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Bollywood Grind with Super Star Govinda

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BY VANSHIKA VIPIN HOUSTON: In every phenomenon the beginning always remains the most notable moment. And what a spectacular beginning did we have for the most awaited, highly acclaimed event, “Bollywood Grind with Super Star Govinda”. This grand event is expected to win several hearts in the city of Houston, on August 15, at the Legendary Arena Theatre. This event, organised by Moid Khan and Irfan Moosa from Bollywood Shows 4U, is all set to thrill & delight audiences with the charm of

Superstar Govinda and the charisma of Bollywood Diva’s Esha Deol & Neha Dhupia. Whilst Comedy King VIP is sure to add more laughs to your life, Pop & Sufi singer Rincy Singh and Singer & Anchor Lucky String will sweep you off your feet with some intriguing and enchanting music. To formally announce this event, a press conference was held on August 6, at Kohinoor Diamonds. Bollywood Star Govinda along with glamorous Esha Deol were present to grace the ocassion. Govinda, who seems to have lost oodles of weight, was seen wearing an admi-

rable white suit while Esha Deol looked stunning, flaunting her designer wear. Meena Dutt, the emcee of the event introduced the stars to the audience and after the pleasantries being exchanged, they were happy to be ‘grilled’ by the Press. A hero of the masses, an entire generation has grown up on Govinda's brand of loud, slapstick comedy. As usual, he charmed the pants off the press with his million-watt smile, answering all their questions and stating that he was happy to meet them and perform at this event. When asked

which of the mediums- through films, stage shows or politics, did he connect the most with his fans, he wittily asked not to be reminded of his political career

move, thereby having the room in splits. He mentioned that he realized his audience’s love for him

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In a South Asian First for Ft. Bend, Stuti Trehan Patel Becomes Assoc. District Judge

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BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: While her family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers sat waiting for the oath ceremony to start in the courtroom that would soon become hers, her concern was for the separation of state and religion; as the prevailing thought among judiciary is not to keep religious books in court, and she intended to make sure there would be none in hers either. “We are sworn to uphold the law,” Stuti Trehan Patel said in a telephone-tag interview, “and should keep that separation”, as she recalled that day, Monday, July 27 when she took the oath of office from Judge Maggie Jaramillo to become the Fort Bend

County’s youngest and first South Asian Associate District Judge for the 204th and 400th Districts. It was an exciting prospect for her to be appointed to the bench that Judge Pedro Ruiz was vacating after 12 years to pursue private practice with a civil law firm in Sugar Land, as “this is the county where I grew up and is special to me”, the hometown girl said. Patel, 43, was born in Jullunder, Punjab but moved with her parents to the US when she was 2 years-old, only to return to finish her 7th and 8th grades in Delhi before once again returning to Houston. Her parents, Surinder and Lalita Trehan run successful Montes-





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Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha: The Play Everyone’s Talking About BY PREANKA DESAI

rewarded him, Kher and Gupta with a standing ovation. At the end all three artists and Rajender were presented with certificates of recognition, for their hard work. Emceed by Meena Dutt, the hostess of Music of India and Ghungroo Radio, invited all the sponsors of the show on stage. Rajender thanked everyone, especially the sponsors, media, and everyone who came out to

HOUSTON: Almost nine years ago Rakesh Bedi wrote a love story like no other – Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha (meaning “That’s Not What I Meant”). Preetam Kumar Chopra (Anupam Kher) and Hema Roy (Neena Gupta), deeply in love, had planned to marry, but fate and family had other plans. Their love story would take a heart-wrenching turn with Hema getting stood up at the altar by Preetam. As luck would have it, Preetam and Hema meet again almost 35 years later. Hema is set to leave India to be with her daughter, but is looking for closure. Both Preetam and Hema have questions that have remained unanswered all this time… Why did Preetam leave

Hema waiting at the altar? What transpired in these 35 years? Why didn’t Hema try to pursue Preetam and find out why he didn’t show up? Set in Delhi’s beautiful Lodhi Gardens, the play explores the lives of Preetam and Hema, and what the future holds for them. The play is crisp, fast-paced and with not a single dull moment in the almost two-hour production. A new concept is employed in the production of this play – the use of multimedia. A large video screen depicts flashbacks and there are even interactive dialogs between the actors on stage and those on the screen. Neena Gupta, making what some refer to as a comeback to the stage and theater, as Hema Roy – Preetam’s lover, and as Nigaar – Preetam’s wife, is absolutely flawless. Switching from one role and accent, depicting two very different roles with a corresponding array of emotions in both roles, showcases Gupta’s versatile talent. Anupam Kher is his usual fascinating self, evoking sen-

timents ranging from tears to laughter. Not only writing and directing this play, Rakesh Bedi also cast himself portraying the inquisitive, neighbor and friend, Raj Kapoor. He added some hilarious moments throughout the play. Rajender Singh of Star Promotion, Inc., so impressed with Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha when he saw it in India, almost immediately decided to share his experience by becoming the national promoter so he could bring it to North America. Since his home is Houston, having the inaugural show here was a no-brainer. The show sold out almost a week in advance as is the trend for this play with no previous showing ever having “current booking” – an assertion Anupam Kher had made in interviews earlier at a specially organized press conference in Houston. So well received was Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha that

see the show and supported it. If you haven’t seen Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha, plan to catch the second Houston show on September 4, at the Stafford Civic Center. For tickets and the complete tour schedule, visit or call Rajender Singh at 281-222-4500. Article contribution: Vanshika Vipin

by public demand, Star Promotion has added an extra show in Houston to the already hectic schedule of more than 20 cities. Rave reviews from major media outlets and A-list Bollywood celebrities such as Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan, just to name a few, helped pique the interest and hype the play to international audiences. The night before the inaugural show, Bedi expressed some trepidation whether the North American audience would be just as impressed as the Indian audiences were. Of course, his trepidation was unfounded when the fruits of Bedi’s labor of love were abundantly apparent when the audience



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Affection Flows Both Ways at Celebration of Mama’s Birthday

Shakuntla Malhotra with her two sons, Dr. Jayant Malhotra (left) of Chicago and Jawahar Malhotra, the Publisher of Indo American News Photos: Bijay Dixit

A group of friends who have known Mama for over 40 years at the birthday luncheon held last Sunday at Nirvana Restaurant on memorial Drive.

seven years, but this year made it extra special as both her sons – Jayant (who lives in Chicago) and Jawahar – were there besides her. Over 100 people came to share affection and seek her blessings at the birthday party held at Nirvana Restaurant on the city’s west side on Memorial Drive and partake of the sumptuous luncheon buffet. Shakuntla Malhotra has become widely known in local circles for the mouthwatering Punjabi recipes that she has written each week for the past almost three years, along with the cooking tips that she dispenses. She has a growing fan base, as many people read her column regularly saying the style and advice reminds them of their own mother’s cooking. Two books are being planned for her recipes and are eagerly awaited. Her recipes are regularly downloaded hundreds of times each week from the website. Born in Lyallpur in pre-partitioned India, as a young woman she fled with her family and only the clothes on their backs to Delhi where the clan lived as refugees


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BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Actually, it was eighteen days late, but when you reach a certain age, days don’t seem to count as much as the relish of having friends and family

shower you with affection and smile broadly when they meet you. Once again, Shakuntla Malhotra – widely known by the name “Mama” that her sons call her – was surprised by the birthday party that she has attended each of the past


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HOUSTON: On Thursday, July 30, Arya Samajis from all over the world descended on Houston, Texas to celebrate and attend the 25th Arya Mahasammelan. The event marked the silver jubilee for Arya Pratinidhi Sabha America, which was established in

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1991 as a Congress of Arya Samajs in North America. This was the second time for Arya Samaj of Greater Houston (ASGH) to host the Arya Mahasammelan, having previously hosted it in 2006. Next year’s Mahasammelan will be held in Florida.

The theme for this year’s Mahasammelan was “Arya Samaj Movement in North America”, with separate streams for the Youth. Over the last ten years, the number of Youth delegates has consistently grown – from about 10 in 2006, when Houston

last hosted the event to over 50 Youth delegates this year. Attendees came from all over the United States, Canada, Britain, and India. Each day’s events kicked off on the healthy foot with yoga and meditation sessions followed by Yajnya held at ASGH. The primary stream had a jam packed day filled with lectures by learned scholars on Arya Samaj movement, its context and meaning in the present day environment, Ayurveda, Yoga, and the Vedas, ending on a fun filled note with dinner followed by a cultural program featuring some of the Youth delegates, children of DAV Montessori & Sanskriti Schools from Houston. This was my second time as a Youth delegate, and on Friday, while my parents and grandmother stayed in the main hall of ASGH, I headed over to the DAV School building where we got to meet and interact with youth from other cities. We were then treated to a series of thought provoking lectures from many scholars, on a broad array of topics, including the Principles of Arya Samaj, Vedic philosophy and concepts, the 16 sacraments, and the science behind Yoga, among others. The best part was the Q&A session after each lecture with the speaker, so we could more fully understand the topic. Throughout the day and between lectures, we got to talk with our peers, make new friends, and play fun icebreakers- during which we ruined 4 rolls of paper streamers, balanced 5 dice on a stick, and proceeded to play every game imaginable with plastic cups. Lots of cheering was involved. The day culminated with an outstanding cultural program including a wonderful performance by DAV Schools’ children, a hilarious skit by Arya Yuva Mandal Houston, and a beautiful rendition of ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara’ by an orchestra conducted by Mrs. Vinita Arora. The next day proved to only get better with a tour of the world famous NASA Space center, and an excursion to Kemah where we ate, went on roller coaster rides, and took a walk along the boardwalk. We made it back just back in time for a gala dinner, followed by another cultural program with some great performances. At the gala dinner, which was attended by the Consulate General of India, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha honored visionaries and leaders of the Arya Samaj Movement who had helped make Arya Samaj into what it is today. It was inspiring to see so many great people share the same stage that day. Sunday, sadly, was the last day of Mahasammelan, and after the last Yajnya, and some closing remarks, all the fun was over, waiting to be repeated next year, in Florida. In the meanwhile, I made some great friends I hope to keep in touch with, and can’t wait to attend next year’s Mahasammelan.


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August 14, 2015 15 COMMUNITY Anjali Center For Performing Arts Turns 40! 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, and up to 2015, are converging upon Houston from all over the country for a happy dancing reunion, proving to the world the strength of the gurusishya bond, and that age cannot wither nor custom stale the beauty of classical dance. Most appropriately, the Chief Guests for this event are the Consul General of India, Hon. Shri Harish Parvathaneni and Smt. Nandita Parvathaneni, who are themselves great lovers and patrons of classical arts. Where: Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, 77477When: 3.00 to 6.00 PM Tickets: VIP, $100, $50, $25 – available at or at the Anjali Center (832 275 9658 / 832 462 0299)

HOUSTON: 1975 was a hallmark year for the Houston arts scene - Rathna Kumar arrived in the city and founded the Anjali Center for Performing Arts, thereby forever changing the cultural map of Texas. Rathna is a professional dancer trained in two styles of Indian classical dance – Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi – by renowned gurus Kalaimanani K. J. Sarasa and Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, and her Anjali Center is the first Indian dance institute not only in Texas, but the entire Southwest of the United States, and one of the first in the country. Starting with just two students in the first class, Anjali has grown in size, stature, and reputation over these past four decades. Rathna was the first to establish a Gurukul system in the US, providing board and lodge to students who came from all over the country to learn from her. Some of the more serious and dedicated ones went on to have their Arangetrams / Rangapravesams in their own cities – Chicago (ILL), Toledo (OH), Rochester (NY), Washington (DC), Charleston (NC), Denver (CO), and even India, with Rathna ‘conducting’ for them. Over 150 students have completed their prescribed training, given their successful debut performances, and continued to learn, perform, and even teach and choreograph. Still others have brought their children to learn from their guru, thereby giving a continuum to the activities of imparting and receiving artistic knowledge. Anjali dancers have won dance competitions at state, national and international levels, have won Texas Young Masters scholarships in dance and become Finalists at the National Foundation for the Arts’ Young Arts scholarships. At Anjali traditions are safely preserved and classical arts venerated, but there is modernity in outlook and presentation and, as in everything else in the twenty-first century, technology plays an important role. Anjali dancers have been featured in more than 25 of their Guru’s productions, all of them originals, such as Ram Katha and Shivoham (both presented under the aegis of the Chinmaya Mission, Houston Chapter), Poornam, Pratyaksha: The Power of Myth, Colors of Life: Navarasa, The Story of Rama (a children’s dance theater production), Talking Drums, , Ekta ki Awaaz: The Voice of Unity, Distinct Drums, Indian Express(ion), Dashavatar, Om Namah Shivaya, Jaya Jaya Ganesha and Nivedana (for the Sri Meenakshi Temple). On Feb 13, 2015, Anjali lost its greatest motivator, the much loved and respected Anil Kumar. On Saturday, August 15, the Staff and Students of the Anjali Center will present LAYA-LAASYA, dedicated to Anil Kumar, the silent strength behind the Center’s success. Anjali’s students from the

Swami Mukundananda is a world-renowned teacher of spirituality, Yoga and Meditation. He is the founder of the unique Yogic system JKYog, also known as Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul. He received His degrees in Engineering and Management from IIT (Delhi) and IIM (Kolkata). Swamiji is the senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. He has inspired people all over the world, on the path of Spirituality, holistic health, yoga, meditation, service to society and God-realization. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies like Google, Oracle etc. For the youth, Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities such as Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Kellogg and Duke University. Please register for the event at


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through his overall experiences in life and considered his fans as his extended family. On being asked about his comeback after half a decade, with a negative role in Kill Dill, he honestly replied that while he was hesitant to take up this role when Aditya Chopra approached him, it was his wife who made him see reasons to go for it. While most of the questions were directed towards Govinda, Esha too gladly replied to the ones being thrown at her. Delicious food, courtesy ‘Bhojan’, was served during the press conference. As soon as the Q&A got over people lined up for some selfie-time and photo session with the stars. For further information call Moid Khan at 281-235-4711 or Irfan Moosa at 832-618-3333 or log on to


sori schools in Ft. Bend and also another K through 12 school in Gurgaon, just outside New Delhi. Her older sister Nidhi and younger brother Dhruv, are also involved in the family business. In a twist of destiny, as judge she is emulating the work of her grandfather Ishwer Singh Hora who was a Circuit Court judge in India. A product of the Ft. Bend schools (Dulles, Colony Bend, Sugar Land and Clements), Patel went on to graduate with a Bachelors in Sociology in 1993 from the University of Texas in Austin where she met her future husband Hiren Patel, 45, who was finishing his degree in computer science. She joined the Bates College of Law at the University of Houston to get her Jurisprudence degree in 1996 and he got his MBA from the Bauer College there. They have two children, 15-year-old Dhilan and 9-year-old Priya. Hiren works as the CEO of the family hospitality business, Medallion Investments which owns five hotels in Houston, that his father Raman S. and mother Sushma Patel started years ago. Patel began her career as a legal intern in the Harris County Dis-

trict Attorney’s Office and also interned at the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court of the Judge Letitia Z. Clark. She received her State Bar of Texas License in November 1996 and was admitted to the Southern District of Texas Court in September 1998. She worked as an associate attorney with Watts & Associates, P.C where she practiced law in the area of general civil litigation and then moved to the Harris County Domestic Relations Office as Attorney and Mediator in the area of child support and visitation enforcement and assisted with prosecution of both court-assigned and private cases, successfully mediating contested cases involving children. For the past fifteen years, she has worked with the Ft. Bend District Attorney’s office, with a short sabbatical from 2005 to 2008 to take care of her growing family, where she was one of the Assistant DAs who work for Ft Bend DA John Healy. She did her last rotation handling general felony cases in the 240th District Court that she will now preside over. Unlike the Judges of the Senior District Court benches, hers is not an elected position, which is why she applied for it when it came available, and

was elated when she discovered she had won over the other candidates. Judges Jim Shoemake and Jaramillo and Healey complimented her on her dedication and work at the oath taking ceremony. Patel realizes that her case load will focus on her areas of expertise, mainly in criminal, family violence, protective orders, with civil and taxation added to it for which she is preparing her skills. Although South Asians make up 20 per cent of the Ft. Bend population, she doesn’t see the same ratio in court cases, and those that she sees center on domestic violence, DWI and white collar fraud. On the flip side, she sees the same low ratio of South Asian victims of aggravated robbery and burglaries or home invasions. Stuti Trehan Patel is aware that as the first South Asian in the Greater Houston Area in this position, she will be setting a watermark for her community which has its eyes on her. But it’s clear that her down-toearth attitude and calm conversational style easily win people over, allowing her to handle the delicate but conflict-laden cases that she must preside over.

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tion, as many Punjabis also did, her family and that of her husband’s managed to rise above and once again rebuild themselves. After her husband Jagdish Chander Malhotra, a career Indian Foreign Service Diplomat passed away, Shakuntla Malhotra moved to Houston twelve years ago and has become a well-known person at many community events. Never one to sit still, she has many hobbies, a keen eye, sharp memory and wit and loves to sing bhajans, one of which she sang by request. She later joined in with Punjabi tappe (an old form of folk song based on a questioning stanza, followed by a stanza responding) and then others joined in with their own songs, while still others joined in with a few folk dance steps.

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India’s Dour Mood Makes British Nervous Great Summer Project For children! EnterMahatmaGandhi Week 2015 Essay, I-Tribute, Poster and Speech contests. Visit for registration and more information. All school going children can participate! Thesecontestsarebeingorganized to create higher awareness of the inspiring life and work of Mahatma Gandhi to promote universal values of Truth, NonViolence, Love and Service. The story thus far…It was announced that a meeting was to be held in a garden called Jallianwala Bagh, to protest against the government’s actions. General Dyer took no measures to prevent the meeting. He reached the place soon after the meeting began and he took with him armored cars and troops. Without giving any warning he ordered, “Fire till the bullets are finished.” The soldiers fired 1600 rounds into that unarmed mass of people. Once a park, Jallianwala Bagh was now a scene of the most brutal massacre of hundreds. Hundreds of men, women, and children were butchered, though the official figures given were only 379 killed and 2000 wounded. Leaving the wounded and dying on the ground, the troops marched away. The name Jallianwala Bagh became synonymous with massacre. There were other even more shameful deeds done all over the Punjab. Indians were ordered to crawl on their hands and knees. General Dyer also ordered that in certain areas all Indians were to alight from vehicles and salute whenever they passed a British officer. At certain places men were stripped naked and flogged. Students and children were ordered to walk miles for roll call, to attend parades, and salute the British flag. Then there was the stripping and flogging of marriage parties, the censorship of communications, and cutting of water and electricity supplies to Indian families. The administration of General Dyer’s martial law created a reign of terror in the Punjab. C. F. Andrews, who had already reached the Punjab, wrote to Gandhi and begged him to come at once. Gandhi wanted to go, but the Government turned down his requests for permission to visit the place. Finally, in October that year, the Viceroy permitted him to visit the Punjab, and Gandhi went. On his arrival at Lahore railway station, Gandhi found that almost the entire population of the city was waiting for him. The Congress had appointed a committee to enquire into the atrocities committed in the Punjab. On his arrival in Lahore he was requested to join the committee. He started a slow but most methodical investigation of the incidents in the Punjab. Gandhi thus had the opportunity to get to know the Punjab and

Mahatma Gandhi Week is being observed in Houston from September 27 to October 3, 2004. Various activities are being planned, including essay competitions for children, lectures,exhibitions,seminars,etc. This will be done in collaboration with several Houston area Indian and American cultural and religious organizations. For more information, call Atul Kothari at 713-785-3900 or visit www.mahatmagandhi its people. The people flocked to him. They loved and respected him. Jawaharlal Nehru, who was also there in the Punjab, realized that Gandhi was the leader of the masses. People were drawn to him because of his thoughts and deeds. Nehru saw the scientific accuracy with which Gandhi was conducting the enquiry. Gandhi’s report of the atrocities showed that the Government was trying to shield certain persons. He was never interested in taking revenge on anybody but he was shocked at the way the government sat silent when its own report was published. He was greatly moved by the sufferings of the people in the Punjab. He knew the extent of the atrocities committed on the defenseless people. Gandhi now advised the people to not cooperate with the Government in every possible way. He advised them not to accept any of the honors offered by Britain, and requested those who had already received honors to return them. He wanted people to start a movement to boycott the law courts. He advised people not to buy any foreign goods. He wanted every effort to be made to persuade Indians not to serve the Government in any capacity. He called out students from the educational institutions. Gandhi’s influence on the Indian people was steadily growing. The old leaders, many of them with liberal policies, were vanishing from Indian politics. By the end of 1920 Gandhi was the undisputed leader and head of the Indian National Congress. The Congress was fighting for immediate Home Rule. Its method of fighting was nonviolent noncooperation

with the government, and defying carefully selected laws at suitable times. Gandhi was very interested in Jawaharlal Nehru and his socialistic views. He was most impressed with the account given by Jawaharlal of his contacts with the peasants. Jawaharlal explained the difficulties the peasants were experiencing, particularly the high taxes they had to pay. The political situation in India grew worse. The Government became nervous. There was tension everywhere and amidst the suppressed people there was the danger of violence. In spite of the hard attitude of the Government, Gandhi believed that England would soon right the wrong before it was too late. Jawaharlal was of the opinion that England would not change her policy unless she was forced to do so. Jawaharlal was right. Soon the Government started arresting the leaders and imprisoning them. The British were afraid to loosen their grip on India. On August 1, 1920, in a letter to Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy, Gandhi gave the signal for a noncooperation campaign. Along with it he returned the Kaiser-i-Hind gold medal which had been awarded to him in 1915. In the columns of Young India Gandhi wrote in detail in defense of nonviolent noncooperation. With other leaders he traveled extensively addressing huge meetings and preaching the essentials of satyagraha. Everywhere the crowds welcomed him with great love and enthusiasm. Again and again he warned the people against violence. He abhorred mass fury. “If India has to get her freedom by violence,” he said, “let it be by the disciplined violence named war.” At the end of August the Gujarat Political Conference passed a noncooperation resolution and a special session of the Congress was held in Calcutta on September 4 to 9. Gandhi had prepared the draft of the non-cooperation resolution. Gandhi was not sure how much support he would get at the Congress session. When he moved the resolution he said that he knew the resolution envisaged a policy which was different from the policy hitherto followed. “But,” he declared, “knowing this, I stand before you in fear of God and with a sense of duty to put this before you for your acceptance.” The special Congress session adopted the noncooperation plan as a means of attaining Swaraj. During the latter part of 1920 Gandhi advocated a triple boycott. He wanted an absolute boycott of the Government and all government institutions, including schools, colleges, and courts. If the people were free of these they could easily have their own schools, colleges, and courts, and the power of the British would collapse at once. There was much laughter and ridicule from the moderates and the supporters of British rule. But Gandhi paid no attention. — To be continued


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18 August 14, 2015 Growing Green Shoots The benefits of lower commodity prices—the average cost of crude imported by Indian refiners has fallen below $50 per barrel—are beginning to show on company results. An Indian Express analysis of BSE-500 firms that have so far declared their results for the quarter ended in June reveals an 18.1% fall in raw material expenditures over the same quarter last year. As a result, despite their net sales declining by 5.3% year-onyear, the net profits of these companies have risen by 6.4% for the quarter. This is good news. When the economy isn’t doing well, both firms and households see their incomes rise slowly, or even fall. But as the costs of what they consume—be it petrol, palm oil or coal—come down, it leaves more money in their hands. Such boosting of bottom lines, even without real top-line growth, has a positive impact on private spending and overall sentiment, which could, in turn, presage the next recovery. The main concern before the economy today, however, has to do with a complete drying up of investments, without which there can be no new jobs or incomes. A recent Crisil report has projected an 8% decline in private investments across 22 major sectors in the current fiscal. The reason: capacity utilization rates in many industries are wallowing at five-year lows. When poor sales growth is making it difficult for companies to run even their existing plants at optimal levels, why would they want to add fresh capacity? In other words, profits alone aren’t enough. Ultimately, there has to also be top-line growth to justify putting up new plants. If one were to look at the growth drivers of the economy, private consumption—on account of low commodity prices and a better-than-expected monsoon—is the one that holds out some hope. But on the negative side, there is export and private investment demand; given the state of the world economy and domestic capacity utilization, the prospects for recovery of both seem rather weak in the immediate future. That leaves the only other potential growth driver, which is public investment. Although there is some sign of a pick-up in the pace of execution and also award of national highway projects, clearly much more needs to be done. Moreover, the government must be seen to be doing more—especially in big-impact projects such as the Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor—to inspire confidence among private investors. Rahul Bajaj’s recent comment about “the shine wearing off” the current government is indicative of a growing perception that it isn’t doing enough. Indian Express

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY India’s Middle Class Today

BY AAKAR PATEL Let us first look at what it meant 20 years, meaning one generation, ago. It was the last period without mobile phones and when there was no internet, meaning life was really, palpably different. Middle class then meant ‘not poor’. Its membership comprised those urban families whose men were occupied in small business or white-collar jobs. How different is it today, one generation on? Here are 10 of my casual observations: * There is more physical activity and many more fitter Indians visible on average. Our standard type is still paunchy and flabby but there is a mix now that was not apparent earlier. The only properly fit urban Indians a few decades ago were the dund-baithak types of the lower middle class. This has changed. Even if only by a little. * There are more middle-class women working. Here we have made enormous progress. When I moved to Bombay from Surat exactly 20 years ago at the age of 25, I had been working six years but had never encountered a woman at work (except for the labouring class). I work today in a place that has more women than men. That may make it unusual but hardly exceptional. * The number of white-collar, English speakers doing work that requires some blue-collar or physical work (for instance waitressing and waiting, air-hostesses cleaning toilets on flights, chefs and so on) has become very large. This is a very great thing. It will go some way in making us a little more humane. * Caste is less important, less understood, less felt and in recession faster than it has ever been. The great scholar MN Srinivas in his last article for Economic & Political Weekly said it was the introduction of currency, and the end of barter, that finished caste off. I would say that urban ignorance runs it a close second. Much remains to be done, particularly on the side of reservations and inclusion, but socially speaking, its recession is quite striking, * Religion remains as important as it has always been. There is also an unquestioning acceptance of ritual.

My friend Gaurang Jani, a professor in Ahmedabad says he always asks a new class coming in to raise their right hands, so that he may count the number of wrists sporting sacred threads and charms. He says the number keeps going up. * Spoken English has become better. We use colloquialisms, but mostly those introduced from the West, while the Indianness of our accent and our sentence constructions has reduced. Many more Indians speak and read it today, of course. Written English has become… different. I hesitate to say it is worse because it was never particularly good. * From being a one-sport-only nation, we now have wide viewership of a second, football. This is to me interesting because it shows middle-class interest in a sport that is harmonious. With its passing and teamwork and flowing action, football is less individualistic and less solipsistic than cricket. It says something warming about those who follow it for love. Meanwhile, the playgrounds remain unfit to convert this passion into talent. * Migration on work has become common. Where mostly the publicsector and blue-collar worker would be itinerant, many millions of us today work in a foreign state that we call our new home. And most of us are comfortable there, showing how easy this move is. Indians from the Northeast are to be found working outside it in great numbers, which is a fine thing. The Muslim is still seen with suspicion by the landlord, even if

decreasingly so by the employer. * Many economic things have changed. The idea of ration cards is more or less gone from this class (I remember my mother fussing over ours, just as I vividly remember getting our first telephone and TV set). White butter and ghee are rarely made at home. Restaurants are visited with a frequency that would have bankrupted our parents. Foreign holidays (once the privilege of one or two children in a classroom of 50) are not uncommon. Nor are Indians in business class rare. Neighbours are often unfamiliar if not strangers in the modern apartment complex. Many economic things have not changed. Above all our treatment of our fellow human beings. Servants are still treated in a way, as paid possessions, that would be unacceptable in any civilized society. * Children have become bratty. There was no question of the earlier middle-class child having a veto on what to eat or what to watch or even what they ought to do. We obeyed. The converse to this is that perhaps today’s children might become more independent minded, which is not a bad thing. The next generation might be better than this one, and that would be a welcome thing. Lastly, I would say that the definition ‘not poor’ is no longer capacious enough to capture the whole middle-class population. It has become complex and granular, more than it was before, and that is also a good thing. TOI Aakar Patel is a writer and columnist based in Bangalore.


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Medical Oncology

The final article in our three-part series on different aspects of cancer treatment focuses on medical oncology. Traditionally, medical oncology involved treating cancer with chemotherapy. As Dr. Sanjay Sethi outlines below, medical oncology now involves much more than just chemotherapy. There are many more targeted treatments. This is in keeping with all forms of cancer therapy— more targeted and less debilitating surgery, more focused radiation treatment, and more directed systemic treatments. -Vivek S. Kavadi, M.D.



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BY DR. SANJAY SETHI Oncology is the study of cancer, and a physician who specializes in treating people with cancer is called an oncologist. There are three main types of oncologist: medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and surgical oncologist. Medical oncologists are responsible for the care of a patient from the moment of a cancer diagnosis through all phases of the disease. They also coordinate treatment given by other specialists. Other medical professionals also are involved in

a cancer patient’s care, including nurses, social workers, pathologists, and radiologists, to name few. After completing medical school, medical oncologists must first complete postgraduate training and become board certified in internal medicine. For two additional years, they are broadly trained in all areas of oncology. Some medical oncologists further specialize in specific types of cancer, such as lung cancer, prostate cancer, or breast cancer. Medical oncologists explain the cancer diagnosis and its stage (description of where the cancer is located or spread to other parts of the body), discuss various treatment options, and recommend the best course of treatment. They also manage the side effects of cancer drugs and treat other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and pain. Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancers with the use of drugs to kill cancer cells, usually by stopping its ability to grow and divide. Depending on each patient’s medical condition, medical oncologists can recommend a treatment plan that may include chemotherapy, hor-

monal drugs, biological therapy or other medications such as targeted therapy. These drugs are a form of systemic therapy, which means that it covers the whole body. All these drugs can be used one at a time or in combination. Traditional chemotherapeutic drugs act by killing fast-growing cancer cells in the body, which usually multiply much more quickly than most cells in the body. But these drugs can also harm cells that divide under normal circumstances such as cells in bone marrow or the intestine. The thought of having chemotherapy frightens most people. But knowing how it works and what to expect can often help manage their fears. It can also give a better sense of control over cancer treatment. Some newer anticancer drugs, such as various monoclonal antibodies, are also referred to as targeted therapies. These do not kill indiscriminately, but rather target abnormally expressed proteins in cancer cells that are essential for their growth. Research is ongoing in various areas of medical oncology, some of which include: • Targeted or biologic agents, which are more effective by targeting specific molecules in or on cancer cells and at same time are less harmful to normal cells • Tumor profiling, using tests to get information about the genes in cancer cells to help target these cells and predict things like risk of recurrence • Development of vaccines to prevent certain types of cancers • Cancer immunotherapy, which is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body’s natural defenses against cancer All these new developments in drug therapies are helping medical oncologists provide personalized cancer care by basing treatments on the unique biologic features of each patient’s disease. The goal is to deliver highquality, optimal care with compassion while maintaining quality of life. Dr. Sanjay Sethi is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Sugar Land, 1350 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas.

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22 August 14, 2015 Janmastmi Meeting with Community Leaders

Hindu leaders praying together at Guruvayurappan Temple.

BY MANU SHAH HOUSTON: For 25 years, the biggest Janmashtami celebrations in Houston has been synonymous with the George Brown Convention Center drawing bigger crowds every year. Organized by the Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH), the event, over the years, featured actors Nitish Bharadwaj and Saurabh Jain, Anup Jalota, the unique concept of Phoolon Ki Holi,

a spectacular Rangoli decoration, Dandiya Raas and a delightful costume contest. Despite its success, the question that arose is whether Janmashtami should be celebrated every year considering the resources needed in terms of money, time and effort. The answer was a resounding yes and it came not just from the leaders of various Hindu organizations and temples in the city but from youngsters like Reshmi who believe that this


community celebration “helps the younger generation understand its rich culture, connect with other Indo Americans, preserve our religion and provide a better understanding of our culture to the broader community.” Such an appeal could not be ignored. About 30 organizations gathered at the Guruvayurappan Temple in Houston on August 8th to discuss and plan the September 12th Janmashtami Annual celebrations at the George Brown Convention center. Emcee Girish Naik, Past President of HGH invited Deepa and Reshmi Surendran to begin the meeting with an invocation prayer followed by the lighting of the lamp. HGH President Anshuman Desai welcomed the gathering and outlined HGH’s major accomplishments in the year. He also pointed out the vital need to energize and involve the youth in HGH activities and to encourage and create commerce between Hindus as “prosperity is strength.” Finally, he stated that HGH would like to meet every organization’s Executive committee to see how “they can help each other, work together and be a collective voice.” Dr. Hansa Medley, Outreach Director at ISKCON and HGH Board Advisor, described

2015-16 as a milestone year for the organization as it was celebrating 50 years of Swami Prabhupada’s arrival and the ISKCON foundation in the US. She stated that ISKCON will arrange for the Chief Guest – Ambarish Prabhu, the great grandson of Henry Ford, at the event. Describing the VP of HGH, Partha Krishnaswamy as “one who has taken the Janmashtami celebrations to a new level,” Girish Naik invited him to highlight some of the attractions of this year’s celebrations. According to Partha, attractions like celebrities, Phoolon Ki Holi (Holi with flowers) and Dandiya Raas clearly determine the number of people who turn up to participate in the celebrations. This year’s celebrations will also have all the regular attractions with Phoolon Ki Holi being bought back on popular demand. He also appealed to the gathering to contribute with “health, wealth and wisdom” to achieve their goal of bringing more than 8000 people to the celebrations this year. Rishi Bhutada, Director of HAF, an advocacy group that represents the HinduAmerican viewpoint in Washington spoke of HAF’s recent accomplishments which include correcting over 100 inaccuracies about Hinduism in Texas textbooks, introducing a resolution in Congress to highlight the war crimes committed against the Hindu community in Bangladesh and organizing teacher training programs to help teachers in the School District better understand Hinduism so they can, in turn, teach it correctly. Rishi Bhutada also initiated an ambitious proposal of building a Hindu campsite which can be used by every organization in the city to conduct their events and camps. Vijay Pallod, who is described as “the backbone of HGH” and was the convener of the meeting invited all the organizations present to state how they could contribute towards the celebrations. He also urged the gathering to help make the UH Hindu Students Association sustainable and strong. Encouraging responses poured in. Prasad from the Meenakshi Temple stated that the temple’s priests would purify the venue with a special puja. The temple would also promote and publicize the event through their extensive database. Ashwin Dave from BAPS said that their organization would organize the prasad. ICC’s President Charlie Patel will take up the responsibility for the allocation of the booths, Dr. Surya from the Char Dham Hindu Temple stated that they would support HGH as required, Vishnuji from the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir offered to provide the traditional music while Dr. Nik Nikam promised to publicize the event through his radio station. Raunak Maheshwari of the Graduate Indian Student Organization (GISO) at the University of Houston promised 35 active volunteers, Durga Bari Temple’s representative Deep stated that their organization would publicize the event through its newsletters and Kantibhai Patel of the Sanatan Hindu Center promised to take care of the arathi arrangements. Several other organizations promised volunteers. Past President of HGH, Sharad Amin, stated that his organization would “serve and empower any Hindu organization and synergize them into the bigger Hindu family.” Dharmender Dargan invited all the organizations to post their upcoming events on HGH’s website as it’s a comprehensive guide to activities and events in the Hindu community. In a concluding message, HGH Advisor Dr. Venugopal Menon emphasized that “despite all our perceived differences, we must transcend our organizations and stand as one, otherwise the next generation is lost.” The gathering also visited the beautiful temple and prayed together after which a delicious lunch was served by the volunteers of the temple. VP Anil Kumar graciously invited the gathering to use the temple premises for their future meetings too.


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes

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Mittha Daliya (Sweet Cracked Wheat Porridge) Slow Cooker Recipe It’s a fact that Punjabis prefer roti over rice anytime; and mostly roti made from wheat flour. Since the Punjab is the heart of the wheat belt of India, and supplies the country with this healthy grain, this preference for wheat is but natural, though this has been an ancient tradition for Punjabis. Wheat is generally high in carbohydrates, potassium and protein as well as iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Apart from making rotis of various types, this fondness for wheat has led to another popular breakfast dish, daliya, which can be eaten sweet or salted with other ingredients, much like khichdi (which is made with rice). Daliya is a made from cracked, roasted wheat kernels into a porridge like consistency if eaten sweet and is great for older people or those recuperating from an illness, to give them a soft form of protein and energy. But its taste is much different from oatmeal. Unlike khichdi, daliya is usually made thick but most people are too busy in the mornings to take the time to cook it. This recipe uses a slow cooker that allows the daliya to simmer over a long time which takes the guessing out of the preparation and you can relax and carry on your other activities. The slow cooker is a most convenient appliance for people on the go who have little time to cook timeconsuming meals. Usually, the ones with two heat settings are best, but the method is the same: pour all the ingredients in, turn the cooker on and let it run for several hours or overnight and then taste the results. Ingredients : 1 cup daliya (cracked wheat) 3 cups pani (water) 1 tbspn olive oil Chinni (sugar) or gur (jaggery) to taste Khishmish (raisins) and badam (almonds) – to taste


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1. Pour 1 cup of daliya into 3 cups of water in the slow cooker and turn it on the high setting for an hour. 2. Check to see if the daliya has become a little tender then turn the setting to low for 30 minutes. 3. Open the slow cooker and add a tablespoon of olive oil and add

the sugar to taste. Some people may prefer gur which gives the daliya a slightly brown color. 4. Soak the raisins and almonds in hot water for 30 minutes; then peel and split the almonds. If you prefer, use slivered almonds; but soaking them will make them softer. 5. Mix in the raisins and almonds into the daliya and serve while still hot. 6. For those who avoid sweets, replace the sugar with salt and omit the raisins and almonds.tainer with a tight lid. They will keep for many weeks.

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 MAKE TURNED MILK INTO PANEER We have all dealt with the instance when the milk in the refrigerator has gone past the expiration date, turned sour and has curdled, yet we feel a sense of disappointment at having to throw such a large amount of it away in the sink. This happens despite our best intentions to finish the milk before it expires. Most people – especially the young ones will throw the milk away, but for those of us who have grown up during times when there was no refrigeration and come from the Old Country, throwing out food was not even considered! We knew that it could be reheated once to prolong its life. In the case of turned milk, simply bring it to a boil with a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. The whey will separate from the water; then run it through a thin muslin or cotton cloth to catch it; bundle it up to drip for two hours. This is the Indian paneer (cheese) which is used in many dishes.

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Movie Review: Bangistan

‘Hindu Muslim Bhai Bhai’. Can this hoary slogan, coined in the early years of the republic. be repeated minus irony? The only way the idea can be incorporated in the movies these days is to either spoof it up, or to embed it in a satire. ‘Bangistan’ does that. Or, let’s say, tries to do that, but doesn’t really take

it too far. Not because the idea is not madly original – the thought and what it means needs repeating as many times as it takes to sink in, or till world peace is achieved, whichever comes first—but because of the treatment. The film finds its laughs in the odd moment, but comes off, over all, flat and tepid.

Religion doesn’t divide humanity. Bigots do. ‘Bangistan’ sets out to demonstrate just us how silly the divide is yet how fatal it can be if wisdom doesn’t dawn upon us. Two unlikely messengers of peace ( Deshmukh and Samrat), hailing from two opposing parts of fictional country called Bangistan, show up in Krakow, Poland, and muddle about till they reach where they want to. A sexy bar girl in the shape of Fernandez declares that she has no religion. `Par aap toh Christian hogi’says one of our heroes. The film has a lot of dialogue in similar vein. Muslims use a lot of green coloured-stuff, have long beards, say ‘bhaijaan’ : Hindus don saffron and red `tilak’ and say, ‘bhai-saheb’. This is not breaking stereotypes ; this is re-inforcement, and heavier than the let’s-all-be-friendsGeeta-ho-ya-Koran’ sequences. A jab at the ineffectiveness of stuff Made-In-China which fizzles rather than sparks, hits the spot, but there aren’t enough of these japes. The thin plot is stretched out over equally thin gags. Samrat is a tad too chirpy, and Deshmukh, who is usually capable of lifting anything he’s in, a bit too grim : a comedy needs more substance and consistency, especially something underpinned on a message that needs to be spread far and wide in these divisive times. -IndianExpress.


Asin Set to Marry Micromax Founder Rahul Sharma

NEW DELHI: Bollywood's buzzing with a string of weddings backto-back. Just a month after Shahid Kapoor tied the knot with Delhi girl Mira Rajut, Asin, who will soon be seen in Abhishek Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor's All Is Well, plans to get married to Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma. Rahul, who is almost ten years elder to Asin, founded the telecommunication company Micromax, one of the top mobile companies in the country. Born to a school principal, Rahul completed his engineering from Nagpur. Asin's Khiladi 786 co-star Akshay Kumar and his wife Twinkle are said to have played cupid in this love story. Akshay, who is also

a close friend of Rahul, was the first brand ambassador of Micromax. According to a report in Bombay Times, the couple has been going around for a few years and was only waiting for Asin to complete her prior commitments. With All Is Well set to hit theatres soon, the two say they are now ready to go ahead with their marriage plans. "I am currently wrapping up all my professional commitments so that I can give more time to my personal life. I had anyways stopped signing new projects two years back itself," the report quoted her as saying. HT could not independently verify the report. -HindustanTimes


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Indian Philanthropists Changing Global Research Landscape BY VANITA SRIVASTAVA In July this year, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced a 10-year $100 million initiative - Breakthrough Listen - to help research on alien life. The initiative is just one example of multimillionaires and private foundations playing an increasingly important role in changing the global research landscape. Research in India has been starved of funds and good infrastructure, triggering the emigration of many scientists and technocrats. The brian drain is sometimes off-set by the trend of alumni from prominent institutes giving back to their alma mater - a recent example being that of Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, who donated a large corpus to IIT Madras and IISc Bangalore for the study of the brain. Director of IIT Madras, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, says that funds provided by Gopalakrishnan will help the institute become a global player in this area. "Computational brain research is an emerging area with significant potential for invention of game-changing computing paradigms as we uncover new knowledge about how our brain works," he says. Indian Institute of Science director, Anurag Kumar, agrees with Ramamurthi about the importance of private funds in scientific research. "While we have become used to the idea of full government support for top institutions of higher learning, and of research in general, private sources will need to step in to support directed research and translational research. As our services and manufacturing industry moves up the value chain, they will need to increasingly support research." India's gross expenditure on research and development (GERD)

doubled from `24,117.24 crores in 2004-05 to `53,041.30 crores in 200910. It is estimated to be `72, 620.44 crores in 2011-12. However, when it comes to the share of the Gross Domestic Product spent on research, India's share is much lower than that in many countries. While China's research spending was approximately two per cent of its GDP in 2011, for India it was only about 0.9 per cent. Many scientists are, however, wary of private benefactors controlling the scope of research and feel it shouldn't be a substitute for public spending. "Philanthropy is an extremely valuable complement to government spending but it cannot be a substitute for it. It is also at its best if it comes with very few strings. Of course, donors have the right to define certain broad goals, but ideally, they should let scientists and engineers decide what is the best way to try and achieve those goals without imposing too many conditions," feels Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. But Princeton University professor Manjul Bhargava, who was awarded the Fields Medal - the Nobel Prize for Maths - last year, is of the opinion that "receiving long-term research funds from private foundations allows one to take more risks - to carry out work on bigger and more fundamental problems that may not bear fruit for

some years." India could, he says, definitely benefit from private donors giving incentives to scientists to work on high-risk, high-reward projects. According to a recent article in the journal Nature, India is yet to become a major player in world science. The country's research publications generate fewer citations on average than do those of other nations with a focus on science. This includes countries such as Brazil and China. The article does offer some hope for the country. "Businesses in the country are investing more in R&D, which bodes well for future innovation," it says. Optimism, that we hope, is not misplaced. With a degree in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, Prabhakar Goel has been an active venture capitalist involved with over 40 private companies. He talks about the research ecosystem in India and the way forward. The decision to create the Goel Foundation for Research was to give back to an institute that has been very valuable in my personal development. Our goal was to help accelerate the applied research development in the institute. We were not looking to fund basic research but research that could be commercialized. The new focus is on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles projects. We chose UAV projects because we saw a huge opportunity to commercialize indigenous UAVs for the Indian market in areas like defence, commerce and agriculture. What ails research in India? The institutes need more industry and government sponsorship to drive research that is commercially relevant and has meaningful demand in the industry or in defence. Funding of such research in the US shows good practices that can be followed

in India. There is a shortage of faculty that is motivated, qualified and has the passion to lead this effort and to attract other researchers and students. Institutes need to also find faculty or lead researchers that meet the requirements. Some of the IITs are moving ahead well in doing so and others are, unfortunately, still languishing. I would also suggest re-direction of some CSR funds towards applied research at the institutes. This would provide a fillip to industry funding of applied research. India is home to close to several thousand -dollar multimillionaires. Yet, funding for medical research is insignificant. The tradition of philanthropy is not new to India. In fact, it was JN Tata, who established the first-ever trust in the world in 1892, well ahead of the Rockefeller Trust, the Andrew Carnegie Trust, the Ford Foundation, and the Lord Leverhulme Trust, all of which came in the 1900's. Philanthropy will help in funding research areas that are either rarely or scarcely

funded. India spends 0.9 per cent of its GDP on R&D, of which two thirds comes from the Indian government. South Korea spends 3.8 per cent of its GDP on R&D, of which 15 per cent comes from the government. So which government is spending more? India. It is the same if you compare the government spending as a percentage of GDP in US, Europe, Japan and so on. So I am happy to say that on this basis, India is ahead of the rest of the world. There should be a cultural shift from the way things are run today. Among other things, the government should increase investments exponentially and scientific institutions should be de-bureaucratised. Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan has put in Rs 350 crores for studying the brain. Here, he explains why he specifically chose brain as a research subject. Thaving 40-45 researchers working in these areas. issues.

Preparing For the First Day of School The summer has sailed by, and that means it’s time to get busy with backto-school plans. Whether your child is attending school for the first time, going to a new school, or heading back to familiar territory, there can be uncertainty and nervousness. A plan of action, including a detailed calendar of schedules, events and homework, a list of supplies, a visit to the school and a meeting with new teachers can get you off on the right foot for the school year. Here are some ways to ensure the transition is smooth: Go over your

child’s schedule with him or her – Find out who the teachers are and where your child will need to be throughout the day. Check out the campus with him/ her and get to know the lay of the land. If your child will be attending a new school, introduce yourself to your child’s teachers and get a sense of what they expect from your child. It is also a good opportunity to become familiar with the layout of the school. Get a list of needed supplies Ensure that your child is ready to go on the





28 August 14, 2015 Rampant England Regain Ashes with Inning+78 Run Win Ben Stokes has been BY DAVID HOPPS England’s talisman when TRENT BRIDGE it mattered. Swinging the (ESPN Cricinfo): Engball lavishly, he took anland 391 for 9 dec other wicket to finish with (Root 130, Bairstow his best Test figures of 6 for 74, Starc 6-111) beat 36. With James Anderson, Australia 60 (Broad one of the greatest propo8-15) and 253 (Warner nents of swing bowling in 64, Rogers 52, Voges history, looking on from 51*, Stokes 6-36) by an the dressing room, Stokes innings and 78 runs made light of his absence England regained the in a manner that Anderson Ashes 10.2 overs into could admire. the third day at Trent It might have been an Bridge as they completold ball, 63 overs into its ed a thumping win by lifespan at start of play, an innings and 78 runs but it had swung prodiin the fourth Investec giously for Stokes late on Test. It was 599 days the second day and when since England fell apart he returned to the fray after in an Ashes whitewash what was no doubt a night in Australia. The rebuilding has The England players celebrate after reclaiming the of anticipation it proved to been painful, but Ashes, England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Trent be as obliging as ever. At 241 for 7, still 90 behind, Alastair Cook’s young Bridge, 3rd day, August 8, 2015.. Australia faced up to an England team has impossible task. The applause he received - in Engbeaten an experienced Stokes has feasted on Australia’s Australian side that will now be land too - was heartwarming. Cook, a younger man, and stub- left handers. He had bagged four dismantled. The last act was down to Mark born with it, had survived his own the previous day, three with outWood - Australia’s last man Na- tough times to live a happier chap- swingers delivered from around than Lyon considering a leave and ter, becoming the third England the wicket and, with the last ball of instead dragging the ball back into captain to win the Ashes twice his second over, he added Mitchell middle and leg stump. But with on home soil. “I couldn’t be hap- Starc to the list. It was a virtual replica of those Australia seven down at start of pier,” he said. “After what we’ve play the smiles had crept onto Eng- been through in the last 18 months dismissals, an outswinger catching land’s faces from the moment they to play like we have in three out the edge on its way to Ian Bell at took the field and, on the players’ of four Tests against a very good second slip, but this time he had balcony, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Australia side - we haven’t lost gripped the ball cross-seam in an Farbrace did a passable impres- many days of cricket - is just in- attempt at variety and found it credible. I’m just so proud of this booming away to the slips all the sion of the Jollity Brothers. Ashes cricket can turn its com- young team and the way they’ve same. Stokes is not particularly rebatants into heroes, and often it can taken their opportunity.” Two captains, briefly in tears at nowned as a swing bowler at indestroy them too. Up on the Australian balcony, Michael Clarke, the prize giving ceremony, told of ternational level, but in Durham they will tell you a different story. a captain who had failed again to what the Ashes means. England have now won four England’s most northerly county win the Ashes in England, mournfully watched the final stages from home Ashes series in a row, a se- outpost encourages swing bowling the Australian balcony as Cricket quence not matched since the 19C. and, on his day, Stokes swings it Australia confirmed that he will Now 3-1 up in the series, they go more than anybody. Some of his finest Test displays to the Kia Oval with the pressure retire at the end of the series. “Time has caught up with me,” off, but a smarting Australia side have been against Australia, his said Clarke. “As a player you build will remain desperate to summon competitive instincts sharpened by yourself up for big tournaments - a response to give Clarke a rousing the bristling nature of the contest. the World Cups and the Ashes. It’s send-off. In the Ashes, there is no Red headed, raw boned and busily tattooed on muscular biceps, he not easy but it’s the right time to such thing as a meaningless Test. And, in south London they may has been in his element. go.” A yorker from Wood soon did for Everybody loves winning - and experience a surface a good way winners - but there is something es- removed from the traditional Eng- Josh Hazlewood, leaving Austrapecially noble about a great player land surfaces that have given them lia’s last pair at the crease. Adam recognising the time to go, and de- so much grief in Cardiff, Edgbas- Voges, on a ground he knows well from county stints at Nottinghamparting with grace and goodspirit. ton and Nottingham in turn.

shire, negotiated his way to a threehour half-century, an effort which received warm appreciation. England did not turn to Stuart Broad, whose 8 for 15 had as good as settled the Test on the first morning. “Cookie will tell you that on the first morning I wanted to bat,” he said. He would have been glad of the rest. It remains to be seen whether he rests out The Oval. Anderson is definitely expected to sit it out. But that will become apparent in the days to come. For England, the first task was a celebration with the destination of the urn settled in a series that has been brisk, entertaining for all the onesided nature of the matches, and at times nigh on incomprehensible. David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

Aussie Fans Pile On

Comments left on Sydney Morning Herald website: We are getting to the standard of other test teams. We could get to Zimbabwe’s standard if we improve. Perhaps we could give Afghanistan a run for there money. Dave Warner could practise his Pashto and Dari. Benny

Can we ask Extras to open the innings please. Seems like he’s getting the most runs these days! Taher D

Warner must have stuttered if he asked the English if they could speak English. I wonder what Joe Root said to him. Anyway we need to improve our sledging because we didn’t do much yesterday and in the past it has been our solution for everything. The only thing we batted last night was our eyelids. Benny

Australian cricket: HA HA HA HA HA From all New Zealanders

Is there any truth in the rumour that the English greenkeepers are to be awarded MBEs. Winston Smith

I’m not so sure about test matches anymore. I think I might start watching the longer format T20 series. Timmy O’Toole

Leg bye - hit two nice 4s last night well played should be made captain. Snidery Mark


SL Gear Up for India’s Five-Bowler Challenge

GALLE (ESPN Cricinfo): “We’re both young teams,” has been the phrase of the tour so far. “Both teams are rebuilding,” captains, players and team directors have said. All of this is another way of saying neither team is particularly good at present. There is a lot of chatter about potential and talent. Less about Test form and recent record. India are further down the transition track, and so appear the more polished outfit. KL Rahul is the least experienced batsman in the top order, but he already has a ton in Australia. Rohit Sharma is an unproven Test no. 3, but he has sent Sri Lanka bowlers into therapy in other formats. Between Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, there is enough quality in that top order to hurt Sri Lanka, as long as the visitors can overcome their aversion to batting well away from home. After years of seeking a partner for Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s opening partnership has emerged as one of the hosts’ strengths. Dimuth Karunaratne still plays the snazzy legside flicks, but has recently discovered the offside, and added a few points to his batting IQ. Kaushal Silva hangs on like a limpet, rarely punishing the opposition, but often annoying them. There are the flakier batsmen Jehan Mubarak and Upul Tharanga are yet to prove they can be Test performers. But offsetting this uncertainty is Angelo Mathews, who after Kumar Sangakkara is becoming Sri Lanka’s sure thing. The attacks are evenly matched, even if Sri Lanka’s pace stocks are again diminished by injury. Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep are improving bowlers, and in Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal Sri Lanka have a varied spin threat. It isn’t a Galle match without a late batting collapse, and as India appear intent on fielding five bowlers, Sri Lanka will hope to expose the lower middle order. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will feel the opposite. The extra bowler in the side will help put pressure right back on the Sri Lanka’s batsmen.



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Prakratik USA Benefit for People and Tigers of Ranthambore, Aug 22

‘The Art of Mind Management’: By Swami Mukundananda

HOUSTON: The quest for Mind Management is a practical necessity, not a lofty ideal, says a Swami Mukundananda Ji who is on a 30 City Tour this Summer in the USA. He will be addressing the audience from all walks of life in this enthralling six day series from Aug 29- Sept 3, at India House, 8888 W. Bellfort Avenue, Houston, 77031. Swami Ji has captivated Audience in Houston since 2008. Swami Mukundananda Ji is a spiritual leader whose lectures apply the ancient Vedas, or Hindu scriptures, to the challenges of 21st-century existence. He teaches audiences how to manage stress through yoga and meditation. During these six days Swami Ji will be teaching techniques to Unleash the Power of your Mind: Your Best Friend and Worst Enemy; Mind Management Tools - creating Harmony in work life balance; - Technique of Visualization: Tapping the Power of the Subconscious Mind - and many more areas to help manage the growing complexity of our lives. "Practical realization of these critical Mind Management techniques," he says - "If practiced on daily basis, transforms our thinking and develops contentment and peace of mind; as

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well and provides us a true Path to Happiness. His program "The Art of Mind Management" will run from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday (8/29/15), 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday (8/30/15) and 6 pm to 9 pm Monday to Thursday (8/31/15 - 9/03/15). The series is Free and open to the public and followed by dinner Prasad. Contact details: 281-630-5982, 832377-6070, 281-782-7345. Email: houstonjkyog@ Registration to the event is encouraged. Swami Mukundananda Ji looks as one might expect a holy man to look -- serene countenance, flowing saffron garments, a high forehead marked with Tilak. But he also has an MBA from the IIM Indian Institute of Management, India's preeminent business school and He was a mechanical engineer from IIT before he renounced his position, at age 23, to pursue a life of spiritual devotion. In addition to lecturing to general audience around the country, he's spoken to staff at Google headquarters in California and the Kellogg School of Management in Illinois, MIT, Stanford and Yale. Program Information: The Art of Mind Management What: A Life Transformation Series by Swami Mukundananda When: 4:30 – 7:30pm Saturday(8/29). 11 am- 2 pm Sunday (8/30). 6-9 pm Monday-Wednesday (8/31-9/02). 7-9 pm Thursday (9/03) Cost: Admission is free and Prasadam will be served after discourses. Where: India House, 8888 W. Bellfort Avenue, Houston, 77031. Contact Details:832-377-6070, 281-6305982,281-782-7345. Email:


HOUSTON: According to a recent report released by the wildlife trade monitoring network, India lost close to 41 tigers during between January 1 and August 9 of this year, to various causes including poaching. The Prakratik Society, working around India’s Ranthambhore National Park, a globally renowned tiger Reserve in the Indian State of Rajasthan, shows that there are other ways to both save Indian tigers and

other wildlife and make local inhabitants benefit from protecting the park, rather than promoting the slaughter of precious animals in private hunting sanctuaries for the wealthy or by poaching for the merciless wildlife trade. The Prakratik Society founded by Dr. Goverdhan Singh Rathore, son of the famous field director of Ranthambhore, Fateh Singh Rathore, known as the “Tiger Man of India," has been working for over two decades to find solutions for the people of Ranthambore and their well-being, which will in turn ensure the safety and security of the tigers of the wildlife reserve. Prakratik USA is a Texas-based initiative, formed to support the work of the Prakratik Society. Its first initiative, 'Friends of Ranthambore,' is to

introduce Dr. Rathore to the people of Houston on Saturday, August 22 at 7pm at the Techniplex Conference Center, 4810 Techniplex Drive, Stafford, TX 77477. Dr. Rathore, in a rare visit to the United States, will share some of his experiences and discuss the Prakratik Society’s innovative approach to resolving the conflicting needs of wildlife and people and will discuss his pioneering efforts for the people and tigers of Ranthambore. The introductory event, designed and managed by Aalponaa Event Designers, ( will be followed by dinner and musical entertainment, Due to space, seating is limited to invited guests only and. For more information, please email or visit the website

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first day by getting a supply list from the teacher or the school. Talk to your child about any fears he/she may have about the coming school year Reassure him/her that you will always be there to help work things out. Find out what extracurricular activities are available and which ones interest your child – Buy any needed equipment for the sport or other activ-

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