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Desh Videsh December 2017
Desh Videsh – Cover Story

Niketa and Ishan

Photographer: FengLong Photography When Ishan Patel, 29, product manager, and Niketa Agarwal, 27, a registered nurse,  first met for coffee, they felt a connection immediately. Their first date night was nothing short of interesting with them sneaking into Piedmont Park after midnight to talk for hours. It was a moonlit night and the pair danced to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand …

Real Wedding

Nikita and Mayur

Photographer: Peter Togel Photography Nikita Patel, 27, a pharmacist and Mayur Patel, 28, a graphic designer, took their vows in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 26. The duo met through a mutual friend. Mayur was once chatting with his friend on Facebook when he was then asked some awkward questions. He later came to find out it was Niki using his …

Real Wedding

Katherine and Sameer

Photographer: Castaldo Studios LLC Doctors Katherine Bautista, 34, and Sameer Draviam, 34, tied the knot on November 4 in Orlando, Florida. The couple dated for two years, before getting engaged and getting hitched this fall. Katherine, an OBGYN Resident Physician met Sameer, an Emergency Medicine Physician (EMR) while working at the Osceola Regional Medical Center. Katherine is from Colorado Springs, …

Real Wedding

Nisha and Andrew

Photographer: Sona Photography It was not love at first sight for Nisha and Andrew, but Cupid had other plans for them! Nisha Patel, 29, an optometrist, was watching her favorite college football team at a bar when she met Andrew Guralnick, 33, a firefighter. Their chance meeting on Halloween developed into friendship, and that night their destinies changed forever. Their …

Bridal Beauty

Top Beauty Products

Top Beauty Products Every Bride Needs With so many details to plan for on your wedding day, taking care of yourself does not always take priority. Take a few steps now to protect and nourish your skin and hair to glow on your big day. If you’ve ever stepped inside a beauty store like Sephora, you’ve either felt overwhelmed or …

Bridal Beauty

Pre-Wedding Beauty

Pre-Wedding Beauty Timeline for Brides-To-Be Once the date of your wedding is fixed, it is time to concentrate on your looks – to be sure your skin and hair to look picture perfect! Get an early start on your prewedding beauty plan for healthy, glowing skin. Here’s a timeline for an ideal beauty routine ahead of the big day. Six …


Preserving Your Wedding Day

Memories Are Made of This: Preserving Your Wedding Day Bursting with vivid and bold hues, opulent décor and intricate but elegant designs very well describe Indian weddings. Also known as Shaadi or Shadi, Indian weddings are best known for their grandeur, traditions, grace, colors and almost carnival-type celebration. Unique photographs taken at an Indian wedding are made up of warm …

Wedding Decor

2018 Wedding Color Trends

2018 Wedding Color Trends Whether your style is bold and vibrant or subdued and classic, weddings are a time to let personality shine. From invitations and flowers to bridesmaids outfits and table settings, there are ample opportunities to use color to shape your wedding theme. Need some color inspiration? These color trends are sure to shine all year long.  

Wedding Planning

DJ Play That Song:

DJ Play That Song: Choosing an Entertainment Vendor for Your Wedding By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Factors to Consider Selecting an entertainment provider for your wedding or events is much like choosing a venue or caterer. Price is certainly a factor, but so are the firm’s reputation, work ethics, and music selection. Firoz Dudha, owner/DJ of Dudha Productions also …

Relationship Corner

3 Secrets to Setting Good Boundaries

3 Secrets to Setting Good Boundaries in a Relationship (And Why They Matter) Ever wondered what “boundaries” are in a relationship, and why they’re so important? Here’s the deal: With good boundaries, intimate partners enjoy respect, honesty, and open communication. Each partner feels a healthy sense of independence and wholeness that is separate from their loved one. On the other …


Desi Inspired Signature Cocktails

Desi Inspired Signature Cocktails At your next event, serve drinks your guests will remember fondly! Perfect for holiday parties or as a signature drink at wedding receptions, these drink ideas are a unique twist on some traditional favorites. Spiced Simple Syrup Use this simple syrup to sweeten and add a bit of spice to your cocktails. Ingredients 1 cup water …


Bollywood Weddings

There’s never a dull moment in tinsel town. Whether it is romance, date night, or a break up, movie buffs follow the lives of their favorite celebs very closely. When a Bollywood wedding takes place, the story dominates headlines. Several Bollywood celebrities have taken their relationship to the next level this year by taking their vows. Desh-Videsh takes a look …

Community News

Community News

Florida Gainesville Kumar Sanu & Sadhna Sargam Live in Concert When: 12/16/2017, 7:30 PM Where: Thrasher-Horne Center 283 College Drive, Orange Park,32065 Contact: Krish Patel 407-454-3334 Host: ICS Jacksonville and Krish Patel South Florida Bollywood Night Out Party Date: 12/8/2017, 11:00 PM Where: The Village at Gulfstream Park 601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach,33009 Contact: Satbir 954-649-3374 Host: Bollywood South Florida …

Community Events

Community Events

IRCC Diwali Festival of Lights 2017 Photos By Raj Shah, Desh Videsh Media Group Sindhi Association Diwali Bash 2017 India Festival Tampa 2017.


Editorial December 2017

Dear Readers, Do you know one of the best things for us living in the US? We enjoy the best of both the worlds, either good food, festivals or holidays. For many, the festive season began in September with the start of Navratri, followed by Diwali, and the just-passed Thanksgiving. Still up – Christmas and finishing out the year with …

USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities
USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities
Grants will support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare...
Must See Temples in India
Must See Temples in India
India is home to many magnificent architectural structures, with temples topping lists of must see sights. Given the number of temples found in a wide variety of locales from remote locations in the mountains to busy streets of neighborhoods,...
Manav Mandir  Presents Indiafest
Manav Mandir Presents Indiafest
Indiafest is a fun family festival that brings focus and share the Indian culture in Brevard County. This eagerly anticipated annual cultural event will be held on Saturday, March 11th (10am-6pm) and Sunday, March 12th (11am-5pm) at the Wickham...
Books on Hinduism
Books on Hinduism
In honor of Hindu Heritage Month (as celebrated in the state of Florida), this issue presents readers with a listing of varied titles to inform, engage, and enlighten the spiritual mind! The Nay Science by Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep...
Bollywood News
Bollywood News
Record weekly Box Office collection of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ Akshay Kumar starrer, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is going strong since its release on 11th August 2017. It has not set the Week One records for 2017. Not only...
Riya Sen Weds Longtime  Beau Shvam Tiwari
Riya Sen Weds Longtime Beau Shvam Tiwari
Riya Sen Weds Longtime Beau Shvam Tiwari Gone are the days when celebs shied away from marriage or kept them under wraps. The latest to join the bandwagon is Bollywood actress Riya Sen, daughter of extremely talented actress MoonMoon...
Desi TV Duniya
Desi TV Duniya
P.O.W-Bandi Yudh Ke to premiere at MAMI Star Plus has always strived to be a game changer in the world of television. This time, they do it with upcoming show P.O.W-Bandi Yudh Ke to premiere at the ongoing JIO...
Radhika Apte to host Sony TV’s Crime Patrol
Radhika Apte to host Sony TV’s Crime Patrol
The talented and vivacious Radhika Apte who has wowed the audience with her exceptional acting skills in movies will be seen making a debut on television by hosting the popular crime based show Crime Patrol on Sony Entertainment Television....
Been There, Do This Instead!  A Bridal Q&A
Been There, Do This Instead! A Bridal Q&A
For this year’s Fall Bridal Issue, I’m bringing you straight to the source of some of the most vital information a bride-to-be can receive: newlyweds. These brides have already been there, done that, and now they’re sharing some of...
Wellness: The Ultimate  Luxury Trend
Wellness: The Ultimate Luxury Trend
Wellness: The Ultimate Luxury Trend By Nisha Jani On a recent flight to Las Vegas, I found myself mindlessly flipping through an in-flight magazine. My gaze landed upon an article about the benefits of a newly designed floating aerobic...
Teen Brains Need Real Food
Teen Brains Need Real Food
As most of you have heard, what you put into your body affects our bodies in many ways. How we look, how much energy we have, even how we smell. So, what does the food you eat have to...
MS Dhoni Nominated for Padma Bhushan by BBCI
MS Dhoni Nominated for Padma Bhushan by BBCI
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to cricket. The 36-year-old former Indian skipper has been nominated for the country’s third highest civilian award by the Indian cricket board. BCCI acting president CK...