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ICC Newsletter zz

July and August 2011

Volume 4.0


India Community Center of Austin

Message from the 2011 ICC Board Namaste, Austin! Happy August Everyone! Hope you have been having a great summer so far and staying away from the sweltering heat. It's that time of the year -iFest is here! We welcome you all to come and celebrate India's 65th Independence Day. It is ICC’s flagship event, the largest Indian celebration in all the Austin area. Last year we had over 2000 people, let’s try to top that this year!! This year’s iFest is being held on August 14th, at the North Austin Events Center. We are working very hard to organize a grander program with loads of fun. See the inside for the full scoop on iFest. It’s a great way to spend your Sunday, a few days before schools start and hopefully get us some relief from the 100+ degree-days! - Abdul, Harshita, Mary, Radhika, Raga, Ruhi, Salil, Sohail, and Sridhar


ICC Austin's iFest 2011 will mark India’s 65th Independence Day INTRODUCTION

Each month, Parichay turns the spotlight on Indian community, organizations or non-profits that enrich Austin with their presence.

On Sunday, August 14, India Community Center of Austin will host i-Fest 2011, to mark the 64th anniversary of India's Independence Day. This year’s event will be held at the North Austin Events Center (formerly Crockett Center) on 10601 N Lamar Blvd. Visitors can savor the tastes of India by sampling offerings from some of Austin's leading restaurants and caterers. Expect to get swept by the sounds of India as Austin’s brightest talents dazzle audiences with music and dance acts in an annual talent show that culminates with the crowning of Austin's very own DESI STARS--winners in the music and dance categories. Dhwani, an Indian band founded with the purpose of regaling the greater Texas audience with originally composed and creatively modified Indian music will be enthrall you with their music; they release 4 new compositions, starting with iFest. If you want a piece of the action, you can participate in one of the event-day contests and win exciting prizes that include a round trip ticket to India sponsored by Skypass Travel and vacation package to Las Vegas sponsored by Sijo Real Estate.

“ICC has been celebrating the Indian Independence Day in Austin for over 2 decades

now, and in the past few years, iFest’s popularity of the event has grown tremendously among Austinites, with a few thousand people attending the event,” said Sridhar Sudarsan, President of ICC Austin. “This is one of the most-attended South Asian events in Austin, bringing the community together to celebrate a shared milestone. Our generous platinum sponsors - Skypass Travel, Arun Mago CPA, General Agents Insurance Network; Gold sponsor Discounted Travel and Four Sisters Petroleum; other sponsors at various levels and enthusiastic participation from local talent and vendors, enable us to ensure that there's a lot of color, fun, activities, great food and entertainment for kids and adults." Doors open at 12 noon, with food and retail vendors, games and activities for and adults. For more details, visit or contact us at Admission is free.


Each month, Parichay turns the spotlight on Indian community, organizations or non-profits that enrich Austin with their presence. Fit, whose half and full marathon training program equips runners of all levels to achieve their goals. Austin Fit’s ‘No If you’ve lived in outdoors-crazy Austin for more than a year, Runner Left Behind’ training program covers important then you must know that its fall marathon-training season. features of training injury free such as combinations of long Every year, thousands of runners embark on a grueling, runs, tempo runs, core workouts, yoga, and nutrition clinics demanding journey that involves training for long hours and and shoe fitting at Austin’s popular new store, Luke’s miles, only to conquer distance with endurance that often Locker. The program extends over 4 months, allowing you culminates with the Austin Marathon. to gain victories over smaller distances such as a 5K, 10K and ultimately half and/or full marathon, at their own pace. And every year over the last 6 years, we are a group of However if you that want to run a smaller distance such as a runners that strive hard —not only for the challenge of a 5K or a 10K you can do it comfortably. distance race but also to raise funds and awareness for education of under-privileged children in India. We stride on As a runner with Team Asha, you are partnered with a behalf of Asha for Education, Austin Chapter's Strides of mentor who provides support and encouragement along your Hope program (SoH). SoH has raised and disbursed $345,000 journey to the finish line. A mentor provides help and tips over 6 years through 225 runners who have run thousands of for fundraising, dealing with niggling aches and pains and miles and distributed countless smiles. overcoming mental barriers. Our regular blog updates will keep you informed about team events, running tips and the Many runners have found their love of running by joining wealth of resources to tap into in the form of experienced Team Asha Austin. Many of us have tasted our first sprint runners and fundraisers. We organize breakfasts after long towards victory through the finish line of a grueling but no runs, happy hours and other social events making you feel a less rewarding race, knowing well what it means. We all part of our community. We also welcome and encourage return time and again, not just to push ourselves beyond our own mental and physical boundaries but also to return to the runners to attend Asha Austin’s chapter meetings to learn feeling that it’s not just about you. Yes, you become fitter and about the projects and the impact on the communities that they have. stronger but more than that, you’ve also had a chance to contribute to a child’s future. Over the years Asha Austin has been subject to economic Why would you begin running for the first time with Team conditions just as other charities. This has hampered the Asha Austin? It’s beginner friendly and extremely supportive. ability to support deserving projects. We invite everyone that Indeed, Team Asha’s youngest runner has been 8 years old has ever thought about running a race to raise the bar and do and the oldest has been 60! More importantly, we partner it for the cause. To know more about the program, drop by with a professional running group in the city called the Austin the info sessions through the month of August!


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July 4th – American Independence Day July 4, 1776 is when the United States of America was born. On this day the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Even though the tradition of celebrating the Independence goes back to the 18th century; it only became a holiday in 1941. The typical celebrations include parades, fireworks, concerts, picnics, family gatherings and so on. August 9th - Rakhi – Raksha Bandhan Raksha Bandhan means bond of protection. This festival celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day the sister prepares a pooja thali with diya, roli, chawal, rahki threads and sweets. The ritual starts with a prayer or pooja, then she puts roli and rice on his forehead. The sister; then, gives her blessings and ties the Rakhi to her brother’s wrist wishing for his happiness and well being. In turn the brother acknowledges his love for his sister with a promise to stand by his sister in good and bad times and with gifts. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. In 2011, Ramadan begins at sundown on July 31st. Ramadan is a "month of blessing" marked by prayer, fasting (sawm), and charity. During the month of Ramadan Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) to prophet Muhammad. Fasting is practiced for the entire month of Ramadan and so a person may not eat nor drink anything while the sun shines. Fasting is practiced from the age of about 12. Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr which literally means the Festival of Breaking Fast. August 15th - Indian Independence Day "At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new...India discovers herself again." - P.M. Jawaharlal Nehru After two hundred years of British Rule, India finally won its independence on August 15, 1947. Independence came about due to great efforts of men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for this great cause. The struggle for Indian independence one can say started with the Sepoy Mutiny in Meerut. Then, in the 20th century Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian National Congress and other organizations initiated a country wide independence movement. On this day, Indians pay homage to people who fought for India’s freedom, buildings are illuminated with strings of light and tricolour decorations, parades, fireworks, family gatherings and so on.


This month’s paid Prayojana features an advertising sponsor in the Indian community. Skypass Travel- Austin’s one stop shop for all your travel needs Skypass Travel is a full-service travel services provider, specializing in discount fares, vacation packages and cruises, for individuals, families and groups. One of Austin’s most reputed travel providers, Skypass has assisted almost a half-million passengers since 1987 with their domestic and international travel needs. Its motto is simple: to provide the best travel along with impeccable customer service. In addition to its web site (, SKYPASS maintains offices in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Bombay. Get in touch with SKYPASS when you’re ready to book your next trip to India ---or just about anywhere in the world! You can be assured of the best fares and the most personalized service. Sijo Vadakkan, is an Austin-based entrepreneur, heading Skypass Travel in Austin who has founded and operated several highly successful businesses in the Austin area. A serial entrepreneur, he wears many hats. Along with travel, Sijo maintains active business interests in real estate, contracting and consulting. In all his business ventures, Sijo recognizes the importance of customer satisfaction and strives to put his clients’ needs first. As a realtor, his foremost goal is to help homeowners maximize their potential as a home buyer or seller. The success of these business ventures is frequently attributed to Sijo’s strong people skills and keen focus on customer satisfaction. His motivation, work ethic, and commitment make him an ideal partner for all your travel and real estate needs.

Feel free to reach out to Sijo at 512 740 2262 or send him a note at If you prefer, stop by the Skypass Travel office at 6700 Middle Fiskville Road, Suite 305, Austin TX 78753

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Sambandha Relationship Q&A Q My husband and I generally get along well. However, when we return from work, he chooses to read the paper instead of interacting with me. So I’ve started making plans to go out with girlfriends most weeknights after work. We trust each other completely, and it’s his choice to read, so I can’t figure out why he pouts after learning of my plans.

A Given the variety of conversations I have with men and women of different ages and backgrounds regarding their thoughts, feelings, and expectations with respect to relationships, as well as my research into the ideas of published authors and experts in the field, I tend to come across patterns. One pattern, in particular, may be at play with respect to the issue described in your question. This pattern is discussed by authors/therapists Patricia Love and Steven Stosny in their insightful book How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. A qualifier: All men are not identical in their thinking (just as all women are, likewise, not identical), and there are certainly exceptions to gender-based tendencies. That said, what may be at play here is a difference in how husbands and wives view security in a spousal relationship. Many husbands tend to view their marriage as a secure base in which to relax and recharge their batteries (as opposed to feeling the need to interact) while sharing the same space as their wives. In other words, the comfort of merely sharing the same space with his wife, without any compulsion to interact directly, is oftentimes relaxing and sufficient in and of itself. Wives, on the other hand, tend to feel secure as a result of directly interacting with their husbands. Wives tend to relax through the emotional connections they feel while interacting with their husbands. So, when your husband chooses to read in the evenings instead of directly interacting, perhaps you start to feel a lack of connection which drives you to make plans to connect with your girlfriends instead. When you find it preferbale to engage in lively social interaction with your girlfriends rather than stay home, your husband's disapproval is understandable, if not justified; it reflects his loss of comfort in not having your presence, even if a passive one, by his side. Given that you and your husband generally get along quite well, why not brainstorm ways around this issue together? Recognizing this difference in how the two of you define security and comfort may fuel compromises that meet both of your needs. Jasbina Ahluwalia is a former attorney and the founder of Intersections Match, the only national matchmaking and dating coaching firm for South Asian Singles.

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