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Sewa and Vyasa Present Workshop on Diabetes & Yoga BY SACHIN DABIR

HOUSTON: Sewa International

along with VYASA Houston organized a free community workshop – “Role of Yoga in Managing and Prevention of Diabetes” on July 27. The event was hosted at VYASA Yoga center and was attended by over 50 people. Smitha Mallaiah, a renowned Mind-Body intervention specialist at the MD Anderson Cancer center’s integrative medicine program and Program Director at VYASA Houston, presented the workshop. The workshop started with a prayer and Smitha Mallaiah and Nikhil Jain of Sewa welcomed the participants. Thereafter Sachin Dabir talked briefly about the activities Sewa International in Houston along with Smitha presenting the activities of VYASA. It was wonderful to see community organizations joining hands to bring such an educative workshop and the community members responding so well on a hot summer day. Smitha Mallaiah gave a very engaging presentation on yoga therapy as a treatment protocol for diabetes, a global pandemic. She talked about the stress induced diseases and impact of stress on health and wellbeing. She pointed to some of the randomized control and clinical trials carried out to observe the impact of stress from common disease like cold to complex diseases like cancer. “Stress is a big deal, even if you exercise daily and

eat well, but if you are stressed, you are going to get affected” She went on to share about 5 layered existence model in Yoga and how we need to start with focusing on mind to address stress. She shared learning’s from her long standing experience in dealing with many diseases included diabetes through yoga and meditation. She talked about specific ways yoga helps in addressing key causes of diabetes. On the related topic, Nikhil Jain of Sewa shared about the upcoming Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) Yoga camps being conducted by the certified therapists and medical doctors from VYASA Houston. These camps provide ho-

listic approach to managing Diabetes through Yoga and diet control. Several participants registered

for the upcoming SDM camps on site itself. The question answer session was very informative.


Participants from earlier SDM camps shared their experiences and spoke very highly about its impact in managing their diabetes. About the upcoming SDM Yoga camp : Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) a Yoga University, Bangalore has undertaken this ambitious program “Stop Diabetes Movement” to bring down the growth of diabetes worldwide. This is a registered research protocol from VYASA to prevent and manage diabetes in prediabetes and diabetics. In Houston, the SDM yoga camps have been extremely successful with over 300+ participants already attended these in Houston during the past 3 years. The ten-day camp includes daily yoga routine, lectures from experts and doctors in the field on diabetes, stress, food habits, and how to manage demanding lifestyle in a better way. Sewa & VYASA are conducting the next set of camps in Katy, Sugarland & West Houston simultaneously, from Sep 14 to Sep 23. These camps are FREE of charge. There is a deposit which is completely refundable if participants complete the program in full. For more information and to register please contact info-sdm@ sewausa.org or (713) 834-4909. The last day to register for the camp is September 5th 2018. Sewa USA is 501 (c) (3) Hindu faith-based non-profit, charitable organization. All donations (cash, cars, clothes, securities, etc.) are tax-deductible. (Tax Id# 200638718). Sewa serves humanity regardless of race, religion, color, gender or nationality.



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ICHMOND: As South Asians expand into the city’s outer limits, Masala Pantry’s Masala Style Grand Opening was a huge hit among the new neighborhoods surrounding Williams Way and 59 including River Park West, Veranda, The Lakes of William Ranch, Greatwood, Williams Ranch Preserve, Lakes of Bella Terra, Summer Lakes & many more neighborhoods. “I loved the cool contemporary design of the store, I totally felt like I was in Trader Joe’s” said Ashka Contractor. The lines formed at 9 AM for the 10 AM opening, as the First 50 Guests were to receive a complimentary box of specialty handpicked large, juicy Mangos. The next 50 received $8 Gift Certificates on their next visit, and the Third 50 Deep Food Gift Bags. The Gift Bags were highly sought after and had to be carefully guarded! Masala Pantry celebrated with amazing grocery specials such as all SWAD / LAXMI Dals for $2.99 and Sujata Gold flour for $8.99. “Only Masala Radio can pull in such a crowd and create such a Dhamaal,” said Nasir Momin, along with Ahsan Ali, the owners of the store. Indeed, the event was like a mini mela, with giant moonwalk on one end, refreshing free Guava, Mango, Green Mango and Lychee Deep juices, free Sholay Scooter rides, free Tea India Chai & freshly made Taaza Samosas in regular and spicy varieties, free hot cooked KNS snacks, free Henna & Eyebrow Threading at neighboring Nisha’s Beauty Salon, and even a huge Indian Jewelry with everything 50% off. Masala’s Henna Shah kept the crowds entertained with non-stop dance & singing contests and fun promotions at the tasting booths and store sales. Marco’s Pizza opened a few hours’

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amazing Samosas. Several Biryanis and Currys were available Buy One Get One Free for 4 hours, and of course though they prepared huge batches, all Biryanis sold out at noon, and they had to make double the quantity again! “I work at Memorial Hermann on Grand Parkway, and it is so convenient to get off work, order a fresh made tasty meal, grab some groceries

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Sohum Sukhatankar Wins 2018 South Asian Spelling Bee EDISON (NJ): Sohum Sukhatankar of Dallas, TX correctly spelled the word “Dasyuridae” (a family of polyprotodont marsupials that includes the native cats, pouched mice, banded anteater, Tasmanian devil, and related forms) during the 2018 South Asian Spelling Bee finals to clinch the title of national champion and took home a cash prize of $3,000. Abhijay Kodali from Flower Mound, TX was the National 1st Runner-Up at the Touchdown Media initiative on Aug.2, which was taped live for broadcast on Sony Entertainment Television. The initiative was organized by leading multicultural advertising firm, Touchdown Media Inc. Sony Entertainment Television Asia will broadcast the initiative across the globe in over 120 countries, Kawan Foods returned as the powered by sponsor for the initiative which is now in its 11th year. The South Asian Spelling Bee celebrated a decade of bees, which included some special guests at the finals such as 2017 South Asian Spelling Bee National Champion, Sravanth Malla and 2014 South Asian Spelling Bee National Champion, Gokul Venkatachalam.

From left: Jaideep Janakiram, Head of North America, Sony Entertainment Television-Asia, Sohum Sukhatankar (National Champion) and Father, Abhijay Kodali (National First Runner Up) and Father, and Rahul Walia, Founder of South Asian Spelling Bee.

“It fills my heart to see such talented young spellers from across the country who make us proud as a community. The initiative is unique in its reach and engagement and this year with the introduction of the SAS-Bee program we were able to give even more spellers the opportunity to win it all and raise the bar even higher. My heartiest congratulations to

the winner,” said Rahul Walia, Founder. The initiative was open to children up to 14 years of age and was held in 7 regional centers across the United States. These areas included, New Jersey, DC Metro area, Dallas, Chicago, Bay Area, Charlotte, and the returning international center in Ghana. Over 600 spellers from these

centers participated from which 24 finalists took the stage at the Finals. 12 of which were through the new SAS-Bee program introduced this year. “We are extremely happy with Sohum’s win at the Bee as it goes to show that todays South Asian kids are all rounders and highly dedicated to their craft. We produced a special section called “Meet the Spellers where

the viewers will have an opportunity to get to know some of the spellers including Sohum better,” said Tim Tan, Managing Director, Kawan Food, makers of the world’s most popular Roti Paratha Brand in the world - Kawan Paratha. “Nail Biting contest year after year and I personally was unable to get up during the bee! It’s amazing to see the pool of talent from our community and am happy for Sohum Sukhatankar’s win and excited to get to know him and some of the other spellers better in the “Meet the Speller” series airing shortly on Sony,” said Jaideep Janakiram, Head of North America, Sony Entertainment Television-Asia. Children up to 14 years of age were eligible to participate and the contest saw spellers of even 6 years of age compete and make it past a few rounds. Registration for 2019 will open in October this year and for more information and to register your child, please visit www.SouthAsianSpellingBee.com. Find us on Facebook at South Asian Spelling Bee and you can follow us on our Twitter handle at Spell South Asian.


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10 August 10, 2018 Dilshad Patel: Changing the Game of Sports and Healthcare P 5




Working with terminally ill patients at King George Memorial Ashram: an initiative by Citygroup, Mumbai

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teamwork on and off the field. Coaches and athletes attest that this method yields noticeable improvements in concentration, handeye coordination, energy levels, balance and attunement to their and their teammates movements. Dilshad has used her classical cultural

dance background to innovate and introduce “Movement Therapy” in India with her pioneering MTS™ program. Her proprietary process has been adopted by elite sports teams like the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier Cricket League and the Canadian National cricket team during their training for the 2011 World Cup. MTS has also been adopted by professional golfer Sharmila Nicollet. She is the youngest Indian to qualify for the Ladies European Tour. Dilshad has recently been appointed by the ‘GoSports Foundation’ to train India’s current no. 1 Rhythmic Gymnast-Meghana Gundlapally for the World Cup preparation. MFH- Movement for HealthcareBringing the Arts-in-Healthcare MFH is an introduction to the basic principles, techniques and methods of effectively using movement concepts with therapeutic value, for enhancing the over-all well being of a person. The main goal of this initiative is to improve the health-related quality of life by enhancing an individual’s psychological and physical well-being through fun-filled therapeutic dance and movement sessions. She has introduced Movement Therapy to hospitals in India with a view to enhance the psychological and physical well being, through her program, MFH -Movement for Healthcare. Additionally, Dilshad was appointed by McCann Health for India’s first project on fitness and health-related therapeutic movement, “Pump Start”, choreographed by Remo D’souza and performed by Bollywood star Varun Dhawan. Her goal is to create an awareness of this new form of therapy, provide relief; health, self-awareness and joy to people that find themselves in life’s troubled situations by using dance and movement as a therapeutic tool to find solutions. RHYTHM-INDIA HAS A NEW OFFERING THAT IS CHANGING THE GAME OF HEALTHCARE & SPORTS. Join the movement towards better health and experience a FREE Introductory workshop -Movement for Healthcare @ Rhythm-India. RSVP today for our first session on Wednesday, September 5th from 6.30-7.30 pm for (adults and seniors) Visit: www.rhythm-India.com, Call: 281-9689479, E-mail: xiao@rhythm-india.com Dilshad has intensively worked as a Movement Therapist in India and the US. She trained at the Harkness Dance Center (approved coursework by the ADTA-American Dance Therapy Association) in New York. She has collaborated with Rhythm-India, through which she runs both her programs. She is also pursuing her Masters in Exercise Science/ Physiology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.To follow our journey and learn more about Dilshad: www. dilshadpatel.com, Instagram: movementtherapyindia, LinkedIn: DilshadPatel, Twitter: @DilshadPatel, Facebook: Movement Therapy for Sports and Healthcare (coming soon!)



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Financial Planner Shares Five Secrets to a Sukhi (Comfortable) Retirement


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At the August meeting of Club 65, Vijay Shah (second from left) shared his secrets for a comfortable retirement. He posed with Club 65’s executive Committee, (from left) Rahat Kale, Paru McGuire, President; Latafath Hussain and Fateh Ali Chatur.


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(as most people do) that the most important thing to consider during retirement should be to keep a close watch over your finances and stay within your budget. Then would come all the other worries that people associate with living on a fixed income and a lot of disposable time. But leave it to a retired financial planner to turn those notions around. After 30 years in the business, the last 18 with LPL Financial, Vijay Shah could have written a book on the do’s and don’ts of retirement planning. He had worked in the industry for 18 years in Baroda, Gujarat before moving to the US in 1996 to join Morgan Stanley and had counselled many clients in taking care of their assets. But that wasn’t what he was going to tell the room of mostly already retired people who came to the monthly Club 65 meeting held last Saturday morning, August 4 at the Bayland Community Center on the southwest side. His focus was on after retirement. But first, 89-year-old Taiyab Shipchandler, affectionately known to all as ‘kaka” (Uncle), rose to entertain with two Hindi songs, set to karaoke music on his laptop. Kaka is also known for his fondness to belt out a few numbers at many of the C65 meetings, in English and Hindi, in his strong and trained voice. Bespectacled, hunched with a long white

beard and his constant cap, kaka is a native of Surat, Gujarat who worked in Muscat for 21 years in the industrial cleaning business. He came to the US in 2000 to live with his son and daughter and get treatment for his beloved wife Munira who had Parkinson’s and later passed away in 2013. At the outset, Shah, a softspoken man with a deep sense of ease about him, explained that what he was going to tell – mostly in Hindi – the group was not about planning for retirement but rather how to derive the most pleasure from retirement. “The first thought is that you need lots of money,” he said, “though you may only need enough to be comfortable.” He himself has been retired for 18 months and has had a chance to test out his observations and conclusions. “You think ‘I don’t have to work and have all this free time’ but find you have to spend 8 or 9 hours at home with your wife,” he jested. “That’s a big challenge!” “I liked my profession as I could help people plan for retirement,” he went on, “but most people don’t want to tell you how much money they have. I told them I didn’t care and just made them feel comfortable and then we could go further.” Shah said that people should plan at age 51 what to do at age 65 and to use whatever government plans are available to them later in retirement. Shah distilled the secret of a

comfortable retirement to five principles: take care of your health and drink plenty of water; walk as much as possible to keep the joints lubricated; take care of your spouse and accompany him or her on the walks; don’t become too independent of the family and lastly, make sure your family has the first rights to your assets by leaving a living will which you can change at any time. Aside from this, Shah stressed the need to “control your mind, listen to your heart and always be positive”; keep good friends and revive old contacts; give back to society and give knowledge “but don’t ask if they followed your advice” and most of all, after the age Independence of 65, don’t dwell or waste your time on the unforeseen moment of death. Still, some people persisted and he had to answer questions about wills, power of attorney and trustees, though he said, it was a topic of future and lengthy discussions.

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12 August 10, 2018 American Red Cross Awards $500,000 Grant to Sewa International: Little Cambodia to Benefit


The American Red Cross awarded Sewa International a $500,000 grant to rebuild homes of the economically underprivileged devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Rosharon Village, Brazoria County, TX. This grant in the next 18 months will help Sewa reconstruct 11 completely destroyed homes and 24 partially-damaged homes thus benefitting 154 men and women, including 35 seniors and 47 children. Since day one of Hurricane Harvey’s sweep across Southern Texas damaging property and destroying lives, Sewa International has been at the forefront of rescue operations initially, and then in relief and rehabilitation efforts. One of the most affected communities was Rosharon in Brazoria County which suffered major damage.

Known as Little Cambodia, Rosharon with a population of approximately 1,400, is 30 miles south of Houston in an underserved rural area. Home to predominantly Cambodians refugees, and some Laotian and Mexican refugees, the majority eke out a livelihood in this insular setting through subsistence farming. Families here had fled Cambodia in the late 1970s escaping the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge. Nearly fifty percent of the families are involved in growing water spinach, a staple of Asian cuisine. When Hurricane Harvey roared through South Texas it devastated Little Cambodia, bringing down houses rendering people homeless, and leveling greenhouses thus destroying livelihoods. The Sewa International team members in


at work, in raising funds from its supporters across the US, and then applying for grants from organizations who sought the help of trustworthy and qualified groups to carry out relief and rehabilitation. Sewa raised over $2 million for disaster recovery in less than a year since Hurricane Harvey hit, includ-

Sewa International’s Houston Chapter Coordinator Achalesh Amar (in yellow T-Shirt) supervising the distribution of construction materials to Harvey affected residents in Rosharon, TX.

Houston, many of whom themselves had to bear losses to their homes, have been hard

Sewa International Houston Chapter Coordinator Achalesh Amar (right) discussing house-rebuilding plans with Sewa Construction Supervisor Pham and a Harvey affected resident in Rosharon, TX.

ing the latest American Red Cross grant of $500,000. Sewa was the recipient of a $397,000 grant awarded by the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) in December 2017, providing case management help for 600 individuals. Completing the work in record time, Sewa International ended up helping 1,600 individuals from minority and underprivileged communities, earning kudos from GHCF. Thus, this grant from the American Red Cross is an affirmation of the good work done by Sewa as well as acknowledgement of the can-do spirit of this Hindu faith-based charitable organization standing out amongst its mainstream peers. The total cost for rebuilding and repairing homes at Rosharon for this project is estimated to be about $675,000, out of which Sewa International’s donors are contributing $175,000 or 25%. “Despite the generous support of funding agencies, the task at hand is enormous,” said Achalesh Amar, Coordinator of Sewa Houston who has continued spearheading the disaster recovery efforts in Rosharon for nearly a year. Ecstatic on hearing the award of this grant, he continued, “The experience of rebuilding Rosharon has been demanding, sometimes frustrating, but more often rewarding and always an optimistic one. The American Red Cross grant allows us to lay the foundation, literally – one home at a time -- to rebuild and revitalize Little Cambodia.” Gitesh Desai, President of the Houston Chapter of Sewa International who has for months lived in a hotel room as his house was flooded, said “We are honored for the recognition by American Red Cross, a major humanitarian organization. We are grateful to them for reposing their trust and confidence in us through this amazing gift. The grant further strengthens Sewa International’s resolve to fulfill our mission of giving back to the society through selfless service – a cornerstone of our Hindu faith.” For further information, contact: Achalesh Amar, houston@sewausa.org, phone: 713-357-8216.


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Open House at DAV Montessori School On Friday August 10 HOUSTON: DAV Montessori & Elemen-

tary School (DAVMS) has been serving the Indian community since August 2000. As said, actions speak louder than words. So is true with DAVMS because its alumni have now entered into prestigious universities. It is a unique school, probably only one of this kind in this part of the world that successfully blends western traits with the timetested Indian wisdom; the school’s motto is: Academic Excellence and Spiritual Growth. The school was established and is run by Arya Samaj Houston known to convey spiritual values in a manner that children can confidently vouch for in their adulthood. Its director Arti Khanna has tirelessly gathered a number of feathers in its cap, too many and are listed in a brief manner:

· Academics include Vedic values, Indian culture and Hindi language · Accredited by Texas Alliance of Accredited Private schools (TAAPS) · Traditional and Montessori program with Hindi, Vedic mantras recitation, Prayers and Moral Values taught by Arya Samaj’s Acharyaji. · Montessori curriculum in Preschool till 1st grade. · 2nd to 5th grade study an accelerated Common core and TEKS based curriculum with special focus on Math and Science. · School’s philosophy and methods have been proven by the success of its ex-students excelling in academics along with the pride in their heritage and confidently transition to the large and diverse school environments. · DAV Montessori graduating students have been accepted in prestigious programs (Vanguard, Magnet, Gifted & Talented) in both private and public schools in the Greater Houston area. In these schools, the children are excelling academically and confidently participate in all the school activities. · Graduates from the first few years of DAV Montessori are now at some of the top universities in the country. · Professional, dedicated & experienced teachers are enthusiastic educators committed to creating an inviting and warm atmosphere. · Low student/teacher ratio leads to individualized attention and a personalized learning plan, designed to help each child reach their full potential. · Stage performances and cultural programs in front of large gatherings in the beautiful Arya Samaj hall builds unparalleled stage presence and confidence. · Yoga, PE, Art and technology are part of the school curriculum. · Students scoring 2-3 grade levels above on National standardized tests. · Participation in the Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) competitions and have won first place in state and district. · Afterschool clubs – Chess, Lego league, Music, Dance, Girl Scouts, Mad science, Soccer · Gated, safe and secure school compound. · Vegetarian Food · Extended school day facility available 7 am to 6 pm. · Bus service available for students. What more, the school will open its doors wide open Friday 10th August 9 am to 12 pm. Come along and see for yourself what the DAV Montessori School has to offer for your kids to blossom into a confident person. If intending to be at the open house or want to schedule a personal tour at another hour, write to: davmontessori@gmail. com, or call 281.759.3286.

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Ramesh Jaipal, Human Rights Activist in Pakistan BY MANU SHAH


Five-year-old Ramesh Jaipal raced camels in the scorching deserts of Dubai. Losing his balance meant breaking a few bones or even death. Pitiful living conditions added to his troubles but it would be five years before he was rescued by the United Nations and reunited with his family. This child jockey, sent by his father to supplement the family income in a sport that exploits children, is today a fierce human rights activist in Pakistan. In a recent address in Houston, Ramesh, now 34, spoke of the atrocities faced by more than 6 million Hindus living in Pakistan. Statistics say that the number of Hindus living in Pakistan has dropped from 19% at the time of partition to just 3%. In addition, forced conversions, kidnapping of Hindu girls, denial of basic rights for Hindu women and adverse economic, educational and social conditions has held the community back. Appealing for help, he asked the gathering of Hindu leaders to support him in righting the wrongs with their “tan, man and dhan.” Ramesh’s journey from a camel jockey to a human rights activist had its share of detours. After his rescue, he was enrolled in school but the challenges were no less. He had forgotten his own language, Marwadi and only knew Arabic. As a scheduled caste Hindu, he was prohibited from drinking from

the same water cooler as the other children and studied textbooks that derided Hindu idol worship and distorted Hindu practices. These blatant prejudices led to an “inferiority complex” and by 8th grade, he dropped out of school. However, the seeds of activism were sown. Ramesh went to work in a video store, sold balloons and kites at crossroads, and cleaned sewers to earn money. A bright child, he passed his 10th grade privately and went on to complete his Diploma in Business Administration. In 2005, he was appointed as Coordinator by the Applied Socio Economic Research Resources Center (ASR) for his district, Raheem Yar Khan. Here, he got his first taste of how socio-economic problems are rationally discussed and solved. Simultaneously, he continued his education and graduated with a Masters in Political Science followed by another Masters in Sociology and Rural Development. He footed his tuition by plying an auto

presses him most about the US is the freedom of speech and religion that its people enjoy. In the recent elections in Pakistan, Ramesh pointed out that not a single Hindu was nominated from Punjab province. If Hindus, he despairs, are not represented by their

own people, how can they ever progress? He routinely receives death threats for his work but this hasn’t deterred him. When asked why he does what he does, he simply says, “If I don’t raise my voice, who will.”

rickshaw during the evenings. In 2006, Ramesh started the Hare Rama Foundation and the Scheduled Caste Rights movement of Pakistan which fights for the rights of the underprivileged sections of society. The Foundation in partnership with Sewa-USA recently initiated several Skill Development programs for the youth in the area. He notched a huge victory when the Government of Pakistan passed the first Hindu Marriage Bill in 2017. Ramesh says it took him 3 months to draft the bill but 10 years to get it passed. He is currently working on two other bills – increasing minority seats and an Anti-Force Conversion Bill. In 2017, Ramesh was selected for the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. He spent the first three months at the University of Davis, California honing his English speaking skills followed by 9 months at Washington College of Law studying Law and Human Rights. The one thing that im-

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in spirituality, combined with great festivities and cultural extravaganza this September! ISKCON of Houston (Hare Krishna Temple) has planned something for everyone during this upcoming Labor Day weekend, as well as a special cultural event on Friday, September 7. Festivities kick off with our annual festival, Kirtan Fest Houston. Starting on Saturday, September 1, and continuing through Tuesday, September 4. Come and experience the bliss of Kirtan, mantra call and response - meditation, at our majestic temple. Enlivening kirtan singers will take one to a place that transcends the ordinary, whilst simultaneously deepening one’s faith in the Lord’s holy names. This year’s special guests include: Giriraj Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami and Bhakti Sundar Goswami. Latin Grammy Award winner Havi Das (Ilan Chester), along with Bada Hari Das, Akincana Krishna Das (formerly with the Glassjaw band) and Krishna

Kishora Das (Mayapuris). They are bound to transform our hearts! A nominal registration fee allows us to serve daily breakfast, lunch and dinner to all our guests. Register at www.kirtanfesthouston. com! Janmastami (Lord Krishna’s


Appearance Day) - This festival is on Monday (Sept 3), Labor Day a national holiday for most of us. The temple is planning costume and coloring contests spread over 2 days (Sunday and Monday). The CONTINUED ON PAGE 16


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OUSTON: It was only two years ago that she had taken over as the chief of the Sant Nirankari Mission after the unfortunate and totally unexpected death of her husband Baba Hardev Singh in a car accident in Canada in May 2016. On Sunday, August 5, Mata Savinder Hardev, more affectionately referred to as Rev Mata by her devotees and admirers, passed away after battling cancer for many years. She was 61 and died at her home at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan, Sant Nirankari Colony, in Burari in north New Delhi. Her last rites and funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 8 and the Antim Yatra (final journey) began from Ground No.8 in Burari and reached Nigam Bodh Ghat at noon. The streets of the area were jammed with thousands of devotees who arrived from around the world and traffic was being diverted around adjacent areas. The Rev Mata was the fifth guru of the SNM, and the first woman to head the sect which was founded by Buta Singh in 1929 and CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 costume contest is for children ages 11 and under and will consist of 3 age groups. This program starts at 3 PM on Sunday (Sept 2) and 4 PM on Monday (Sept 3). Special aartis (lamp offerings to Their Lordships) are planned for our sponsors on Monday between 7 PM, 9 PM and also at Midnight aarti. Kirtan Fest will continue while we celebrate Lord Krishna’s appearance day in the presence of exalted devotees of the Lord. See our website for additional details. Registration for the costume contest is also available. Details at www.iskconhouston.org. If you’d like to become a sponsor, we request you contact us at (management@iskconhouston.org). Srila Prabhupada Festival (Founder Acharya’s Appearance Day) - This special day is on Tuesday (Sept 4). With so many disciples of Srila Prabhupada present with us, it is bound to be a glorious glorification festival for our founder! Come join us and celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s labor of love while we celebrate and feast on this special auspicious day! Viva Kultura – An extraordinary evening of dance, musical theater,

Rev Mata Savinder Kaur, 61, of the Sant Nirankari Mission passed away on August 5 and her youngest daughter Sudeeksha, 33, has been anointed as the sixth guru and spiritual head.

now counts 10 million followers worldwide. Hardev Singh had become the spiritual mentor of the SNM after the Spiritual Master Baba Gurbachan Singh was assassinated in 1980. She had not been well for long and had even sent an emissary, Holy Sister Rev Mohini Ahuja to attend the Sant Nirankari Spiritual Summit that was held in Houston just 6 weeks ago on June 30 and attended by hundreds of devotees

from across the US. As her health deteriorated, on July 16 at a ceremony in Burari, her youngest daughter Sister Sudeeksha, 33, was anointed as the spiritual head and Nirankari Satguru of the Sant Nirankari Mission. Savinder Kaur has two other daughters, Samta and Renuka. Sudeeksha’s husband Avneet Setya also died in the accident that killed her father Hardev Singh.

Week at ISKCON of Houston

martial arts, live music and spoken word poetry will unfold in in Houston for the very first time on Friday, (Sept 7) and you do not want to miss this show! This cultural extravaganza seeks to entertain, inspire, educate & broaden one’s perspective. Artists from 15 countries will awe the audience with ballet, dance, hip-hop tunes, jazz music and poetry. They have traveled world-wide and ISKCON of Houston is humbled to bring them to town to perform at the Cullen Performance Hall

(University of Houston) at 6 PM. Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine will be serving sumptuous food items. Tickets can be purchased at www. vivakulturahouston.com! Please Note - Parking for the Janmastami festival (Monday, Sept 3 is at Waltrip High School, 1900 West 34th Street). Free shuttle service will be transporting all festival goers back and forth to temple all evening. Connect with us: ISKCON of Houston (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) www.iskconhouston.org

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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi - Part 9

Gandhi invites untouchable family to ashram


he 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 corruption, 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 next week

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18 August 10, 2018 Karunanidhi: The End of an Era

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Risking Life & Limb for ‘Kiki’ Fame


The life story of Muthuvel Karunanidhi is also a history of Tamil Nadu politics. A five-time Chief Minister, and the longest serving legislator, winning 13 terms in the Assembly and not losing even once, Karunanidhi was the engineer of many of the progressive measures adopted by the State. As the leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, an offshoot of the rationalist social reform movement, the Dravidar Kazhagam, he was an influential figure at both State and national levels, whether in or out of power. He excelled as both administrator and organiser, adopting different styles, but always displaying a clinical efficiency while interacting with bureaucrats and party workers. Although his administrative acumen was often contrasted with the welfarism of his political rival, M.G. Ramachandran, Karunanidhi was not beyond the draw of populism. Towards the latter part of his political career, he emulated his political opponents, MGR and Jayalalithaa, in handing out freebies indiscriminately to every household, rich or poor. He was a crusader for federalism, often standing up to the Centre for the State’s rights. He was one of the foremost opponents of the Emergency. In his home State, he ran the DMK with an iron hand; at the same time, he provided some space for the second rung, even indulging the odd dissenter now and then, as long as there was no threat to his leadership. His designated successor, his younger son M.K. Stalin, had to work his way up the party ladder — from ordinary worker and youth wing leader before being accommodated in the top rungs of the party and government. But elder son M.K. Alagiri and grand-nephew Dayanidhi Maran were rewarded with Cabinet berths in their very first terms in the Lok Sabha. Karunanidhi will be remembered for being an astute politician, one with a quick wit and ready repartee; an elder statesman who could take the long-term view of events and issues. He straddled different generations and contrasting worlds with a reflexive ease. With his passing, less than two years after his rival Jayalalithaa succumbed to illness, Tamil Nadu is staring at a huge political void, one that that will be very hard to fill. -- The Hindu

The social media is buzzing with videos where many people are jumping out of their moving cars. They put their life at risk to dance to the beat of a Canadian chartbuster for a one-minute video. The performance could be somewhat spectacular, or full of quirk or it could even involve serious injuries, but the performer wastes no time in uploading the video. The requests, warnings and threats from the traffic police across the globe seem to be falling on deaf ears as more and more enthusiasts join the gang each day. One may wonder what is making these people lose their sanity? Is it another episode of mass hysteria or are they so fed up of life that they don’t mind playing the game of death! What else could explain this dangerous and seemingly mindless act? For more than a decade, I have been listening carefully to the narratives of people who come to me for psychotherapy. Time and again, this attentive listening has taught me that human beings are an intelligent race and whatever they do is governed by some reason. In many cases, the extreme life choices and bizarre actions are a twisted manifestation of our unfulfilled needs and desires. This also applies to such episodes of mass hysteria. Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell, the authors of ‘The Narcissistic Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement’, explain that the present generation values money, image and fame over community, affiliation and self-acceptance. All our life choices are being ruled by narcissism and almost everyone is hungry for recognition and admiration from the world. People wish to portray themselves as being in the forefront of suaveness, stylishness and splendour. This image of grandiosity and overconfidence is often constructed to hide painful feelings of low self-worth, shame and insecurity. The rise of social networking sites has helped this group in reaching out to hundreds of thousands of viewers across the globe from the comfort of their smartphones. All you need to do is record and upload a video and it almost travels at the speed of light. Although you get likes, shares and

subscriptions, but the competition intensifies. As soon as people come across a news or video of someone performing an unusual act which has been appreciated and liked by others, they feel somewhat envious and insecure. An unconscious desire to seek attention and prove themselves emerges, and more and more people want to perform a better act than the original. This strong wish clouds their thinking and at a collective level it leads to crazier endeavours. The Kiki Challenge has met a similar fate. The internet comedian Shiggy started it by shooting and posting a video of him dancing on the streets to the tunes of the Drake track. Then another star brought a stationary car into the picture and slowly people took the challenge to the next level by stepping out of moving cars. I was told that a Hollywood star even danced atop a bridge in Budapest. If this challenge continues we will perhaps get to see even riskier performances by people who are desperate to show that they have lots of substance. Or maybe another challenge could shadow the Kiki challenge. Collective memory is very short and is always on the lookout for novelty. A few months ago, I was called by an organization to elucidate the psychological aspects of the blue whale challenge where the player is encouraged to indulge in progressive episodes of self-harm and the final task is suicide. What led to this narcissistic epidemic in the first place? It is the modernisation, individualisation, greed and workaholism of our soci-

ety. The entire emphasis has shifted from community life to a lone self. Without the relevant connections, this lone self feels insecure, small and shameful and believes that it must do something larger than life to feel good and attract the love of others. Over time, people build a false self to reassure themselves that they are significant, and the exaggerated selflove compensates for an absence of unconditional love. Even the parent-child relationships are getting defined by the need to prove oneself. We work hard so that we can put our children in elite schools, take them on vacations to the most exotic places and shower them with flashy gadgets and gifts. We give them the ‘best’ and expect them to give the ‘best’ in return - to excel in all spheres. Sadly, in all this ‘performing’ for each other, we have forgotten ‘how to be there for and with each other’. This has led to the rise of a meaningless self that can feel alive only when it succeeds. Despite all this running around, are we really happy? Robert Waldinger, the director of a landmark 75-year-old longitudinal study on human development observes that fame and money rarely gives happiness. He says that the greatest source of joy for most people is having strong and supportive relationships. This is not too difficult to understand. I remember my childhood days in a small joint family where Sundays were fun. Everyone used to sit together, play, eat and laugh. Nobody had to look into a screen to finish their pending office work or an urgent assignment, check messages on their phone, make a call to an international business partner on Skype or watch random shows on television to kill time. Of course, we don’t need to undo all this development and invent a time machine to take us back to 1980s. But we urgently need to find ways so that we can once again exist meaningfully for and with each other. Then, our need to be seen, acknowledged, valued and loved will be met without the caricature superhuman acts. And then, Kiki will once again become a peppy lament of failed love stories. -- Outlook India. The author is a clinical psychologist.


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August 10, 2018



Mulk Focuses on Some Hard-hitting & Burning Issues Director Anubhav Sinha sets out

to lay bare the prejudice that often precedes people’s perception of the Muslim community in our country. The patriarch of the family, Murad Ali Mohammed (Rishi Kapoor) is a well-respected lawyer who has Hindu friends in the mohallas of Benaras. His daughter-in-law, Aarti Mohammed, (Taapsee Pannu), is also a Hindu. Following a bomb blast, which kills several people Murad Ali’s younger brother’s son, Shahid Mohammed (Prateik Babbar) becomes a suspected terrorist but refuses to surrender to the police. The horrific incident changes the lives of everyone in the family and Shahid’s father, Bilaal Mohammed (Manoj Pahwa) is taken into police custody under suspicion of being involved in terrorist activities. The family’s friends from other faiths also turn foes, and Murad Ali has no other option but to defend his brother and prove that they are as loyal and as patriotic as anybody else in the country.

Mulk throws light on how people fall prey to political agendas that intend to divide the country on the basis of ‘us’ vs ‘them’. Through the dialogueheavy narrative, the film reiterates for the umpteenth time, that terrorism has no religion. However, the tonality of the film is far from subtle and the perspectives are presented vehemently in a manner that’s jarring and overbearing. The first half is slow-paced but what really works for the film is the dramatic courtroom scenes, which will make you think about the Islamophobia that exists around us. Sometimes without us being cognizant of it. Rishi Kapoor as the patriarch performs his role with restraint and nuance. The seasoned actor brings gravitas to his portrayal of a Muslim man who refuses to succumb to the

polarities manifested by both Hindus and Muslims. And yet, is aware that he has to prove his love for his country beyond doubt. Prateik Babbar as a young Muslim boy who voluntarily chooses to involve himself in a terrorist act despite being raised in a family, which has no allegiance to anti-national sentiments is miscast. Taapsee Pannu as the daughter-inlaw shines in the courtroom scenes but at times, she falters at delivering lengthy monologues. In the supporting cast, Manoj Pahwa, Neena Gupta and Ashutosh Rana are competent. Shot in the bylanes of small town India, the film captures the mi-

In I’ve just finished watching Fan-

ney Khan, and am still in shock. Not in a good way, though. That a film starring a bunch of our top star-actors can be so off the mark is a sobering, dismal thought: this Anil Kapoor-Aishwarya Rai-Rajkummar Rao concoction, based on a Belgian film Everybody’s Famous, is unbelievably awful. Anil Kapoor plays Prashant Sharma aka Fanney Khan, a blue-collar worker who dreams of stardom for his daughter Lata, an overweight plain-faced teenager blessed with a lovely voice. She is a huge fan of famous singer Baby Singh (Rai) and wants her (Baby’s) charmed life, and her proud papa will let nothing get in the way, not logic, not believability. The film starts by toplining some real, serious concerns: how body image has become such a huge part of celebrity culture, how fat-shaming

can be the worst thing for a young person just starting out exploring selfhood, and how much pressure there is around the whole circus of being famous. But none of these crucial issues are explored; after a cursory mention, the film gets lost in tired clichés.


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lieu it is set in aptly. The music is the weakest link and the soaring and melodramatic background score in some portions is distracting. Mulk focusses on some hard-hitting and burning issues, while also highlighting the crucial role that the media and various other channels of information play in disseminating the right news and facts to its citizens. It also brings to fore the other faces of terrorism which often gets brushed under the carpet. ~IndiaTimes.com

The young actor who plays Lata (Sand) is reassuringly real, and nails the vibe of being an annoying teenager constantly at war with her parents. She is the one of the two bearable parts of the film. The other is Anil Kapoor, as the washed-up die-hard Rafiand-Lata fan, who will do anything, even the most questionable, criminal things, to ensure that his daughter shines under the spotlight. Kapoor comes on eyes glistening, voice throbbing with emotion, and is, as always, an actor you lean towards because of the integrity in his performance. Which is not somethingyoucan accuse this film of, on the whole. And

that’s the trouble. Everything else— the ludicrous plot-points which include a kidnapping and a ransom and a live talent show—is difficult to buy. The kidnappee never appears fearful or scared enough perhaps because the kidnappers behave like some kindergarten bad guys, cosying up to each other and playing ‘ghar-ghar’. The gorgeous Rai essentially plays herself, with maybe one or two trueto-the-character moments. And Rao, who gets to share a lot of screen time with her, is never completely at ease around her, breaking out more with Kapoor, his co-worker, and partnerin-crime. The outmoded melodramatic treatment drowns even the most competent, including Girish Kulkarni as a sleazy talent manager who preys on unsuspecting young women, and Divya Dutta as Lata’s mother and Fanney’s faithful wife. And the music, for a film about song and singers, is entirely forgettable. Only one song is sort-of-rousing, but it’s already fading as you leave the theatre. ~TimesofIndia.com


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In India, bhaen or kamal di dandi

(lotus root) are available most times of the year and in the Punjab, it is prized for its crunchiness and highly fibrous texture which allows it to be made dry or curried. You can even make bhaen pakore (fried fritters) and though it is not a common ingredient, the results are delicious. The lotus flower is a divine symbol in Hinduism and many other Asian cultures, representing purity and non-attachment. Vishnu and Lakshmi are often portrayed on a pink lotus, and the Goddess Sarasvati is portrayed on a white lotus. Ganga and Ganesh are also often depicted with lotus flowers as their seats. In politics, the BJP uses the lotus as its symbol and in Indian civilian awards Padma Sri and Padma Bhushan, the word Padma means lotus. The lotus root is found underwater and can grow to a length of four feet. It is reddish brown with a white interior that is lacey, and has a texture that is slightly crunchy and mildly sweet. The lotus root is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin. Riboflavin, vitamin B5, phosphorus, copper and manganese and is low in saturated fat. The Indian variety is smaller and tastier than the Chinese variety which is bigger but also more porous and less crunchy. They have to be thoroughly washed as the roots have lots of dirt on them. Pakore are simply chickpea flour batter covered vegetables, but many people experiment with other edible items to dip and fry. Punjabi kaddi tastes best when made with plain pakoras rather than those with vegetables in them. And then there are the little pakodiyan (chickpea flour drops) that are plain and used in raita. Some people also make pakoras with chicken or fish. Chickpea flour is also called besan and come from dry roasted garbanzos (or chickpeas) which is then ground. It is high in carbohydrates, but contains no gluten and has a higher protein content than other flours. Ingredients: • 250 gm bhaen (lotus roots) • 1.5 cups besan (chickpea flour) • 1 cup pani (water) – enough to make running paste • Spices: namak (salt), mirch

(red pepper), dhania (coriander powder), amchoor (green mango powder), haldi (turmeric), ajwain (bishop’s weed or carom seeds) Directions: 1. Wash the bhaen thoroughly to remove all the dirt off them then cut the stalks into 2 inch long pieces and place in a pot of water. Bring them to a boil for 10 minutes. 2. Drain the water and let the bhaen cool down then cut a slit half-deep into them lengthwise. 3. In a small bowl, mix all the spices together and keep to the side. 4. Now, take a pinch of the spice mixture and spread it into the slit in the bhaen and keep all the spiced pieces in a bowl 5. In another bowl, pour in the besan, water, namak, mirch and ajwain and mix till it becomes a soft, running paste. For best use, the paste should not be too thin or too thick. 6. Heat the oil in a karahi (wok). Throw in a small dab of batter to make sure the oil is very hot. Take a piece of spiced bhaen, dip it into the batter to coat well, then release it into the hot oil. Keep do-

ing this till the surface of the oil is covered with battered pieces. 7. When one side is slightly brown, turn it over using a sieved spatula and turn over a few times to make sure both sides are cooked. Be careful that they do not become dark brown. Take them out and place on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil. 8. Pakoras are best when served hot with some tomato ketchup or mint chutney. Shakuntla Malhotra is a skilled cook of Punjabi dishes made in the oldfashioned style that she learnt as a young woman in her ancestral home in Lyallpur, India (since renamed Faisalabad) 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 late-eighties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share her delectable Punjabi recipes for future generations.




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Vedanta’s Cairn Set to Bag 40 Oil Blocks

India-focused Funds Hold $9B in Dry Powder, Similar to 2016 NEW YORK: Private equity firm Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) has received commitments of $300 million for the first close of a $700-million India-focused fund, said two people aware of the development. The India-and China-focused private equity company, which had raised a $400-450 million fund in 2007-08, was set up by Ketan Patel and Joe Sealy, both former Goldman Sachs executives. “Greater Pacific Capital has hit a first close of $300 million for its second India fund. It had started marketing efforts last year. The firm is looking to raise $700 million for the fund, which will also have coinvestment commitments from limited partners (LP), taking the overall investable corpus to over a billion dollars. The final close of the fund is expected by end of the year,” said one of the executives. The first fund has already returned more than the capital it had raised,

he added. From the first fund, GPC had invested in several companies, including in Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd and Torrent Pharma Ltd. “The new fund will focus largely on investing in Indian companies having a global growth angle, unlike a lot of other PE firms which are focused on domestic consumption themes. It

will look at sectors such as financial services, technology, pharma and services,” said the second person. “GPC is a growth capital firm and it prefers picking up significant minority stakes, partnering with the entrepreneurs to create value. However, it is not that they are averse to control transactions.” It will deploy $40-70 million in each portfolio company.

For its latest fund, GPC has received anchor commitment from a large North American pension fund, besides other institutional investors from the US and Europe, the second person added. An email query to Greater Pacific Capital seeking details of the development did not elicit any response. India-focused funds have seen strong traction in fund-raising activities in recent times. According to consulting firm Bain and Co.’s India Private Equity Report 2018, fundraising in Asia-Pacific rose to match the 2015 levels, growing 6% from 2016 to 2017. “India continued to be an attractive destination for investments, as Indiafocused funds increased 48% in aggregate to $5.7 billion. India-focused funds are carrying approximately $9 billion in dry powder, similar to 2016 levels, reaffirming the potential for investments in the Indian market,” the report added.

Nooyi to Step Down as PepsiCo CEO, Chairman till 2019 NEW YORK: After leading the US food and beverage giant for 12 years, Indra Nooyi has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo Inc, the company announced on Monday. She will be replaced by Ramon Laguarta. “Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to lead such an extraordinary company,” Nooyi said in a statement. The 62-year-old female executive will leave the company on October 3 after 24 years with the PepsiCo. However, she will remain as chairman until early 2019. “Guided by our philosophy of Performance with Purpose — delivering sustained performance while making more nutritious products, limiting our environmental footprint and lifting up all the communities we serve — we’ve made a more meaningful impact in people’s lives than I ever

The 62-year-old female executive will leave the company on October 3 after 24 years with the PepsiCo.

dreamed possible,” the Chennai-born executive said. “PepsiCo today is in a strong position for continued growth with its brightest days still ahead,” she added. Later taking to Twitter, she said,

“Today is a day of mixed emotions for me. PepsiCo has been my life for 24 years and part of my heart will always remain here. I’m proud of what we’ve done & excited for the future. I believe PepsiCo’s best days are yet to come.”

It was not immediately clear why Nooyi decided to step down. “Laguarta, who was unanimously elected by the board of directors, will take over from Nooyi on October 3,” the company said in a statement. Nooyi was born to a Tamilspeaking family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She was educated at Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. She received bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College of the University of Madras in 1974 and a Post Graduate Programme (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1976. She was admitted to Yale in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Management. Graduating in 1980, Nooyi joined the Boston Consulting Group and then worked at Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.


NEW DELHI: Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd is likely to bag as many as 40 oil and gas exploration blocks in India’s maiden open acreage auction, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. An Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS) has cleared award of blocks offered in OALP-1, bidding for which closed on 2 May. The recommendations of the panel will now go to ministers of finance and petroleum for approval, they said. The Union Cabinet had in April delegated its power to ministers of finance and petroleum to award oil and gas blocks to their winners in the Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) auction. At the close of the bidding on 2 May, Vedanta’s oil and gas arm, Cairn India had bid for all the 55 blocks on offer while state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) had bid for 37 blocks either on its own or in consortium with other state-owned firms. State-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) bid for 22 blocks in a similar fashion. Sources said while Vedanta is likely to walk away with 40 blocks, ONGC may get two or a maximum of three areas. Hindustan Oil Exploration Co (HOEC) is likely to get one while OIL may get around half a dozen blocks. They said the award of the blocks is awaiting the finance minister’s nod. Piyush Goyal is officiating as the finance minister as Arun Jaitley recuperates from a renal transplant. It is being speculated that Jaitley may be back in office as early as next week and may clear the OALP-1 bids. When the bids closed on 2 May, Vedanta was the sole bidder for two blocks and had either ONGC or OIL as a direct competitor in the remaining.


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Ben Stokes Bowls England to Win in Gripping Finish BY SIDHARTH MONGA EDGBASTON (ESPN Crickinfo): England 287 (Root 80, Bairstow 70, Ashwin 4-62, Shami 3-64) and 180 (Curran 63, Ishant 5-51, Ashwin 3-59) beat India 274 (Kohli 149, Curran 4-74) and 162 (Kohli 51, Stokes 4-40) by 31 runs It was a heart-breaking déjà vu of the Adelaide Oval for Virat Kohli where, in December 2014, he had batted in a rare zone and nearly pulled off a miraculous win for India. At Edgbaston, undone eventually by a superior seam attack, Kohli finally made a mistake with India still 53 short of an improbable win. The last three wickets could only add a further 21 despite Hardik Pandya’s resistance. At the other end of the field was a spent, exhausted, overcome-with-emotion Ben Stokes, who had managed the mammoth task of getting Kohli out. He took the last wicket too, triggering collective relief for England, who had let the visitors back in the game twice with their lack of ruthlessness. In Adelaide, Kohli had left India 60 to get. Here it was seven fewer. You don’t imagine Kohli as the tragic hero, but Adelaide and Birmingham remain his two best innings according to him. And technically speaking, he went one better in the second innings of this Test. There was less playing and missing than in the first. He began to work James Anderson around. He unleashed a few cover drives. Most of all he stayed calm. Even as India began the day needing 84 with five wickets in hand, which became four in the first over with Anderson taking out Dinesh Karthik. Kohli remained unfussed, showing excellent judgement of what balls to leave and when to play when England tried the straight lbw delivery. He faced only seven balls in the first six overs. During this time, Pandya batted himself in, showing remarkable restraint himself. Once in, he unfurled a few drives, whittling down the deficit. When England went to Plan B after the scrutiny from Anderson and Stuart Broad, Kohli finally made the one fatal mistake. While scoring 200 runs in the match, Kohli made a few mistakes outside off, but was excellent against the straighter balls aimed at getting him lbw. Every time England tried

Ben Stokes roars after taking one of India’s wickets in the second inning.

it, Kohli was either outside the line or brought his bat down in time. His head didn’t fall over, and he could access the ball. Perhaps it was about making that small adjustment to a new bowler entering the attack, but against the third ball that Kohli faced from Stokes, his head fell over and he

played outside the line, slightly across it, with a slightly closed face. On the big occasion, Stokes had turned up, his celebrations reminiscent of Andrew Flintoff’s in the 2009 Ashes. Stokes was on a roll now, taking Mohammed Shami out in the same over. A steer and an edge from Ishant

Sharma brought eight crucial runs, but in an inspired move Joe Root went to Adil Rashid. Rashid repeated the first-innings dismissal of Ishant with a wrong’un, and quite fittingly Stokes ended the game with Pandya’s wicket. Quite fittingly, it didn’t come without some fight from Pandya.

Top Order Must Learn Lessons from Lower Order - Kohli BENGALURU: Virat Kohli has asked India’s top-order batsmen to learn from their team-mates in the lowerorder after a nail-biting 31-run defeat to England at Edgbaston. Although Kohli himself had a great Test, scoring 200 runs, with considerable help from Nos. 9, 10 and 11, the other four specialist batsmen put together made a mere 99. So when asked what the biggest takeaway for India was in in the postmatch presentation, India’s captain said, “Application. There’s a lot to learn from the lower order as well. First innings, Ishant and Umesh got stuck in there, again Ishant showed character here, Umesh got stuck in with Hardik, so those kinds of things make you feel that as top-order batsmen, we need to apply ourselves better also. Just look at ourselves in the mirror. There’s no hiding from this game. Whenever you step onto the field, whatever you feel will come out in no time. We just have to be

positive, fearless, enjoy our cricket, take the negatives out of our cricket and look at the positives and build on those.” Kohli was happy with the character India showed in coming back on the first two days of the Edgbaston Test, but he knew his side needed more. England won’t allow oppositions to come back all the time in home con-

ditions, as was seen on the final day when India couldn’t get the required 84 runs with five wickets in hand. “There were a couple of times when we made comebacks into the game and I thought that we showed character there but a team like England will not let you do that every day of a Test match,” Kohli told Sky Sports. “We realised that on the final day. They were relentless in the areas that they hit, and they made us work hard for our runs. Definitely could have applied ourselves better but I’m still proud of the fight that we showed and set up the series really nicely, I guess.” That India came so close was down in large parts to Kohli himself who scored an epic 149 in the first innings and 51 in the second. The next best score from India in the whole match was 31. This effort was reminiscent of his twin hundreds in Adelaide in 2014-15 when India fell just short again.

Ashok Records Her Best at British Open

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND: A flawless four-under 68 helped Aditi Ashok record her best-ever finish in a Major as she ended her campaign at Tied-22nd in the Ricoh Women’s British Open. The 20-year-old Indian finally found some rhythm in her game this week as she produced a bogey-free round that included a hat-trick of birdies from sixth to eighth and a fourth one on 16th. Her earlier rounds were 72, 72 and 73 and she totalled threeunder 285. Aditi’s previous best at a Major was T-29 at the 2017 Women’s PGA Championships. The Bangalore girl has made cuts in ANA Inspiration with a best of T-42, while missing the weekend action at the US Women’s Open and Evian Championships. Aditi was born on 29 March 1998 in Bangalore. She studied at The Frank Anthony Public School in Bangalore and graduated in 2016.[7] She started playing golf at the age of 5; her father Ashok Gudlamani is her caddie England’s Georgia Hall with her father Wayne on the bag made history on Sunday. Hall carded a final round five-under 67 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. With her win, she becomes the fourth Englishwoman to win the Championship and first since Karen Stupples in 2004. The 2018 LPGA Tour rookie finished the week at 17-under par, twostrokes ahead of 36 and 54-hole leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. So Yeon Ryu finished solo third at 13-under par with a final round 2-under 70. Hall’s victory comes one year after she finished T3 at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns.

A flawless four-under 68 helped Aditi Ashok record her best-ever finish in a Major.


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