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Houstonians Show their Choice of Charity at SEWA’s Annual Fundraising Gala

Sewa Chapter Coordinator Achalesh Amar inviting organization representatives.

Sewa team and volunteers celebrating the lovely and inspiring evening.

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al’s Houston Chapter hosted its 2017 Annual Fundraising Gala on Sunday, November 5, at Stafford Center. More than 550 people attended the gala making it a soldout event. The team revisited some traditions while opening doors to the new ideas. Youth volunteers were invited for lighting the lamp thus making new generation part of the old tradition. It was followed by melodious rendition of Saraswati Vandana by Apoorva Das. Gitesh Desai, President of Sewa Houston chapter, delivered a welcome speech and spoke about Sewa’s accomplishments in 2017, especially disaster relief efforts for hurricane Harvey. During the hurricane and post floods, Sewa team helped in rescuing 687 people, 400+ families through cleanup and relief efforts, delivered 30,000 hot meals, 21 truckloads of supplies accounting for more than 50,000 volunteer hours. Throughout the year, Sewa conducted community service programs and events like new Aspire Tutorials for underprivileged kids, Informative workshops, Stop Diabetes Movement yoga camps, Youth internship program. Chief guest of the evening, Indi-

Dance peformace by Keka Kar All the dignitaries enjoying the evening

an Consul General Dr. Anupam Ray encouraged audience to support the noble cause and do good for the community. Keynote Speaker, Judge R.K. Sandil shared his story of overpowering cancer and how it shaped his family’s belief in faith. Guest of Honor for the evening, Swatantra Jain congratulated Sewa team and the president for their yearround community service and exceptional dedication during Harvey despite their own houses being flooded. Congressman Al Green recognized Sewa on this occasion and the Certificate of Appreciation was personally delivered by his community liaison Sam Merchant. The inspiring evening was made even more memorable by

the elegant Rumba performance from Fred Astaire’s international dancers, and classical and fusion dance performance Keka Kar’s team was cherry on the top. Some of her dancers had come all the way from India. Sewa recognized all the organizations that supported them extensively in Harvey relief efforts. A representative from each organization was called upon stage and presented with a memento as a token of appreciation. The evening was well hosted by Emcee Abiya Malhotra and vote of thanks was delivered by Sewa chapter co-coordinator Nikhil Jain who thanked everyone for their support, including the Sewa Houston core team members Achalesh Amar (Chapter Coordinator), Anuja Deshpande (Project Coordinator),

Latin Dance performance Photos: Navin Mediwala

Kavita Tewary (Executive Director), Sharda Gadiya, Meera Kapur, Dinesh Shah and many volunteers who made this gala a grand success. The wonderful evening was followed by equally delicious dinner and fruit bar. Sewa Houston raised more than $250,000 through this fundraiser for its local projects.

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November 10, 2017 5 COMMUNITY Colors of Moksh at Dil Se Naach – Band Baaja Baraat BY IAN CORRESPONDENT

HOUSTON: “Creativity has no

pretense” and when it is straight from the heart, it can work wonders as was seen at Berry Center on Saturday, October 28, when Moksh Community Arts presented ‘Dil Se Naach – ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ Directed & Choreographed by Houston’s own Bollywood Maestro Mahesh Mahbubani and the exceptionally talented crew of Naach Houston: Anita Vyas, Shah Ahmed, Zohair Alam, Prita Kapoor and Twinkle Khanna while Arif Memon, the Light Designer created a magical space with every dance act. Spread over 4 acts, Dil Se Naach – Band Baaja Baraat was a celebration of life. The show opened to a sold out audience at the Berry Center Auditorium with a revived retro “Jaanu Meri Jaan” followed by the visually appealing titles. All the four acts featured the Performance team interspersed by the student team, displaying the amazing homegrown talent that Mahesh Mahbubani has cultivated in the last decade. “Its all about influencing lives by the positive power of movement & dance”, says Mahesh about Naach Houston. Act 1 – “Chhaya Geet” (named after the one of the first ‘songs only’ television program that started in India in the 1980’s), featured songs from different eras of Bollywood including Tamma Tamma, Udi Udi Jaai, Mercy and a remix of Mohra fame ‘tu cheez badi hai mast mast’ that had the audience in sync with everyone on stage. Act 2 titled around the world, went beyond Bollywood and included current favorites “Shape of You”, “50 Cents” and “Touch me” & Galti se Mistake, concluded with a session of Bombay Jam mixes. Naach Houston is the only dance studio in Texas offering ‘Bombay

Jam’ – a Bollywood based fitness program that mixes ‘masti’ and fitness, approved by AAFA (American Association of Fitness & Aerobics). The Student show case in Act 2 opened with the amazing seniors accompanied by Mahesh to the latest song Sweety tera Drama followed by “Ishq Bina”, “Dishoom” and “Swalla” performed by the junior student team to a thunderous applause from audiences The next act was crème de la crème of the evening with contemporary dances in ‘Sufianna’ inspired by Sufi Poems. Dances & visuals to songs such as “Channa Mere aa”, “Chaar Kadam”, and “Baarish” were a treat to the eye. Memories of these dances will remain imprinted with the spectators for a long time. The student showcase in this act included “Haanikarak Baapu” and “Ae Dil hai Mushkil”. Act 4, Band Baaja Baraat was a true celebration of life as student show case and the Naach performance team came together to bring some brilliantly choreographed songs to life including Kehna hi kya from the movie Bombay, “Prem Ratan Dhan”, “Radha on the Dance floor” and “London thumakda”. Before the much-awaited finale, Dr. Manish Rungta – the president of Moksh Community Art came on stage to introduce Moksh and announce creative arts awards acknowledging the contribution of three prominent Houston personalities involved deeply in promoting arts in the city – Navin Mediwala for Photography & Visual Arts, Arif Memon for stage lighting design and Dr. Anita Vyas for website design, movement & dance. Malay Vyas, the Vice President of Moksh spoke on how Moksh plans to support creative arts across all platforms, nationalities and backgrounds in our community. Dr. Rungta thanked all the

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Club 24 Celebrates Diwali as a Signature Event with Families and Guests

The cool evening was an ideal setting for informal chats around the poolside fire pit. Photos: Sachin Shah Club 24 Plus members and their guests gathered at the luxurious home of Ash and Leena Shah to celebrate Diwali as their annual signature event.

wished them prosperity and happiness. “My two-year term ends at the end of the year and it has been a wonderful, enriching experience,” Gupta explained. At this time, Gupta remembered the victims of Hurricane Harvey and recalled the community’s continued support to help flood victims in their rehabilitation. Gupta said the Leena and Ash Shah (center) and their two sons light the traditional club’s goals are Diwali diya to signify the festival of lights under the watchful eye of to “build conevent co-chair Alpa Shah (left). nections between the Indian comOUSTON: Diwali is a joyous occasion munity and the mainstream by highlighting to be celebrated in the company of family our culture and by matching each member’s and friends with diyas, sweets, and ethnic contribution from the club’s funds to a charfashions. This year’s Club 24 Plus Annual ity of the member’s choice,” mentoring the Signature Diwali Party in Houston was as younger generation, and establishing close splendid as any Diwali party in New Delhi relationship within the families of Club 24 members and friends through networking. or Mumbai. “We also have an outreach event, and by The extravagant home of Ash and Leena Shah, with its beautiful lighting a kaleido- popular request, we will host a Dinner cruise scopic swimming pool and multicolored on Galveston Bay, on Nov. 18,” Gupta said. Gupta said he was pleased with the high water jets, was the festive site of the Club 24 Plus event on the evening of Saturday level of member participation at every Club October 28. During the social hour, hosts 24 event and thanked the committee memLeena and Ash Shah greeted Club 24 Plus bers for their efforts in making the events members and guests arrived in their festive successful. He also lauded hard work of the signature event committee chaired by Alpa splendor. Club 24 was started 11 years ago as a Shah, with co-chair, Dr. Asra Oberoi. Ashok Garg, a founder-member of Club social, ‘invitation only’ club, with the core principles of philanthropy, mentoring and 24, recalled that the club has donated more building bridges to Houston’s mainstream than $1 million over the past 11 years for community. In keeping with these goals, various charitable causes and wished the the club hosts five events annually, includ- club continued success. Madras Pavilion, with owners Mahesh ing two social events, Valentine’s Party and Holiday Brunch, two signature events, and Alpa Shah as Club 24 Plus members, philanthropy event where local charities re- treated the guests with delectable appetizceive donations from Club 24 members, and ers and a sumptuous festival dinner. The evening concluded with Club 24 Plus memthe Diwali party. A brief, formal program began with Ash bers gathering around the pool for informal and Leena Shah, with their two sons, light- conversations, and some members dancing ing the diya to signify the festival of lights. enthusiastically to the beat of upbeat BolDr. Aparna Kamat followed with the recita- lywood tunes. tion of a Vedic prayer. For Photo Collage, Club 24 Plus President Pradeep Gupta welcomed members and their guests and see page 6

Club 24 Plus leaders made their brief remarks under the banner of the charitable organization with members gathered around the colorfully lit pool.





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A Parody of a Party for Priyanka Brings Funds for the Less Fortunate


STAFFORD: What immediately

caught your eye was the set on stage; a large and wide raised terrace with a stout white balustrade, a tall, shiny green schefflera plant on one side and seven steps with wrought-iron railing leading up to it. Behind it, on long curtains hung empty gold gilded frames, on the white face was a curving graphic, and in front, a cream colored couch gave semblance to a parlor in a grand house. To the left, two tall wooden panels carved with flowing Indian motifs with more scheffleras separated the entrances to what were portions of the homes of three extended families. It was an opulent haveli, set in New York and designed by Nalini and Dhani Kannan of Decor One. Into this haveli came and went the eight characters of the play “Mastani O Mastani” produced and directed by Houston’s own imaginatively creative mind with a flair for theatrics, Rajan Radhakrishnan. Never mind that his day-job is to make people and events happy at Madras Pavilion restaurant and Dawat Catering, Rajan, as he is universally known, is truly restless and irrepressible when given a mic and a stage, especially in song or a chance to direct. The English-language play

The cast and crew of the play “Mastani O Mastani” which was staged at the Old Stafford Civic Center this past Sunday, November 5 in support of the Indian charity Udavum Karangal.

Rathna Kumar and Lalita Sundaresan played quarreling neighbors Mohini Agarwal, who played the role of Priyanka Chopra, danced towards the end of the play

was which was staged at the Old Stafford Civic Center this past Sunday, November 5 was in sup-

From left, Alpa Shah (co-director); Director Rajan Radhakrishnan, Subodh Bhuchar as the Sardar and Padmini Ranganathan, President of Udavum Karangal USA.

port of the Indian charity Udavum Karangal. Rajan adapted this play from the popular Tamil movie “Bama

Vijayam (Bama’s Visit)” by wellknown director K. Balachander



10 November 10, 2017


Indian Consulate Hosts 142nd Birth Anniversary of Vallabhbhai Patel BY PRAMOD KULKARNI

HOUSTON: It is said that if two

Indians get together, they will form three organizations. After independence from British rule, India could’ve fragmented into more than 500 nations. It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, as the Deputy Prime Minister of newly independent India, who forged a united India by encouraging the 562 princely states to sign the instrument of accession and earned the monicker, “Ironman of India.” Against four states, Junagadh, Jammu & Kashmir, Travancore, and Hyderabad, Patel did not hesitate to use police action. Vallabhbhai was born on October Speaking in front of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s screen image was CG Dr. Anupam Ray. Dr. Ray praised 31, 1875. His birth anniversary is Sardar Patel for creating a united India and for his role in establishing the Indian Civil Servce. now celebrated as Rashtriya Ekta Divas (National Unity Day). In Houston, the day was celebrated at the Consulate of India featuring Consul General of India Dr. Anupam Ray and several others as speakers. Among those attending, there were numerous students from the University of Houston. Many of the students participated in taking the unity pledge. “This is an important function for me,” said CG Ray. “I owe my job Speakers at the Rashtriya Ekta Divas included Acharya Dr. Kavita Vachaknavee of the DAV Sansrkiti School, to Sardar Patel.” Dr. Ray was refer- Susanda Vashisht, historian and social media participant, and Ramesh Shah with Ekal Vidyalaya. ring to Patel’s role in adapting the

colonial civil service into the Indian Civil Service for the new nation. Dr. Ray also lauded Sardar Patel’s role in forging a united India. “England’s Prime Minister had said as early as 1943 that if freedom was given to India, the country would break into India, Pakistan and Princeistan. India would never survive as an independent nation. We have proven him wrong.” The second speaker was Acharya Dr. Kavita Vachaknavee of the DAV Sansrkiti School. Speaking in Hindi, Dr. Vachaknavee informed the audience that Sardar Patel’s father had served in Jhansi Rani’s armed forces during the War of Independence in 1857. She also lauded Sardar Patel’s sacrifice in allowing Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to become India’s first prime minister of India and take on the role of Deputy Prime Minister. Author Sunanda Vashisht said the Indian civilization has been in existence for more than 5,000 years, but the modern nation state that is India is due to Sardar Patel’s vision and firm statesmanship. Ekal Vidyalaya’s Ramesh Shah focused his brief remarks on Sardar Patel’s legacy in resisting the forces of fragmentation and forging India’s growth as a strong and united nation.



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Manoranjan & VPSS Haveli Raise Harvey Funds via “Sathi Hath Badhana”


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Manoranjan Inc. and VPSS Haveli joined hands to raise funds for the first responders of our community with an entertainment program on Sunday, October 29. Titled “Sathi Hath Badhana” (Together, We Will Move Forward) raised funds for first responders and Sewa International. With everyone’s help, the event raised $12000.00. Mystic Rhythm of India started the musical evening with the prayer and then with some Bollywood music, which filled the entire venue, and entertained the crowd.

People applauded and cheered after every song, and even danced to a few of their hits. Young artist Akila mesmerized the crowd with her beautiful voice. VPSS Haveli graciously donated the venue for this event. Participants and sponsors of the program included Umangbhai of Deep Foods, Vadtaldham Swaminaryan Temple, India Culture Center, Amirali Dodiya of New York Life, Rajender Singh of Star Promotions, Indian Senior Citizens, Shiv Shakti Temple, Dinesh Purohit of Café India and Sewa International.

Several individuals sold tickets, including Umangbhai, Madanbhai, Yoginaben, Swapan Dhairyaawan. VPSS Haveli’s friendly staff made the night more enjoyable by being personable and even served delicious upma cooked by Shailesh Patel and team. Rishabh Nayak provided the sound system and his time free of charge. Ajit Patel of Manoranjan Inc mingled with the guests and kept up the fund raising tempo throughout the event. Manisha Gandhi of TV Asia was a great help in bringing forward the names of the first responders who were in great need donations. Among the first responders, Chief Deborah Schmidt came to the event. HPD Officer E. J. Jones provided names of three first responders, who were also Hurricane Harvey Victims: Officer Pamela Jackson, Senior Officer Matt Fowler and Sergeant Brett Hatton. These first responders were acknowledged and appreciated by the audience for their time, courage and sacrifice. Each officer was presented with a $2,501 check and $1,001gift certificate from Ramesh Parikh of Sara International. Sewa International President Gitesh Desai was presented with a check in the amount of $1,601.

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Houston Rolls to Jaz Creationz, Jaz Bond 007 Elite Spootakular Hallow-Scream!

Jaz Creationz CEO & Founder, Jasmeeta Singh with the chief guest, Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena & his wife.

Sikh awareness fashion show, Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal (center) being recognized by chief guests of the show, former Sheriff Adrian Garcia.


KATY: On Friday, October 27,

Houston witnessed a marvelous combination of entertainment and glamour while raising funds for a worthwhile cause. Placio Maria in Katy, Texas, was transformed into a place of splendor and magnificence, as it was the evening of ‘JAZ BOND 007’, presented by Jaz Creationz. It was an evening of an Elite Spootakular Hallow-Scream Fashion and Dance extravaganza, coupled by being a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser. Jaz Creationz, a school of fashion and dance, is backed by the multi-talented founder, Jasmeeta Singh, who has several feathers in her hat. Jaz Creationz also specializes in organizing fashion shows for multiple occasions. The CEO Jasmeeta is extremely passionate about her space and she believes in inspiring others, in empowering women and kids to make them realize that passion is not only about commitment but also about fun. With that level of dedication and commitment, the extravaganza was definitely something to look forward to and Houston was geared for this gala evening. Jaz Creationz received a Proclamation from the Mayor, which states declaration of October 27 as Jaz Creationz Day. The jamboree kicked off on time, with an exclusive VIP reception mocktail. This evening was not just going to unfold any regular fashion show, but a high-couture shopping extravaganza and a dance marvel, complimented with a high-end designer fashion show, oozing with glitz and glamour with 50+ stunning models. What would eventually reach to a larger-thanlife, high pitched extravaganza, started off at a soothing tempo, with meditative movements of the Indian classical Kathak, solo performed by the talented Jasmeeta, who then welcomed everyone. The spiritual mood of the audiences was lifted and the show then picked up pace with the marvelous Jaz Bond models walking the ramp. Rocko, the emcee who

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had started the event with some super-cool rapping, introduced the models in a unique way by mentioning about their passion and their background. The classical crossover and synth-pop Bond music set the right mood as the stunning models walked in. The Bond theme continued with a phenomenal and superbly choreographed act, ‘Black Tiger’, performed by Tu Nguyen & team. The intriguing act was so well illustrated that it seemed nothing short of an intense scene from a 007 movie. It surely was very captivating and triggered the sound of endless audience applause. The show got more gripping as several spectacular designers showcased their ravishing and graceful designs. The stunning labels included Envy Couture by Anil, Danny Nguyen Couture Designs, AKS Trends & Jewelry House by Karima, Robert Powell Designs, Designs by Alexandria Lee and Jewelry House by Saira. But this wasn’t it. A surprise awaited the guests in form of a very unique ‘Sikh awareness fashion show’, to felicitate Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who took the lead to help the Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims. The up-beat and foot-tapping Punjabi music complimented the ramp-walk of the stunning Sikh models, and Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal walked in as the showstopper. Deputy Dhaliwal has served at Harris County Sheriff’s Office for almost a decade and he was the first police officer in USA to get approval to wear turban on duty. In the year 2015, former Sheriff Garcia approved the Turban as part of uniform, to promote

diversity. Deputy Dhaliwal and his team were awarded for doing an exceptional job during Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Other than Deputy Dhaliwal, the chief guests of the show included former Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Pena accompanied with his wife. The evening was a perfect combination of glitter and thrill, and noble causes. Next in line was an auction for ‘Bald is beautiful’ cancer survivors, who gracefully walked the ramp, looking splendid in designer wear. ‘Bald is beautiful’ program at Jamie’s Hope Charity Organization for Cancer Survivors is designed to empower those who struggle with the reality of dealing with hair loss as a result of chemotherapy. Going through chemo is challenging and losing hair is devastating, but this channel aimed at letting them know of their support to them. It was truly overwhelming and inspirational to see the crowd cheer for these strong survivors and boost their confidence. The other benefitting organization was the Punch123 program at the Houston Broad Based Community Center, for minority and disadvantaged youth and troubled adults of all races in need of educational, social, mental and spiritual guidance. It was then time for presenting the model of the year 2017 award, and Divya Singh and Mona Deo were declared winners of this prestigious segment. The finale was ARTICLE CONTINUED TO PAGE 15

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Cooking up Math Skills During Thanksgiving Celebrations T

hanksgiving is a time when friends and family have the opportunity to spend quality time together, gathered around the table for the holiday. While students are usually excited to have a few days off of school, learning doesn’t have to stop during this extended time off! There are several ways to incorporate math skills and tests into Thanksgiving activities. Not only is this a more visual option for teaching, but it also allows students to have fun along the way. Best in Class Education Center shared a few ideas for how students can continue to learn over the holidays while helping out this Thanksgiving. Best in Class Education Center helps K-12 students succeed academically through customized educational programs. The brand is always thinking of ways for students and parents to find new learning opportunities. Pie Fractions: Using a pie is a great way to visually show how fractions work. When you are cutting the pie let your child watch to see what 1/2, 1/4, or 1/8 looks like. You can also ask questions while serving the pie like, “If Grandpa wants two slices of the pie and we cut the

pie into 1/8 pieces, what fraction of the pie will he be eating?” Geometry Thanksgiving Turkey: Let your kids explore shapes and rotational symmetry by creating small turkey cutouts and small colorful shapes to create feather designs. This project is very handson and is great for younger kids to learn how to match different shapes. It’ll also make

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WWE Signs First Female Middle Eastern and Indian Wrestlers


CT: World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, the American publicly traded, privately held entertainment company recently announced in

mid-October that it has signed up the first women wrestlers from India and the Middle East. WWE deals primarily in professional

wrestling but also has film, music, video games, product licensing and direct product sales. Founded in 1952 by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt, it has become the largest wrestling promotion company in the world, holding over 500 events a year and broadcasting to 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries. It is no wonder that WWE has tried to diversify its talent base and bring in wrestlers from around the world. The first South Asian who made it big at the WWE was 7ft tall, 420lb heavy Dalip Singh Rana, now 45 years-old, who hails from the village of Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh

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where he would often do the heavy work like lifting cattle from one barn to the other. He has fought under the name The Great Khali since 2000. He briefly held the WWE World Champion title in 2007 and has acted in a few odd Hollywood movies, like The Longest Yard in 2005. He now has his own company, Continental Wrestling Entertainment, in Jalandhar, Punjab. Another Indo-Canadian wrestler, Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, 31, from Calgary, Alberta fights under the ring name Jinder Mahal, and became the WWE Champion in 2016. But this is the first time WWE has signed a female Indian wrestler, Kavita Devi, 34, from Malvi village, Julana tehsil, Harayana Pradesh. Devi wrestled in the Mae Young Classic tournament in August, but was eliminated in the first round by Dakota Kai. She will start training with WWE in January 2018 and already trained at The Great Khali’s CWE School in Jalandhar. WWE also signed up Shada Bseiso, 31, from Amman, Jordan, who impressed talent scouts in the invitation only try-out in April in Dubai and will begin training with Devi at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in January. She has a Business Administration degree from the American University in Beirut, is a trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and an onair bilingual host and voice-over actress.

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who also made the hit 1981 Hindi romantic film “Ek duuje ke liye (Made for each other)”. In the adaptation, three families jointly living in the same house plan a lavish party to receive the popular Indian actress Priyanka Chopra who has moved in next door to them. The rest of the play is a farce of events that unfold as each family member reveals their fanciful plan for making the visit truly memorable. Into this mix enters a wily Sardar caterer who promises a luscious meal and absconds with a stash of money. The actors in the play are wellknown locals who have busy personal and professional lives but are thespians with a love to perform: Dr. Subodh Bhuchar, Ra-

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A Parody of a Party for Priyanka Brings Funds for the Less Fortunate

ghu Chakravarthy, Rathna Kumar, Alpa Shah, Mahesh Shah, Govindan Somaskanthan, Dr. Sridhar Srinivasan, M.M. Sriram and Lalita Sundaresan (who also wrote the story and dialogues). To that add the talents of Padmini Ranganathan as the Creative Head, choreography by Mohini Agarwal (who played Priyanka) and background music by Sandeep Kumrouth and Maha Krishnan of Shree Kruthi School of Music. Of course, Rajan directed this play though he could not devote all his time due to his business obligations. “Many of the actors were traveling, so I would go over each one’s part individually,” smiled Rajan a few days after the show.

“I gave my vision of the scenes and how they should act it. After that Alpa Shah stepped in as a codirector to rehearse the group’s efforts together.” The final show brimmed with witticisms though it was short on outright laughs, save for a couple of animated exchanges between the characters as between the Sardar and Vaishali (played by Lalita) and Darshani (played by Alpa) about coconut oil smell and his lack of brains and when Vaishali ruminated that she “had run out of nouns and adjectives” to call the Sardar and turned to the audience for more. There was certainly a lot of adlibbing and even references to local

establishments as when the Sardar (played with a thick Punjabi accent by Bhuchar) suggested he would “go down to Madras Pavilion in Sugar Land” for some recipes. And at one point, Rajan, sitting behind the sound booth (dressed in a bright red sherwani with red and yellow stripped sleeves), gave onair responses to an actor’s queries. Further on, Rathna’s character (in a thick Telegu accent) runs out to lament that her “Malabar fish curry will not be ready as my mixee is not working!” Just before the play ends, Priyanka runs through the audience dressed in a red dancer’s outfit, head covered with a red dupatta and onto the stage as the others

feign admiration and awe. She breaks into a dance and in the final scene, the Sardar runs back out and shouts “Oh, Madam PC!” This show marks the 15th year that Madras Pavilion and specifically Rajan had produced a show in support of the Udavum Karangal of USA (Padmini Ranganathan of Houston is the President), which in turn sends the proceeds to the Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands), a charity based in Chennai, India. Started 35 years ago by S. Vidyaakar, UK takes care of orphans, the elderly and other needy people through one of their many centers and programs. This show was able to collect over $70,000 for the charity.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 marvelously choreographed by Jasmeeta Singh, after which she stayed up on stage to thank all the sponsors for their support in making this fundraiser event successful. She thanked the Jaz Creationz Manager, Divya Singh, the coordinators, Tu Nguyen of Black Tiger, Seema Bhatia, Kiran Khurana, Rupy, Anil Ranna, Sarah Douglas, Houston by Jared Lang, Jai Jallan, Gauri Seth, Anasuya, Priti Islam, and Bobby Kaur. Sponsors are the backbone support of any event and the Platinum sponsors included Sabir Farukhdin from FS Group and Infodat by Mala Make-

la, the Gold Sponsors included Kenny & Ann Friedmen, Dilip & Shalini, while the Silver Sponsors were Nalin & Anju Sethi of SB&T Imports, and Saroj & Subhash Gupta. Bronze Sponsors included Arun & Sangeeta Pasrija, Lalit & Jai Jallan, India Culture center: Swapan Dhairyawan, Charlie Patel & Rajiv Bhavsar, Dr. & Mrs. Sewa Lega, Patron Sponsor included Rajiv Bhavsar from Wallis State Bank. The main objective of this mesmerizing fashion and dance extravaganza was to raise funds for non-profits, and it was successful

in doing so by bridging the diverse Indo-American communities through the channel of fashion and culture. The evening truly brought a smile to everyone, and the reason for their smiles was not just one. Jaz Creationz organizes program for children, youth and adults, which includes creative community performance events and diverse fashion & dance performances. They have special dance classes for ladies where they provide choreographed dance lessons and right techniques. Their classes start from January 2018, the registration is on November 18 &

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EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY How to Fix Paradise Papers

And Now for Remonetization

A year ago, Narendra Modi government withdrew high-

value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 and extinguished 85% of the value of the currency in circulation. It was a move which, in many ways, led to sharp political divisions, hurt the economy, especially the informal sector and small and medium enterprises, and fueled a national debate. In a Facebook post on the eve of one year of demonetization on Tuesday — which the government is projecting as “Anti-Black Money Day” — Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that the decision of November 8, 2016 would be remembered as a watershed moment and that the country had moved on to a cleaner, more transparent and honest financial system. There’s been much sparring over the last year on the gains from demonetisation. The tangible benefits may be in the form of less cash in the economy, higher tax compliance — 1.26 crore new taxpayers were added to the tax base — and an initial spurt in digital payments which after the early momentum has seen a dip, indicating a reversal in trend with remonetization. Some of the other benefits, such as a behavioural transformation, will be visible only over time. But what’s clear is that the decision to withdraw high-value currency notes has impacted the economy which was already slowing down in the run-up to November 8 last year — and that the brunt was borne by the unorganised sector, not bigger corporates. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was prescient last year about the impact of the note-ban, has, in a signed piece in the Mint newspaper on Tuesday, written that contrary to belief, demonetisation was not a case of “good idea, bad execution” but a fundamentally flawed idea and a liquidity shock which could have a lasting impact on the weaker sections of society and industry. Singh also makes the point that it is time to move on from demonetization, but not to move away from institutions, procedures and processes. Prime Minister Modi has expended much political capital on what he described last year as a “mahayagna against the ills of corruption, black money and fake notes and the grand sacrifice for cleansing our country”. A year on, there is much repair work to carry out for the government on the economic front — be it rebuilding stateowned banks, getting stalled projects off the ground, making it easier for entrepreneurs to do business and boosting private investment. That’s why it is important for the PM to now invest that political capital on rebooting the economy. Some of that has been on show recently. The decision to withdraw high-value notes last year was also a political bet by the PM. Over the next few quarters, and finally by May 2019, it will be revealed whether it was the right bet. -- Indian Express



hen Captain Juan de Bermùdez left a dozen pigs on Bermuda in 1615, just in case his countrymen got stranded there without food, he could hardly have imagined that it would become the Mecca of tax haters. When tax haters flocked toAppleby, a Bermuda-founded legal services provider, they could hardly have known that Frederik Obermaier and his team in the German daily, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SDZ), would go after them with messianic zeal. Why did they do so? It has much to do with Germany’s moment in history and geography. It has created a prosperous economy, and used high taxes on its magnates to finance one of the world’s most comprehensive income redistribution systems — better than Russian or Chinese communists ever managed to. It lives in a world where many countries do not have tycoons, or do not believe in taxing them. Those are perfect conditions for the flight of the rich to tax havens, and perfect grounds for indignation among those who think that it is the duty of the rich to make the poor rich. Among them are Obermaier and his team. Their revelations have caused so many little earthquakes. They are enjoying the ride as if they were sliding down Kilimanjaro — not the peak but the Schlitterbahn water slide at the Águas Quentes Country Club in Rodovia, Brazil. The SDZ divulgers have been flooded with messages from supporters across the world. Most of them are full of outrage, which is easy, costless and boring. But I did learn some interesting things: for instance, the response of Gabriel Zucman, the Berkeley professor who wrote The Hidden Wealth of Nations. According to Zucman, MNCs made less than a 20th of their profits abroad in 1975-79; 95% were made in the corporations’ home country. This proportion fell to 83% in 201015; profits made abroad rose from 5% to 17%. European MNCs moved 45% of their profits abroad — almost a half to tax havens within Europe such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and the rest farther

away to Hong Kong, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and the Caribbean. The share of US corporate profits made abroad rose from less than a quarter in 1980 to over a half in 2015. Their favorite tax havens were the Netherlands, the Caribbean, Luxembourg, Ireland and Singapore. The nominal US corporation tax rate fell from over 50% in the 1950s to 35% now. But the effective rate paid by MNCs (to any government) fell from 45% to 20%. Everyone is shocked by Donald Trump’s declared intention to reduce the rate to 15%. But it does not seem so crazy if his government is collecting only 20%. The Barack Obama regime decided in 2015 to impose a one-time 14% tax on US companies’ profits abroad, irrespective of what tax they had paid abroad. But then it got cold feet and failed to implement the proposal. So what can one do? The perfect solution would be to equalise corporate tax rates everywhere. But that would be extremely uncomfortable not only for the tax havens, but the businesses from industrial countries — especially the US and Britain —that either use tax havens or have subsidiaries there. The other solution, which Zucman favours, is that MNCs’ profits should be apportioned between countries in proportion to their sales in those countries. In effect, to assume that their profit margin is the same in all countries. To do this, all countries would have to agree. There is no reason why tax

havens should. And as long as they are sovereign countries, no one can compel them to agree. Actually, it would be enough if the big industrial countries agreed. But that, too, is politically impractical. Even the US and the EU find it difficult to agree. With the arrival of China among global powers, there is no chance any more. Every country is on its own. Our government is already very active on this front. It appointed the Pasayat Commission, which claimed to have uncovered Rs 70,000 crore of black money. Unappeased by this achievement, GoI went on to demonetise large notes, and froze the accounts of 200,000 companies it called shell. If there was any doubt about its effectiveness, the construction industry has removed them by its extreme slump. It is to be hoped that its woes will convince GoI of its success, scintillate it in a glow of self-satisfaction, and dissuade it from more disruptive measures. Such a hope may well be misplaced, for a government brimming with a missionary spirit and devoid of analytical skills may think of even less considered punishments. But it is better to hope than to despair, for in bleak times, nothing else can bring cheer. And if nothing at home raises our spirits, we can look at the blight that Obermaier and his colleagues have spread in other countries. We have been lucky. -- ToI The writer is former chief economist, ministry of finance, GoI


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SIMA, Leuva Patidar & Bhakta Groups Donate to Mayor’s Harvey Relief Fund

HOUSTON: An Indian-American

delegation, including board members of Small Independent Motel Association (SIMA) and members of Leuva Patidar and Bhakta community members, met with Houston City Council and Mayor Sylvester Turner on October 24 to present a donation check of $151,000 towards the Mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. SIMA President Hasu Patel spoke to Mayor Turner and City Council members about what SIMA and the Indian-American community members had done in their continuous hurricane relief efforts. In turn, Mayor Turner presented SIMAwith a proclamation and named October 24, 2017 as the Small Independent Motel Association day in Houston, Texas. “Today, we are here to reaffirm

our commitment to support the City in times of need. We look forward to continuing working with the City to ensure that we recover and that we become stronger, together.” said Hasu Patel, while addressing the Mayor Turner and the City Council. “Thank you so much and I’m reminded as I look at you, of a great

teacher who said ‘if I am not for myself, who am I, if I am only for myself, what am I, if not now, when?’and you exemplify that.” said City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen. Council members on hand for the presentation included Council members Jerry Davis and Jack Christie..

Judge Jivani’s Historical Judicial Appointment! PEARLAND: This is a great honor

in itself, but what makes this appointment even more special is that: • Judge Jivani is first Asian judge to be appointed in the city of Pearland Municipal courts. • Judge Jivani is also the first female judge under the age of 40 to be appointed in the Pearland Municipal Courts. On November 5, Erum Jivani was appointed as an Associate Judge for the City of Pearland Municipal Court. This is a great honor in itself, but what makes this appointment even more distinct is that: • Judge Jivani is the first Asian Judge to be appointed in the City of Pearland Municipal Courts • Judge Jivani is also the first female Judge under the age of 40 to be appointed in the City of Pearland Municipal Courts. This is a great honor in itself, but what makes this appointment even more special is that: Judge Jivani stated, “I am honored to work with the Presiding Judge as a part of her team of Judges to uphold, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, laws and ordinances of the City of Pearland. I am humbled by the support received from City Council, and I will faithfully execute the duties of this office and work to be a trustworthy ambassador of the job


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COMMUNITY Sreepadam’s Varnamudrika -A Colorful Feast!

HOUSTON: Once again, Divyaa

Unni’s Sreepadam School of Arts has stunned local art rasikas with its vibrant production of “Varnamudrika - Fingerprints of Light.” The students at Sreepadam School of Arts thematically bought colors to life at their annual recital, and the portrayal of these colors on stage, came with a powerful ability to play with the minds of the audience. In an instant, they would refresh minds with happiness, and at another, instill fear. Some colors filled the audience with warmth, while some sparked calmness. Truly, each color had a story to tell! The theme took the audience away from their daily hustles of life into a few relaxing hours – to the wonderful world of colors. The production was loaded with all the bells and whistles presenting justice to the theme. The spectacular choreography was complimented with the consciously selected beautiful costumes, and the fine, euphonious introductions. The music for

every item was carefully picked and well edited, to stay within the fabric of the theme. The program kicked off with the singing of the American and Indian national anthems by one of the younger students, followed by the senior students performing a “Ganapathi Vandana” - the invocation dance. Again, the choreography and the beautiful movements of the students were par excellence, and were a treat to the eyes. Divyaa Unni herself, graced the stage, and all eyes were fixated on her, as she moved effortlessly, but with propriety and elegance. Soon after, entered the colors; be it the royalty of the violet, stillness of the blue, energetic vibes of the divine yellow, or the vibrancy of the red, each color in the spectrum presented itself by way of eye-catching performances. All these colors dictate our moods and emotions and stimulate our intellect in different ways. Colors are so intrinsic to nature. Imagine the world without colors, one color throughout.

It would seem so different and uninteresting! Our nature is artistically painted in stunning colors, the more we explore, more of mother nature’s secrets are revealed, and she speaks to us by way of colors. This recital did tap into the intellect, to bring out a new appreciation of the universe, which is a perfect blend of colors that dance in unison, and make our little worlds very beautiful places in which to live! The program was attended by families and friends of 120+ performers, who ranged from 5 year olds to adults. Stafford’s Mayor Pro Tem, Mr. Ken Mathew, was in attendance as well. Sreepadam School of Arts has been conducting theme based recitals in Houston for the last 14 years; enhancing the enjoyment of learning for its students. The theme is integrated into the dances they perform, thus enabling them to truly understand the underlying concepts of the dance, and further enable them to unite with the dance. A generous portion of proceeds of this program benefitted The Banyan organization that has been an integral part of the chain of care for people with mental illness in Chennai.



November 10, 2017


Surangan’s Annual Student Appreciation Day Blessed by Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya BY SANCHALI BASU

HOUSTON: Although Surangan,

Rupa Ghosh’s school of music has been around for 7 years, this was the 5th formal annual program celebrated on a grand scale at the HDBS Sur auditorium the evening of October 14. The record crowd bore ample evidence to the fact that not only has the school gained in the number of students, but also wide popularity especially in the Houston Bengali community. After months of rigorous rehearsals, the students got to showcase their talent on a platform which boosted their confidence and brought the Surangan family closer. The young talents most of whom are born and brought up in the US did a commendable job of carrying the torch of Bengali culture and keeping the traditions alive, accomplishing the goal of Surangan. Emcee Sanchali Basu, welcomed the audience with a brief introduction of the school. The first half of the program was entitled, “Andhakarer Utsho Hote” signifying the spreading of the mantra of being led from darkness to the light (Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya) of hope, peace and well being as expressed by poets, writers and philosophers over the ages. The beacon and harbinger, Nobel laureate Tagore’s, “Nibido ghono aandhare jwalichhe dhrubotara” in

Rupa’s mellifluous voice set the tone for the evening. A series of Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul songs followed, to Biplab Samadder’s impeccable narration in his smooth, soothing, baritone voice. Solo and group songs, accompanied by Niranjan Roy and Barun Choudhury on the table, were interspersed with solo and group dances. The dancers ranged from

considerably young artistes to more mature, skilled ones and brought some color and life to the music program. Recitation pieces in between, also solidified the entire program and was successful in bringing its essence to totality. Once the students of the school had finished performing, guest artistes from the Houston Bengali community entertained the audience, including Kamalpriya, Swapan, Zulfikar, Ananya, Jharna, Prince, Anjali, Shonali, Biswaruchi, Nandini, Bina, Jitu, Runa, Rita, Mala, Bably, Banani, Kakon, Dina, Parvin, Bithi, Yasmin, Purno, Mina and Amit on vocals, Anirudha, Shouvik, Afsarun Nahar and Mukul on recitation.

This year’s annual program was made special by the presence of Bangladesh’s pride, renowned Rabindra Sangeet exponent Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, who was the Chief Guest for the evening. She was called on stage to be felicitated by Surangan and the Houston Durga Bari Society. Certain other dignitaries including Elora Ahmed Shukla and Bulbul Sengupta were recognized, and so were Muna and Salahuddin Ahmad of organization Balaca, the first Bangladeshi cultural association in Houston. Certificate distribution ceremony to the students by Bannya ensued and she was sweet enough to pose with them for the camera. By now the hall was filled to capacity and actually overflowing. The food corner, sari and jewelry stalls were doing brisk business and all

were waiting with bated breath for the highlight of the evening. Bannya took the stage with Biplab Samadder on the violin, Rupa Ghosh on the keyboard, Bidyut Ghosh on the mandira and Raja Banga on the tabla. She enchanted the audience with her rendition of not so popular, but rich Rabindra Sangeet numbers mixing them up with some popular ones. What made her concert more captivating were the little tidbits of information that she was sharing regarding the background of each song. She recounted her memories with her stalwart gurus Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Santidev Ghosh amongst others, during her student days in Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan. Surangan deserves kudos for presenting yet another excellent program.


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Happy Children’s Day Chacha Nehru’s Gift To The

Children Of India Exactly a hundred and ten years ago inAllahabad, on 14th November, 1889, a son was born to an eminent lawyer, Motilal Nehru and his wife Swaroop Rani. They named him Jawaharlal. He was an exceptional child, brilliant and compassionate and was greatly loved by all. His father wanted to give him the best education and so sent him to England to do his M.A. from Cambridge. On his return to India, young Jawaharlal realised that he was not interested in making money through the legal profession. Instead, he was filled with patriotic fervour and wanted to help the poor and the

l an t p u o ill re ap t rust. If y

downtrodden. He joined the Congress and Gandhiji in the Freedom Struggle of India and turned out to be an extremely outspoken, honest, practical and illustrious politician. And when India gained its independence, this outstanding states-

re ap gre at ne ss. goodne ss, you will r e ap f riends. If you plant humilit y, you will It can be said that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is the maker of Modern India as his life and works have influenced our way of thinking, social structures and all round development. He was a perfect blend of eastern values and western thinking and encour-

Rare picture and moment of Chacha Nehru with Kids.

man was named the first Prime Minister of the country. Nehru’s contribution to Society

aged technological progress. But he was also a man of letters and a great poet and wrote some famous

works like, ‘Glimpses of World History’ and ‘Discovery of India’. His letters to his daughter, Indira, was also compiled into a book and reflects his philosophical outlook, his compassion and above all, his tender heart. The birth of Chacha Nehru His great love for roses as well as children is a well-known fact. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength of a country and the very foundation of society. Most importantly he did not discriminate between the sexes and believed in giving equal opportunities to girls and boys. In fact his own little girl grew up to be the third Prime Minister of India. Quite naturally, he was the ‘beloved’ of all the children who gave him the endearing name of ‘Chacha Nehru’. As a tribute to this great man and his genuine love

for children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY’. A day of fun and fanfare. It is not only a national holiday, but is celebrated with singing, dancing and storytelling in schools and colleges as well as on radio and television. Special functions are held to honour children all over the country. The significance of Children’s Day But amidst all this pomp and glory, we should not lose sight of Chacha Nehru’s real message. That is providing our children with a safe and loving environment in which to grow as well as giving them ample and equal opportunities through which they can take great strides and contribute to the progress of the nation. This day serves as a reminder to each and every one of us, to renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by their Chacha Nehru’s standards and example. -indiaparenting.com



November 10, 2017


Grand Opening Celebrations for SNB’s Dallas Regional Office

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24 November 10, 2017 Indian Origin Girl at Top of New Pop with Debut Album Earlier this month,

a 17-year-old singersongwriter found herself on BBC Radio 1’s Top New Pop chart, along with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Miley Cyrus, for her debut single in the first week of its release. The singer was Rika, aka Chandrika Darbari, a half-Indian, half-Serbian musician from northwestLondon. Her song ‘No Need’ is set in an archetypal high school, with the lyrics sending out a clear and timely message: to stop judging and being unkind to others for how they look or talk. Released independently on September 21, the upbeat dance-pop number quickly climbed the music charts in both UK and India. It was also featured in BBC Asia’s Artist of the Week list. Since its release, it has got over 840,000 views on YouTube. The song was inspired by Rika’s own experience of being bullied. “I was bullied a lot in school — not because I was Asian but because I had bad acne and was really skinny,” Rika told TOI during a visit to Mumbai. “Yet, I wanted everyone to connect to the song. It is diverse and can also

be about racism, divorced parents or just straight-up bullying. It’s just saying that we should try to improve ourselves instead of bringing someone else down.” Born to a Serbian mother and an Indian father, Rika’s music draws upon her multicultural upbringing. Last year, she penned and performed the song ‘For Peace in Syria’ with her brother. The video, which was shot in Delhi, received over 900,000 views on YouTube. Meanwhile, Rika is now meeting labels in UK and India, and getting ready for the release of her first EP next year. -timesofindia.com


Two Indian-American Businessmen Felicitated by Trump


ASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has honoured two IndianAmerican businessmen in recognition of their small but significant contribution to the US economy. Trump felicitated Sharad Thakkar and Karan Arora along with seven other owners of minority businesses in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday. Thakkar is president of Polymer Technologies, which is recipient of Minority Energy Firm of the Year. Based out of Ohio, Polymer Technologies works with plastic industry individuals to transform their throwaway scrap plastic into valuable raw material. PTS has a proven track record of providing long-term solutions in automotive, home care, and lawn care product lines. Based out of Florida, Arora is director of family-owned Natural Vitamin Labs, which is recipient of Minority Export Firm of the Year award. With 25 years of experience in supplying natural health products to industry partners worldwide, NVL operates from a 95,000-sq ft facility in Miami, Florida. The facility is equipped with a manufacturing practices system and fully automated packaging machinery that allows precision and error minimization, resulting in high speed production. A night earlier, Thakkar and Arora received their respective awards from the Commerce Sec-

retary Wilbur Ross at an event in Detroit. Both Thakkar and Arora came to the US as students for studies and earned the pathway to citizenship through H-1B and Green Card. Arora said Trump’s policies are reviving America’s manufacturing base. The simplification of tax code would come out as a great boon for small family-owned businesses like him. “There is a big demand (globally) for US-made products, which have more value anywhere in the world,” Arora told PTI. Indian-Americans are making great contributions to the US economy, said Thakkar. Originally from Baroda, he came to the United States some 30 years ago. “I am very proud that this country gave me this opportunity,” he said. Arora moved to the US in 2000 for undergraduate studies from Mumbai. “The opportunities that we had have been fantastic, tremendous,”


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Mama’s Punjabi Recipes Rabri (Sweetened Coagulated Milk)

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3. Continue to boil and stir the milk till it starts to thicken up and has reduced to half its volume. Scrape off the cream stuck to the sides and let them fall into the dish. 4. Throw in the badam and piste and continue to stir the milk. 5. Pour in the condensed milk and stir well for 5 minutes.

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abri(SweetenedCoagulatedMilk) is the ultimate Indian sweet dish as it is made from milk and is the first step to making several other desserts too like khoya, rasmalai, barfi and milk cake. It is also very time consuming as the milk has to slowly boil over low heat to evaporate till it becomes thick and turns pinkish and you have to constantly stir it so that the milk does not get brown at the base. This requires a lot of patience and stamina to stand beside a hot stove and stir the milk. As few people have such spare time, this recipe I am presenting is faster thanks to a convenient short cut. There is a version called Calcutta Rabri or Lachedar (meaning collected folds) Rabri which is made in a wide open kadai (wok) by collecting the boiled off cream that forms on the top and keeping it off to the side in layers until the milk is exhausted. The rabri so formed is very creamy and heavy on the stomach. Gujarati basundi is a variant of this method, except the cream is mixed into the milk to create little specs. When my sons were very young, everytime I used to make rabri (sweetened condensed milk), they would fight to see who would get a chance to clean off the inside of the pot in which it was made! I would have to set aside a little for both in a small bowl to pacify them! A word of caution. Just like many other Indian sweet dishes, rabri is very rich in calories and is very heavy to digest, so it is best not to eat too much of it at one sitting, although you will find it very hard to resist! Although some people try to make it with lowfat cream or milk, you can immediately tell the difference in taste.

7. Transfer into a serving dish and place in the fridge to cool down and thicken further. Sprinkle with the illachi powder and serve.

Ingredients: • 1/2 gal (2 liters) saada doodh (whole milk) • 1/2 cup badam (almonds) – blanched and slivered • 1/2 cup piste (pistachios) – sliced into halves • 1/2 can (7 oz) sweetened condensed milk • To taste: illachi (cardamom) powder Directions: 1. Pour the milk into a large pot with a heavy bottom or a broad faced kadai (wok) and place over medium heat to boil. 2. After the milk has come to a boil, turn the heat down to low and then stir it continuously so that it does not stick to the bottom.

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ITTEFAQ: The Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha Starrer is a Smart, Gripping Whodunit

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you by the hand but doesn’t advertise its wares, takes care to keep it taut, and delivers a satisfactory payoff. Despite a few niggles, this brand new Ittefaq, which takes broad pointers from the 1969 original of the same name, manages to pull it off. On a rainy Mumbai night, a wounded man is on the run, cops hot on his heels. Or should I say, his fancy wheels: he’s driving a Merc, with stylish threads to the match the car, and he is in a tearing hurry to get away.

On the same night, a terrified girl runs out on to the road. In her flat, right next to a shattered glass table, lies a dead body. We soon get to know that there are a couple more deaths implicating the lead players, and the good old dance—who, why, what, where– starts. The film manages to sustain itself post that dreaded interval, the one thing that can sink mysteries. In fact, there’s more briskness and confidence in the way the all the characters come across, and very little time is wasted as we go along. These two, the man-on-run, best selling author Vikram Sethi (Malhotra), and the petrified Maya

(Sinha) are the suspects.Theircrime: murder. Of course, each claims they are innocent: he says she is lying. She says he is. In short order, investigating officer Dev (Khanna) arrives, and ups the heat. The gaps in conflicting evidence are usually filled with scared people, white lies and half-truths, and the person or persons who know who did it. We get Roshomon-like differing points-of-view from both Vikram and Maya, and as time passes, more clues show up. Was there another person in Maya’s flat? Is she as innocent as she claims to be? Is he protesting too much? Who is the real killer? There are a few problems here. Initially, the background music calling attention to itself is not promising. The thread of inept cops and their banter starts off as

annoying, not just because we’ve seen this kind of stuff before, but also because the quantum makes it feel superfluous. Dev is prone to making smart-alecky comments, and you can see the dialogues being pressed into the service of old-style one-liners. They all start sounding too expository, dotting the Is and underlining the Ts. And a couple of elements end being clunkier than they should. But what makes up for all these things is that the film manages to sustain itself post that dreaded interval, the one thing that can sink mysteries. In fact, there’s more briskness and confidence in the way the all the characters come across, and very little time is wasted as we proceed to the punchy end. The film manages to sustain itself post that dreaded interval, the one thing that can sink mysteries. Both Malhotra and Sinha start off a tad shaky, and then steady up. Khanna, who deadpans his way through the best lines in the film, is clearly having a blast. There are small touches of fresh humour, and

enough suspense to keep things ticking over. And there’s real surprise in the big reveal. Ittefaq is that rare Bollywood creature: a smart, gripping whodunit which keeps us guessing. -indianexpress.com

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28 November 10, 2017 3rd T20: Chahal, Bumrah Help India Edge 8-over Shootout BY KARTHIK KRISHNASWAMY


NDORE: (ESPN Cricinfo): India 67 for 5 (Pandey 17, Southee 2-13) beat New Zealand 61 for 6 (de Grandhomme 17*, Bumrah 2-9) by 6 runs Just over a week ago, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah were India’s bowling heroes in a gripping, high-scoring ODI series decider in Kanpur. On Tuesday they combined to deny New Zealand once again, this time in an eight-overs-a-side dogfight on a damp, grippy surface in a rainshortened maiden international game at the Greenfield Stadium. Sent in to bat, India struggled to force the pace against square turn from Mitchell Santner and canny changes of pace from Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Virat Kohli got off to a bright start, clattering Ish Sodhi for four and six off his first two balls, but holed out on 13, and the rest of the batsmen couldn’t quite find their timing on a difficult surface. If the conditions and the bowling weren’t hard enough to contend with, they also ran into Santner who had a storming day in the field. He took two good catches to send back the openers off successive balls, and later pulled off a spectacular assist to remove topscorer Manish Pandey, sprinting from long-on, throwing himself to his right, plucking the ball out of mid-air and flicking it to Colin de Grandhomme coming the other way from deep midwicket. All this left New Zealand 68 to win their first proper series, in any format, in India, and Chahal and Bumrah led the defence with combined figures of 4-0-17-2. New Zealand scored 44 off their other four overs, but it wasn’t quite enough.

‘Chess Master’ Chahal guides India to amazing series win

Colin Munro began the chase ominously, stepping out to the first ball he faced and launching Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the midwicket boundary. Bhuvneshwar pulled things back through the rest of the over with a succession of knuckle balls, the last of them sneaking past Martin Guptill’s slog and rattling his off stump, and New Zealand were 8 for 1. Munro’s power made him a key wicket for India, and Bumrah prised him out with three excellent balls - all of them hitting the deck just short of a good length and forcing the lefthander to hit against the right-armover angle. Two dots forced Munro to charge out, Bumrah saw him coming and shortened his length, and his crossbat heave skewed over mid-on, from where Rohit Sharma sprinted to com-

plete a tumbling stunner. Only three came off that over. Chahal, relishing the grip and turn on offer, kept the ball wide of off stump to both right- and left-hander, and didn’t concede a single boundary in his two overs. Every second ball he bowled was a dot, and this was especially commendable given the pressure he bowled in. Colin de Grandhomme had just launched Kuldeep Yadav for a flat six over long-on - perhaps the cleanest hit of the night - when Chahal came on to bowl the sixth over with New Zealand needing 32 off the last three. He beat the bat with his first two balls to de Grandhomme, both on a length too short to hit down the ground but not short enough to hit square, both pitching outside off and making him reach, one a slider and one a ripping

legbreak. India used Bumrah in the penultimate over, and even though it wasn’t his best over - it included a wide, a succession of byes, and a full-toss flicked for four by Tom Bruce - it still only cost 10 runs, and left New Zealand 19 to get off the last six balls. Kohli went for Hardik Pandya rather than Kuldeep, and the allrounder closed it out, though not without a couple of alarms. De Grandhomme stung Pandya’s left hand with a powerful straight hit, and next ball clubbed a slower one over the square leg boundary to bring the equation down to 14 off three. A wide next ball made it 13 off three, but Pandya pulled himself together and found the lengths to deny de Grandhomme and Santner any more big hits.

Sana Mir Four-for Leads Pakistan Women to Historic Win S

HARJAH: Pakistan women 156 for 5 (Maroof 36*, Ameen 32, Paterson 2-25) beat New Zealand women 155 (Curtis 50, Mir 4-25, Yousuf 2-23) by five wickets Sana Mir led Pakistan women to their first win against New Zealand women in 13 attempts, picking up four wickets and following it up by scoring the winning runs in a chase of 156. At the other end was captain Bismah Maroof, who top-scored with an

unbeaten 36 off 69 balls, piloting the chase to its 49th-over finish after each of Pakistan’s top three - Nahida Khan, Sidra Ameen and Javeria Khan - had passed 20 to lay a solid platform. Choosing to bat first at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, New Zealand slumped to 9 for 2 inside the first six overs, with Mir picking up the key wicket of Suzie Bates. Wickets fell steadily thereafter, and only Maddy Green (26) and Sam Curtis got past

Sana Mir celebrates a wicket.

20, their sixth-wicket partnership of 38 the biggest of New Zealand’s innings. Curtis brought up her second ODI fifty before being seventh out for 50 off 77 balls, having hit five fours. Even New Zealand, the opponents they defeated, applauded Pakistan during the innings break for the bowling effort that shot them out for 155. Sana is a fighter,” Bismah Maroof says. “Whenever the team needs her, she’ll fight it out for the team.


Pakistan Begins Test Era Without Younis, Misbah


AGPUR: Saina Nehwal dug deep into her reservoir of experience and upstaged fancied PV Sindhu, quite incredibly, in straight games to clinch the women’s singles title in the Senior National Badminton Championship on Wednesday. The 27-year-old Saina, a former world number one, got the better of Sindhu, the Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, 2117, 27-25 in a pulsating summit clash that lasted 54 minutes. “I am surprised with the way I played today. I moved well and picked Sindhu’s difficult shots,” an elated Saina said after the win. Second seed HS Prannoy, who achieved a career-best World No. 11 ranking last week, saw off top seed World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in a 49-minute battle to win the men’s singles title in the 82nd edition of the tournament. It was double delight for Ashwini Ponnappa, who claimed two titles -- clinching the mixed doubles with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and women’s doubles with N Sikki Reddy. Second seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy bounced back from a game and three-match point down in the second game to beat top seeds Satwik and Chirag Shetty 15-21, 2220, 25-23 and win the men’s doubles title. The excitement reached a crescendo when Saina and Sindhu made it to the finals here. The whole stadium reverberated with cheers of ‘Saina’ ‘Sindhu’ ‘India’ as both the players engaged in some exciting rallies at the Divisional Sports Complex. The duo split the initial 10 points before Saina started putting the shuttle in difficult positions. She pushed it at the back court, came up with some bodyline returns to lead 10-7. A powerful smash then helped her grab a 11-9 lead in the first game.

Saina Nehwal (left) outlasted Sindhu and Prannoy won against top seed Srikanth.


November 10, 2017

Paradise Papers: Indian Names Tumble Out for Tax Haven Links N D -- More than 700 Indian which worked with 95 media partners globally for the investigation, said EW


names, including those of politicians, corporates and celebrities, on Monday figured in the leaked ‘Paradise Papers’ detailing business dealings of “the world’s powerful people and companies” in offshore tax havens. Regulatory and enforcement agencies swung into action by promising a multi-regulatory probe soon after the names started tumbling out as part of the latest global expose by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), even as several of those named denied any wrongdoing. The Indian names include Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, defaulter businessman Vijay Mallya, corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, film star Sanjay Dutt’s wife Dilnashin, union minister Jayant Sinha and Rajya Sabha MP R.K. Sinha, the ICIJ’s media partner in the country, The Indian Express, said. The ICIJ,

it explored 13.4 million leaked files from offshore law firms, majorly Bermuda-based Appleby, and company registries in several secretive tax jurisdictions. Among the 180 countries represented in the data, India ranked 19th in terms of number of names (714), while Sun Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka, figured as Appleby’s second largest client with as many as 118 offshore entities. It, however, put out a disclaimer that “there are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts” and it does not “intend to suggest or imply that any people, companies or other entities included in the ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly”. ICIJ also said that many people and entities may have similar names and suggested that the identities of those

named in the database should be confirmed based on addresses or other identifiable information. Some of the names, including that of Bachchan, had figured in Panama Papers as well. The leaked files also detailed how owners of jets and

yachts, including royalty and sports stars, used Isle of Man tax avoidance structures, and revealed tax haven shopping sprees by MNCs in Africa and Asia use shell companies in Mauritius and Singapore to reduce taxes. - LiveMint

Live Mint Analysis: Year After Demonetization, Cash is Still King M : Soon after demoneti- on demand, apart from currency) has UMBAI

sation was announced on 8 November last year, it was projected as part of a broader push towards a cashless economy. Several ministers and government officials claimed that this would nudge Indians to rely on non-cash or digital payments. In the weeks and months following demonetisation, digital payments (including mobile wallets and mobile banking, credit/debit card transactions, and UPI, or Unified Payments Interface) saw a sharp spike, even as withdrawals from ATMs (automated teller machines) declined. But much of this seems to have been driven purely because of cash shortage.As remonetisation picked up pace this year, digital payments fell even as ATM withdrawals rose. The ratio of digital payments to narrow money (which include the most liquid bank deposits available

fallen back to pre-demonetisation levels even as the ratio of ATM withdrawals to narrow money has almost reached pre-demonetisation levels. There is very little evidence to suggest any behavioural change because of demonetisation. The spike in digital payments and the decline in ATM withdrawals were both caused by artificial constraints, and do not seem to have had a lasting impact on Indian citizens. Other kinds of electronic payments, such as NEFT/IMPS (National Electronic Fund Transfer/ Immediate Payment Service) did not register much change in the postdemonetisation period. What about infrastructure for digital payments? The year-on-year growth in the number of point of sale (PoS) terminals (till August 2017) shows a sharp increase compared to the previous years as does the number of credit cards in the country.

However, compared to other large economies, India continues to be a laggard in terms of digital infrastructure. Based on data from Bank for International Settlements as of 2015, the density of PoS terminals and ATMs is significantly lower in India. The picture remains largely the same even after demonetisation. Despite a near doubling of PoS terminals after demonetisation, India is still ranked last in terms of number of PoS terminals per million people.

One reason for the poverty of digital infrastructure is overall poverty. Per capita incomes of all the other countries shown in the chart are higher than that of India, and the data shows a strong correlation between cashless infrastructure and per capita incomes. Growth in the number of ATMs over the past year has been muted in India, and this perhaps has slowed the transition to a cashless economy. -- Live Mint


Apple Supplier Wistron to Expand iPhone Assembly


EW DELHI: Bengaluru: Apple Inc.’s primary iPhone assembler in India is scouting for about 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities for the world’s most valuable company, according to people familiar with the matter. Wistron Corp. executives toured the city last week and have shortlisted a few parcels including one plot close to the airport, said the people, asking not to be named because the matter is private. The Taiwanese manufacturer, which began making the iPhone SE in India this year, may use the facilities to supply other brands too, they said. Wistron did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Apple has been a minor player in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, largely because its phones are more expensive than those of rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp. Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook made his first trip to the country last year, meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressing hopes for an expanded presence. On Apple’s earnings call last week, Cook said the company has “great momentum in India, where revenue doubled year over year”. He said he’s confident the company can gain ground, but it will take work on many fronts. “It’s building stores. It’s building channels. It’s building markets. It’s building the developer ecosystem,” he said. “It’s having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we’re making good progress.”

Wistron, which began making the Apple iPhone SE in India, may use the facilities to supply other brands.


30 November 10, 2017 Demonetisation Anniversary: Modi in Himachal Says Fight Against Corruption to Go On

Campaigning for the BJP in Himachal Pradesh ahead of elections on 9 November, Narendra Modi accused former PM Indira Gandhi of not going for demonetisation when needed and said he would not have had to carry out this big task had she taken the step years ago.


by the 8 November protest call by Congress on demonetisation anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi

on Sunday said burning effigies will not deter him from carrying forward the fight against corruption and black money.

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At poll rallies in Himachal Pradesh seeking support for a BJP government with three-fourth majority, he accused former prime minister Indira Gandhi of not going for demonetisation when needed and said he would not have had to carry out this big task had she taken the step years ago. Modi said that over 3 lakh companies have shut down after demonetisation and a probe into 5,000 such firms has found a fraud of Rs4,000 crore while investigation against others was on. He said the Congress is “angry” at demonetisation as it is still feeling its effect and cited it as the reason for the party’s “mourning” by giving a public protest call. “Few people who faced the heat of demonetisation are still complaining and are planning to observe 8 November as ‘black day’. The Congress cannot scare me by burning my effigies,” he said a well-attended poll rally in Kullu. “The Congress is planning to observe ‘mourning’in the coming week. It has nothing to do except grieve in the coming days. I do not fear burning of my effigies. My fight against cor-

ruption will not stop,” he also said at another rally in Palampur. Modi said note ban had disturbed the sleep of Congressmen and their anger has not cooled, alleging they had big bags and garages full of notes which were banned due to his decision. The opposition parties, including the Congress, have said they would observe 8 November as “black day” across the country by organising protests and effigy burning, besides candlelight marches. The prime minister alleged that Indira Gandhi refused to carry out note ban after a panel headed by Yashwantrao Chavan recommended it, alleging she kept her party’s interests over that of the nation. “Had she done note ban when needed, I would not have had to carry out this big task. For the Congress, it is never ‘dal se bada desh’ (country bigger than party). For them only their party’s interest comes first,” he said. “The Congress and corruption are inseparable, they are like a tree and its roots. All their leaders are out on bail after facing serious charges of corruption and they are speaking about

putting a check on corruption,” he said, adding, “Corruption is the only identity of the Congress party.” He also claimed that the Congress is now “fearing” that he will bring a law to check benami property and book all those who have brought assets in the name of others as the opposition party had failed to do so when in power. Modi said there were reports that around 3 lakh companies have shut down after demonetisation and a probe into financial dealings of 5,000 such firms has revealed frauds to the tune of Rs4,000 crore. “Imagine what will be the amount of fraud committed by 3 lakh companies,” he said, adding that some of these companies were such which dealt in black money worth crores of rupees but had only two chairs and a table in their offices. Pledging his party’s support for the overall development of Himachal Pradesh, he said the hill state needs to be freed of 5 Mafias—‘Mining Mafia’, ‘Forest Mafia’, ‘Drug Mafia’, ‘Tender Mafia’ and ‘Transfer Mafia’. -livemint.com

India Sets Guinness World Record by Cooking 918kg Khichdi

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houstonradio@yahoo.com Union minister of food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal along with Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS for food processing, and Swami Ramdev cooking ‘khichdi’ in a giant wok at the World Food India 2017 festival in New Delhi on Saturday to create a world record.

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday

set a Guinness world record by cooking 918kg khichdi, a traditional multigrain dish, at the ongoing global food event organised by the government in the national capital. A team of 50 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra supervised the night-long preparations and yoga guru Ramdev Baba put crowning ‘tadka’ in the dish at the World India Food event that will conclude on Sunday. Khichdi was steam-cooked in a giant wok weighing around 1,200kg. Out of which, the wok alone was weighing 343kg. The dish was prepared using multi-grains like rice, pulses, coarse cereals and vegetables. “We are still waiting for a few pieces

of evidence. For the time being, I am happy to announce that this (khichdi) wins the Guinness World title weighing 918kg,” Guinness World Records’ project manager Paulina Sapinska said at the event. The minimum requirement to create a world record was 500kg. The cooked dish, however, weighed more than the target of around 800kg set by chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Other leading chefs, including Imtiaz Qureshi, Ranveer Brar, Sudhir Sibal, Rakesh Sethi, Akshay Nayyar, Satish Gowda, too helped in the cooking of the dish. “Khichdi is a healthy and superfood. It is a solution to those depending on food supplements. It is rich with all nutrition,” Baba said after putting tadka in the dish. Promoting

khichdi as a ‘Brand India’ food is a good step towards promoting healthy superfood not only domestic but also international market, he added. The khichdi will be distributed to orphans by Akshaya Patra Foundation and Gurudwara to about 60,000 people. “We promote international foods in India and it is our opportunity to showcase our superfoods to the world,” said Kapoor, who is also a brand ambassador of The Great India Food Street at the event. Qureshi, master chef at ITC Hotels, praised the government’s initiative to promote Indian foods like khichdi and recognise the talent of Indian chefs. He said that new-age chefs are innovating this dish across the world and is being consumed in an interesting way these days. Minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Denmark food minister Esben Lunde Larsen, ITC CEO Sanjiv Puri, Tata Chemicals COO of the consumer business Richa Arora, LT Foods chairman Vijay Arora and Akshaya Patra Foundation officials were also present at the event. The mega khichdi preparation was part of the ‘Great Indian Food Street’ at the global event, being organised along with industry body CII, that features traditional food from more than 20 states. It took over three months of planning and multiple trials in attempting the record. The dish and recipe will be popularised by Indian foreign missions and the government to ensure it is part of restaurants and kitchens around the world. -livemint.com


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