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Shiv Shakti Mandir Celebrates 8th Ganesh Utsav with Gaiety & Fervor


“Ganpati Bappa Morya!” shouted temple priests Virat Maharaj, Hardik Rawal, Prakash Adhvaryu, Pralay Pandya and Temple Trustees along with hundreds of devotees as the Ganpati Visarjan Yatra commenced from the front of the temple. Due to

weather, Shiv Shakti Temple made the decision to not take out the procession in the streets of Hilcroft but keep it within the temple premise, but that did not stop the devotees to have the fun as they bid farewell to their Lord Ganesha. There were Dhol, Lezium based

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folk dancer spearheaded by enthusiastic dancers from Kalakriti Performing Arts and temple devotees who led the procession and crowd with gaiety and fervor. The temple had created it’s own lake in the back of the temple where Lord Ganesha was immersed with grandeur and excitement among chant’s of “Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Yaa” or “Come Early Next Year” devotees urged Lord Ganesh. Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Houston is a 10-day celebration and a big ritual ceremony is performed every year at Shiv Shakti Temple Houston where thousand’s of devotees participate in the rituals and pay

their respect to Lord Ganesha. This year during the 10 day celebration it is estimated that over 10,000 devotees from Houston and surrounding areas visited the temple and participated in the Ganesh Utsav celebration. Ganesh Utsav starts on Chaturthi with Ganesh Sthapna (statue installation) in home and temple and ends on Anant Chaturdashi with Ganesha Visarjan. Devotees of Lord Ganesha offer prayer, offerings (especially Modak), sing devotional songs, recite mantra, do Aarti and seek his blessings of wisdom and prosperity. It is celebrated separately by the families

or group of people in the Pandals, temples or community. Ganesh Visarjan (means idol immersion into water) is a special and most important part of the puja. It is performed according to the Mahurat of the Ganesha Visarjan and is marked as the end of the ten-day long festival where devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Utsav this year was on Saturday Sep 22, and the day started early with hordes of devotees started to visit Sanatan Shiv Shakti Temple from morning and through out the day. In the evening a spec-




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In a first of its kind event, two generations came together to give their take on Generational Business Transition. Founders Ramesh Bhutada and son Rishi of Star Pipe Products, Jugal Malani and Pankaj of Unique Group of Companies and Mrs. Vijay Dhingra with Abhishek of Expotech USA, shared insights on how the second generation was initiated into the family business and how they are being groomed to take over the reins in the future. The event, organized by IACCGH at the Hess Club on September 20, was sponsored by AJ Gallagher & Company represented by Bill Newman. The topic clearly garnered a great deal of interest and was evident in the packed room. Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia revealed that in the last 24 hours alone, registrations doubled from 90 to 180. The novel concept came from Star Pipe Controller Vijay Pallod and Chamber President Swapan Dhairyawan. It highlighted the success stories of three Indo American entrepreneurs and quizzed the second generation on shouldering this responsibility and taking it forward. In his remarks, President Dhairyawan thanked his Board and pitched for the sustainability and continuity of this series in the future as a Signature event of the Chamber. Unique Group of Companies founded in 2008 by Jugal Malani imports, warehouses and distributes a wide range of OEM products servicing the Plumbing & Drainage, HVAC, Gas & Electrical industries. Star Pipe Products founded in 1981 by Ramesh Bhutada is a global manufacturer and supplier of pipe fittings with 1400 employees globally and Expotech, a women owned business started by Vijay Dhingra in 1985 is a world class distributor of laboratory, chemical and industrial equipment and supplies. All three have been honored in the past by IACCGH for their business acumen and entrepreneurial success.

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Moderator Pradeep Anand (left) with panelists Jugal Malani, Pankaj Malani, Rishi Bhutada, Ramesh Bhutada, Abhishek Dhingra, and Mrs. Vijay Dhingra. Photos: Bijay Dixit

Jugal Malani (left), Pankaj Malani, Swapan Dhairyawan, Charlie Yalamanchili, Sitting: Rishi Bhutada.

Moderator Pradeep Anand, a business coach and consultant, kicked off the event with some interesting statistics. Family owned businesses account for an estimated 80% of companies worldwide and are the largest source of long-term employment in most countries. In the US, they employ 60% of workers and create 78% of new jobs. US Statistics also reveal that only 30% of family business organizations last into a second generation. Contrary to expectations, Pankaj, Rishi and Abhishek were all initially reluctant to join the family business. All three explored other options before coming on board and when they did, they began at the


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bottom, working in the warehouse and gradually moved up the ranks. Rishi, who joined the company after securing a Business degree from Wharton, even underwent an interview process before joining as a management trainee. The no-privileges training served them well and today all three hold positions in the top management of their companies. In each case, the founders ad-

dressed the importance of establishing a “family like atmosphere” in the company with the result that employee turnover is extremely low. Expotech welcomes inputs in decision making and boasts of employees who have been with the company for 30 years. Star Pipe has 3 generations of the McCutcheon family working for it and husband-wife teams are the norm. Unique retains talent by inviting employees to become partners in the business. Emphasizing this point, Rishi stated that employees should enjoy their place of work and not consider it a place where “they pick up a paycheck.” Likewise, Abhishek underscored the importance of encouraging talent with training programs and continuous engagement with senior personnel. Pankaj highlighted the recreation room, gym, basketball court and other facilities at Unique to encourage bonding among its


employees. Business philosophies are strikingly similar. As Ramesh Bhutada put it “businesses must be “anchors for the families, for the employees and the community. They should constantly evolve, be receptive to new ideas and aim “to become a larger mission.” True millennials, all three played a critical role in deploying new technologies to optimize efficiency in their businesses. The three founders have always demonstrated an empathy and generosity to worthy causes. Ramesh Bhutada hailed each family’s legacy of service from Jugal Malani’s grandfather who opened his warehouse to feed people during a severe drought, his own father who was a dedicated social worker in a small village in India and Ashok’s Dhingra’s commitment to building India House and remarked that the next generation has this “legacy to fulfil.” All three boys were equally emphatic about continuing the tradition of community service they have seen their parents display. The older generation are making way for the younger generation to come to the forefront, but as Jugal Malani put it, the transition comes with greater expectations, greater responsibility and “greater pressure to prove themselves.” Looking down the road, all three seem comfortably poised to take it to the next level. For more information, visit iaccgh.com. The next Shell Distinguished Lecture event is on October 18th with HEB President Scott McClelland.

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A Memorable Evening with India’s Favorite Singer Couple, Samir & Dipalee! BY VANSHIKA VIPIN VARMA

STAFFORD: Songs are equally

enjoyable in one’s own company or in the company of friends, or even strangers for that matter. Such was the aura at the Samir & Dipalee Live in Concert, a musical evening presented by Mousumi Banerjee (MB) Entertainment on Saturday, September 22 at the Old Stafford Civic Center. MB Entertainment launched its first concert in Houston and it was absolutely a mesmerizing one. Samir Date and Dipalee Somaiya Date, fondly known, as Samir & Dipalee is an energetic singer couple from Bollywood, based in the Indian city of Mumbai. Their admirable capabilities into playback singing have made them win awards in Bollywood and beyond. Samir has showcased his talent in the film industry through his marvelous work with notable artists in the likes of Yash Chopra, Asha Bhosle, Shiv-Hari, Raam Laxman, Sooraj Barjatya, Bappi Lahiri, Suresh Wadkar, Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurty, Ekta Kapoor and many others. Samir has offered the hindi film industry beautiful songs in the films Jazbaat, Parampara and Fauj. Not just that, this talented singer has also hosted TV shows. Dipalee, on the other hand, took the music industry by storm right at the tender age of nine years and her fans hold her in high regards even today. She is not just a SARE-

GAMA Star, but has also bagged 4 government awards. Not once, but twice, she has received accolades from the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi for her attributions in singing. She has also been honored with The Gujarat State Awards for the best playback singer in the years 2004, 2008 and 2009. She lent her melodious voice not just in Hindi films like Ghoonghat, Hum tumpe marte hai, and Rahul, but also sung for many Marathi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Rajathani films. The duo is referred to as ‘India’s favorite singer couple’ and they have a huge fan following across the world. The duo has accomplished over 300 international

shows in just a time frame of 4 years, which is applaudable. Mousumi Banerjee Entertainment Company focuses on Concert Promotion, Talent Promotion and Cultural Event Promotion. Mousumi Banerjee, the CEO of the Company has been making persistent contributions to support non-profit organizations like India House, CRY, SEWA International and is currently holding the prestigious position of a Director of Indo American Charity Foundation (IACF). She has backed up large scale as well as small-scale events all over Houston. The Samir & Dipalee Live in Concert was one such show and it instilled a lot of excitement

amongst the audiences. The emcee for the evening was the very talented Meena Dutt. The singer duo was convoyed by a team of musicians from Mumbai, who were absolutely outstanding. The audiences were seen grooving to the tunes right from start till end of the show. The duo offered a mixed bag of songs right from Mohd. Rafi classics to Arijit Singh’s latest and their melodious voices did justice to all of them. It was invariably a show meant for all age groups. Audiences went in trance as the duo sang Tu jaane na, Yeh moah moah ke dhaage, mein tenu samjhava ki. To engage the senior audience, old songs such as Rafi Saab’s Chaudvi ka chand, where Samir played the harmonium, Kishore Kumar’s - Rafta rafta, Na tum hame jaano, Dil ka bhavar kare pukaar, Na ja kahi ab na ja, isharo isharo from Kashmir ki kali. Paying respects to Jagjit Singh, they sang baat nikali, and ye daulat bhi le lo. They beautifully switched over from love songs to fun tracks and then devotional, presenting the

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Sufi song Maula maula and the popular Ganesha number Deva o deva, marking the 10 day Ganesh festival and also being the day of Ganesh visarjan. The concluding song was a Qawali , Hai agar dushman from the movie Hum kisi se kam nahi. It was a soulful evening, where every song was sung beautifully. Loud chorus could be heard as the duo sang and the audiences kept requesting for their favorite numbers. The entire setup including speakers, microphone, video presentation and stage settings were impeccable. The sound system by AD Sounds was flawless. Mousumi Banerjee shared, “I was very excited about hosting this concert on behalf of my Entertainment Company. It was challenging but I had an amazing experience putting this concert together for the first time. Thanks to the community for their immense



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Houston Hoots at Thoda Saaf Bol Stand-Up Comedy!


STAFFORD: With our busy and

hectic lives, it’s imperative to have a dose of comedy. And what better can it be than to have a break at a live Stand Up Comedy show! The icing on the cake is to have a fresh talent showcasing a new style of comedy and newer set of jokes. To crack-up Houstonians, a Stand-Up comedy show by Abhishek Upmanyu, was presented on Sunday, September 16 at Old Stafford Civic Center. Thoda Saaf Bol Stand-Up comedy show was presented by Prateek Jain of Energy Guru jointly with Amiralli Dodhiya of New York Life, and organized by Arif Memon of DMMS Events. DMMS Events is known for organizing triumphant shows in the likes of Varun Thakur held on April 27 and now the Abhishek Upmanyu show. Personages like actors and cricketers were the most sought after figures till recent times. Comedians are growing up to be the new superstars of today’s generation, having uncountable numbers of social media followers and always being hounded by fans for Selfie requests; one of them being the very talented Abhishek Upmanyu. Abhishek, a rising star in the Stand Up comedy circuit, already has a fan following world over. Hailing from a predominantly Hindi speaking city of Delhi, he has now

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moved to Mumbai to kick-start his career and he humbly feels it may or may not bring him eminence. Nevertheless, due to his amazingly light delivery style, astounding comic timing and using Hindi as a medium of delivery in a peculiar north Indian accent which makes him stay true to his experiences, he has risen to be one of the finest comedians the country has ever seen. Besides having a Facebook following that comes to millions, and over 10 million dedicated viewers to his YouTube videos, he is enormously popular on Twitter as well under the handle Gareebguy. Known for killing it on stage, he hurls one cracker of a joke after another, thanks to his quick tongue. A slender, nerdy, yet quick-witted Delhi-ite, has a unique style of giving audiences a belly laugh not

just through his jokes, but his body language as well. His expressions and jokes from his real life experiences in the cities he has lived in and from his reminiscences from childhood are put across in a way so as to amuse the audiences. He has been hopping from captivating shows since the beginning of this year starting Singapore, Dubai and now US. Being quick witted and fast with his words, he hilariously named his US Tour Thoda Saaf Bol (speak clearly), promising a fun filled evening through his brand new jokes intended to leave his fans roaring with laughter. Arif Memon from DMMS Events aimed at having audiences at ease in the midst of their busy lives. Being on a sequential entertainment drive, DMMS has scheduled a 2-comedian show for October 20, promising a special deal for those who attend both the shows. DMMS provides quality sound equipments, top-in-class lights, LED panels, HD projectors with the biggest screens, besides

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Event Management. Arif Memon, who heads DMMS, is a stalwart in this domain, and wears various hats, that of an actor, besides being fondly known as RJ Arif. The Houston show was a part of the first time USA tour for Abhishek Upmanyu. The evening commenced with Arif Memon welcoming the audiences and the presenters. The show was set about in a unique way with the screening of the short film AZAADI, an India - Pakistan Independence day viral short film under the banner Dil Ki Baat, directed by Harshh Mahadeshawar. What brought an instant smile amongst the audiences was having one of the roles played by the man himself, Arif Memon, along with Omkar Deshpande and Ali Sheikh. The film was much appreciated by the audience. The film is selected at the International Film Festival – Boston, having crossed 200k shares on social media and 12 million views all over. As patriotism seeped in, Tanveer Arora, a Hinglish comedian from

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Austin walked in on the stage and had the audiences in splits before the star of the night Abhishek took over. For about the next hour, the auditorium was filled with sounds of incessant cackling as Abhishek went on with his gags. He wittily began with weighing how US was different from India, stating, grass is actually greener here, salad is real salad here. He also compared how Delhi was different from Mumbai. How the audiences couldn’t stop laughing was itself a sight to watch. One of the best jokes he made was on the popular serial Crime Patrol and it was amusingly rib tickling. His one-liner on a serious note about women’s rights in India followed by his own life experiences and instances about his parents were a parody. The audience included all age groups. During the entire show, audiences CONTINUED ON PAGE 11




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Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series Kicks Off 2018-2019 Season with Celebrated Female Asian Chefs


Society Texas Center launched the fourth year of its Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series on September 13 with a sold-out luncheon showcasing three local visionaries in Houston’s burgeoning culinary industry. About 200 people attended the event, which showcased Christine Hà (winner of MasterChef season 3 and owner of The Blind Goat), Jenni Tranweaver (chef and owner of Jenni’s Noodle House), and Kiran Verma (chef and owner of the eponymous Kiran’s), and was moderated by Vani Rao of BP America. The three chefs shared their thoughts on succeeding as women in a male-dominated field, lessons learned from friends and family, and how their paths led them to the culi-

nary arts. An overarching message emerged about the importance of confidence and trusting in oneself, with Tranweaver adding, “Know yourself; know which of your pains are shortcomings, so they don’t hold you back.” Another theme was the ability to evolve to meet new challenges. Hà said, “It’s important to always stay curious and be hungry. Sometimes when you become more mature in your experience, I think you become jaded and set in your ways. You have to learn to adapt.” Kiran Verma shared a common chef/ restaurateur challenge, remarking, “People see how busy we are, but that’s still really not success. If I make this food and people

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are standing in line to eat, now [that’s] success.” For the first time ever during a Bank of

Moderator Vani Rao, top left, and speakers Jenni Tranweaver, top right; Christine Ha, bottom left; and Kiran Verma, bottom right.

America Women’s Leadership Series event, the menu was inspired by the speakers. Catered by Culinaire and overseen by Chef Barbara McKnight, the menu included soba noodle salad (inspired by Tranweaver), Tandoori-rubbed chicken breast (inspired by Verma), and chocolate chunk cookies and “Humble Pie” bites (inspired by Hà). The audience had the opportunity to ask the speakers their own questions during the Q&A session. Many members of the audience were students from local universities (UHD and the Art Institute), as it is part of WLS’s mission to support and uplift the next generation of leaders. The Women’s Leadership Series (WLS) is chaired by Mandy Kao and Y. Ping Sun, and the programming focuses on women who are making a substantive impact in society and business. The series provides a platform for influential women of Asian descent, as well as women engaged in leading efforts reflected in the Asia Society mission, to share their personal and professional experiences. Besides Kao and Sun, other guests in attendance were Nancy Allen, Ginger Blanton, Lisa Barksdale, Alice Mao Brams, Anne Chao, Rose Chen, Monjula Chidambaram, Cathy Cleary, Julie Cogan, Rania Daniel, Kathy Gondo, Kathy & Marty Goossen, Lily Kooros, Anu Lal, Sultana Mangalji, Sonia Garza Monarchi, Kathy McGovern, Davana & David Petree, Shirley Quan, David Ruiz, Deborah Stavis, and among many others. About Asia Society Texas Center: With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the rest of the world. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach. Women’s Leadership Series at Asia Society is presented by Bank of America, with additional support from ExxonMobil, Nancy Pollok Guinee, Tiffany & Co., BP, Cathay Bank, Eagle Global Advisors, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Nancy C. Allen, Anne and Albert Chao, Brigitte Kalai, Mandy and William Kao, and others. INDO-AMERICAN NEWS • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 • ONLINE EDITION: WWW.INDOAMERICAN-NEWS.COM


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Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela on Sunday, October 7!


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Shri Natraj School (www.shrinatraj.com) in association with Kalakriti Performing Arts (www. kalakritiusa.org) proudly presents its 14th annual Ramleela show on October 7 (3 PM to 6 PM) at VPSS Haveli in Houston, Texas. This Ramleela is an English adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana, wherein Lord Vishnu (of the holy trinity – Brahma / Vishnu / Mahesh) incarnates as Lord Rama to re-establish Dharma


(cosmic virtue & order) on Earth. Director of the show Kusum Sharma has perfected this presentation of the ideal life of Lord Rama, and victory of good over evil. This show is a 2.5-hour Broadway type mesmerizing production comprising of amazing effects & pyrokinetic optics, enigmatic lights and impressive acrobatic dances, colorful ethnic costumes, and culturally inspiring performances from a team of professional stage artists and passionate volunteers. Some of the awe-inspiring sequences this year include the Tadka Vadh,

Ahlaya Redemption, Sita Swayamvar, Panchavati, Ravaan Introduction, Angadh in Ravan Darbar, and Panchmukhi Hanuman. This family show caters to all audience types, wherein children learn about Ramayana and enjoys the songs and dances, older generation find it spiritually enriching in rejuvenating their cultural ties, younger generations pick on relevant and practical means of leading a dharmic life, and other cultural audiences see the rich ethnicity of Hindu culture and religion. The relevance of Ramayana to our contemporary life is strong. Ramayana provides a moral road map to self-realization that is applicable even in these contemporary technical times of maya (illusions and attractions), stresses, natural calamities & personal losses. The 2018 Ramleela explores the concepts of human relationships and emotional sensitivity. It projects the ideal virtues of its characters as a son, brother, friend, husband, guru, disciple, wife, and other relations. It also emphasizes of considering other person’s needs and compassionately transacting fairly while living these relationships (with rights & obligations). The Kalakriti team invites all of you to embark on this beautiful, memorable, and timeless journey. Ramleela is on October 7th, from 3-6 pm at VPSS Haveli located at 11715 Bellfort Village Dr, Houston, TX 77031. Tickets start at very reasonable $10 and group discount is available for order of 10+ tickets. More details, video from previous years and tickets can be purchased at www.ramleelahouston.org.

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were howling with laughter and Abhishek received the much-deserved standing ovation. Arif Memon concluded by thanking sponsors and media. He said, “This show could not have been possible without the sponsors”. He acknowledged the efforts of Prateek Jain from Energy Guru, Amiralli Dodhiya from New York Life, Pervez Jasani from Cellpay, Devesh Phatak from CPA, Desi Box, Tastee Pizza and Wings, Zentigue, Maharaja Jewellers, Umang Mehta of Deep Foods, Blu Beverages, Halal5 for the sumptuous meals and media Partners – Indo-American News and HUMFM 106.1. He also thanked Darshak Thacker from Krishna Sounds for sound equipments, Arsheen and Shareen Memon, Sami Khaleeq, Padma Mishra, Puroo Kaul and Aziz Bhaidani of Holiday Inn. Next comedy event featuring Rahul Subramanium and Kunal Kamra is scheduled on October 20, at the Stafford Civic Center 8:30pm. Tickets will be available at hungamacity. com For further details and information about upcoming shows call Arif Memon at 832287-8786

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Jacob David Marries Namita Patel



OUSTON: Love often finds you in the most unexpected ways, when you aren’t even looking for it. And when love hits you late in life, well, it takes a little getting used to the attention you get from the other person. In the case of this couple, all it took was a little nudge from friends of both to get the ball moving. It was at the gala for the Indo American Charity Foundation in 2014 which Jacob David was covering for his paper, the Voice of Asia. A Board Director had asked their friend Namita Patel to attend and sit at their table. That evening, during a lull in the event, this reporter, who was then also an IACF Board Director and knew both, casually introduced them to each other. He later whispered to each that they might want to meet over coffee someday. A couple of weeks later, Jacob and Namita each called to say that they had met and would be meeting again. A few months later, they were hanging out at different places and Jacob had met Namita’s parents in Sugar Land. They began dating, though Jacob, as a single dad was mindful of his son’s needs as he finished high school. They each had been in previous relationships and now, midway through life, wanted to take it slowly to get used to each other. And of course, there were many ups and downs along the way. This past Saturday, September 22, Namita Patel and Jacob David were married in a no-frills ceremony at the Fort Bend County Courthouse in Richmond, with only her parents and his mother as witnesses. The next day, on Namita’s 50th birthday, the couple celebrated in an intimate lunch reception for all their close friends at Maggiano’s on Post Oak. “The arc of life connects people in mysterious

ways,” remarked this reporter as he spoke at the reception. “I have known Namita since she was 4 months old and Jacob used to work for us at IndoAmerican News in 2004 where I mentored him in graphic design. I am overjoyed in helping them find one another.” Namita’s close friends and her younger sister Neha wished the couple well on their nuptials. Jacob David, 48, was born and raised in Pondicherry, India to a Christian family which had settled there as his father worked for Cummins, an engine manufacturer and his mother was a nurse. He received his bachelors in English Literature from Trichy, Tamilnadu, got married and came to the US in 1995. In 2002 he received his master’s in English Literature from the University of Houston. Jacob has worked in several companies, notably for Voice of Asia twice, for a total of eleven years and currently is a realtor with Champions Real Estate. He has a son, Nicholas, 20, who is completing a masters in Forensic Science at University of Houston, Victoria. Namita Patel, celebrated with her 50th birthday cake and her wedding cake at her reception. She was born and raised in Houston where her father Ramesh Patel, who came to the US in 1964, was a sales engineer with Dresser Rand. Namita received her bachelors in economics from the University of Texas in Austin in 1991 and also has a master’s in elementary education in 1994 from the University of Houston. She currently works at the School of Science and Technology in Richmond. The day after the reception, the couple went back to work and to taking care of their parents and being with Jacob’s mom who is visiting from India. They will make their home in Telfair, where Namita owns a house.


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STAFFORD: The ‘Save Kerala’ fundraiser hosted by Dr. Sunanda Nair of Sunanda’s Performing Arts Center was a beautifully curated show for an important cause. It took place on Saturday, September 15, at the Stafford Civic Center. Kerala experienced a devastating monsoon this year, which caused

Save Kerala Fundraising Event many people to lose their homes and livelihoods due to flooding. The victims of the floods will need all the help they can get to recover from this traumatic experience. This fundraiser aimed at collecting

funds to reach out to students who are in need for school supplies and books. Many schools were converted into shelters and camps so schools are also in a dire situation. Many artists of Houston came together and showcased their work; the graceful kathaaakars of Storytellers School of Dance and Shivangini school of dance, the entrancing dancers of Urban Gypsy, the energetic ladies of KhushCONTINUED FROM PAGE 03 tacular cultural programs was presented by local Houston non-profit Kalakriti Performing Arts and students of Kusum Sharma’s Shri Natraj School of Dance that presented an enlightening and memorizing show highlighting episodes from Bal Ganesha’s life. The stage was built inside the temple and accommodated seating for 1000+ devotees. The characters, dialogues and the powerful presentation along with the colorful costume display left the audience enchanted and applauding. Virat Mehta and temple trustees thanked Kusum Sharma who choreographed the show and all the performers & volunteers of Kalakriit Performing Arts for an amazing and powerful rendition of Bal Ganesha’s life. Temple trustee also gave vote of thanks to

boo Dance Group and the singers Sri Sanvitha and Sneha who had the audience tapping their feet and singing along. There was also a Fashion show organized by Ruchika Singh Diaz of Bollywood Shake and performances by students of Sunanda’s Performing Arts Center. The MC for the evening was the hilarious stand up comedian Dan Nainan. The assortment of performances kept the

audience entertained throughout the evening. The event was graced by the presence of the chief guests in attendance: Mayor Scarcella, Council Member Ken Mathew, Vice Council Jacob Abraham, Swapan Dhairyawan President IACCGH, Koshy Thomas publisher Voice of Asia, Neeta Sane of HCC and Nisha Mirani President of ICC.

Shiv Shakti Mandir all sponsors, volunteers and supporters of the temple through out the year and requested everyone to donate generously for the new parking they are building. Following the cultural program, there was Maha Aarti and Ganesh Visarjan followed by prasad distributed to everyone making it a happy and sweet end to the celebrations. Shiv Shakti temple would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who have supported them throughout the year with special thanks to all the sponsors who sponsored Prasad during the 10 day Ganesh Utsav:- Tandoori Night (Wed 12 ), Maharaja Bhog (Thu 13), Bombay Sweets (Fri 14), Nirmanz (Sat 15), Indian Spices and Snacks (Sun 16), Shiv Shakti volunteers (Mon 17), Biry-

ani Bistro (Wed 19), Honest & Bhojan (Thu 20), Shiv Sagar (Fri 21), Udipi Cafe, Deep Foods- Umang Mehta, Volunteers & Amiralli Dodhiya (Sep 22). Darshak Thacker from Krishna Sounds Productions provided live sound. Sanatan Shiv Shakti Temple (www.shivshaktimandir.org) is located at 6640 Harwin Dr, Houston and open daily from 8AM – 8PM with evening Aarti at 7 PM Kalakriti Performing Arts Foundation (www.kalakritiusa. org) signature event Ramleela 2018 is on Sunday, October 7, tickets can be purchased online @ www.ramleelahouston.org or by calling Vipin Sharma at 832202-9877.


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September 28, 2018 Long Road on Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat has been rolled out as a health protection scheme that will provide guaranteed access to treatment that is free at the point of delivery to about 40% of the population selected on the basis of censused socio-economic indicators. It is the essential first step on the road to universal health coverage, although it has been launched by the NDA government quite late in its term, possibly with an eye on the 2019 general election. Since the Centre has announced that 10.74 crore families identified through Socio-Economic Caste Census data will be given an annual Rs 5 lakh cover under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (the insurance component of the scheme), the question of eligibility appears settled. But the late start makes it virtually impossible for all those who are technically insured to avail of the services that state agencies must make available, within a reasonable time-frame. And, the allocation of just Rs 2,000 crore during the current year to the PMJAY cannot provide the promised cover to the large population sought to be included. Not all States and Union Territories are in a position to raise their own share, and a few have not even joined the scheme. The challenge of funding, therefore, remains. And without adequate budgetary commitments, the implications of pooling the financial risk for such a large segment of the population through insurers or state-run trusts or societies make the outcomes uncertain. Guaranteeing health-care access using private or public facilities presumes tight cost control. In the case of the PMJAY, this is to be achieved using defined treatment packages for which rates are prescribed. Costs are a contested area between the care-providers and the Centre, and many for-profit hospitals see the government’s proposals as unviable. In the absence of adequate preparation, the Ayushman Bharat administration is talking of a rate review. More importantly, a lot of time has been lost in the NDA government’s tenure, when State governments should have been persuaded to regulate the hospital sector under the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, which dates back to 2010. The law broadly provides for standardisation of facilities and reasonable rates for procedures. Apprehensions of fraud have prompted Ayushman Bharat administrators to announce that some key treatments should be availed through public sector institutions. But public facilities have been neglected for long. Going forward, there are some clear imperatives. It is essential to reduce the pressure on secondary and tertiary hospitals for expensive treatments by investing in preventive and primary care facilities. Here, the 150,000 health and wellness centres of the National Health Protection Mission can play a valuable role. The first-order priority should be to draw up a road map for universal health coverage, through continuous upgradation of the public sector infrastructure. -- The Hindu

EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY Between Wickets BY SERESH MENON When someone is promoted from the ranks to a position of authority, the first question he will have to tackle is: How do I treat my former mates, my water-cooler buddies? Do I continue to be a pal, or do I establish a hierarchy? I once asked Tiger Pataudi how he tackled the problem when he took over as captain aged just 21, with every member of the team older and senior to him. There was Polly Umrigar, who had been playing Tests since Tiger was seven, Vijay Manjrekar, Chandu Borde. Also, Pataudi had bagged a pair in his previous tour match. “My strategy was simple,” said Tiger. “The seniors will always resent you, no matter what you do. I ensured I had the support of the youngsters.” It seemed counter-intuitive but it worked for him. When Mahendra Singh Dhoni took over, he conveyed to the seniors that he was boss, and they kept out of his way. It helped that the competition had already led India and weren’t too keen on getting that job back. Indian captains have been watercooler buddies (Krish Srikkanth), martinets (C.K. Nayudu), intense (Rahul Dravid), relaxed (Bishan Bedi), lucky (Ajit Wadekar), tacticians (Pataudi), adventurous (Kapil Dev), conservative (Sunil Gavaskar), balanced (Anil Kumble), unhappy (Sachin Tendulkar), sound (Sourav Ganguly), aggressive (Lala Amarnath). Virat Kohli has elements from all these predecessors. He has now led India in 40 Tests, winning 22 of them, and losing just nine. Only two of those wins were outside Asia, against South Africa and England, both this year. One more examination, against Australia is due this year, and a series win there could make up for defeats in the earlier series. Forty Tests is a sufficient sample — Pataudi led in that many, and among Indians, only Gavaskar, Azharuddin and Dhoni led in more — but it is possible Kohli’s best as captain is yet to come. He is obsessed with his team in a manner few Indian captains have been, and focused on winning to an extent none have. Like Gavaskar, he

is the best player in the team, but unlike the opening batsman is willing to risk defeat in pursuit of victory. In this he resembles Pataudi more than any of the others. His team plays for him, which is a tremendous advantage. Kapil Dev briefly had this luxury too till he was sucked into team politics. Ian Chappell, to take an example from outside India, had a team that would die for him. Teammate Ashley Mallett put it well: “He created for his players an environment of trust, empowerment and enjoyment. He knew instinctively that if the workplace was a happy one his charges would give their all for the boss.” Kohli is headed in that direction. But he may be at a turning point in his captaincy. There aren’t enough wins abroad to guarantee a seat among the best. Losses tend to make a man more conservative, less inclined to take chances. Reactions to losses sometimes hasten the process. Kohli has always been aggressive, in-yourface while on the field, but off it he is polite, respectful and conscious of his duty as player and captain. But the recent flare-up against a reporter at a press conference is of a piece with similar reactions by Indian captains who tended to take on the media when the team was not doing well. Kapil Dev came into press conferences on bad days looking turned off in sharp contrast to days when he was bubbling and keen to answer questions. He too picked on individuals.

Azharuddin, towards the end, thought the media conference was the ideal time to attend to personal grooming, and spent his time avoiding everybody’s eyes while cutting his toe nails. Dhoni’s outbursts were uncharacteristic of the man known as Captain Cool. Despite his 40 Tests, Kohli is a young captain, only four years into the job. There is much he has to learn about tactics (in England he followed the ball, placing fielders in areas where the ball had just gone), especially in the matter of handling his bowlers. He is not a spin bowler’s captain, unable to understand the time and planning required to earn a Test wicket. He tends to over-bowl his best men. There is little attempt to hustle the batsman or put pressure on them especially in the latter half of the innings. Kohli, 29, is an intelligent man, and will learn to do these things. He has fired the team with a version of his intensity, and that’s important. He has no competition — and that’s the best time to work on legacy. There will be major provocations in Australia from players who know how to get under an opponent’s skin. Kohli needs to channelise his aggression, learn to carry players less talented than himself, and light a fire under the talented but less committed. Not all good captains have been great tacticians, but they have all got the best out of their players. In the end, the scoreline matters. -- Hindu


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The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi - Part 16

Visit, Programs of Prince of Wales are Boycotted


he story thus far…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. Gandhi’s activities made the British government nervous and panicky. They issued a warning that anyone who overstepped the bounds of law would be arrested and imprisoned. Gandhi thought that this warning was a victory for the campaign. He issued instructions, which the people were to follow if he were arrested. On December 26, the Congress session was held in Nagpur. Though there were signs of opposition to Gandhi’s policies, his resolution was passed with an overwhelming majority. The adoption of the new program at Nagpur was the signal to start the mass movement. Gandhi felt that the complete boycott of all government organizations would give a chance to the Congress to set up a parallel organization, a State within a State which would lead India to Swaraj. The Duke of Connaught was sent to India in 1921 to try to pacify the Indians. He came to open the four legislatures in the country which had been introduced as a result of the reforms announced by the King. His coming and going passed off without any material change in the attitude of Indians towards Britain. Gandhi traveled far and wide, propagating the ideals of nonviolence and noncooperation. Day by day the Indians were getting more and more excited over carrying out Gandhi’s program. Many students left their institutions, many officers resigned their posts. The boycott movement gained momentum. As the people’s morale grew, the morale of the government went down. Repression started.

Gandhi advised the people to have patience, and he insisted on nonviolence. He saw the weaknesses of Indians and he urged them to improve. He wanted social reforms and constructive work to be intensively followed. It was announced that the Prince of Wales was to visit India. Functions were arranged at many places to enable him to meet his loyal subjects. Gandhi was indignant when he read the announcement in the newspapers. “Do the British think we are children?” he said. “Do they believe that parades for the Prince will make us forget atrocities in the Punjab or the perpetual delay in granting us Home Rule?” On Gandhi’s advice the Congress declared that all parades, receptions, and celebrations in honor of the Prince were to be strictly boycotted. “We have no grudge against His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,” said Gandhi, “but our ideas are against him as a symbol of oppression. We can show the world that such noncooperation is just the reverse of the European doctrine of the sword. Let us act in accordance with the holy prophets of old. Noncooperation without violence is the battle of the brave.” Fearing that there would be disorder when the Prince of Wales visited various places, the government began severe acts of suppression. Thousands of people were arrested. The Indian people were so agitated that in city after city bonfires burned and the bonfires were made with foreign cloth, especially British cloth. On November 17, 1921, the Prince of Wales landed in Bombay. Loyal stooges of Britain went to greet the royal visitor. Those who were observing nonviolent noncooperation did not stop them. However, religious and political hatreds fanned the flames. Riots started, many were killed, much property was destroyed. There was panic in the city. Gandhi was in Bombay, and he rushed to the scene of disorder to stop the rioting. Order was finally restored. “Every man has the right to his religion and his own political

opinion. Satyagraha will never succeed until man understands that,” Gandhi announced bitterly. In other cities the boycott of the Prince’s visit was peaceful. As the unfortunate Prince of Wales visited city after city, he- was greeted with empty streets. Not a shop was open. The people remained behind closed doors and drawn curtains. This infuriated the British and they called upon the government of India to act. Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal, and other leaders were arrested and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. Yet the determined courage of the people did not abate. They were ready to suffer any penalty for the cause of Home Rule. Demands had been made to Gandhi that he should start a mass movement for the attainment of Swaraj. Gandhi decided to act. Preparations were made to start satyagraha in Bardoli. But Gandhi had to stop the campaign suddenly because of what had happened ill Bombay and other places. In Chauri Chaura, near Gorakhpur in U.P., some policemen fired on a crowd which was holding a demonstration against the government. This annoyed the demonstrators so much that they became very violent. They chased the police. The police took refuge in the city hall. The angry mob surrounded the hall and set it on fire. Some policemen were burned to death. Others, trying to escape, were killed by the furious mob outside. Gandhi was very upset. He thought that it was clear that the people were still not prepared for satyagraha. He stopped the intended satyagraha at Bardoli. His co-workers did not agree with him, but he was adamant. He wanted his followers to start constructive programs. Many Indians were sorry for Gandhi’s action. They thought that Swaraj was now within their reach and the movement should therefore continue. The Government was playing a waiting game. Instead of thanking Gandhi for stopping the mass movement, they arrested him on charges of inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch and sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment. He was removed to Yeravda Central Jail in Poona. In prison Gandhi settled down to a regime of spinning, writing, and meditation. The people were disappointed and the government tightened its hold. Almost all the leaders were put in jail. Then, in 1924, Gandhi fell ill. He was suffering from appendicitis and was in great pain. The government was alarmed. What would happen if Gandhi died in prison? An urgent operation was arranged, and Gandhi agreed. The operation was successful, but his recovery was very slow. The government thought it best to release him, so he was set free. He went to Juhu, near Bombay, to recover. — To be continued next week


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The Rose Began Her Odyssey to Help in Treating Other Women BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA

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traumatic time in her life, she recalled with emotion in her voice, even years later, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. With it began a year of treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center and a bilateral mastectomy. She had gone to The Rose for her diagnosis and was thankful they had found the cancer early enough to be treated. After her rehabilitation, Ashma Khanani-Moosa realized that this would be her life’s work and she dove into helping other women learn about breast cancer and getting the diagnosis early, “which is the key to survival” she added of her odyssey to reach as many women as possible. She credits her own cure to her oncologist, Dr. Maqbool Haq; her caregiver and husband Dr. Abdul Moosa, a family practitioner and wound care specialist in La Porte and to Dr. Pierre Chevray, a plastic surgeon. Moosa had gone to The Rose, which was close to her home, because she had heard of the reputation of the two women who founded it 32 years ago, Dr. Dixie Melillo, a surgeon, and Dorothy Weston Gibbons who were passionate about treating breast cancer in women, which

was slowly rising to become an epidemic. They were both affiliated with HCA-Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena and saw firsthand how women had to suffer in order to get a proper diagnosis. The two women started The Rose in 1986 and led it to become the leading nonprofit breast health care organization in southeast Texas, serving over 500,000 patients. It now has two locations – the original near Fuqua and 45 South and another in Bellaire near the Galleria. It treats both insured and uninsured women and depends on revenue from paying customers, grants and donations. The revenue from every three women with insurance is able to diagnose one women who is uninsured. In addition to the two locations, The Rose has mobile mammography vans that screen 40,000 women annually. In addition, The Rose depends on fundraising support from the community and this is where Moosa joined the non-profit’s Board to help in brining awareness to the South Asian community. She is already active in the Boards of the Indo American Muslim Association of Greater Houston and the Indo American Cancer Awareness Network and has volunteered regularly at the MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2015. What Moosa noticed was that

The Rose Board Directror Ashma Khanani-Moosa with CEO and cofounder Dorothy Weston Gibbons.

whenever they made an appointment for a breast exam, “South Asian women would be a no-show, perhaps due to social taboos against exposure or personal reluctance and prudishness,” she reasoned. She decided to work within her community to overcome these stigmas and get early diagnoses. In 2015, Moosa started a fundraiser called “Hats and Henna” at her home in Friendswood. “It was a high tea for women to be fashionable and my daughter, Fatima Aisha, 23 decided to draw henna designs on the women as she does on other cancer patients to uplift their spirits.” That event has grown every year and this Sunday, September 30, will be held at Hotel Granducca from 3 to 5pm. In addition, Moosa has embarked on a more ambitious fundraiser, a fashion show called “L’Affaire du Monde” to be held on Friday, October 12 at The Ballroom on Bayou Place on 500 Texas Avenue from 6 pm to 10 pm. It is a culmination of an odyssey that began nine years ago for Moosa and one she continues to be passionate about. For information on the two fundraisers - “Hats and Henna” and “L’Affaire du Monde”- in support of The Rose, contact Ashma Khanani-Moosa at 281235-2529 or akananimoosa@ gmail.com


COMMUNITY On September 15, Love to Share Foundation America served over 250 primarily uninsured citizens of Greater Houston during its 8th annual Life and Soul Free Health Fair held at New Life Plaza in Manvel. The heath fair was officially kicked off by dignitaries - the Mayor of Pearland Mr. Tom Reid, the Mayor of Manvel Mrs. Debra Davison, Representative from Congressman Pete Olson’s office, Mr. John Paul Anders, former Mayor of Manvel, Ms. Delores Martin and Mr. Ramaswamy Subramanian representing Love to Share Foundation America. A Congressional Recognition was presented to Love to Share Foundation for its dedication to serve the community which in turn ensures the community’s well-being and development for years to come. The services offered during Life and Soul included Blood Pressure, BMI, Cholesterol, Blood sugar, Vision, Glaucoma, Fungus screening, Hearing, EKG, Thyroid Ultrasound, Bone Density, Lung Function test, Carotid Doppler, Mammograms for registered uninsured Brazoria County residents, Flu shots for the uninsured, Helmets for children to prevent head injury, Basic CPR class,

Stroke and Diabetes Education. The vendors that offered screenings and services included HEB, Genesis Hearing Clinic, University of Houston, Alvin Community College–Respiratory Division, Sai Primary Care, Walgreens, Southeast Cardiovascular Associates, Coastal Vascular Center, UTMB, Texas Medical Association–Be Wise Immunize and Texas Medical Association– Hard Hats for Little Heads program, and Indo-American Nurses Association of Greater Houston. The sponsors of the event included Texas Medical Association, Amgen, Ying and Yang Health Care, New York Life Insurance, Walmart and HEB. Approximately 50 volunteers paved way for the event to take place in an organized manner, despite the heavy flow of participants, a multitude of tests with each participant having individual requirements and parking constraints due to wet weather. Cognizant’s Outreach program brought in 14 volunteers who did a tremendous job of handling online registration, directing patient flow in the testing stations and in parking. These volunteers tirelessly transported patients to and from the parking lot to New


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes

This has to be the most well-known Punjabi paranhta, and one that several readers have asked to reprint. Among older desis in the US, a hot, crispy Aaloo da Parantha is a comfort food that brings back memories of home. So here is a reprint of this popular recipe with some additional information and directions. Mama has even made a video of this recipe will soon be available on Youtube.

Aaloo da Parantha


Every cuisine in every corner of the world has its comfort food and if you ask a Punjabi, what their choice is, chances are pretty good that they’ll first say “paranthas (crispy flatbread)! Paranthas have become famous the world over and are found not just in Indian restaurants but also in the frozen food section of Indian grocery stores. Though the basic way to make paranthas is very similar but it’s the stuffing that differentiates them in the cooking methods and of course the taste … and even the way you eat them. So well is this idea ingrained in the minds of people that the art of cooking paranthas is celebrated in guidebooks like Michelin or Lonely Planet which lead tourists to a small busy restaurant in the old part of Delhi in Chandni Chowk to the Paranthe di Gulli (Parantha Alley) where there is usually a line to get in to eat 12 inch round paranthas of all types! A homemade Punjabi parantha is usually 8 to 10 inches round and nearly ¼ inch thick. It is made of twice-rolled dough, with a little dab of oil and then cooked on each side till there is a crispy, golden brown top layer, which can only happen when you coax the dough to actually puff up and NOT press down hard on it while cooking. Then the crispy side is coated with some butter or oil and served piping hot. The easiest – and most often made – stuffed parantha is the aaloo (potato) type probably because they are readily available everywhere and easy to cook and prepare. Many people make aloo paranthas that are limp and taste like soggy mashed potatoes which takes the joy out of them, while others use too much butter or oil which makes them too greasy. Made properly, they should be crispy and just firm enough to eat with plain yogurt. Ingredients: • 500gm kanak (gehon) ka atta (wheat flour) • 500gm aaloo (potatoes) – firm white, not Russet or baking kind • 2 tbsp tael (olive or vegetable oil) • 1 1/2 cups pani (water) • 1 tsp dhaniya (coriander) • ½ tsp lal mirch (red pepper) • 1 tsp amchoor (mango powder) • ½ tsp garam masala • ½ tsp ajwain (fenugreek) • Pinch of namak (salt) per parantha

Directions: 1. Combine the spice ingredients in a small bowl and set off to the side. 2. Knead the atta into dough with water and set aside for 30 minutes. 3. Put the potatoes in a pot of water and bring to a boil. When they are soft but not mushy, turn the heat off and drain the water out. Let the potatoes cool off for 20 minutes. 4. Peel the potatoes and place them in a bowl. Smash them with a masher into small pieces. Add the spice mixture and mix thoroughly. 5. Pinch off a piece of dough and make into 1½ inch round padde (balls). Roll each padda out into a 4 inch disc. 6. Spread the dough into the middle of the disc and place three tablespoons of the smashed potatoes into it. Throw in a bit of salt and then gather off the ends off the dough with a pinch and then roll into a ball again. 7. Carefully roll out the ball into an 8 to 10 inch disc ¼ inches thick, trying not to spill the mixture in a tear of the dough.

8. Put a small dab of oil on a hot tava (hotplate or skillet) and place the flattened disc on. When it puffs a bit and turn color, turn the pancake over. Turn the heat to medium low. Put another dab of oil on the tava and then turn it over again till it is fully cooked. 9. These paranthas are best served hot with butter, plain yogurt or lassi (buttermilk). 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 (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 early-nineties, she continues to cook daily and agreed to share her delectable Punjabi recipes for future generations.


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Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, John Legend Make Merry at B Isha Ambani’s Engagement Bash ollywood celebrities Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra and others attended Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani’s engagement extravaganza in Lake Como, Italy. The engagement was a grand affair. We saw Karan Johar, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao involved in a hearty conversation. Juhi Chawla was all smiles for the shutterbugs. Later in the day, the guests were treated to a musical night with American singer John Legend’s performance. Along with John, the event also saw the presence of musical maestro AR Rahman. ~Indianexpress.com

Batti Gul Meter Chalu The Shahid Kapoor Starrer is a Film with Good Intentions


o make a message go down easy, you have to pad up the movie nice and proper. This is something that Hindi cinema used to understand and implement, as the default mainstream story-telling style. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a hark-back to a forgotten tradition, which, at its best, gave us story and substance. Batti Gul gives us both, for most part. In Uttarakhand, ‘batti is gul’, but the meter keeps ticking. The fact of people living with no electricity, or with power that is so scant as to be laughable is let gently into a plot which starts as your familiar triangle: one girl, two boys. Lalita Nautiyal, dubbed Naughty by her childhood buddies Sushil Kumar Pant aka SK (Shahid) and Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Sharma) has to choose between the two: will it be SK the two-bit lawyer who believes in making a fast buck, the client be damned, or Sundar, the ‘susheel’ sweet fellow who does everything by the book, and is on the brink of bankruptcy because of a hugely inflated electricity bill? The setting is fresh, and Uttarakhand’s hills and valleys are presented without a touristy patina, even if it can’t resist a shiny Hardwar Ganga ‘aarti’. The names come from the area, and the cast is teeming with Negis, Bahugunas and Khanduris. The accents though are another mat-

ter, with the two Kapoors especially chewing on their phrases so much that you want to tell them to go easy, because who speaks like that? To make a private electricity corporation the enemy is easier than to take a stick to a non-functioning government department. But the film makes up by displaying well-judged anger against the systemic apathy and negligence which makes common people victims. It gives Shahid

a chance to mouth crowd-pleasing dialogues which he does with elan, especially when he is jousting with rival lawyer (Gautam) in a female judge’s (Mukherjee) court, said judge’s sense of fairness trumping her love for cricket. And it gives us, the viewers, a chance to share in the righteous outrage of those we are watching, and cheer when things start getting better. Batti Gul Meter Chalu sticks to the

old-fashioned route and leaves us on a note of optimism, but it does it with a sting that takes note of today’s India and how promises can be belied: ‘bade badhiya din aaye thehre’, says a character with biting sarcasm, and the reference to ‘achche din’ was not lost on a single soul in the theatre. Singh, whose previous outing Toilet Ek Prem Katha was with Akshay Kumar, has an easier job this time around. Shahid’s character is more cad than hero, even though Kapoor can’t resist doing some amount of grand-standing and hero-giri. Shraddha bravely dons the most hideous ‘ordinary small-town girl’ outfits to her advantage, and Sharma gets almost as big a role as the other two. We believe that these are people like us, and we want them to win. Two things mar the movie. Some of the humour made me distinctly uncomfortable: sexist lines inserted for cheap laughs, and a judge made too comic, is not something we expect in a film with good intentions. The other is its inordinate length. It’s run-time is almost three hours: the meter should have stopped at two and a half. This kind of film can turn too preachy for its own good, but Batti Gul Meter Chalu is careful not to get too much in lecture-mode. The rest of it made me smile, and gave me pause: how do you expect people to live without ‘bijli’ in today’s world? It is, as SK says thunderously, a fundamental right. ~Indianexpress.com



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September 28, 2018

Asia Cup: India Consigns Pakistan to 9-wicket Defeat BY SIDHARTH MONGA DUBAI (ESPN Crickinfo): India 238 for 1 (Dhawan 114, Rohit 111*) beat Pakistan 237 for 7 (Malik 78, Sarfraz 44, Bumrah 2-29) by nine wickets. Those who have been following cricket for only about the last ten years, those who don’t know the history between the two countries, must be wondering what all the fuss around India-Pakistan matches is about. Yet another mismatch added to a long list of forgettable recent matches between the two teams as Pakistan failed to compete with an efficient India line-up. From the time they won the toss, Pakistan hardly put a foot right: they batted first at a bowlfirst ground, they started and ended their innings poorly, the fielding was pedestrian, and India did what good sides do: keep giving an error-prone opposition every possible reason to make another mistake. They were all but through to the final of the Asia Cup. India were thoroughly professional and dynamic under their stand-in captain Rohit Sharma. The fast bowlers executed their plan of cramping up the left-hand openers, a legspinner came on early enough in a data-based decision, Jasprit Bumrah thwarted a Shoaib Malik fifty with four overs of excellent death bowling, and for the second match in a row against Pakistan, Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan almost had a net in the middle to seal an easy win. The game began with the continuous fascinating examination of Fakhar Zaman. India hardly gave him any room to hit the ball through off side in the first seven overs, giving him just six off 24 balls. Straight bowling has been a weakness for Zaman, but as he showed in the Champions Trophy final last year, he can catch up as the innings progresses. Rohit, though, changed things around just as Zaman would have started to settle down. As early as the eighth over, India had Yuzvendra Chahal on. Though the wicket - Chahal’s first in Powerplays in ODIs - was that of Imam-ul-Haq’s, Zaman has been out twice to Jeffrey Vandersay and once to Adil Rashid already in his short career. Legspin against Zaman was a good match-up. Zaman, though, showed good awareness and backed himself to

from Rohit with a slower ball, Imam made it the fourth one dropped off the pacer’s bowling in two games. Amir was taken out, Hasan Ali struggled with the new ball, Amir came back, Afridi kept trying, but Rohit and Dhawan kept dispatching them all without a bother. Rohit now handled even Shadab Khan easily despite his recent troubles against legspin. Another catch went down. Amir has now gone 35.4 overs without a wicket in ODIs. With their wives sitting next to each other, Rohit and Dhawan went on to put together India’s biggest opening stand against Pakistan; their 13th hundred stand was now the secondmost for India openers. Unlike in the previous game, there were enough runs for the duo to get hundreds. Otherwise, the chase was as easy as the 163 the other night.

Patil, Rodrigues Seal Series for India vs. SL Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan run between the wickets

catch up later, much like Rohit himself has done after many a tough start. He began to turn it around with a slogswept six and four off Kuldeep Yadav, taking his strike rate past 70, but fell in a double unfortunate manner. Looking for a regulation sweep this time, he slipped as his front foot landed, and in the process, failed to feel the impact of the ball on the glove before it hit his pad. Given lbw, he was suggested by non-striker Babar Azam to not review, which is fair because he looked adjacent and there was no way for Azam to tell there was glove involved when the batsman himself didn’t know. Under-pressure captain Sarfraz Ahmed - one fifty in the last year promoted himself and began by selling Azam a dummy, making it two run-outs for Pakistan in two matches against India. Malik, though, got back to scoring runs against India after a spell of eight India matches without a score of 50. That was an extraordinary delay as he had scored 14 of those in 40 matches previously. It was a trademark Malik innings. He was barely seen scoring those 78 runs in 90 balls. Quietly a gap would be picked and he would be at the

other end. If there was a dry spell, he would break it with a calculated risk and then go back to accumulating. Towards the final overs, there seemed to be a crescendo building. Asif Ali hit Bhuvneshwar for a six, four and six to consign him to his worst over in ODIs: 22 runs. Rohit again went to legspin: when playing seam, Asif’s strike-rate in ODIs is twice that of against spin; the dip is significant in PSL too. Chahal delivered the wicket, and Bumrah took over with an exceptional spell of 4-0-15-2. Yorkers came out perfectly as he kept things simple against a lower-middle order that didn’t show the ability to innovate. Only 38 came off the last seven overs, which had all but ended the contest half an hour after you felt Pakistan, for the first time in these two matches, had managed to reach parity. Worst fears were about to come through. The ball did nothing for Pakistan bowlers, and the pitch only quickened up under the lights, making stroke-making even easier. There was no swing for Mohammad Amir even though the 18-year-old Shaheen Afridi created a little bit of excitement. Soon he was in for the Amir treatment as he drew a catch

COLOMBO: India women 137 for 3 (Patil 54*, Rodrigues 52*, Ranasinghe 3 for 33) beat Sri Lanka women 134 for 5 (Siriwardene 40, Atapattu 31, Patil 3 for 36) by seven wickets Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur run between the wickets SLC Eighteen-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues reeled off her second consecutive half-century, with allrounder Anuja Patil also hitting her maiden fifty in the format at the other end, as India breezed to a target of 135 with seven wickets in hand, in the fourth T20I against Sri Lanka, in Colombo. In a match shortened to 17 overs due to a wet outfield, Sri Lanka had batted fearlessly, with Shashikala Siriwardene and Chamari Atapattu propelling the hosts with a 52-run third-wicket stand through the middle overs. But they were stymied by offspinner Patil, who took 3 for 36 in her four overs. Ultimately, their 134 for 5 was insufficient against the batting might of India. Although India were 41 for 3 at the end of four overs, thanks to the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe, Rodrigues and Patil combined for an electric 96-run fourth-wicket stand, and the team stormed home with eight balls to spare - Rodrigues completing her fifty - her third in T20Is - and hitting the winning runs, with a six down the ground.


Saina, Sameer to Compete in Korea Open Badminton

NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will look to put their best foot forward when they lead Indian challenge at the USD 600,000 Korea Open World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning in Seoul on Tuesday. Saina, who had skipped the Japan Open earlier this month after winning a bronze at 18th Asian Games, will look to get over the disappointment of her first-round exit at China last week when she takes on Korean Kim Hyo Min. Fifth seeded Saina, ranked 10th in the world, has done well in the major events this year, grabbing a second gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games. But the Indian has been inconsistent in the BWF events. Saina, who had reached the finals at the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters in January, was ousted by Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun last week at China and will have a tough task at hand as she is likely to face third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the quarterfinals. In men’s singles, Sameer Verma will carry the Indian flag after Kidambi Srikanth pulled out after playing back-to-back tournaments in Japan and China in the last two weeks. Sameer has been troubled by injuries but he has done well when he has been fit, winning titles at Swiss Open in February and Hyderabad Open early this month. The 23-year-old Dhar, who had finished runners-up at 2016 Hong Kong Open, will play Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in his opening match. He had beaten the Danish shuttler at India Open in January this year. If the Indian crosses the opening round, he is expected to meet reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan. Young women’s shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka will also compete in the tournament, taking on formidable sixth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in the opening round.

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Curb on Imports Sought to Bring Rupee to 1968-70 Level NEW DELHI: The government will “very soon” implement the second set of measures including curb on imports of non-essential items to shore up rupee to 68-70 level against the US dollar, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said, terming the about 12 per cent slide in the currency as a temporary phenomenon. The government had earlier this month announced easing of overseas borrowing norms for manufacturing companies, removal of restrictions on foreign portfolio investors (FPI) investment in corporate bonds and tax benefits on Masala bonds to shore up rupee and check widening of current account deficit. Now, the Centre has prepared a list of non-essential items whose imports can be curbed and also drawn up a separate list of goods whose exports can be boosted with a little policy intervention, Garg told PTI in an interview here. On the rupee continuing to fall de-

spite the first set of measures, he said “full components of the steps have not been implemented as yet, especially curb on import of non-essential items and boosting some of the exports etc. Those are still to come.” “These measures are at the final stage. Very soon, these should be announced,” he said. A group headed by the Commerce Secretary has “more or less” com-

pleted its task on finalising the list, the DEA secretary said. “Once it gets the nod from higher-ups, it will be announced…It will happen very early,” he said. The rupee has been battered for over a month now amid sell-offs sweeping emerging markets following a rout in the currencies of Argentina and Turkey. The Indian currency has set a string of record lows, dampening

some of the optimism about India’s world-beating economic growth. The rupee on last Friday closed at 72.20 to the US dollar, higher than the record low of 72.91 it had hit earlier this month. The government, Garg said, is concerned about the rupee’s slump and its adverse impact on the Current Account Deficit (CAD). The CAD, difference between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, widened to 2.4% of GDP in the first quarter. The fall in rupee has shot up oil import bill for the world’s fastestgrowing oil user by 76% to USD 10.2 billion in July. Garg said the appropriate level for the rupee is 68-70 per dollar, with 72 being the reasonable outer limit for depreciation. With first round of measures not having any desired impact, he said there is no question of government being helpless as there are more measures to be taken to rein in falling rupee. -- Indian Express

Splurges, Easy Loans Take Household Debt to New High MUMBAI: With consumers borrowing to buy everything from cars to cell phones, India’s household debt is estimated to have risen to 15.7 per cent of GDP in March 2018, research by Macquarie shows. In 2012-13, the ratio was just 11.7 per cent. With more credit history at their disposal, both banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) have been pushing through loans more easily. The total household debt at the end of March 2018, Macquarie estimates, was Rs 26.61 lakh crore. The attitudinal shift towards spending, coupled with the EMI (equated monthly instalment) culture, experts say, will keep consumption spends intact even when interest rates rise. What’s interesting is that the average ticket size of loans is falling suggesting an increasing inclusiveness. A recent CIBIL study — which has a databases of close to 250 million

unique borrowers — noted that retail loans in Q1grew 25 per cent but the average balance fell by 6 per cent. It attributed the decline to the change in the loan-mix towards short duration consumer loans like credit cards, personal loans and consumer durable loans. Personal loans are the fastestgrowing segment and together with credit cards dominate volumes while mortgages dominate the outstanding

value. The average retail lending balance, at the end of March 2018, was Rs 4.02 lakh. While the availability of credit histories has made life easier for bankers, they are also better utilising in-house information to target retail customers. It’s not surprising that the outstanding personal loans in March 2018 at Rs 19.08 lakh crore, were up a sharp 18 per cent over the previous year, as

data from Reserve Bank of India reveal. Private-sector banks in particular have leveraged their customer franchises; at one leading bank 50 per cent of the incremental personal loans and 70 per cent of incremental credit card loans were given to existing customers. However, it is the NBFCs which have been more aggressive over the past few years in tapping the retail loan market. Crisil estimates the credit outstanding of NBFCs at Rs 21 lakh crore in March 2018, up 17 % over the previous year; while home loans made up a third of the portfolio, loans to buy vehicles accounted for just under the fifth. The ratings agency estimates the market share of NBFCs (excluding state-owned) and housing finance companies (HFCs) has increased to around 17-18% of the total system credit pie, up from 13% over the past five years. -- Indian Express


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