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A Bright Sunny Day Belongs to the Kids That Play

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: On most Sundays at the Sikh National Center’s 20-acre site north of Beltway 8 between Gessner and Fairbanks-North Houston, a hundred or so kids of all ages come out of religious

classes, visit the gurdwara next door and though some may linger, most head back home. This past Sunday was a bit different and they had something else to look forward to, as the SNC celebrated a Khed Mela (Sports Day) and an estimated 1,000 people came

to attend the event organized by the Committee headed by Hitpal Singh; and want to make part of the SNC’s annual calendar. Last year Sports Day was held in April, in conjunction with Vaisakhi, but this year the event is a precursor to the larger Sports Day which is

planned for on later this year at the Racetrack across the tollroad from the SNC site. Gurcharan Singh, who was busy helping the kids’ teams, is working on the SNC float that will be in the Thanksgiving Parade through

downtown Houston on November 25. Last year in June, the newly formed Punjab Sports and Culture Club organized a huge entertainment event, free to the public, at the Sam Houston Racetrack, featuring five out-of-town performers, dinner and several exhibit booths and this year, more of the same is planned. And it was in the large open grassy area to one side that the activities were held this Sunday for kids young and old, all the way to people in their 50s and 60s. To one side was an inflatable moonwalk and slide for the young kids; to the other side, there were three-legged and spoon and lemon races and pony rides, with an area cleared for volleyball in the center. As an enthusiastic announcer gave almostlive commentary and announcements, different teams went through the races then the first, second and third place winners took their place on the winner’s podium. On the other end of the field, many young people played basketball in the covered, open-sided court, half of which was lined with seated spectators and an unending supply of pizza, gol gape, jalebis, pakoras and ice cones in addition to the langar after the religious services. The 20-acre site has been the focus of most of the Sikh community’s efforts for the past 15 years as a master-planned center that would house a Gurdwara as well as a boarding school, auditorium, museum, library, pavilion and residence for priests. During this time, through the dedicated efforts of a core, determined committee, the Sikh community has been able to raise money for the project through annual events at the site and donation drives. And slowly, the main gurdwara building is taking shape, with most of the exterior construction finished and the gray two-story shell visible from the tollroad.

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BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: In a poignant moment towards the end of the program, the Akshaya Patra Board Chairman Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande acknowledged the contribution of the man who worked tirelessly half a dozen years ago to start the local chapter in Houston. A physician who had pursued an active retirement through dedicating himself, and his late wife followed, to the care of those less fortunate, Dr. K. T. Shah had found his calling as the lead caregiver at the Doctor’s Charity Clinic every weekend. When Shah heard of the AP work, he went to visit a kitchen in India to learn firsthand how the program worked. He returned to passionately and energetically organize the first fundraiser at the

Westin Galleria hotel to a packed crowd of around 600 people. Now ailing with health issues that have sidelined him to a wheelchair, Shah received a standing applause for establishing the Houston chapter. Manisha Gandhi, a Houstonian who has been deeply involved in local non-profits, business and politics and who has been named the new Development Director of the Eastern US for AP, was the chair of the organizing committee for the AP Benefit held last weekend which was made of a hurriedly formed list of well-known Houstonian Indo Americans. Gandhi spoke touchingly of the pioneering work that Shah had done for the local AP effort. She expanded on the simple idea at AP to feed kids a hot school lunch, which has been shown to impact the kids to learn better dur-

ing the school day. Gandhi is also the local reporter covering events for TV Asia and recalled having done a story on AP when Deepak Chopra came for the last Gala two years ago. It is a testimony to the growing prowess and activity level of the local Indo American community that the AP Benefit was held on a Sunday evening, October 11 at the Sugar Land Marriott hotel in Town Square, as most of the days of the week are usually occupied with other events and the weekend events usually clash with each other. Though the AP Benefit was long on presentation, at the end of which dinner was served, the close to 200 people who came did not leave without a positive impression of the tremendous impact that the AP program is having across India on school kids.

The event benefitted from the superb emceeing of Los Angeles based Indo American comedian Rajiv Satyal who could turn a phrase into a witticism from the get go, which quick delivery and some mock self-deprecation. He introduced his wife Harsha who was born and raised in LA Grange, Texas and went to college at UTAustin. “We have been married two months and we named our wedding ‘Cowboys and Indians’. I worship cows, I’m a Hindu,” he said to giggles all around. The entertainment was simple but classical as Amani Parvathaneni, the 14-year-old daughter of Indian Consul General Parvathaneni Harish (who could not attend as he is in India; his wife Nandita was present though) displayed her remarkable skills as she performed two intricate dances spaced several

items apart. The keynote speaker was Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist for Google Social for Brands and aptly so, given Deshpande’s own career in the IT industry. Kallayil opened up with a startling question. “How many organs do you have in your body?” he asked, replying to a surprised audience, “78. And this,” holding up a cell phone, “is now the 79th organ. You talk to it. It can speak to you, it has a brain!” From the analogy of “the most comprehensive invention in history with an estimated 7.2 billion devices worldwide”, Kallayil moved on to show that technology used properly can pair with social needs to have lasting effects. He compared the work that AP was doing in feeding schoolkids to the a similar pairing which allowed 60,000 rotis and kilos of daal, sabzi and rice to be made in a very short span of 5 to 6 hours and then delivered hot to school kids across the city. The delivery management system requires tremendous planning and execution, something that AP has been able to perfect, which has led to its 24 kitchens across 28 states in India, the latest being a planned site in New Delhi. Emily Rosenbaum, the newly appointed CEO of AP USA expanded on that thought, adding that “we are factories with a heart, making 100,000 meals in 5 hours”. She spoke about how impressed she was with the efficiency and cleanliness when she toured a kitchen on a recent trip to India. The industrialist Ratan Tata was impressed enough to ask AP to set up a similar kitchen to help the earthquake victim in Nepal and AP responded, Rosenbaum said, by setting one up and operational in 15 days. A live auction brought in quite a few titters as Satyal ran it, and raised plenty of money for the charity, including the sale of an oil painting done live off to one side of the hall by local artist Gopal Seyn, who is scheduled to have his first international showings in the coming months. The evening reportedly brought $150,000 to the AP coffers.

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BY ELVIA FRANCIS HOUSTON: Twice a year in the Houston area, Bibi Magazine brings their luxurious South Asian wedding showcase, popularly known as the “Bibi Bridal Show”, accompanied with the top echelon bridal vendors, to the city’s most prominent nuptial venues. This past weekend Bibi Magazine celebrated their 25th Bibi Bridal Show with an exclusive, invite-only soirée at Mr. Peeples in downtown Houston on Thursday, October 8, and a wedding showcase, complete with fashion-show segments, open to the public on Sunday, October 11, at the Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land. Launched in 2000 with the cumulative efforts of Ayesha Hakki and her partners, Shabana Haq and Zooni, Bibi Magazine is the longest-running, largest-circulated South Asian fashion magazine in the United States, and is seen as the benchmark in South Asian bridal and fashion publications. When Bibi Magazine first started, there was no other publication or website targeting the South Asian-American demographic. Now, with the surgence of the Internet (such websites as Pinterest) and mainstream media (i.e. the Indian wedding scene in Fox 26’s hit television show, New Girl), South Asian weddings have come into the forefront of American culture. Even Washingtonian Magazine’s arts editor, Emily Codik,

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has taken notice, with her article last month on “How Indian Weddings in America Became So Amazing—and So Pricey.” While costs for the average North American wedding can range from $26,000 to $36,000, the costs of South Asian wedding ceremonies vary from $34,000 to $2 million. Despite this large range, the South Asian wedding industry averages only $11 billion annually, while the North American counterpart yields $50 billion each year. “With such immense monetary value and cultural significance, it just makes sense that wedding professionals also strategically align their services to the South Asian-American demographic,” says Zeb Mamsa, Bibi Magazine’s advertising director and bridal show producer. But, if nothing else, South Asian brides can always get prepared with the biannual Bibi Bridal Show, with its complimentary admission and lovingly arranged gift bags for preregistered brides! In fact, Bibi Magazine’s upcoming Spring 2016 bridal show will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 12PM to 5PM at the Embassy Suites - Energy Corridor (11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079). South Asian-American brides can also further organize their wedding planning essentials with Bibi Magazine’s yearly print publication titled the “Bibi Bridal Annual,” which retails for $7 and can also be bought online at bibimagazine.com/bibi-annualprint-magazine.

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“Don Quixote” : An Unforgettable Artistic Treat from Samskriti

BY SANCHALI BASU HOUSTON: Who does not remember reading, in their childhood, about the Adventures of Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza? The stories about this man from La Mancha, by Spanish playwright Cervantes in the 17th century, influenced the writings of many a novelist in the 19th century and later. On September 20, at the Dunham Theater of the Houston Baptist University, Houstonians had the wonderful privilege of witnessing “Don Quixote” come to life through the medium of Indian classical dance, for the very first time. This artistic collaboration between Sahrdaya Foundation and Kalapeetham of India, and involving a group of 15 dancers, made a deep impact on the audience with the unique and excellent production. The performance commenced with the narrator giving us an introduction to the book and how the hidalgo's obsession with reading led to a distortion of his perception and wavering of his mental faculties and he started believing every word of the fictional books of chivalry to be true. He does not see the world for what it is, and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story. The famous ‘tilting with windmills’ scene where Don Quixote mistakes the windmills for giants, was one of the most breathtaking and brilliantly choreographed scenes in the dance drama. Impeccable and creative choreography, synchronization, precision and perfection were in display throughout the performance. The excellent performances by Sheejith Krishna (Director & choreographer) in the role of Don Quixote and Madhusudanan as Sancho Panza were especially noteworthy. Akhila Ramnarayan, the Narrator, who was also responsible for the script, was exceptionally good at both. The tales of Cardenio, Luscinda and Dulcinea were told through Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak

showcased the extraordinary versatility of India's performance which are capable of engaging diverse audiences from around the world.

The Consul General of Spain, the Honorable Enric Panes Calpe, graced the occasion with his wife. According to one member of the audience, Dr. Moushumi Sur, “I am still replaying the sheer artistry of the compositions in my head. The seamless coming together of East and West, the medley of dance, song, drama and storytelling with magical technical light and sound support, made this an absolute delight to watch. I thank Samskriti for bringing such high quality shows to Houstonians”. The next scheduled program, a two-in-one special, is “Fire and Ash” by Gowri Ramnarayan and “Dwita” by Rama & Daksshina Vaidyanathan, on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Please visit: www. samskritihouston.org for future event announcements and details.

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Survivor’s Story and a Passionate Appeal Resonate at AADA BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Her voice cracked as she recalled the misery she had been through and she stopped to collect herself. She had plucked up her courage to get onstage to the podium to face a banquet room full of people who had come to show their support for victims, like her, of domestic violence. And they reacted with a quiet attentiveness, giving her a silent space to recompose herself, then clapping when she stammered “I’m sorry” and continued. Her tale began after she came from India three years ago to continue her studies in Pennsylvania but descended into a cruel deceived marriage. She fell in love and got married, but husband started verbal abuse a few days later, escalating it to physical, sexual and mental. She discovered that he was a loner, had few mental outlets and was unemployed. He would push her out of the house for over ten hours on many days, which she would suffer sitting in the courtyard or laundry room of the apartment complex. One night, when he tried to kill her, she decided to leave “but I was alone and then learnt about AADA”. After her husband didn’t show up of her Green Card interview, she decided to fight and explained her situation to a sympathetic Immigration official.

AADA President Rashmi Sharma (second from left) with a few of her Board members at the AADA Gala luncheon on Wednesday, October 7.

Soon after, she moved to Houston where Asians Against Domestic Violence helped her get an attorney to file for her immigration status through the Violence Against Women Act route (established by Congress in 1994) and getting it approved in a record two months. In February this year she received her Green Card “and now I have started working”, she ended, with a bright smile. It was the sort of success story that AADA volunteers and supporters have grown to expect from the 14 year-old non-profit that was started by four Indian American women in Houston who saw the need to help Asian women who suffered abuse. It has grown over the years to draw together many women, and some men, from across the

Asian diaspora in the Bayou City to fight against abuse of all types and many of them were present at the fundraising Gala luncheon at the Junior League on Wednesday, October 7. Among them were many local elected officials and Mayoral candidate hopeful Adrian Garcia. On one side of the banquet hall were ten booths from vendors exhibiting and selling their products and services. Ron Trevino, news anchor of the local CBS affiliate, KHOU TV, emceed the event, keeping his remarks brief and the program flowing. AADA President Rashmi Sharma delivered welcoming remarks which were peppered with disturbing statistics on abuse in the US. “AADA makes a difference, one life at a time,” she said,

Guests with one of the vendors (right) at the AADA Gala Photos: Jawahar Malhotra

alluding to the group’s logo of a butterfly whose wings are the silhouette of women’s faces. Sharma acknowledged two of the four founding members in the audience – Shantha Raghuthaman and Salma Siddiqi – and introduced her Board and the keynote speaker, Thecia Jenkins, a motivational speaker and consultant. Jenkins was loud, animated and passionate about the topic, acknowledging that the event was held during the Domestic Abuse Awareness Month of October, a theme that tied into the event’s moniker “Color Me Purple”, the color associated with the awareness campaign. She stared with a sad statistic: 123 women lost their lives in 2014 in Texas to abusive relationships, and built on a “Be-

ing Bold” strategy to end it. “To stop domestic violence, you must be interactive and bold to wake up every day, not knowing what to confront,” she said. She expanded on a strategy that involved having a level of self-awareness; to own your actions and to develop relationships that can nurture and help. Sunil Sharma, Rashmi’s husband and former District Governor of the Rotary Club closed off with a few thought provoking words. “Are all men bad? Let’s go out and change that!” he implored. The sit-down luncheon was concluded with a live auction conducted by Jeff Council, the Fort Bend County Treasurer and a big supporter of AADA.

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Indian money is like the chameleon: it is able to change its colour at will. It changes from black to white, and then back to black, then white again, and has the capacity to keep switching between these two colors ad infinitum. Indians possibly have more so-called black money – undeclared money on which no tax has been paid – stashed away, both abroad and within the country, than people belonging to any other nationality. Every now and then, the government of the day declares an amnesty or voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) by which people who have black money can come clean, literally and figuratively, by declaring it to the tax authorities who deduct the tax payable on it and impose such penalties as prescribed by the sarkar. And – Lo and behold! Hey presto! Chhoo mantar! – the black money magically changes color and becomes as white as the laundry shown in Surf Excelmatic ads. It’s a conjuring feat the late P C Sorcar would be proud of. But that’s not the end of the story, far from it. For all this newly-created white money is soon made to change its colour again and become as black as a power cut in a coal cellar at midnight. How does this happen? It happens in a variety of ways, the most common among these being an activity known as scams, which have been and continue to be the country’s fastest growing industry, from Bofors and Coalgate to Vyapam and Lalitgate. Thanks to scams the country’s economy goes back into the black, in more ways than one. Indeed the black economy becomes so big that Indian banks can’t accommodate all that moolah, which then finds its way into foreign banks. So the government launches yet another amnesty scheme, this one aimed specifically at black money stashed in videshi bank accounts, and once again all that cash is made to change color and become white, so that the whole process can be repeated again and again, in a monetary merry-go-round in which currency changes color with greater frequency than a traffic light. There are carping critics who say that such black-and-white schemes encourage tax evasion and are unfair to honest tax payers. But most are resigned to our color-change cash which eventually might stop being black or white and end up a universal shade of grey. Jug Suraiya in Times of India

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Angus Deaton: Measuring Well-Being BY DEAN SPEARS, DIANE COFFEY In the preface to his magisterial 2013 book The Great Escape, Angus Deaton thanks his teachers. “Richard Stone was perhaps my most profound influence,” Deaton writes, “from him I learned about measurement — how little we can say without it and how important it is to get it right.” Important, indeed. And difficult — but well worth doing. On Monday afternoon, the Nobel committee recognized the importance of measurement when they awarded Angus Deaton the 2015 Nobel prize in economics. We know what it feels like to owe much to a special teacher. Deaton passed Stone’s lesson on to his own students, including us. Deaton’s career has been wide-ranging. Most recently, he has helped the world understand its ongoing, incomplete, but nonetheless dramatic great escape from poverty and early death. When Deaton was born in Scotland, around 6% of babies there died before their first birthday; today, this infant mortality is under half of 1%. But over 4% of babies born in India still die in their first year, and the infant mortality rate among the many babies born in the states of the northern plains exceeds that of Scotland 69 years ago. Fully 8% of children die in infancy who are born in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, where we have worked since 2011 and where the population is 85% as large as Scotland’s today. One important part of Deaton’s research over the last decades has focused on poverty and well-being in India. In this work, he has been resolutely empirical: He focuses on what the data can tell us, and what they sometimes cannot. The paradoxes of development in India have been fertile ground for Deaton’s data-minded approach. India is a place where good things do not always come together, and where conventional development stories are often inverted. Despite rapid economic growth, and significant but slower improvements in poverty, children in India are shorter, on average, than children in

One important part of Deaton’s research over the last decades has focused on poverty and wellbeing in India. sub-Saharan Africa, who are poorer. As Indian households have become richer over the past decades, they have eaten fewer and fewer calories, on average — a puzzle seemingly at odds with the basic rules of household economics. In some of his most recent work, Deaton has shown that poor people in Africa, where health outcomes are very bad, do not tend to see improving health as a policy priority — a puzzle that may be reflected in Delhi’s apathy to its lethal air pollution. Such paradoxes, Deaton taught us, are opportunities to learn something important. This all adds up to a central message of Deaton’s work: Becoming richer is not necessarily the same thing as becoming better-off. This, too, is an important lesson for India, where infant mortality and other basic measures of human development are considerably worse than what other countries with similar levels of GDP per capita experience. Indeed, India’s “excess” neonatal mortality — above what its per capita GDP would predict in international comparison — is greater than total neonatal mortality in China. Deaton was working on what is now called “evidence-based policy” before it was a hot topic: In the 1990s, he published definitive work helping researchers sort out how to use household surveys to measure consumption in poverty. But notice what he includes in “evidence”: Careful, statistical descriptions based on survey data designed to be informative about populations. Deaton reminds economists — and, still, us — that there is no substitute for such careful thinking. Nor is there a substitute for usefully designed, representative survey data. Perhaps such data were part of what

drew Deaton’s focus to India. India historically had a long tradition of outstanding sample surveys, which Deaton has drawn upon again and again to teach India and the world about the well-being of individuals in the country that represents a large fraction of any international statistic. Some of our own work built upon Deaton’s surprising observation that GDP is uncorrelated with height across developing countries, in Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data. But Deaton, the 2015 Nobel laureate, has never written a paper about the height of people in India using data collected since 2005. We are sure that he would love to, and that it would teach the world important things about well-being in India, but no new DHS has been released for India in the past decade. The government has not collected it. India has slowly transformed from a world leader in the availability of survey data to a place where meaningful statistics simply are not available. These days, nobody really knows the height of India’s children, or how much babies weigh when they are born, or what fraction of people in rural India defecate in the open. Development economics has political implications. Credible, independent data are critical not only for research, but for democracy. As Deaton noted in his Princeton University press conference on Monday afternoon, government choices not to collect or release data often reflect vested interests. Deaton’s work shows that useful measurement of well-being in India is not only possible — it is practical and informative. It is indispensable. As we congratulate Deaton on this deserved honour, we should remember that somewhere an economics student in India is now beginning a career in which she could make Nobel-worthy contributions to the well-being of the next generation of Indians. India should make sure that she has the data she will need to do this work. She, too, can say little without measurement. The writers are economists at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi and at Princeton University. IE

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Up On a Hill, the Stupas Soar Over the Tall Red Temple BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA

MONROEVILLE, PA: It is quite a sight to stumble upon, tucked away in a residential tract, up on a hill overlooking the busy Route 22 a few blocks below, with a plain, white small sign indicating its purpose outside the black, double-wide wroughtiron gates: Hindu Jain Temple. If you ride up the hill on Illini Drive, you could pass the entrance by on the curve. At first glance, the red building with the three red stupas over each of the deities abode makes an imposing impression against the blue skies of Pennsylvania, some 17 miles due east of Pittsburgh. Set into the rolling hill, twenty steps lead up to the covered vestibule where you take off your shoes and three heavy brass-inlaid wooden doors usher you into the main hall. To the right, steps lead you downstairs to the dining hall, classrooms and other support services; further to the right is a glass counter offering books and other religious items and behind it sits the priest who was there that Wednesday afternoon in September, Suresh Chandra Joshi, offering a pranam (greeting). “The temple was built in 1984,” he told me as he came to offer me benediction and some prasad (blessed food), “and I came here as the priest in 1986.” Joshi is one of three priests – the others being Vinod Kumar Pandey and Jagdish Chandra Joshi – who cater to the needs of the 600 family congregation that comes to this temple. It is unusual in having both a vestibule for the Jain deity of Mahavir and the other two vestibules for deities of Ram and Krishna, as well as other important Hindu deities in the same worship hall. But, as Joshi explained, back when it was first contemplated, this was what the community could accommodate. Down the hill is a long grey building with a two-story connector for classrooms and other activity areas. A few miles away to the west in Penn Hills lies the Sri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple, built in white brick with a South Indian style stupa and to the other direction is the Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple and far to the west of Pittsburgh is the BAPS temple in Coraopolis. A few miles to the northwest in Monroeville lies the Tri-State Sikh Cultural Society and its white gurudwara with the gold dome and minarets and also an Asian Indian Christian Church nearby too. According to some estimates, around 18,000 Indians from the Old Country call the Pittsburgh area home. The worship hall was still laid out with a stage to one side and a swing for the baby Krishna from the Janamashtami celebration the weekend before and Joshi said the building had been packed with worshippers all day long. This particular afternoon, an elderly couple with their young adult son came to offer prayers and another Gujarati couple discussed terms for an upcoming puja with Joshi. The red-brick temple, reminiscent of the red limestone used in India, with its

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Session I: Dr. Hardeep Singh- “Are you Sure, Doc?” BY MEGHANA GOGINENI HOUSTON: A leader must be innovative and confident; however, a leader must also be compassionate yet proactive, unique yet understanding, and determined yet enthusiastic. On the morning of September 19, Hardeep Singh M.D, M.P.H, the Chief of the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics program at the Houston Veterans Affairs Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, inspired 48 Indo-American high school juniors and seniors, part of the Youth Leadership Development Program of Houston’s Class of 2016, strive to understand the true meaning of leadership, specifically in the healthcare field. As a graduate of the All India Institute of Medical Science, the most prestigious medical school in India, Dr. Singh demonstrates the value of hard work and discipline. After he came to the US to complete his resi-

dency, he began practicing healthcare in rural east Texas, where he recognized the severity of misdiagnosis. Despite racial prejudices and others advising him otherwise, Dr. Singh persevered and pursued research related to the significance of misdiagnosis for which he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and

engineering professionals, by President Obama in April 2014 for his groundbreaking multidisciplinary research utilizing health information technology to deliver patient care efficiently. Similarly, Dr. Singh shed light upon a crucial fact of life: failure is inevitable; however, those who overcome failure by learning from their experiences and persevere will become truly successful leaders. A true leader must be innovative and confident; however, a true leader must also be compassionate yet proactive, unique yet understanding, and determined yet enthusiastic. "Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar," (Orrin Woodward). Dr. Singh is an exceptional leader who has inspired me to raise my bar and aspire for nothing less than my dreams and find the perfect amalgam between happiness and success.

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HOUSTON: This article briefly covers Ram Leela, its various styles, and some prominent places in India where this play is conducted annually Lastly, it describes the exciting Ram Leela play about to take place at Stafford centre on the October 25. Background: Lord Ram is the seventh avatar of Vishnu and King of Ayodhya. The legend of Ram is deeply influential and popular in societies of the Indian subcontinent and across Southeast Asia and the globe. Lord Ram is revered for his unending compassion, courage and devotion to religious values and duty. Styles of Ram Leela at some prominent places in India: Today, several regions of India have developed their distinctive forms of Ram Leela.The most prominent Ram Leela is that of Ram Nagar, 15 km. from Varanasi which is staged over multiple venues, throughout the city. The Almora or Kumaon style incorporates musical renderings of the Katha based on the theatrical style developed by Uday Shankar. Next is the operatic style which incorporates elements of folk theatre

along with traditional style where the couplets of Ramcharitmanas not only act as dialogues but as chorus as well.Lastly there are Ramleela staged by professional troupes called Mandalis.A special way to present Ramleela is through puppetry which is more prominent in Rajasthan. In Karnataka, the Carnatic dance Katakali with elaborate masks and dress present the story in silent theatre.In Ayodhya, the curtains never come down on Ram Leela. It has been going on for 13 years now for full 365 days/yr. at the Tulsi Smarak Bhavan by different Ram Leela troupes from various parts of the country. In Delhi the Ram Leela became more popular at the Ram Leela Grounds outside the historic Delhi Fort. The Delhi Ram Leela at the Ram Leela maidan is covered by radios and TV and is beamed over to over 100 countries. For last 55 years Delhi’s Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra’s name is synonymous with the enacting of the annual Ram Leela – a ballet based on the epic Ramayana. Ram Leela ( Bhavyami Raghuramam) at Stafford Center in Houston, Texas:

Shri Sita Ram Foundation, a 501 ( C ) (3) non profit organization , produced and introduced Ram Leela as a stage play in Houston for the first time in 2010 and has shown it annually since then. However, this year’s play will be presented in a new and interesting manner,completely different from all the prior years shown ever in Houston. This year’s play will be a dance theatre based on a script written in Sanskrit by Maharaja Swati Thirunal of Travencore 200 years back. It is called Bhavyami Raghuramam, Glory of Shri Ram. There will be 150 youth and children actors involved. The commentary will be in English. This exciting & artistic Ram Leela play , Directed by Dr. Rathna Kumar is being presented on October 25, in the prestigious New Stafford Center, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online by going to www.ShriSitaRam.org or www.Sulekha.com or from various outlets on Hillcroft and Sugarland.

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A Farewell to Dr. Malcolm Gillis : Advisor to the Chamber

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Celebrate Bathukamma Festival on Oct. 17 at Ashtalakshmi Temple

From left: Dr. Durga Agrawal, Consul General Rinzing Wangdi, Dr. Malcolm Gillis, Ashoke Nath and Jagdip Ahluwalia. This picture was taken in 2000.

HOUSTON: IACCGH is sad to announce that Dr. Malcolm Gillis, Past President of Rice University and an esteemed Advisor to the Chamber, passed away on October 4th. IACCGH was blessed to have Dr. Gillis as one of its earliest Advisors. He was always encouraging towards a new born Chamber, pleased at the headway made and commended the Chamber for its efforts in promoting business between the US and India. We will always be thankful to him for helping us connect with the President of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. John Mendelsohn who subsequently joined the Chamber as an Advisor. He also put us in touch with United Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune. We fondly remember the Annual Advisors’ Dinners that he graciously hosted in the Cohen House at Rice University. He was generous with his knowledge, wisdom and expertise every

time the Chamber’s leadership called upon him. We were pleased to have him join us at one of our recent Galas. On numerous occasions, Dr. Gillis has stated that the US and India shared many things in common including a strong interest in developing and strengthening economic, technological and social relationships between the two countries. He was also proud of the fact that the first discovery of Nanotechnology, Carbon 60 was made at Rice University and believed that India can and should be a partner in taking this revolutionary discovery to greater heights. Dr. Gillis will be greatly missed but remembered with love and respect. We join Houston in paying our respects to a wonderful human being, a leader, a distinguished economist and a passionate teacher. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and children.

HOUSTON: Telangana Association of Greater Houston (TAGH) Bathukamma committee is organizing this year’s celebrations on October 17, at 6 pm at Sri Ashtalakshmi temple. The TAGH, a USA registered non-profit organization, was formed last year by the Telangana Non Resident Indians in greater Houston Area, to preserve the cultural identity and contribute to its development. The organizing committee is bringing all Houstonians together to make this year's event a grand success. Large scale plans are being made to welcome families to come together for the “flowerful” festival of Dassera and to pray to Goddess Gauri, the life giver, for societal prosperity and good wishes. This is a FREE outdoor event with lively music and dance. The organizers

have made extensive plans to provide FREE parking and FREE dinner (Mahaprasadam). Every family will receive a FREE gift for preparing and bringing Bathukamma to the temple. Professional photographers will also be taking a FREE family portrait with Bathukamma. The temple will provide an ideal venue to share the joy and celebrations with friends and families. Last year over 1,200 people enjoyed the festivities and this year the organizers are expecting record crowds to share, enjoy, and celebrate life with blessings of Goddess Gauri. For contributions, sponsorships, and volunteering, contact event organizers Veerender or Anita at taghgroup@gmail.com or visit http://www.tagh.org/bathukamma

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Coolpad Partners Videocon to Manufacture Smartphones in India NEW DELHI: Chinese telecommunications equipment company Coolpad Group Ltd on Friday said it plans to start manufacturing phones in India in partnership with Videocon Industries Ltd. To begin with, the company will be investing $300 million in manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and design. Videocon will be manufacturing about half a million Coolpad devices at its facility in Maharashtra. The first made-in-India Coolpad phone is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016. “India is a very crucial market for Coolpad and we believe that we will learn a lot from our investments in the country which will affect the company and its business globally,” said Johnson Luo, vice-president at Coolpad Group.

“The Indian consumer knows his smartphones well and it is imperative we develop a successful product that is both robust and technically sound. However it all boils down to the price of the product and we have decided to modify that too, as it is Coolpad’s philosophy to bring affordable technology to all,” he said. The company has also partnered Amazon to roll out a smartphone with a fingerprint scanner at an affordable price of Rs9,000. “Coolpad is known for its technical expertise to manufacture innovative and cutting edge smartphones, which is in line with Videocon’s vision, making this partnership mutually beneficial,” said Abhijit Kotnis, chief operating officer (manufacturing operations and global sourcing), Videocon Industries.

Coolpad is the latest in a growing number of smartphone companies that are setting up shop in the country. Earlier this month, Taiwanese technology company ASUSTeK Computer Inc. partnered Foxconn

Technology Co. Ltd to begin local manufacturing of smartphones at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. In August, China’s Lenovo Group Ltd started assembling smartphones at its 40,000 sq.ft facility in Chen-

nai run by Singapore-based contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. The same month, China’s Meizu Technology Co. Ltd, in which e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is a minority stakeholder, entered the Indian market and said it plans to make handsets in the country. In July, Karbonn Mobile India Pvt. Ltd set up a 150,000 sq.ft plant with an investment of Rs50 crore in Noida in partnership with mobile phone designer, manufacturer and supplier, Water World Technology Co. Smartphone brands Xiaomi Corp., InFocus and Oneplus have also partnered with Foxconn to manufacture devices in the country. -Livemint.com

Narendra Modi to Lay Foundation of Fourth Container Terminal at JNPT BY P.R. SANJAI MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the fourth container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) on Sunday, said the port chairman Anil Diggikar in an interview. The concession for fourth container terminal was awarded on 22 December 2014 to PSA International Pte Ltd, the world’s biggest container port operator by volumes and fully owned by Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore. The terminal is the single largest foreign direct investment in any project in the port sector in recent times, Diggikar said. The terminal is proposed to be developed on design, build, fund, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis for a concession period of 30 years for

an estimated cost of Rs.7,915 crore. The project is to be taken up in two phases adding 2.4 million TEUs in each phase. The work is awarded to Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of PSA, at a revenue share of 35.790%. “The physical work has already started for this mega project,” Diggikar said. Diggikar said the project will add container handling capacity of 4.8 million standard containers a year and will double the capacity of JNPT, the largest container port in India handling about 40% of the country’s container traffic. “For almost five to six years, JNPT did not add any capacity. Now we have started adding the capacity. Dubai Ports is building 330 metre of berth as an extension to its current berth with an estimated invest-

ment of Rs.1,000 crore. Once PSA completes fourth container terminal, JNPT would be able to handle 10 million standard containers a year,” Diggikar said. The current capacity of JNPT is about 71.17 million tonne per annum. The port is ranked 31st among the top 100 container ports in the world. JNPT, the most profitable among the major ports, has handled 63.80 million tonne in 2014-15 against 62.33 million tonne in 2013-14. Diggikar said the first phase of the terminal should be complete by the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018 while the second phase is expected to be completed by 2022. To be sure, in October 2012, JNPT withdrew the letter of award given to a consortium led by PSA after the group failed to sign a concession agreement even a year after it was

awarded the project in September 2011 in a public auction. JNPT subsequently encashed the bid security of Rs.67 crore submitted by PSA. The consortium of PSA and local firm ABG Ports Ltd was awarded the project after it quoted a record high revenue share then of 50.828% in a public tender. The winning bidder has to sign the concession agreement within 30 days of accepting the letter of award for the project, according to tender conditions. Despite repeated extensions, PSA didn’t sign the agreement. When the project was re-tendered in 2013, PSA applied on its own and won the auction again after emerging the highest bidder by offering a revenue share of 35.79%, compared with the 50.828% quoted in the earlier round in 2011. The scrapping of the first tender

and the consequent delay raised the project cost by as much as Rs.1,215 crore and pushed back the construction of the new facility by at least four years, resulting in loss of business and opportunity costs for JNPT. “There is no controversy now. All the controversies were at the bidding stage. The project is all set to start,” JNPT chairman added. JNPT is also developing a portbased special economic zone (SEZ) in 277 hectares of land with an estimated investment of Rs.4,000 crore and is expected to generate nearly 150,000 direct and indirect employment to the local population. The SEZ will have industries such as logistics, engineering goods, electronics, apparels and textiles and other value added service industries. -Livemint.com

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INDIA CULTURE CENTER, HOUSTON (ICC) NOTICE 2015 India Culture Center, Houston (ICC) is requesting Nominations for ICC Board of Directors (8 positions for 2 year term) and Trustees (2 positions for 3 year term)

1. At-Large Board of Directors

The nomination must be proposed,seconded and signed by paid members of ICC. The candidate must be a paid member of ICC as of AUG 31, 2015. The mailing address, phone number and e-mail addresses of all three (Nominee, Nominator and Seconder) must be provided in the nomination, signed by the nominee as well which should be faxed to the Chairman of the Election Committee and also mailed along with a non refundable processing fee of $25 to the address below and should reach by November 27, 2015. Postmark will not be considered. Checks to be payable to ICC. Incomplete forms will not be considered. ICC By laws are available on www.icchouston.org

Requirements and Qualifications for Directors

A nominator can nominate only one candidate though he or she can second multiple nominations. The elections for Board of Directors will be conducted on December 6, 2015 (Sunday) at 2 pm at India House, 8888 West Bellfort Houston, TX-77031. You can download the Forms from ICC website (www.icchouston.org)

2. Nominations for Trustees

The nominations should be faxed and also should be mailed by any paid member of ICC for Trustee position and should reach the election Official no later than November 27, 2015. A simple form with your name and nominee names, address, phone number and e-mail address. The Trustee candidate should meet one of the following eligibility criteria. Person can nominate by member self, resume should be attached. a. Must be a Past President of ICC OR b. Must have had a distinguished record of past services to ICC, Partnering Organizations or Community at Large. Attach Resume to validate qualifications.

Requirements for Trustee:

* Only 4 nominees will be presented to the board of directors for consideration. Committee will consider one past president and one person with distinquished record as written in the qualifications. Election Committee has right to accept or reject any or all nominees by majority vote of Committee. Rejected nominees will be informed in advance. Please verify ICC Bylaws for strict adherence.

For further information: Charlie Patel , President 832-423-7979 Email: charliepatel211@yahoo.com Falguni Gandhi , Secretary 281-8444604 Email: falgandhi@hotmail.com www.icchouston.org Mail completed and signed nomination to:Jawahar Malhotra Member, Election Committee 12207 Westmere Drive, Houston, Texas 77077 Email: jawoche@yahoo.com Fax: 713-789-6399

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A Social Play: Engirunthalum and Hema Naren represented good chemistry as a team. Other praiseworthy guest roles were played by Sridhar Srinivasan and Karu Manickam as the “Lena-Mena” brothers, Siddharth as Set director Murali, and Sampath Hemadri as Reddy garu, the Telugu film producer. Lavanya Rajagopalan and Divya Unni, made cameo appearance in a dance sequence and enthralled the audience. The technical crew including, Lee & Jerry, Janarthanan, Srividvatha Sridhar, Ganesh Rajamani helped the scenes flow smoothly. Producer Luckmi Pawa displayed the best of her production and also felicitated Dr. Padmini Ranganathan, and Seshadri Kumar for their years of patronage to Tamil Stage Creations. “Engirunthalum”, another feather on Anantha’s cap.

By Eshwar Gokul Venugopal

HOUSTON: On October 3, Bharathi Kalai Mandram hosted Engirunthalum, a social play by Houston Anantha. In spite of the infrastructural damage that delayed the play, Srikanth Venugopalan from BKM and his team succeeded in overcoming the mishap and adhered to the saying “The show must go on.” Engirunthalum is based on Socrates’ quote “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” The play opens in a serene locale called pachamalai. Maruthappan, aka Maruthu, a humble peasant working for landlords Devanai Ammal and Palaniappa Gounder, is loyal to his landlords, friend Gopal aka Kovalu, and his love, Mayilatha. The latter has a constant tiff with Minor Marappa Gounder from Kuniyamuthur, who will bend over backward to seduce Mayilatha with his riches. He takes the advice of his sidekick Sinnarasu for his acts. Maruthu catches the attention of a film director, T.P. Rajalakshmi, from Chennai and gets a lifetime opportunity to act in films. Unwilling, yet being convinced by his well-wishers, Maruthu swears to return after one movie; however, gets persuaded to act in tycoon producers LenaMena’s production. Meanwhile, Minor plots to conquer Mayilatha by requesting Devanai ammal to be his co-producer and make a movie with Maruthu. Overwhelmed by money and fame, Maruthu, refuses the offer and runs back to Pachamalai to lead a happy and content life with Mayilatha. The play was wonderfully executed by Anantha’s team. Scenes with Minor and Sinnarasu, played by Kumaran and Suseel were rib-tickling. Meera Srikanth and Natarajan Krishnan as Devanai Ammal and Palaniappa Gounder, portrayed a typical family run by a headstrong woman. Sharmita, precisely depicted a welleducated yet down-to-earth Dhanabagyam, the secretary of Devanai Ammal’s household. Despite the fact that she is raised in the USA, her Tamil diction was up to the mark. Nandhu Radhakrishnan, played Kovalu, the all-in-all aid of the house and Maruthu’s friend. Gopal Thandavarajan aptly portrayed Maruthu, the lead role of the play, as an innocent farmer and his real life wife Mala Gopal enacted Mayilatha. Mayilatha’s emotional conversation over the phone was touching. The dance sequences of this enthusiastic pair will be remembered for the days to come. The director’s crew played by Viji Raja, Ponni Sivaraman, Gayathri Rao, INDO AMERICAN NEWS • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015 • ONLINE EDITION: WWW.INDOAMERICAN-NEWS.COM


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Universal Oneness: Rakshabandhan Celebration with Sugar Land & Stafford City Councils

HOUSTON: HSS conducts outreach programs to introduce Hindu values to our friends and neighbors from other faith traditions. Recently, HSS Houston chapter used the occasion of a traditional Hindu holiday known as Raksha Bandhana (pronounced ruck-SHAH bund-HUN) to meet with civic leaders and public safety officers. Hindus have traditionally observed Rakha Bandhana – loosely translated as the “Protection Connection” – as a holiday reaffirming the relationship between sisters and brothers. The sister ties a string known as a Rakhi (pronounced rah-KEY) around her brother’s wrist as a symbol of her

love. Not only does the brother promise to protect his sister, but the sister’s Rakhi also protects the brother from life’s adversities. Since 2004, HSS has celebrated this holiday as “Universal Oneness Day,” broadening its scope from the family to the community with the simple idea that we should all love and protect each other. We have met with civic leaders and public safety officers throughout the country and offered them the Protection Connection by tying Rakhi’s on them. Members of HSS Houston chapter enjoyed the honor of celebrating Rakshabandhan with council members and city officials of Sugar Land and

Stafford this year. On September 14, group of HSS members including kids went to Sugarland Citi Hall. They were well received by Mayor James Thompson and council member Harish Jajoo. Importance of Rakshabandhan and why we see it as Universal Oneness and its need today was explained to the Hon members. Then HSS members tied rakhis and gave a beautiful card with Rakhi message to everyone. The book about the Hindu culture and tradition was gifted to Hon Mayor and thanked them for the opportunity extended. Mayor and other council members highly appreciated

HSS effort in spreading harmony message within society. Similarly, Mayor of Stafford invited HSS during their general meeting on September 16. Mayor Leonard Scarcella and council Member Ken Mathew received and welcomed HSS members during Stafford cilty council general meeting. Ken Mathew introduced the concept of Raksha bandhan celebration in Indian subcontinent as cross-religion and cross faith bonding with lucid historical examples going back to Alexander’s time in India. One of the HSS members then took this opportunity and told all the members and public officials about

HSS views in extending the family concept to entire society as family and need of Universal Oneness in today’s time. Later-on rakhis were tied and cards were given to all the members and officials. A book on Hindu culture was gifted to Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella. He then thanked HSS for celebrating Rakshabadhan with entire city council and officials and much appreciated the efforts. Both the Mayors appreciated this festival, the unique message it brings out and social service HSS offers in their constituencies as well as nationwide.

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Hanmi Bank Actively Markets the Texas Region Bank Gains Momentum through Holding Series of VIP Events

C. G. Kum, President & CEO of Hanmi Bank delivers welcoming remarks at Houston VIP Event

Mohammad Tariq, EVP & Texas Regional President welcoming guests at Dallas VIP Event

LOS ANGELES: Hanmi Bank is actively looking to expand its market share in the Texas region. The bank has recently held series of VIP events to attract its key customers and community leaders in the Houston and Dallas regions. Last month, Hanmi held VIP din-

ner events in Houston and Dallas inviting key businessmen and community leaders from South Asian as well as other Asian communities. Hanmi also held a similar event this month, targeting the Koreans and Chinese customers in Dallas. The event was hosted by Mohammad

Tariq, Executive Vice President and Texas Regional President, attracting approximately 80 guests to each event. C. G. Kum, President and CEO and Bonnie Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of Hanmi in addition to Texas management team attended the events to personally meet with the customers and share Hanmi’s plan to support the customers. “Hanmi is founded purely by capitals of the immigrants who have come to the U.S. with the hope of achieving the American Dream. We understand the challenges and needs of immigrant communities better than many mainstream banks. We are a community bank that is committed to investing in local communities and our customers. With strong management team and robust capital, we are here to meet the customers’ financial needs”, said C. G. Kum, President & CEO of Hanmi Bank. In addition to the VIP events, Hanmi is actively working to increase its brand awareness in the Texas region. Hanmi has recently completed its new logo signage installation at all of its branches in Texas. It has also begun a branding advertising campaign, boasting a modern and youthful look. Furthermore, the bank is also promoting its product and services through active marketing. Recently, Hanmi has completed its loan promotion ad and is now promoting Hanmi Remote Cash Depositor, a virtual vault service targeting business customers with large cash transaction volume.

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Sewa Day 2015: International Day of Volunteering Celebrated Across USA

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HOUSTON: The Indian-American community between September 11 and October 4 celebrated “Sewa Day” – a day of pure service - with a variety of community service projects at over 20 locations across the USA. Hundreds of volunteers from Sewa International and partner organizations including professional bodies, associations, linguistic, temple, spiritual, social and cultural organizations came together for a day of community service and worked on a variety of projects to make a difference in their communities. Sewa Day was also celebrated across the world in UK, Canada, Australia, Guyana, and Sri Lanka.Projects were organized based on three guiding principles: 1. Serve to relieve hardship to humanity, 2. Bring a little joy to the needy, and 3. Increase environmental awareness. Youth and children enthusiastically participated as volunteers too. At Boston, MA, volunteers cooked dinner for 200 people at the Cor Unum Meal Center - a nonprofit that provides nutritious meals in a safe environment to needy families. In Charlotte, NC, volunteers removed roadside trash and debris as part of the county’s adopt-a-city street program, and also cleaned up the local temple. Volunteers in Cleveland, OH, Sewa cleaned up the Weiss Field Metro Park. In Columbus, OH, volunteers organized group games and a cultural

community, and, distributed school bags and food.In Philadelphia, PA, volunteers participated in a food drive and helped manage parking at a local festival. Volunteers in Delaware cleaned their neighborhood temple including shrine upkeep, maintaining the parking lot, washing windows and collecting garbage.Three Sewa Day events were held in the DallasFort Worth (DFW) area, TX. Youth volunteers helped out at Frisco with a community organization devoted to local service projects, with acts of love and socialization with a sisterhood of moms. A free medical camp was organized for the Bhutanese refugee families in Dallas in which three doctors and 16 volunteers participated and over 40 patients benefited. Sewa volunteers also served at Plano City's cultural exchange program showcasing Japanese art and culture. In Houston, TX, 50 volunteers picked up trash and debris from Galveston beach as part of the Texas adopt-abeach initiative. In San Antonio, TX, volunteers vacuumed, cleaned doors and windows, and washed the blinds at their local mandir. In Denver, CO, volunteers cleaned up the Brighton temple hall, yard, kitchen and deities. Volunteers from Portland, OR and Seattle, WA cleaned up trails and vegetation and participated in upkeep and preservation activity at the Vedanta Society’s spiritual retreat.

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Cheese da Parantha (American Cheese Parantha) Punjabi paranthas (crispy flat bread) have become so popular and readily available the world over that they have taken on a new identity for the younger generation in a variation called the parantha roll which is nothing more than some filling rolled up in a plain parantha. So it’s like having the stuffing outside the bread rather than inside! It’s similar to having a stuffed burrito or a gyro sandwich, but of course, the main item is the bread or parantha, which cannot be duplicated. Many years ago when we lived in London, my kids came up with the idea of stuffing the parantha with grated Cheddar cheese – and they loved to eat them hot off the tava (flatplate). This was before they knew about pizzas and they loved the tastiness of the melted cheese! It is actually better than cheese pizza because the dough is completely cooked on both sides, rather than soggy and wet as pizza dough can get. In fact, there are some pizza restaurants that actually make the thin crust from wheat dough and then put ingredients like tandoori chicken, eggplants and onions on top, calling them “tandoori pizza” or some other Indian name. There are many types of stuffed paranthas: aloo (potatoes), gajjar (carrots), phul gobi (cauliflower), mouli (white radish) or piyaaz (onions), and you can make many more with other ingredients like daal (lentils) or bhindi (okra) or baingan (eggplant). But many young kids in the West only go for items they recognize, so aloo is the most popular. To this, you should add cheese and see how your young children react. The secret to a good, crispy parantha is to make sure that the atta (dough) does not get too soft with the stuffing. Cheese paranthas generally do not use any spices; but do not needed added salt as the cheese is salty enough by itself. Most paranthas can be eaten with a dollop of butter placed on top, plain yogurt alone or with achaar (pickles). But hot cheese paranthas taste much better alone, just like a cheese pizza! Ingredients : 500gm kanak (gehon) ka atta (wheat flour) 100 gm grated American cheddar (or any cheese of your choice) 2 tbsp tael (olive oil or vegetable oil) 1 1/2 cups pani (water)

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Directions: 1.Cut open the packet of grated cheese and if you prefer, add the red pepper, mix well and keep to the side in a bowl. 1.Pour the flour in a bowl and slowly pour in water while kneading the dough till it becomes a nice, tender by firm ball. Dab the surface of the ball with a little water to keep it moist, cover the bowl and set aside. The dough should be soft but not watery, if the dough is too hard, the parantha will also be hard. 2.If you want to cook later, dab the top of the atta with a small amount of oil to see the crust soft and then leave the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. You should not cook the paranthas right after making the dough as they will come out hard. 3.Break the dough into small paade (balls) and then roll out into an 8 to 10 inch circle. Now place a small amount of the grated cheese into the middle of the circle so that it can be closed easily and does not tear when rolled out again. It should roll out easily.

4.Put a small dab of oil on a hot tava (hotplate or skillet) and place the flattened dough on. When it turns color a little, turn the parantha over. Put another dab of oil on the tava and then turn it over again till it is fully cooked. The parantha will be cooked when it has some dark brown spots on it. 5.Serve hot as the cheese will still be soft. If you are adventurous, you can try these with some sabzi (vegetables) or daal (lentils). 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.

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NEW DELHI:A top female lawyer is forced into defending a criminal after her daughter is abducted. ‘Jazbaa’, based on Korean thriller ‘Seven Days’, is fashioned as a hard-edged courtroom-drama, where the protagonist wears sharp power trouser suits and wields a smart mind, and the tale is sprinkled with kinks, drugs, rape, violence and murder. The trouble with the film, all familiar green-tones and dark angles and panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline, is that it sticks too close to its brief, which is, clearly, to bring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan back in our midst. And to topline her above all else. Result: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not just an element in the crime drama. She is framed as any superstar Bollywood hero would: too many solo scenes, a great deal of slomo, and lots of opportunity for her to ‘act’. Says a character in the film, “yeh Bollywood hai”. The statement is redundant: if ‘Jazbaa’ was as taut as its origin, the lead actor would be complementing and pushing the theme, not created simply to

overpower the whole. (See Pics of Aishwarya with parents and momin-law at Jazbaa screening) It’s not as if Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gets Anuradha Verma, the anguished legal eagle who takes up cudgels for people whose guilt is beyond doubt, all wrong. In the scenes

in which she has to be matter-of-fact, where she is recounting facts and bringing up counter-arguments, she uses her star-power just right. In the others, she is over the top, see-sawing between hysteria and overwroughtness. And has you wincing. And that’s pretty much the case with the film, convoluted and over-plotted, as a whole. Sanjay Gupta’s ability to create menace and a sinister sense of place is overwhelmed by the film’s need to showcase the lead actor. It spills over into the way the solid supporting cast comes off, as characters meant to buoy the central figure around whom the action revolves: Atul Kulkarni as the public prosecutor, Jackie Shroff as an ambitious politico, Chandan Roy Sanyal as the accused. Shabana Azmi, attired in the most gorgeous handloom saris, has an interesting part, and gets in some traction, though. As does, of course, Irrfan, who gets to chase bad guys, throw his fists about, and send a nod and a wink our way. -Indianexpress.com

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B-Town Wishes Amitabh Bachchan on his 73rd Birthday Celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar and Anupam Kher took to Twitter to wish Amitabh Bachchan

MUMBAI:As megastar Amitabh Bachchan turned 73 on Sunday, tinsel town celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar and Anupam Kher took to Twitter to wish “the indisputable superstar of the country”. Honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s highest civilian honour, and Knight of the Legion of Honour by France for his exceptional career

in the world of cinema, Big B has starred in films like “Deewar”, “Zanjeer”, “Sholay”, “Don”, “Black”, “Sarkar”, “Agneepath”, “Paa” and “Shamitabh” in his illustrious career. He was last seen on the silver screen in Shoojit Sircar’s “Piku”, and will next be seen in Bejoy Nambiar’s “Wazir”, which is slated to release on December 4. -Indianexpress.com

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36 October 16, 2015 India Under Pressure to Regain Lost Ground vs. S. Africa BY FIRDOSE MOONDA INDORE (ESPN Cricinfo): If there is a place for India to get their groove back after falling behind early against South Africa, Indore’s Holkar Stadium is it. They have won all three ODIs played at the venue, which has not seen international cricket since 2011. The South African visit threatens to very quickly go downhill for India after they lost the T20 series and the first ODI. They have also lost their premier spinner and the only bowler who really troubled the South Africa batsmen, R Ashwin, to a side strain and have to find both the motivation and the right men to get things back on track. The captain, MS Dhoni, has to be one of those men especially because, so far, his tactics have been questioned. Dhoni’s use of his bowlers have, at times, given South Africa’s batsmen a free passage, and he will have to be attacking and aggressive if he wants his team to draw level. Dhoni need look no further than the opposition camp to see how to do that. South Africa are batting with intent and bowling with energy and the results are falling in their favour. They’ll be careful not to think that means nothing can go wrong because, they know that as soon as they get too comfortable, they will likely pay the consequences. Form guide (Last five completed games, most recent first) India LWWWW South Africa WWLWL In the spotlight Stuart Binny had to bowl more than expected in Kanpur because of the injury to Ashwin and bat at the end of the innings to try and win the game, and he did not do well at either. He was expensive with the ball and although he did a decent job of handing the strike back to his captain, he got out to the same shot Dhoni did to end India’s challenge. He will want to show he is better than that performance. If David Miller keeps his place in the South Africa XI, it may be

The South African players get together after the wicket of Virat Kohli, India v South Africa, 1st ODI, Kanpur, October 11, 2015.

his last chance to prove he deserves to stay there longer. Miller has gone 12 innings without an ODI half-century and failed to score more than 15 in four of his last six innings. The only thing keeping Miller in the side at the moment is that there is no obvious replacement but with Rilee Rossouw recovering from injury and Khaya Zondo waiting in the wings, Miller’s rope is growing shorter. Apart from waning confidence, his technique needs boosting with his stance and approach to spin both under scrutiny. Team news With Ashwin suffering a side strain in Kanpur, Harbhajan Singh is likely to play alongside Amit Mishra in the spin role. India may also look at changing the personnel in the pace department; Mohit Sharma could come in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohit Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav There is only one question that needs answering for South Africa

and that is what to do with Miller. If Faf du Plessis, who left the field with a twisted knee in Kanpur, fails his fitness test, Miller will be safe. If du Plessis is given the green light to play, South Africa may consider handing a debut to Zondo or install Chris Morris at No. 7 to provide an extra seam-bowling option. South Africa: (probable) 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 David Miller/Chris Morris, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran Tahir Pitch and conditions Runs have been promised by the Holkar Stadium’s groundsman Samunder Singh Chauhan, and we have reason to believe him. Apart from the small ground and short straight boundaries, the statistics reveal a glut. Five of the six innings played at this ground have been 250-plus, including one of over 400, by India against West Indies in December 2011. Indore’s weather will be as hot as Kanpur’s with temperatures set to reach 37 degrees but will drop to the mid 20s at night. Stats and trivia MS Dhoni’s average against

South Africa of 27.30 is his lowest against any ODI team. He has scored 546 runs against them from 23 innings. Imran Tahir has risen to third on the ODI wicket-takers’ list for 2015. His 32 wickets put him four behind Trent Boult and nine behind Mitchell Starc Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

Unhappy with Umpire KANPUR: The India team is not happy with Vineet Kulkarni’s umpiring, and the captain’s postmatch report has remarks critical of the official, ESPNcricinfo has lear In Kanpur, there was an lbw appeal against JP Duminy in South Africa’s successful chase of 200. Duminy looked pretty plumb to a Bhuvneshwar Kumar yorker, but survived. Had Duminy been given out then, it would have reduced South Africa to 157 for 4 in the 17th over. Eventually South Africa won with two balls to spare. Also, Shikhar Dhawan was given out lbw to Morne Morkel when it seemed the ball was headed down the leg side. India eventually lost that match by five runs.

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Pak in Good Position ABU DHABI: Shoaib Malik marked his first Test appearance for more than five years with a composed unbeaten 124, Mohammad Hafeez fell two runs short of a century of his own, while Younis Khan sealed his place in history by overhauling Javed Miandad’s 22-year-old record to become the leading run-scorer in Pakistan Test history, as England’s bowlers were served notice of the hard graft to come on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi. By the close they had chiselled four key wickets, including that of Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had made three centuries in as many innings in his last two Tests in Abu Dhabi, but was dismissed this time for 3 in controversial circumstances - umpire S Ravi upholding James Anderson’s review for a caught-behind, despite no overwhelming evidence that the initial not-out decision had been incorrect in the first place. Malik, however, was still in situ at stumps, having negotiated 230 deliveries in his first first-class innings since November 2014. With a previous best score of 39 in five Tests against England, the last of which was also his most recent outing, at Edgbaston on the infamous 2010 tour, he had been, on the face of it, an insubstantial replacement for Pakistan’s established No. 3, Azhar Ali, who was ruled out with an infected toe first injured on the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. The bulk of Pakistan’s firstday total of 286 for 4 were made in Shoaib’s168-run stand for the second wicket with Hafeez, who was himself making a return to the team having been overlooked for Pakistan’s most recent Test.

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