vincent W.H. Tong, chairman of FIH Mobile told reporters here. “We will look at services, mobile Internet, hardwaresoftware integration and areas where our capability will fit and will help the start-ups grow faster. Everyone can raise capital, but Foxconn has a

unique strength that we offer to startups,” Tong said. Senior officials at Foxconn said that they will not “limit themselves” to only partnerships or investments, indicating that they were open to acquisition opportunities as well. The company said that it has a set up for low cost mobile phone maker Xiaomi in India as well as other customers. “There still needs to be policy support to push it to the next level and make it big”, Vincent said. Gou is said to have made some decisions on investments here but

the company refused to divulge any details of the same. Mint reported on Friday that the company will look to invest in startup eco system as well as device manufacturing among other sectors. Wong said that they want to turn virtualization into physical products. Jacob Chan, vice-president of the company and president of the Foxconn University, said that the company would also explore opportunities to partner with educational institutions and universities for research and development-related activities. -Livemint.com

Tata Motors Secures Rs 900 Crore Order from Indian Army BY P.R. SANJAI MUMBAI: India’s biggest auto maker Tata Motors Ltd expects to double revenue from the defence business to Rs.3,000 crore in three years as the Indian government encourages manufacturing of military equipment by local companies via the “Make In India” programme. “The current order book is Rs.1,500 crore and we want to double it in next three years. The ministry of defence intends to promote indigenous supply base for FICV (futuristic infantry combat vehicle),” said Vernon Noronha, the company’s vice-president, defence and government business. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on defence equipment forming part of his Make in India campaign to encourage manufacturing and attract foreign investment has seen a scramble among companies readying manufacturing capabilities in the segment. India’s defence budget allocation ie estimated at $620 billion between fiscal years 2014 and 2022, of which

50% will be capital expenditure, according to a report released in February by lobby group Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and financial services company Centrum Capital Ltd. The annual opportunity for Indian companies—both state-owned and private—is expected to touch $41 billion by fiscal year 2022 and $168 billion cumulatively, it said. Noronha said Tata Motors had secured an order to supply around 1,200 of its high-mobility 6x6 multi-axle trucks from the Indian Army—the single largest order awarded to an Indian private original equipment manufacturer in land systems under the defence procurement procedures. He said the value of this contract is Rs.914 crore and the vehicles should be delivered in the next 24 months. Tata Motors competed for the order with companies including Bharat Earth Movers Ltd and the MAN Group to secure the order. Noronha said the order was a validation of the company’s strategy and the growth potential of its extensive

range of defence vehicles. The government has short-listed Tata Motors for providing the 800kg category of utility vehicles along with the Mahindra Group. The value of this order is over Rs.300 crore. Tata Motors is also bidding for supplying 1,300 light armoured multipurpose vehicles costing around Rs.1,300 crore. Tata Motors has supplied over 100,000 vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces, having been associated with the sector since

1958. In the combat vehicle space, Tata Motors has designed and developed the wheeled armoured platform (WHAP), an armoured personnel carrier. Tata Motors has also developed a light armoured multi-role vehicle, a reconnaissance vehicle, combining vital operational prerequisites of mobility, protection and firepower. To be sure, there are other Tata group companies that are focused in defence. Currently, 14 Tata compa-

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nies are engaged in providing support to the country’s defence and aerospace sector. These are the Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division, Tata Advanced Systems, TAL Manufacturing Solutions, Tata Technologies, Tata Motors, Tata Advanced Materials, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel UK, Tata Elxsi, Titan Company (Precision Engineering Division), Avana Integrated Systems Ltd, Nova Integrated Systems Ltd, CMC, and Tata Industrial Services. The Tata group expects revenue of Rs.2,500 crore from its defence and aerospace business in the year to 31 March 2015, Mint reported on 11 February. The current order book size of the Tata group in the sector is above Rs.10,000 crore. Amongthebiggerandbetter-known entities eyeing a piece of the action in defence are Bharat Forge Ltd, Reliance Industries Ltd, Larsen and Toubro Ltd, the Godrej Group, the Mahindra Group, the Adani Group, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group and Punj Lloyd Ltd. -Livemint.com


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Jadhav, Pandey Set Up 3-0 India Sweep

BY ABHISHEK the 41st over when the batsman was surPUROHIT prised by a bouncing HARARE (ESPN googly and spooned Cricinfo): India 276 it up to point, but Elfor 5 (Jadhav 105*, ton Chigumbura put Pandey 71) beat Zimdown a sitter. babwe 193 (ChibhabZimbabwe were to ha 82, Binny 3-55) pay dearly for that by 83 runs lapse. Jadhav moved A fifth-wicket partto his fifty off 64 nership of 144 beballs, and took only tween Kedar Jadhav, 22 more to zoom to who made a maiden his century. Refusing hundred, and Manish to learn, Zimbabwe Pandey, who made kept feeding him 71 on debut, revived width outside off at India to 276 for 5 after another top-order Kedar Jadhav works the ball on the leg side, Zimbabwe v the death, and he kept powering them square stumble had left them India, 2nd ODI, Harare, July 12 2015. for boundaries. in trouble at 82 for 4. Three successive fours off DonLed by Chamu Chibhabha’s 82, Zimbabwe built a base for them- Hamilton Masakadza and Prosper ald Tiripano took him into the 90s selves at 150 for 3 in the 35th over, Utseya, both of whom bowled ten in the 48th over. He remained off but lost their last seven wickets for disciplined overs each on the trot strike for the next one as Binny went after Chibhabha, but swung 43 runs to hand India a 3-0 series for a combined return of 2 for 72. Robin Uthappa and Manoj Ti- Madziva over deep backward sweep. Yet again, Zimbabwe’s seamers wary tried to rebuild but it was square for six to bring up the landlet the opposition get away after slow going, especially for Tiwary, mark off the penultimate ball of putting them under considerable who managed 10 off 33 before the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar began Inpressure in the first half of the getting a leading edge off Prosper dia’s defence with a superb spell innings. Jadhav and Pandey qui- Utseya’s second delivery. Three overs later, India slipped of six overs for 12 runs. He was etly batted themselves in and got through the difficult period against to 82 for 4 as Uthappa went in unlucky not to break through as the seamers before targeting leg- similar fashion, eyeing the leg side he made the ball climb and hold spinner Graeme Cremer to build and forcing a leading edge to mid- its line. It was mostly Chibhabha for momentum. Zimbabwe’s death off. Uthappa had looked in fine bowling fell apart once more. De- touch during his 31, the highlight Zimbabwe. Severe on width outspite Pandey’s exit in the 47th over, being a charge down the track to side off, he added 70 for the secJadhav and Stuart Binny helped lift Chibhabha cleanly for four ond wicket with Regis Chakabva over mid-off. and 53 for the fourth with RichIndia take 106 off the last ten. Boundaries were hard to come mond Mutumbami. Between those The India openers had played within themselves to put together by for Pandey and Jadhav initially stands, Chigumbura was trapped a partnership of 112 in the second against Masakadza and Utseya. in front for 10 by Vijay for his ODI, but in the third, Ajinkya Ra- Masakadza was getting the ball to maiden ODI wicket, off his first hane and M Vijay both went for seam and bounce outside off, and ball of the match. Whenever Zimbabwe gained their shots from the start. Both beat the outside edge a few times. Pandey was mature enough to some steam, they would lose a were gone by the start of the eighth over, and within eight deliveries of deny himself in that period, and wicket. They had a decent chance each other, to Neville Madziva. when he was beaten, he did not with 127 needed from 91 and Rahane mishit a drive to cover and attempt a rash shot to release seven wickets standing, but Binny Vijay edged an attempted drive to the pressure. His first boundary hastened the collapse, sending came only off his 31st delivery, a back Mutumbami and Chibhabha the keeper. It was not an easy pitch for straight six off Masakadza. Jadhav in successive overs. Chibhabha strokeplay, with the ball appearing was a bit more adventurous with had been eyeing the pick-up shot to stop on the batsmen at times. his dabs and paddles, but he batted over midwicket but could not time it well and Jadhav took a diving There was also some consistent largely safely too. The introduction of Cremer in catch running in from the deep. wobble and seam for Zimbabwe’s Flighting the ball generously, medium-pacers, whose nagging the 34th over finally injected some good length made it harder to life into the innings for the Indi- Harbhajan Singh took two in two ans. He bowled short often, and in the 38th to all but end it, and drive. The new-ball bowlers were fol- was duly taken for runs. Cremer Zimbabwe were eventually bowled lowed by the seam-up mediums of should have had Jadhav, on 41, in out in the 43rd over for 193.

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Ashes: England Go Up 1-0 with Emphatic Win CARDIFF: England 430 (Root 134, Moeen 77, Starc 5-114) and 289 (Bell 60, Root 60, Lyon 4-75) beat Australia 308 (Rogers 95, Anderson 3-43) and 242 (Johnson 77, Warner 52, Broad 3-39, Moeen 3-59) by 169 runs There are many ways to lose a Test and Australia have lost this one in a manner that will cause them much disquiet. They would have had to make history to chase down 412 in Cardiff. Instead they made an unholy mess of things, surrendering five top-order wickets in 12 overs from the stroke of lunch to make a thumping England victory in the first Investec Test inevitable. That victory came in the 17th over of the final session: the margin 169 runs, the forecast of rain until mid-afternoon on the final day an irrelevance. The pace bowlers were having a rest in anticipation of a second new ball that was not needed and Joe Root, Man of the Match for his decisive first-innings hundred, even nipped in with a couple of wickets and the final catch. A defiant, clean-hitting halfcentury by Mitchell Johnson, with the ball soft, the pitch napping and the pressure lifted by the prospect of certain defeat, provided some window dressing, but by the time

he fell at slip for 77 from 94 balls, he had provided apt commentary on Australia’s middle-order failings as England went 1-0 up in the series. The favourites beaten at the first attempt: we have a series on our hands. Australia initially put up determined resistance in challenging batting conditions. No side had ever successfully achieved such a fourth-innings target in an Ashes contest, but Australia made a solid start before the departure of David Warner, the second wicket to fall, in the final over before lunch, rallied England’s spirits. Things were never the same again. There were doubts before the series that England’s attack had the capacity to dismiss Australia twice. But in Cardiff they have made much more disciplined and resourceful use of a slow, dry and occasionally inconsistent surface Stuart Broad and James Anderson have been rejuvenated by another Ashes skirmish, Mark Wood has bowled straight and purposefully, Ben Stokes has raised his reliability levels and Moeen Ali, although not finding the turn uncovered by his Australian opposite number, Nathan Lyon, has nevertheless had the guile to spirit five good wickets in the match.

Mohd. Hafeez Finds Form to Subdue Sri Lanka Pakistan 259 for 4 ( Hafeez 103, Malik 55*) beat Sri Lanka ( Chandimal 65*, Mathews 38, Hafeez 4-41) by six wickets. There was a big cloud hanging over Mohammad Hafeez ahead of the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. He had managed only returns of 98 runs and three wickets in four innings before missing the series-deciding Test in Pallekele to undergo tests on his bowling action. He replied by getting impressive drift, turn and bounce, claiming his personal best figures of 4 for 41 in 10 overs, including a maiden before marshalling the chase of 256 with his tenth ODI century, the last four of which have come against Sri Lanka. Hafeez rolled into action right away, after the hosts were inserted.

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He began by removing left-handed batsman Kusal Perera off his third delivery. He would eventually cap his spell with the wicket of another left-hand batsman, Thisara Perera, off his last ball. Sri Lanka, however, were hauled to a competitive total by Dinesh Chandimal, who profited from controlled bottom-handed heaves and slog-sweeps to strike an unbeaten 65 off 68 balls. The change of gears from Hafeez was stark: the first fifty took 58 balls while the second took only 35. After lifting Thisara over point, Hafeez pumped his fist, hugged Shoaib Malik. Malik then picked up the mantle, waltzing to his fifty and sealing victory by launching Tillakaratne Dilshan over long-off with six wickets and 28 balls to spare.


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