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November 02, 2018 3 COMMUNITY Houstonions Revels to Falguni Pathak’s Tunes



OUSTON: Indhana Winva, Pankhida tu udi jaje and Pari hoon main - these are some of the indispensable and mandatory playlists that establish the energy and frenzy needed to dance away at a garba and dandiya ras night during Navratri. To add to the zeal, if these melodious songs are sung in the queer sound of the ‘Dandiya Queen’ herself, what more could one ask for! The Dandiya Queen, Falguni Pathak’s name is synonymous with Navratri and its celebrations. Due to her huge fan following, her shows draw massive crowds and are a complete sell-out most of the times. To mark the Navratri celebrations this year, a live performance by Falguni Pathak was organized on Friday, October 26 at NRG Center. The much aptly named ‘Falguni Pathak Dandiya Dhoom’, was organized by Dhaval Sheth from Travel Unlimited. One of the prominent names in the travel industry, Travel Unlimited has agency setups in the US and India. This time again, Dhaval displayed his fondness for cultural events by organizing this grand event in Houston for the first time, similar to some of his past events in Austin and Dallas. The Navratri festivities bring in a lot of excitement and enthusiasm all over the world, way before the festival actually begins. Houston had this excitement continued even after the festival drew to a close,

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for having the opportunity to dance to the tunes of the stalwart Falguni Pathak. One of the most soughtafter names, Falguni Pathak takes away the credit of popularizing the traditional musical forms from the Indian State of Gujarat, no wonder she became a household name associated with the festivities. Navratri celebrations in India are always grand and Falguni Pathak shows have always been an icing on the cake. Her shows have been

a super hit, having people dance away all night wherever possible! She released her debut album in 1998, and since then there has been no looking back for her. She lent her melodious voice not only to folk but also to Bollywood, thus becoming one of the most popular names in the music industry. Her songs revolved around Love theme. Some of her most admired songs are Chudi jo khanki haath mein, Maine payal hai chhankai,

Meri chunar udd udd jaye, Ayi pardesh se pariyon ki rani and Sawaan Mein. Her popularity touched new heights as she came out with her album Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi. It was a turning point in her career and she got to be recognized as an Indi-pop singer, and amongst the famed ones during those times. She won numerous awards, one of the most distinguished being Indian Viewer’s Choice from MTV Video Music Award, for her album Maine

Payal Hai Chhankai. Having performed in innumerable shows in India as well as other countries, she achieved fame as an executant for Navratri celebrations, the band backing her performances being Ta Thaiyaa. Besides being addressed as the ‘Dandiya Queen’, her fans affectionately name her as Amitabh Bachchan of Dandiya and Sachin Tendulkar of Dandiya. Falguni Pathak has been on a triumphant USA tour and this time Houston appeared on her list after 5 long years, leaving people way too pepped up for her show. Energetic performance by Bollywood Shake gave a perfect start to the show. The event saw the young and the not so young, enthusiastically dressed in their best Gujarati traditional wear. The hall appeared bright and vibrant and various entertainment activities, besides dance and music kept the guests engrossed. Some were seen flocking the Jewelery and Clothing booth while some devoured the scrumptious snacks at the eatery section. However, it was a sight to watch as the audiences whirled and twirled, while




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Center presented its annual Roy M. Huffington Award to Dr. Marie and Vijay Goradia at The Houstonian on Tuesday, October 23. Drs. Chinhui Juhn and Edward R. Allen, Dr. Anne Chao and Mr. Albert Chao, and Mrs. Andrea White and Mr. Bill White (former Mayor of Houston), served as honorary co-chairs for the event. After dinner, KTRK Channel 13 anchor Melanie Lawson moderated a discussion with the Goradias about their life stories and their dedication to advancing educational and healthcare issues around the world. Both were raised in humble circumstances in India and came to the U.S. in the 1970s. Soon after emigrating, Vijay founded Vinmar International, a global petrochemical trading and marketing company, which recently tallied over $4 billion in annual revenue. While back in India on a business trip in 1999, he was inspired by the educational interventions he saw being implemented by a charity called Pratham (meaning “first” in Hindi), and he founded Pratham USA, which supports the work being done in India for underprivileged children. Additionally, Vijay has been involved with similar U.S. initiatives, such as the American India Foundation. When asked about his philanthropic inspiration, he responded, “My parents taught me empathy and sympathy, thus giving back to the society we adopted was a natural thing to do… it is fulfilling to give back to those less fortunate.” Marie, who earned advanced degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology from Bombay University, journeyed to the U.S. to do scientific research. Her current portfolio is wide-ranging, in-

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Asia Society Texas Center Honors Marie and Vijay Goradia with 2018 Huffington Award Institution’s Highest Honor Awarded to Couple for Contributions to Global Literacy

Bob Murray and Muffet Blake (left), Asia Society board member Nancy Allen, honorary co-chairs Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen.

cluding becoming a distinguished toastmaster, ballroom dancer, and an active community volunteer. In addition to Asia Society, Marie has been deeply engaged with the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Like her husband, she shared her reasons for giving back to the community, saying, “[Philanthropy] is important because you never have the opportunity to thank everyone who helped you in the past, but we can pay it forward and help provide a better life for those who have less.” This was the first Huffington Award to be presented in a dinner format since Asia Society opened its new Museum District headquarters in 2012. In recent years, the program has been a luncheon with a predominantly business-centric focus, whereas the dinner setting heightened the event’s gravitas and ambiance. The 400 guests enjoyed musical accompaniment

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Honorees Dr. Marie and Vijay Goradia, with their children Sapphira and Kevin.

during dinner by Divisi Strings, floral arrangements by Lanson B. Jones & Co., and an elegant dinner including arugula salad with dried cherries and crumbled feta, BBQglazed wild salmon, and delectable chocolate desserts. In addition to the honorary cochairs, luminaries who attended to add their support to the Goradias’ award included Nancy Allen, Y. Ping Sun, Monjula and Ravi Chidambaram, Sylvia and Gordon Quan, Shaista and Shahzad Bashir, Lynn Wyatt, Sushila and Durga Agrawal, Muffet Blake and Bob Murray, Lily and Charles Foster, Dr. Ellen Gritz and Mickey Rosenau, Nancy Pollok Guinee, Akeni Saitoh, Nathalie and Charles Roff, John Cogan, Paul Murphy,

Moderator Melanie Lawson (left), honorary co-chairs Eddie Allen and Chinhui Juhn, Asia Society president Bonna Kol, honorary co-chair Andrea White, honorees Dr. Marie and Vijay Goradia, honorary co-chair Mayor Bill White, Asia Society vice-chair Y. Ping Sun, honorary co-chair Albert Chao.

Moderator Melanie Lawson, honorees Dr. Marie and Vijay Goradia during program. Photos: Daniel Ortiz

Shazma and Arshad Matin. The Huffington Award recognizes leaders who have been a major force on the international stage. Named for the Houston oilman and former ambassador who played a leading role in creating Asia Society Texas Center, the Roy M. Huffington Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Center. Prominent former recipients include President George H.W. Bush; former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Kevin Rudd; former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III; former Governor of Utah and U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Jon Huntsman Jr.; former ExxonMo-

bil CEO and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; and President of Rice University David Leebron. AboutAsiaSocietyTexasCenter 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.

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Poets Remember Vajpayee and Kavis Make the Evening Special BY SANJAY SOHONI & SWAPAN DHAIRYAWAN

HOUSTON: On Sunday, October 28, the

Houston Chapter of the International Hindi Association organized a program paying tribute to the late Indian Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Keshav Smriti Hall in Houston. Swapan Dhairyawan was the Event Coordinator and master of ceremonies who took the audience on a journey and life of Vajpayee. The program started with kids from the VPSS Hindi class singing ‘Hum Honge Kaamyab’ which set the mood and tone of the program. The song was rendered by Riti, Rhea, Arjun, Reyna, Priya, Samika, Anushka, Manav and Shrey and was taught by Sangeeta Gupte and the audience was impressed to hear them singing in chaste Hindi. The President of the IHA Houston Chapter, Dr. K. D. Upadhyaya welcomed the audience and explained the purpose and timeline of the program. Fatehali Chatur recited the first poem “hari hari doob par onski boonde” and narrated the similarity with examples of husband and wife relationship, much to the delight of the audience. This was followed by Dr. Sarita Mehta reciting her poems “aao phir se diya jalaye” and “geet naya gaata hu”. The next participant was Dr. Harendra Chahar who recited an incredible poem filled with Veer Ras “hindu tan man hindu jivan” which made exemplified the greatness of the Hindu way of life. The next poem of hope was recited by Manisha Gandhi “savera hai magar purab disha mein” which showed the soft side of mood and emotions. Half way through, the senior community

leader and accomplished businessman Ramesh Bhutada shared his experience and memories of Vajpayee. He spoke about the strong character of Vajpayee who ran a coalition government of 22 different parties as a Prime Minister and succeeded in keeping all of them together. “So in our life we should also work in cooperation with people though we have different ideology, views and goals,” added Bhutada. He also said that the Keshav Smriti (located in donated space next to his business Star Pipe Products) will always keep its doors open for any such noble cause to the IHA team. This was followed by a speech by India Culture Center President Nisha Mirani who also recited a poem by Vajpayee. She thanked IHA and audience for attending the program and spoke on mutual cooperation within the community. Sangeeta Pasrija then recited few short poems on different moods and her recitation on ‘Babli

Ki Diwali’ about the two pet dogs of Vajpayee showed altogether a different perspective of his talent and flair in poetry writing. Swapan Dhairyawan recited Vajpayee’s ‘Dudh me darar pad gai’ “unche parvat pe paude nahi ugte” and a new vision poem “ek naya bharat ke jisme ek naya vishwas ho”; as he very eloquently went over the life span and activities of Vajpayee from childhood, to youth, Vistarak, Pracharak, as a Parliamentarian, to an

Opposition Party Leader and his role as the Prime Minister of India. Distinguished Community Leader Arun Sharma of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh narrated Vajpayee’s early life incident and emphasized his quality of simplicity and “ahankar rahit jivan- selfless and without ego life” to the audience. Shobendu recited the poem ‘kadam milakar chalana hoga’ and explained the background and philosophy behind this poem. Saroj Gupta gave a summary of different poems intertwined in a simple format. At the end, Upadhyaya recited Vajpayee’s famous poem ‘Than gai, than gai, maut se than gai’ to the delight of the audience which was awestruck with the expression and energy and fortitude in this poem. IHA’s next program of is Kavita ki Shaam on December 7. Call Sanjay Sohoni at 281943-9758

Hindu-American Community Shares the Grief of the Jewish Community

HOUSTON: Hindus of Greater Hous-

ton stand united with the Jewish community of the Houston and with the Jewish community world-wide in mourning the lives of 11 victims of the cowardly hate crime which occurred at the Star of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. HGH President Parthasarathy Krishnaswamy stated “Our prayers are with the victims of this hate crime and we hope to see stern action against the perpetrator of this cowardly act.” As Hindus, we strongly denounce all such crimes, which are more and more frequently targeting one group or another. We mourn the loss of the lives of these innocent people as they peacefully celebrated their culture in their place of

worship. We also grieve for the families and friends of those who lost their lives as well as the police officers who were injured in performing their duties. Hindus everywhere consider that the “whole world is one family” and thus suffer from the senseless deaths and injuries of all. The Hindu American community knows what it is like to be victim of hate crimes and terrorism. We relate to the Jewish community in their time of pain and anguish. We call upon everyone to accept and respect differences. The atmosphere of hate, including the anti-Semitism shown this weekend, that is contrary to the American and Hindu-American traditions, must be denounced.


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November 02, 2018

LOL Stars Comedy Show!

DIL KI BAAT team with Kunal and Rahul Photos: Rockstar Studio

Samia Adil

Rabnawaz Bhatti

HOUSTON: Comedy shows have taken

over the air of Houston, and DMMS Events has been a front-runner in getting various Stand Up Comedians from India that have a huge following on the social media. This year, it all started with Varun Thakur and then Abhishek Upmanyu and this time there

were not one but two comedians on stage together – Kunal Kamra and Rahul Subramanian. The evening of Saturday, October 20, started with Samia Adil, popular Radio Host welcoming the guests and thanking all the sponsors. It was followed by the screening of the film The First Drag, a Platinum Award winner at the India Film Project, which is the largest content creator in Asia. In the competition there were about 1500 films from over 300 countries and The First Drag won the highest award. The cast and the crew were introduced to the audience. Then Rabnawaz Bhatti, a 22-year old comedian from Houston, did the opening act by adding some spice in the form of Shaan Masala to his jokes. After him the stage was taken over by Kunal Kamra who took the audience with his jokes through the current political situation in India while wearing a shirt that said WAH MODI WAH. From Mandir to the Bridges of India he had the crowd up in splits. His

favorite targets, Modi, Arnab Goswami, and the general right-wing mentality. He joked, “Goswami is a vituperative TV anchor known for his nationalist positions. Though much of his humor targets the current government and the political party behind it, Kamra insists that he is bipartisan and carries no brief for any Indian political party. “People are always angry in India,” he said. “Earlier they were angry with (former Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh. Now it is Narendra Modi. I am interested in politics because it is amusing. Politics and pop culture are blending right now (in India). Everything is political. In comedy, your premise has to be relatable and your punch line has to be hilarious. Politics fits that bill perfectly.” Then it was the turn of Rahul Subramanian who came in wearing a shirt that said KAL MEIN UDEGA and he took the audience to the college time with a South Indian Maths teacher who evens tries to

teach science when he enters the wrong class. The typical college atmosphere was recreated and took the audience back to their college days, and then he shifted the topic to Sachin Tendulkar. Famous on the YouTube for his DJ comedy he shared, that he got death threats from them trying to make fun of them, which was demoralizing for him considering his partner Kunal getting threats for doing his political comedy. These two Comedians went on nonstop for over two hours giving the audience the full value of their money. The event was sponsored by Amiralli Dodiya (New York Life), Parvez Jasani (Cellpay), Aziz Malik (Maharaja Jewellers) Umang Mehta (Deep Foods), Alings Hakka Chinese, Zentigue Supplements and the catering was done by Halal 5, the Media Partners included Indo-American News, Radio Hungama, DIL KI BAAT and HUMFM 106.1. Arif Memon, thanked the National promoter Puroo Kaul and promised that they have many more of such shows already lined up for 2019. He thanked Samia Adil, Shareen Memon and the team of Dil Ki Baat for helping him with the event.

Falguni Pathak CONTINUED FROM PAGE 03 Falguni Pathak, partnered with her band and singers performed till past midnight. Post the full-house show, the organizer, Dhaval Sheth, expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to making the show a success. He stated, “Firstly, we would like to thank the Houston community for attending this amazing event. Around 6200 people attended the Dandiya Dhoom. I am overwhelmed by the response the Houstonians have shown. This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and supporters. We would specially like to thank our Grand Sponsor - Amir Dodhiya of New York Life, Javed Meghani of Texans Energy and Viral Amin of Amin Realty, Inc. We also want to thank our managing partner –Nisha Mirani and Ajit Patel of Manoranjan Inc. A special mention of Vishala Grocery, as they sold record number of tickets for us this year. All 5 Vishala Grocery Stores helped us sell tickets and it is because of their efforts we were able to have this houseful Dandiya Night. We would like to express gratitude

to all other Sponsors and Supporters - Umang Mehta of Deep Foods, Imran and Pinky of The B&P Real Estate Team, Ketki Shah of Travenu, Hena Malkani of United Real Estate, Gujarati Samaj of Houston, Leuva Patidar Samaj, Vadtal Dham Houston, Parvez Jasani of Cellpay, Manyavar, Palkhi Fashion, Bhavna Shah of Honest Restaurant, Nirman Shah of Nirmanz Food Boutique, Ruchika Singh of Saver Gurus, India Culture Center, Tandoori Nite Restaurant, Raghu Thakkar and Asit Patel for Capturing the special moments through Photos and Videos. This event would not have been same, without the local media partners’ support. Thanks to IndoAmerican News, Masala Radio and Radio Dabang for your giant support throughout! Lastly, we want to mention and thank our National Media Partner - Aapka Colors for their TV Promotion.” Ecstatic Houstonians would be waiting for the next Dandiya nights with the incomparable & supreme Falguni Pathak. Stay tuned for more events. For more information, please contact Dhaval Sheth at 732-589-9272.

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Club 24 Plus Members Experience the Magic of Diwali in Rajasthan … in The Woodlands BY PRAMOD KULKARNI


WOODLANDS: Diwali 2018 was an extraordinary Signature Event for Club 24 Plus members. Club members and their guests were able to experience the lakes and forests of The Woodlands while enjoying the cultural and culinary experience of Rajasthan at the home of Drs. Suresh and Sunita Moonat. Guests dressed up in their traditional Rajasthani attire, watched musical videos of traditional Rajasthani folk singers, and enjoyed culinary delights such as Dal Bhati, Ker Sangri, Kadi and a splendid variety of mithais for desert, including Churma. Singature Event Chair Alpa Shah welcomed the guests, “Diwali is the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains throughout the world. It is not just the occasion of celebrations, but provides a noble, divine vision to attain a higher goal in life.” “This evening we celebrate Diwali, an opportunity to illuminate our inner light,” suggested President Manisha Gandhi. “On this special occasion, I wish you and your family success in new hopes, new dreams, and new ventures.” Outreach Committee Chair Mary

Grace Landrum then thanked Elsie Rao for her lead in organizing the recent Dining in the Dark event at the Lighthouse for the Blind and asked the guests to bring a Christmas toy for the upcoming Holiday Party to donate to needy families in the Heights. Club 24 Plus Co-Founder Ashok Garg greeted new members and said, “Our Club 24 is now fully subscribed with 65 members. We would like to keep it small to make the group manageable.” Garg welcomed to the podium club member Michael Landrum, who is up for reelection as the judge of the Harris County 113th District Court. Judge Landrum has been endorsed by The Houston Chronicle. The Diwali celebrations began with the Moonat Family lighting the traditional Diwali lamp. Dr. Sunita Moonat thanked the audience for traveling all the way to The Woodlands and described the consolidation of Princely states after independence into Rajasthan, the largest state of the Indian union. “Rajasthan is very vibrant with its unique arts, architecture and culture.” Dr. Sunita Moonat said the Marwari food served at the Signature Event was specially prepared by

Drs. Suresh and Sunita Moonat (left) in their palatial home in The Woodlands with Club 24 Co-Founder Ashok Garg, Event Chair Alpa Shah, President Manisha Gandhi and Signature Event committee member Vidya Upadhyay. The Moonat family lit the traditional Diwali diya.

the ladies of the Moonat family. “Because of the scarcity of water, Rajasthani food is very

healthy as it is based on grains and ghee!” Dr. Suresh Moonat urged the audience to eat Dal Bhati with their fingers, just as you would hamburgers or tacos, as it brings out its delicious, real flavor. The evening concluded with Karaoke music of Bollywood golden oldies and new songs from the local Mohanty family.




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Shell IACCGH Distinguished Lecture Series

On October 18, Scott McClelland, President HEB Food & Drugs delivered the “Shell IACCGH Distinguished Lecture” at the Double Tree Hilton – Greenway Plaza. Over 90 guests attended the lecture, including the leadership from several HEB stores, across our region. President Swapan Dhairyawan welcomed the gathering and mentioned that HEB had in the past received an IACCGH annual award for Corporate Citizenship, which was accepted on Scott’s behalf by his colleague Armando Parez and that they continue to be a “strong community citizen”. According to IACCGH Executive Director, Jagdip Ahluwalia, his presentation was one of the wittiest and insightful Distinguished Lecture hosted by the Chamber. Scott began his lecture by emphasizing HEB’s role in the Harvey recovery, which showcased how the company behaves as a responsible citizen of the community it served. Sharing his journey, staring off as a management trainee driving delivery trucks for Fritolay to connect with his customers; he walked us through his rise to his current position as President of HEB. In his speech, he mentioned that HEB does over $25 Billion in total sales, with 400+ stores in Texas and Mexico, 13 manufacturing

plants and five distribution center campuses. With over 106,000 partners, HEB is one of the largest private employers in the state with almost 95 % retention of department managers and store leaders. HEB also has new initiatives like curbside delivery, Meal-Simple, (healthy meals in minutes), unusual products like the crustless “bare bread”, and Golden Temple atta “Rotis” in select stores. “Don’t be Complacent” he continued, stating that the company feels great partners and leadership in every store to be the most critical part of its business. Scott emphasized the need to focus on the millennials who are now the largest customer group in Texas. He also talked about the new reality & challenges of online shopping competing actively with instore business. While concluding, he also touched upon his upcoming role as Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and highlighted that he and the partnership share a common goals and priorities which include improving public education, better mobility, diversifying our business base to include more technology and biomed and

to make Houston Business friendly by keeping our city healthy; both financially and culturally. Consul General of India Dr. Anupam Ray, Chief Guest at the event, presented a token of appreciation on behalf of the chamber to Scott McClelland. Shell representative and IACCGH Board Member Alyssa Homes-Henderson, presented the vote of thanks.

IACCGH Board with CG Anupam Ray presenting a memento to Scott McClelland

Visit iaccgh.com for details of upcoming events. 2019 promises to be a special year as the chamber celebrates 20 years of service to the community. IACCGH Board with Scott McClelland and HEB leadership

Scott McClelland - President HEB Food & Drugs


Photos: Bijay Dixit


November 02, 2018

Meet by the River at Zabie’s Farm, with a Hundred Friends! BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA


OSHARON, TX: Though planned weeks ahead of time when the weather was soggy and raining for days at a stretch, this past weekend was glorious in contrast. Blue skies, with not a cloud in the sky, and moderate temperatures greeted the picnickers from the Indian Muslim Association of Greater Houston and its sister organizations Club 65 which caters to seniors and South Asian Youth Association which focuses on the younger end of the spectrum. They converged on a tract of land by the banks of the Brazos River outside this tiny town of Rosharon which has been an overlooked community 40-minutes south of downtown Houston until recently as developers have built new affordable housing in the surrounding areas. But Rosharon still has much to offer those who are willing to forgo the city life and head for the lure of the open spaces. Such was the attraction for IMAGH co-founder Latafath Hussain who has been the main proponent of the organization and who has propelled its rise on the community scene, that he decided to take the plunge and move here from his suburban house in Seabrook. Not just to live, but mostly to farm. It was a dream come true for Hussain and his wife Zabie when they bought the 13-acre tract by the Brazos River this past July. With their sons Zaid and Zain lending an occasional hand, they spent the past four months cleaning the land, setting up the fields, tilling the soil and planting the crops, working through deluging rainfall and scorching heat. They moved into an oversized trailer home and built up a huge patio deck and were ready for their first visitors. The newly minted Zabie’s Farm met its first batch of curious well-wishers from the three groups as they all arrived in car-pools from across the Metroplex. Almost 100 members, including families, converged under blue skies and pop-up tents on Sunday, October 28 for lunch catered by BBQ Village and other snacks and desserts brought by other picnickers. They lounged around the grounds, admiring the goats, chickens, honeybee hives and new tractor; walking through the orchards of guava, apple, orange and fig trees, picking up pecans from the ground around the 90 high trees above and plucking fruit off the blueberry, blackberry and pomegranate bushes. The kids and the young-at-heart went on a scavenger hunt for items you can find on a farm. And when they got tired, they returned to the picnic tables to eat and mingle. Melba Beken spoke about the history of Rosharon and her husband Roy gave a brief background of the local economy. Never a shrinking violet, Abeezar Taybjee sang a country western song, followed by the 89-year-old Taiyeb Shipchander (fondly known as kaka or uncle) who sang a Bollywood number and Fatehali Chatur who delivered some jokes in Urdu and English. Jamil Chunawala provided the sound system and musical selection.


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From top: Kids admired the new red tractor; Rozina Jafferali and Dr. Khalid Razvi with a gigantic squash freshly picked from the farm; Zabie Hussain and Aziz Ahmed. From left, Paru McGuire, Club 65 President; Shakuntala Malhotra Club 65’s oldest and first Life Member and Rozina Jafferali at the picnic table




November 02, 2018

Talented Young Artists Join to Raise Funds for Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust ‘s 30th Anniversary

From left: Vignesh Venkataraman, Sowmiya Narayanan, Abhisek Balakrishnan, Kamalakiran Vinjamuri, Sanjith Narayanan, Aditya Srivatsan, and Karun Salvady.


HOUSTON: Three young tal-

ented violinists along with four percussionists thrilled the audience recently at a fundraiser for Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust. Sowmi Narayanan’s (trustee of S N OM Trust) idea to involve the youth was taken up enthusiastically by Abhisek Balakrishnan who quickly assembled the group. The artists from the east and west coast all pursuing alternate career paths, having graduated from prestigious universities in the US combined their talents for a good cause, what brought them together is simply their love for Carnatic Music. Using high tech, face time they were able to practice resulting

is a melodious harmonious blend, completely overcoming the complication that they were trained under different “bhanis” or style. The invigorating main piece, “Marivere Dikkevarayya” by Patnam Subramania Iyer in Shanmukhapriya ragam and Desadi Thalam provided the right run up to a grand “Thani” by all four percussionists. Other popular compositions such as Anupama Gunambudhi (Atana, Khanda Chapu) and Jagadhodharana (Kapi, Adi) provided contrasting, yet enthralling experience. The popular Govinda Nama devotional couplet was treated to multi-dimensions, when the artists rendered this in a series of ragams and speeds. Another highlight of the program was the

Sindhubhairavi thillana, a composition of Sangeetha Kalanidhi A. Kanyakumari, who is also the guru of Kamalakiran. The three violists included: Abhishek Balakrishnan (disciple of Delhi Sri P Sunder Rajan), Kamalakiran Vinjamuri (disciple of Kum. A. Kanyakumari), Sanjith Narayanan (disciple of Kamalakiran Vinjamuri), accompanied by the percussionists Vignesh Venkataraman (disciple of Umayalpuram Sri K. Sivaraman) on the mridangam, Karun Salvady (disciple of Trichy Sri B. Harikumar) mridangam, Aditya Srivatsan (disciple of Pt. Shantilal Shah) on the tabla, and Sri Sowmiya Narayanan (disciple of Ghatam Karthick and Sri V Suresh) on the ghatam.

Dr. S S Badrinath established Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai forty years ago. Sankara Nethralaya Ophthalmic Mission Trust was established in 1987 by SV Acharya to raise funds for Sankara Nethralaya Chennai. Funds in excess of one million raised annually were used to perform approximately 25,000 free surgery, 400,000 out patients treated, thousand plus eye screening camps in rural areas and schools and more than 10,000 free eye glasses dispensed. MESU (mobile eye surgical unit) is an operation theatre on wheels providing free service in remote village where there is no facility available. Screening is done in one bus and advanced suture less cataract surgery in the other van.

India has the highest number of blind people globally, more than 15 million. Sankara Nethralaya is extremely grateful to these young artists who performed free and raised more than $27,000 with so many conflicting events on that day. Our deepest appreciation to Roopa Balakrishnan, for her amazing fund raising effort and for bringing awareness of SN to young audiences. It costs only $65 to perform a free cataract surgery. This Diwali give the gift of sight. For further information and to donate, please visit wwwsankaranethralayausa.org or call Leela Krishnamurthy (832-654-9444) President SN OM Trust or Jay Malhotra Trustee (713 - 9625555.)


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The Secret Behind the Success of the Houston Food Bank BY POOJA GUNDA

HOUSTON: Serving 18 different

counties and over 137,000 people weekly, the Houston Food bank is not only known for their efficient performance and effective strategies, but also for their courage and resilience. Their ideologies allowed them to grow from a small warehouse to a massive production site that has now become the largest food bank in the country. Much of the success and growth can be accredited to Brian Greene, the current CEO and president of the Food Bank. His success can be attributed to his general notions of courage. As he explains, in the words of Mark Twain “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare”. Simply put, while we have innate courage and use it if the situation demands it; our moral courage is weak. We inherit moral cowardice from our ancestors due to the fear of rejection and opinionated viewpoints from society. However he emphasizes the dire need for humanity to build a bridge towards moral bravery. Building this bridge can be done by accepting your mistakes, being truthful with yourself, and being able to empathize with others. Without building moral courage, success can be much harder to attain. With such an empowering lecture over moral and physical cour-

age, it is critical for us to conduct a self-assessment of ourselves and

identify problems to make the first strides towards any change. While

nonprofit management proved to be a beneficial path in Mr.

Greene’s life, he highlighted the extreme competitiveness amongst companies in this sector. This led to the students understanding that the role other business possess are of colossal importance to help individuals and the overall economy grow to its maximum potential. The small steps we can take such as donating or volunteering will prove to be a fruitful remedy for a lot of the problems in the society such as hunger and homelessness. Giving back to the community and leading with intuition and courage is critical to creating an impact and being a successful leader. Mr. Greene and the Houston Food Bank are prime examples of moral and physical courage leading to a path of growth and success.

Diwali & New Year 2018 at ISKCON of Houston


ton invites you to yet another week of festivities in November. Diwali, the festival of lights will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov 7 and Govardhana puja (Annakut), on the 8th of November, both programs starting at 6 PM. Sunday, November 11th marks the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada,

Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), with public program starting at 5 PM. Diwali or Dipavali translates to “garland of lights” in Sanskrit. The festival is a celebration of victory of good over evil that commemorates Lord Rama’s return to His kingdom after defeating the evil

King Ravana. The main highlight of this festival- candle light aarti that is offered to Their Lordships, where hundreds of candles adorn the altar, is a visual treat that’s not to be missed. Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali. According to Srimad Bhagavatam, in Dwapara Yuga, when Lord Krishna observed that residents of Vrindavan were preparing a sacrifice to please Lord Indra, He suggested that they should worship Govardhana Hill instead, as it provides sustenance to the villagers. Accordingly, devotees prepare a variety of foodstuff with grains, butter, clarified butter, milk to offer to Govardhana Hill. The food is stacked in the form of a small hill and hence the name “Annakuta”. It is mentioned in the scriptures that the Supreme Lord entered Govardhana and personally accepted all the offerings of the villagers. The food thus sanctified is then distributed as prasadam to the congregation. Srila Prabhupada, FounderAcharya’s disappearance day festival is on Sunday, 11th. Translating the Srimad Bhagavatam till his last breath, Srila Prabhupada pioneered preaching of Sanatana Dharma in the West. He introduced the Western world to essence of Vedic scriptures and the

only means to liberation in this age - the chanting of the Holy Names - Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Sumptuous dinner feast is always a part of our festivals and

you will not go home hungry. Please join us with your family and friends at ISKCON of Houston, 1320 W 34th Street, Houston TX 77018. Visit: www.iskconhouston.org


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EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY What is the Indian Way?


By the time this editorial reaches you, the early voting period for the U.S. midterm elections would have ended. If you are registered to vote, but have not taken advantage of absentee or early voting, do take time from your busy schedule to cast your vote during your last opportunity — November 6. Your vote can marke a difference. Last year, a state election in Virginia was decided by a single vote. We’re in a critical period in America’s history where you have the opportunity to help decide the future course of our nation. Do not miss this opportunity to make a difference. -- Pramod Kulkarni

Sardar’s Unifinished Task On October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the world’s tallest statue, the “Statue of Unity,” in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. When Modi started his campaign for the 2014 general elections, he appealed to farmers to donate their used farm implements for the construction of this statue that would remind the country about the role played by Sardar Patel in not only unifying a divided country, but also his devotion to the cause of farmers. Today, the farmers have to suffer low prices of farm produce. The Modi government has announced minimum support prices (MSPs) based on a formula that gives at least 50 per cent margin. However, market prices remain 10 to 50 per cent below these MSPs. The real tribute to Patel would be to carry out reforms in agri-markets that can ensure a higher percentage of the consumer’s rupee going to farmers, be it through cooperatives, or any other marketing channel. If the Modi government can effect this reform, it would have paid a real tribute to Sardar Patel from the farmers’ standpoint. -- Indian Express

While Indian cricketers have for years aspired to play the Australian way, India’s administrators too have pointed to Cricket Australia as the epitome of good governance. Now it transpires that neither is a good role model; in fact, where manipulating the elections to hang on to their posts is concerned, Australia seem to have learnt from India. An independent review by the Ethics Centre h as deemed the cricket culture “arrogant” and “controlling”. This was in Australia, but could apply to India too, especially where officials are concerned. No game is greater than its greatest player goes the cliché, but many Indian officials have over the years considered themselves greater than both the players and the game. There is much to recommend such a “culture review” of Indian cricket; introspection is never a wasted exercise. It is remarkable how when what is public knowledge becomes part of a formal report, people sit up and take notice. What is significant about the Australian report is that it was released only after the chairman of Cricket Australia David Peever had ensured that his re-election went through without a hitch. Had the members read the report first, it might not have been as smooth. Just as players learn from one another, so too do the officials. Familiarity breeds imitation. In fact, in one of its 42 recommendations, the Ethics Centre refers to the Board of Control for Cricket in India as an example. The report places the blame on the administrators for the decline in standards of behaviour, culminating in the cheating incident in South Africa where senior players Steve Smith, David Warner and junior Cameron Bancroft were caught tampering with the ball. “Australian cricket has lost its balance,” it said, “The leadership of CA should also accept responsibility for its inadvertent (but foreseeable) failure to create and support a culture in which the will-to-win was balanced by an equal commitment to moral courage and ethical restraint. In our opinion, CA’s fault is not that it established a culture of ‘win at all costs’,

Khaleel Ahmed’s send-off of Marlon Samuels in the fourth ODI in Mumbai has earned the India left-arm quick an official warning and one demerit point.

rather that it made the fateful mistake of enacting a program that would lead to ‘winning without counting the costs’.” Indian cricket’s problems are different. The culture of arrogance overall is a recent phenomenon and has to do with the enormous amounts of money the country generates for the game. The average Indian player is better behaved than the average Australian, but then the Australians have had more practice having been at it longer. The Australian Cricketers Association’s plea to lift the ban on the three key players caught cheating based on the report that traces it all back to the culture encouraged by the administrators is ridiculous. You can blame the culture for the thought process, but the players will have to pay for their actions. Among the 42 recommendations by the Ethics Centre is the formation of an ethics commission for Cricket Australia — an idea that has existed on paper in India for a while now. There is too the idea to establish a Council to bring together cricket’s major share-holders, for one of the problems has been the lack of communication among them. This is equally true of India, and something worth emulating; there is an idea here also to work on a mechanism for stimulating and increasing the game’s fan base. Other recommendations include a formal leadership training course for captains, and a plan to ensure that

international players take part in domestic first class tournaments. The board should be subject to the code of conduct too — something that has caused trouble in India in the past. In the third year of the IPL, Ravindra Jadeja was banned because he tried to negotiate a better deal for himself. It was ironic and a hint of the culture in which the players worked that “negotiate a better deal” was virtually the guiding motto of the IPL itself and the BCCI. When what applies to the governing body does not apply to the individual player, there is trouble. The solution is not to punish the player, but to ensure that the governing body is subject to its own code of conduct. It would be interesting to study the culture of cricket in India. What is the Indian way? It’s a question we should be asking ourselves. The answers would help us work on what needs improvement. It would be a worthwhile exercise, even if those in power do not always like to hear the truth. But before we get there, the BCCI should make the Committee of Administrators superfluous — not by bickering, but by following the Supreme’s Court’s rulings. Not one of the 34 associations is “fully compliant” with the reforms. This is not very encouraging, even if half of them are in the “substantially compliant” list. Perhaps the manner of the defiance best defines the culture of the cricket today which can be summed up in three words: We know best. -- The Hindu


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Houston Durga Bari Puja 2018, Bringing Bengal to Space City

Chakrabarty to the new Sa re ga ma pa sensations creating waves back home – Kushal Paul to Mekhla Dasgupta to Suday Sarkar, this year’s programs were exciting, highclass and tremendously entertaining. Kushal was easily the top show and had the packed auditorium crowd in raptures. Talented local artists including gifted second-generation kids and adults, performed admirably on stage too. Volunteers cooked delicious food and served it under a canopy. From lunches to bhog to snacks to dinner,

Photos: Nirmalya Roy, Saurabh Sen Gupta and Sujay Kahali


HOUSTON: Houston’s Durga

Bari’s Durga Puja was again celebrated with tradition grandeur over a matter of eight days – Oct 14-21. It more than lived upto the first Biswa Bangla Sarad Samman award winner in the international category. Puja was celebrated at our vast temple complex right on a picturesque lake. Durga Bari’s temple has Ashtadhatu deities brought from India. Puja was conducted by our dedicated volunteer priests over four days led by our Head priest Buddhadeb Bhattachariya. We followed all rituals - from Bodhon to Bishorjan, from Hom to Chandi path to 108 lotuses during Sandhi

Puja, Dedicated volunteers prepare the elaborate Naibidya, Bhog and Dadhikarma. We had about 4000 attendees from all over Houston, Texas and other states for our Puja. The entire complex became a funfilled festival – the milieu of people milling around with mikes blaring. From the entrance gate to Las Vegas style lighting, we converted the temple complex to a VegasKolkata lighting wonderland. The Pujas brought together young and old – from second-generation kids and adults to the senior citizens, with the theme being “Renew, Revive, Rejoice”. Houston’s stage saw a powerful lineup of famous artists rocking the Houston crowd. From Iman

one had a gourmet food experience here. Tutored by the elders, dhaaks (drums) were now played by second-generation kids, for every arati and bishorjan. For bishorjan, we took the Kala Bau and the pitchers three times around the temple in a procession and then, immersed them in the lake. Houston Durga Bari organization, led by Anindya Chakrabarty and Diptabhas Sarkar, and the Puja committee, led by Swapan Das and Piyali Chatterjee, and 25 teams with 200+ dedicated volunteers organized a great Puja, which the community loved dearly. The coordination and team work and many new faces stepping up to take active roles in the organization show that Durga Bari is in really good hands. Durga Bari will host Kali Puja with dramas, fireworks and Bangla band Chandrabindoo Nov 2-3. In short, we created an authentic Durga Puja ambiance right here in Space City in the heart of Texas. Partha Sarathi Chatterjee is the Ex- President and Founding Trustee of Houston Durga Bari Society.


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Personalized Care for Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis in Texas Medical Center BY PRAMOD KULKARNI

HOUSTON: Breast cancer is a

traumatic experience for a woman and her family. In Houston, we have access to many major medical institutions, which provide breast cancer screening and diagnosis. However, the hospital-based, large Breast Centers can be difficult to navigate, sometimes impersonal and expensive. Dr. Mahesh Shetty strives to offer a better alternative. Through his boutique imaging facility at the Pink Door Imaging Center, Dr. Shetty has developed a concierge-style care plan from screening to breast cancer diagnosis and guiding patients to specialists in Breast cancer treatment that is tailored specifically to the physical

Dr. Mahesh Shetty offers advanced screening and diagnostic imaging for breast care in a concierge-style setting.

from 1997-1999 and then was in practice at the Woman’s Hospital for 16 years where I was the chief Physician at the Breast center. I then decided to open a Breast Center that provided easy access, personalized care, tailored to seeing fewer patients in a concierge style practice, where a patient can actually talk to the doctor or a clinical assistant, rather than a 1-800 number.” Being contracted with payors at or close to Medicare rates, makes it affordable to all patients. Dr. Shetty stresses the critical importance of breast cancer diagnosis for South Asian women. “Some of the women in

A very small, 3-mm minimal cancer is seen in the ultrasound image (above) and clearly identified on a screening mammogram (right). Cancers found this early on mammograms have the potential of a complete cure.

and emotional needs of each patient. Pink Door Imaging center is the culmination of Dr. Shetty’s professional medical career, which includes being a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Shetty has authored two textbooks on the topics of breast and gynecological cancers published by Springer NY. He is a Clinical Professor of Radiology at the Baylor College of Medicine, past president of the Houston Radiological Society (2007) and the Indian Doctors Association (2004). “Women need personalized compassionate care; breast cancer is a scary diagnosis,” explained Dr. Shetty. “I started off as Director of the Breast center at Ben-Taub Hospital

our community, who have grown up here, feel that they don’t have to be concerned, because the incidence of breast cancer for South Asian women is lower than in the Caucasian population. Actually, the incidence of breast cancer is going up in India as well as here in the United States. People who have lived here for several decades have adopted a Western lifestyle, so they are exposed to similar risk factors. Dr Shetty cited examples of both young and old patients, who waited too long to be screened or seek attention for a breast symptom, and suffered through a more extensive treatment and poorer outcome. “I have come across patients, who neglected symptoms and then developed late-stage breast cancers, which are more difficult to treat,” said Dr.

Dr. Mahesh Shetty in front of the Pink Door Imaging clinic, located at 2424 W. Holcombe Blvd., Tel (832) 804-8119, Fax (832) 804-8120. www. womans-clinic.com

Shetty. “So it is important to follow the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Radiology recommendation of annual screening mammography for women 40 years and older. Those with an elevated risk for breast cancer need to be screened at an earlier age using supplemental modalities such as Breast Ultrasound and/or Breast MRI.” “Women have to choose where they go for breast cancer screening and diagnosis because all centers are not the same. For screening mammograms, women must seek centers with experienced Breast Imaging specialists,” Dr Shetty said. “I have been practicing for 23 years in the Texas Medical Center and interpreted over 160,000 mammograms. The experience is important to achieve minimal false positives while not missing a cancer.” “It is critical to find cancers when they are small and curable,” said Dr. Shetty” In addition to breast cancer, Dr. Shetty also specializes in Gynecological Imaging with a special interest in Pelvic (Gynecological) Ultrasound that is also available at his center. Dr Shetty also offers second opinions and consultations.



tra Mandal (MPMM) organized its Annual Dal-Baati Picnic on Sunday, October 21 at Bear Creek Park in Houston, Texas. This daylong picnic was attended by over 225 people, who enjoyed sumptuous food and entertaining programs. Day started with the ever-favorite Poha-Sev-Jiravan-Jalebi breakfast. Special arrangements were made to procure Indori sev to have authentic taste. For lunch, everyone enjoyed charcoal grill cooked dal-baati – a specialty dish, prepared by attendees at the park. The food feast was followed by Sev-parmal and Masala Chai. Attendees danced on catchy Bollywood numbers, performed skits, enjoyed stand-up comedy, and sang melodious songs and entertained everyone. Kids came dressed up in Halloween costumes and won prizes, adults enjoyed playing Bollywood Tambola. New families were introduced in a fun way and played exciting games with involvement of audience. This event provided excellent platform for family entertainment and food delicacies. This year, a couple of new additions were made, photo booth and live Dhol. MPMM team organized a photo booth with props & set built on MP/CG theme that included pictures related to MP/CG - poha-jalebi, celebrities, slangs used and famous places. Everyone danced to the live dhol beats from Dholi RAX, even doing Garba to keep up Navratri spirits. This year MPMM welcomed many

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MPMM Celebrate Festivities with its Annual Dal-Baati Picnic

picnic set a new bar in wholesome family entertainment. A big thank you to all the volunteers, to Rahul Vijaywargiya of Humtumdesi for sponsoring prizes and to Navin Mediwala for capturing stunning images of this picnic. Unlike in the past, response to MPMM picnic has been so overwhelming that RSVP had to be closed few days before the event, to ensure that picnic can be managed well.

students from University of Houston who were from MP/CG. There was no entry fee for students and they really appreciate this gesture. It was a very nice environment for students as the event felt like a home away from home, especially when they don’t have family in USA. MPMM com-

munity entrusted them with a sense of social belonging in USA. This event was organized by Ashish & Pallavi Jain, Gagan & Shilpa Pandey, Pradeep & Pooja Jain, Sanjay & Gunjan Gupta, Bharat Agrawal, Catherine Wong, Ashish & Mukul Kudariya, Aashish & Kuntal

Photos: Navin Mediwala

Mahoday, Manish Sharma, Pradeep Sharma, Nikhil & Ritu Jain, Ashish & Jyoti Bhandari and several other volunteers who pitched in with their efforts on picnic day. Their planning, hard work and execution made this

MP Mitra Mandal is an informal community group made up of people who come from Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh states and reside in Houston area. These states reflect “unity in diversity” in true sense, which is visible amongst the people who attend MPMM events in Houston. The group was started in Houston in 2001 by Ashish Bhandari & Nikhil Jain and has now grown to over 300+ families belonging to various cities like Indore, Raipur, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Gwalior, Bhilai etc., more details are available at http://mp.aajausa.com MPMM events have been covered by various media groups in Houston as well as in leading news media in Madhya Pradesh.



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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes Soya Bean Te Khumban di Sabzi

(SOYA BEAN & SAUTEED MUSHROOMS) In the past two decades, mushrooms have become a more than a delicacy as farmers have developed ways to cultivate them in many countries in controlled environments.And this has brought the cost down and exposed many more people to the benefits of eating mushrooms. One popular variety is the small, round, pointy type called button mushrooms, usually sold in cans. But most mushrooms available in grocery stores are the white type (technical term: Agaricus bisporus), but other common varieties are crimini and the large capped portobello. Others with exciting textures and taste are shiitake, maitake or hen-of-thewoods, oyster and enoki. The small, one-inch cylindrical soyabean wadiyan (dumplings) are now available everywhere and are popular because of their reasonable price, spongy texture and health and protein benefits. Soyabean helps lower cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, and is also an antioxidant, minimizing diabetes and reducing inflammation. Soyabean oil is high in beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and alphalinolenic acid. Soyabean wadiyan plump up by soaking up the flavor of the curry and the result is a soft spongy texture that gives a mouthful of juicy flavor with each bite. So, it is important to concentrate on making the curry correctly and not too watery. Ingredients: • 250 gm khumban (mushrooms) • 2 cups soyabean wadiyan (soyabean lentil dumpling) • 2 medium pyaaz (onion) • 2 cups of pani (water) • 3 tbsp of vegetable or olive oil • 1 tsp tamater paste (tomato paste) • 1 tbsp adrak (ginger) – peeled and finely chopped • ½ teaspoon of lasan (garlic) powder (if desired) • Spices (to taste): namak (salt), mirch (red pepper), haldi (turmeric), dhania (coriander), garam masala Directions: 1. Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel. If you prefer, you can quickly dip them in water and then make sure to dry the mushrooms off completely, leaving them on a towel for some time to air out. 2. Cut off the stems of the mushrooms and aside. 3. Peel the onions, slice and keep to the side. 4. Place the wadiyan in a small pot of

water and bring it to a boil for 10 to 15 minutes. 5. Test a waddi to see if it is soft to chew. If it is, drain the hot water and then immerse the boiled wadiyan in cold water to cool them down. 6. Drain the cold water, then press the wadiyan in your palms to squeeze out the soya smell and all the water. 7. In a medium frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat, then add the onions and brown them, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom. When the slightly brown, add the tomato paste, salt, pepper and garlic and stir well. 8. Pour in the wadiyan into the masala, add ½ a cup of water, add the mushrooms and stir for 2 minutes. 9. Cover the pot and let the water come to a boil. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for five more minutes to let the flavor soak into the wadiyan. 10. Uncover the pot and check that

the wadiyan have become plump and the curry is not too thin. Turn the heat off, sprinkle with garam masala and the shredded fresh dhania and let it sit uncovered. monds, pistachios, raisins and fennel seeds. Place in the fridge to chill before serving. . 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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Namaste England: The Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra film is cliched and charmless Namaste England Review: In

2007, Shah had come up with Namastey London, in which Akshay Kumar got to tell a bunch of Brits how great India really is, and how wise Katrina’s Jaaz aka Jasmeet was


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the UK. Both try different routes to get there, and a better film could have made something of the heartbreak and challenges people face when leaving their country for another. But Namaste England is not that film. It is just plain awful, in which the ‘desis’ who live in the UK are poor misguided souls, and the real ‘desis’, especially those from good ‘ol Punjab, will rescue the world. One is a man-about-town (Seal) who wants a pind-ki-kudi as pretend-biwi to make his oldfashioned grandpa happy; the other is a hottie who falls for the bluff, good-guy Param, and I will spare you the asinine things they have to say and do. It’s been a while since I’ve seen something so clichéd and charmless. ~IndianExpress.com

to prefer a large-hearted ‘desi munda’ over a stupid ‘gora’. This week, Shah’s new film, Namaste England attempts at telling exactly the same story, with a different set of actors. The former was passable, with Kaif trying her paces, and Kumar taking baby steps in creating his best-selling persona–the full-fledged Mr Bharat he has now turned into. This re-tooling is drowned in stale banter in what passes for Bollywood’s idea of rural Punjab. We meet Jasmeet ( Chopra) and her ‘bauji’ and ‘veerji’ who watch strictly over her. No, she can’t work. No, she can’t romance. Except she does both, because she has Param (Kapoor), her ‘gabru jawan’ whose sole aim in life is to support his Jasmeet’s single-minded ambition, which is to get a ‘residency’ in

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ohemian Rhapsody, a biographical film on the British rock band Queen, has failed to elicit more than a simple “meh” from critics. The film is directed by Superman Returns and X-Men filmmaker Bryan Singer. Mr. Robot star Rami Malek plays the main role of Queen’s lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. The film currently holds a 55% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads, “Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection.” IndieWire’s David Ehrlich writes, “The critical failure of Bohemian Rhapsody is that, 134 minutes after the lights go down, the members of Queen just seem like four blokes who’ve been processed

through the rusty machinery of a Hollywood biopic.” The Observer’s Simran Hans was of the opinion that, “Fans of the band might enjoy watching the movie cycle through their hits (and there are many), but those, like me, hoping for

a more robust appraisal of the late Freddie Mercury may find themselves disappointed.” USA Today’s Brian Truitt said that the movie did not do justice to either the titular song or the band. He said, “Bohemian Rhapsody” the

song is a sonic masterpiece and “Bohemian Rhapsody” the movie is just a conventional rock flick, one all too ordinary for a man and a band that exemplified the extraordinary.” ~IndianExpress.com




November 02, 2018

Rohit, Ambati Tons Gives India Major Win vs. Windies BY SIDHARTH MONGA MUMBAI (ESPN Crickinfo): India 377 for 5 (Rohit 162, Rayudu 100) beat West Indies 153 (Holder 54*, Khaleel 3-11, Kuldeep 3-42) by 224 runs Not often does a knock of 162 get lamented as a missed double-century. If it is your seventh, though, and three of the previous six have been doublehundreds, and if your name is Rohit Sharma, that is exactly the reaction. West Indies finally managed to deny Virat Kohli a century, but Rohit and Ambati Rayudu made use of excellent batting conditions to take India to 377 and a 2-1 lead with one match to go in the series. Most pleasingly for India, perhaps, Rayudu managed to score the first century for India from outside the top-three slots in the last 21 months. Kohli might have failed to score a fourth straight big score but he got everything else spot on. He took on the evening dew and batted first because he said he expected the ball to move around a bit under lights. This could well be inputs from coach Ravi Shastri, who played a lot in Mumbai, because there is no sample size to arrive at the conclusion otherwise: the last ODI played at Brabourne Stadium was 12 years ago. At any rate, the ball did move, perhaps for the first time this series, and India bowled the opposition out for 153, sealing their third-biggest win and West Indies’ second-heaviest defeat in ODIs. When Kemar Roach got rid of Kohli in the 17th over, West Indies would have hoped to put the topheavy Indian batting under pressure, but their newest interviewee for the No. 4 role, Rayudu, put the bowlers under extreme pressure in the middle overs. Rohit and Rayudu added 211 for the third wicket in 27.1 overs. There was a boundary every 5.4 balls in that partnership. There was one boundary in at least 14 of the last 17 overs they were together at the crease. In all, 220 of India’s runs came in fours and sixes. If Rayudu manipulated the fields and bowlers’ lengths by moving around the crease and down the wicket, Rohit chose to hit from a solid base. The switch was almost seamless. Rohit had just seen Kohli get out - he was 39 off 43 and India 101 for 2 in the 17th over - and had

them. Khaleel Ahmed, in particular, found consistent swing, which rarely happens with the white Kookaburra. Even before he got into act, though, India’s sensational fielding had reduced West Indies to 20 for 3. Kuldeep ran Shai Hope out from mid-on with a direct hit, and Kohli produced one for the highlight reel, taking out Kieran Powell with a back-flick direct hit while diving. Khaleel then began to swing it, and West Indies kept playing as if this pitch was just another batting beauty, a common feature of this series so far, and indeed in today’s ODI cricket. Movement is one thing, but using it is another, and Khaleel showed the wherewithal to do so. He mixed the swing up with ones that go with the angle without losing any accuracy. Shimron Hetmyer, who has put spinners under pressure, didn’t even get to face them as Khaleel got him lbw with one that held its line. Rovman missed a swinging delivery, and Marlon Samuels edged one that left him. However, Khaleel didn’t get to add to his three wickets in four overs. Kuldeep went through the rest with his wrong’uns even though Jason Holder played a lone hand with a fifty. Virat Kohli celebrates after effecting a direct hit run out, India v West Indies, 4th ODI, CCI Mumbai.

decided to tighten up his game a little. Keemo Paul bowled five straight dots to Rayudu. And then he effortlessly drove the sixth ball wide of sweeper cover. India can often be blamed for consolidating for too long and thus aiming a little under, but here Rayudu and Rohit both kept hitting the boundaries. Rayudu targeted the spinners, jumping out of the crease first ball he faced. He kept doing that until he got a flighted delivery, which he deposited over cover. The plan through the day had been to bowl wide to Rohit, not let him access the ball from his steady base. They also wanted to deny him the drive. Only 18 of his runs came in the “V” down the ground. Fifty-two, though, came square and behind square on the off side, which shows West Indies bowled to their plan but Rohit was too good for them. West Indies had initially managed to keep Rohit relatively quiet, but

once Rovman Powell bowled in his arc in the 27th over, the flood gates opened. Three fours came in that over, and immediately - Rohit was only 77 off 81 - speculation around the double hundred began. With a career strike-rate of over 170 after he reaches hundred, and of over 200 in the last 10 overs, the odds were even at this point. The hitting at each end was sublime. It finally ended with Ashley Nurse finally sliding one wide enough to draw a thick edge from Rohit. Rayudu kept hitting, bringing up his third ODI century before Allen ran him out brilliantly off his own bowling. The scoring refused to slow down; 116 came off the last 10, and Paul, who bowled the last over, registered the joint-worst figures for a West Indies bowler against India, 1 for 88. Paul and other fast bowlers would have wondered how it might have been if they had bowled with the movement under lights available to

Pakistan’s T20I Juggernaut Awaits Challenge from NZ ABU DHABI: In this day and time, it’s a surprise that a team can go seven months without playing international cricket. However, that’s the case with New Zealand, who played their last game in March-April 2018. They will end the drought with the three-match T20I series against the No. 1-ranked Pakistan in the UAE, the first of which will be held in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night. It’s not as if the players have been taking it easy though. Many of them, were part of various franchises during the IPL or CPL. Even so, New Zealand were dealt a blow when Martin Guptill was ruled out of the limited-overs leg due to a calf strain. It came after they were already without their first-choice spinner Mitchell Santner, who was ruled out for nine months after his right knee problem worsened in March. Sodhi is set to lead the New Zealand spin attack, and given the nature of the wickets in Abu Dhabi.


Pankaj Advani in Final of Asian Snooker Tour Event DOHA: India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani Tuesday stormed into the final of the Asian Snooker Tour’s second leg event here after impressive wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the championship. Advani bettered his own performance by moving into the title round after settling for bronze last month in the first leg in Doha. The quarterfinal was poised to be a cracker as it was a clash of the finalists of last year’s IBSF World Snooker Championship. Amir Sarkhosh of Iran, however, ended up on the wrong side of the 5-1 scoreline. Advani was all guns blazing and raced to victory with the help of a 75 and an 80 break in the fourth and sixth frames respectively. It was the semifinal that brought out Advani’s best against the first leg winner Mohammed Bilal of Pakistan. Advani started off in style with a 93 break but the Pakistani pulled one back to make it 1-1. From there, the multiple world champion Indian piled on many breaks to book a berth in the final. Breaks of 58, 40 and 84 sealed the deal for Advani while Bilal had to settle for a bronze this time around. In the gold medal match tomorrow, Advani faces an experienced Chinese campaigner Ju Reti. Semifinal: Pankaj Advani (India) beat Mohammed Bilal (Pakistan) 5-1: 93(93)-0, 5-56, 62(58)-1, 42(40)-34, 37-23, 85(84)-4. Quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani (India) defeated Amir Sarkhosh (Iran) 5-1: 53-18, 53-31, 15-60(47), 75(75)-0, 52-40, 80(80)-17.

Pankaj Advani stormed into the final of the Asian Snooker Tour’s second leg event.

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November 02, 2018 Job Posting:

Job Posting:

Community Affairs Intern


News/Digital Producer Intern

KTRK-TV, the ABC Owned station located in Houston, TX is accepting applications for a paid COMMUNITY AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP for the upcoming semester. Internships are available to currently enrolled undergraduate college students in their junior or senior year pursuing careers in the television/media field and must receive college credit for the internship. The internship program is designed to provide students with an on-site educational experience that complements their academic studies. Interns will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the daily work and operations of a major market, television station. As an intern you will help in the production of community affairs shows, including scheduling of guests, help gathering and editing video, assist with community drives, forums and outreach. Each area requires significant planning, scheduling and execution. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship. Additionally, applicants must be able to work on a daily basis and the hours may vary depending on scheduling and may include some weekend and early morning and evening hours. To be considered you must apply online at www.disneycareers.com Job Req. #603316BR. Please upload a cover letter, your resume outlining expected graduation date, current major course of study, other internships, work experience, related clubs and organizations and extracurricular activities. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and will be required to supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship.

KTRK-TV, the ABC Owned station located in Houston, TX is accepting applications for a paid NEWS/DIGITAL PRODUCER INTERN for the upcoming semester. Internships are available to undergrads currently enrolled college students in their junior or senior year pursuing careers in the television/media field and must receive college credit for the internship. The internship program is designed to provide students with an on-site educational experience that complements their academic studies. Interns will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the daily work and operations of a major market, television station. As an intern you will gain valuable experience in all areas related to producing a television newscast – including the important relationship between our broadcast and digital platforms. Interested candidates should have a strong desire to pursue a career as a multi-platform producer and willing to receive continual feedback. Will have an opportunity to attend production meetings, research news topics, and learn how to prioritize assignments. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship. Additionally, applicants must be able to work at least more than one day per week and the hours may vary depending on scheduling and will include some weekend and early morning and evening hours. To be considered you must apply online at www.disneycareers.com Job Req. #603318BR. Please upload a cover letter, your resume outlining expected graduation date, current major course of study, other internships, work experience, related clubs and organizations and extracurricular activities.

KTRK-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

KTRK-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Job Posting:

Assignment Desk Intern

Job Posting:

Programming/Production Intern

KTRK-TV, the ABC Owned station located in Houston, TX is accepting applications for a MULTIMEDIA PROGRAMMING/PRODUCTION INTERN for the upcoming semester. Internships are available to currently enrolled college students in their junior or senior year pursuing careers in the television/media field and must receive college credit for the internship. The intern will assist Producers, Directors and Photojournalists with executing all aspects of the broadcast and digital story-telling process and will be expected to assist producers and directors with original content weekly for broadcast and digital platforms. Applicants must be comfortable juggling multiple projects at once and needs to be a strong researcher, writer, and communicator. Responsibilities will include working on a variety of programming, and digital projects. Opportunity to assist on producing/shooting live and taped field stories, studio newscast production, and live special event programs. To be considered you must apply online at www.disneycareers.com Job Req. #603317BR. Please upload a cover letter, your resume outlining expected graduation date, current major course of study, other internships, work experience, related clubs and organizations and extracurricular activities and please include Links to samples of any previous on air or production work. Links can be emailed to KTRK.HR@abc.com. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and will be required to supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship.

KTRK-TV, the ABC Owned station located in Houston, TX is accepting applications for an ASSIGNMENT DESK INTERN for the upcoming semester. Internships are available to currently enrolled college students in their junior or senior year pursuing careers in the television/media field and students must receive college credit for the internship. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting the assignment desk, which includes but is not limited to making beat-checks, answering phones, monitoring police and fire radios, getting information and developing stories. The candidate should be detail-oriented and able to handle many different responsibilities at the same time. The ideal intern knows how to multi-task and set priorities. Good news judgment and strong communication skills are essential, along with strong writing skills. The candidate should have a good working knowledge with the use of social media for news gathering. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends. To be considered you must apply online at www.disneycareers.com Job Req. #603319BR. Please upload a cover letter, your resume outlining expected graduation date, current major course of study, other internships, work experience, related clubs and organizations and extracurricular activities. Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and will be required to supply written verification of eligibility to receive academic credit for the internship at the start of the internship. KTRK-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

KTRK-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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