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Class of 2016 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Class of 2016 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Desh-Videsh congratulates all 2016 graduates! We wish them all a future filled with prosperity and meaningful opportunities. We are especially thrilled that so many of our young community members continue to excel and push themselves to be strong, talented leaders. Learn more about these Valedictorians and Salutatorians below. Meha Agrawal, Salutatorian School: Charles W. FlanaganHometown: Pembroke Pines, FloridaGPA: 5.5789College: Georgia …

Education
Giving Our Children the Freedom to Pursue Interests

Giving Our Children the Freedom to Pursue Interests

Parents of National Spelling Bee champions of 2016, Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar, tell us how they encouraged the children to prepare for the big win. By Taniya Talukdar If children have supportive parents, the journey to success gets much easier. This is the case with 2016 National Spelling Bee champions, Nihar Janga and Jairam Hathwar. Their parents put in …

Education
Student Debt Among Indian Americans

Student Debt Among Indian Americans

The general perception suggests that Indian American parents are wealthy and pay for their children’s education, but things are not always what they seem. By Taniya Talukdar According to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, two-thirds of students graduating from American colleges and universities are left with some level of debt. The average borrower …

Education
Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee Champ!

Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee Champ!

Congratulations to the winner of the Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee, Vasundara Govindarajan! Born and raised in Miami, Florida, sixth-grader ( Archimedean School in Miami) Vasundara won the Miami-Dade spelling competition, sponsored by the The Miami Herald, and earned a spot to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which were held in May in Washington, D.C. Following in her older …

Education
Educational Resources for Children and Families

Educational Resources for Children and Families

Sanjay’s Super Team A Pixar Short Film by Sanjay Patel In “Sanjay’s Super Team” accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to …

Relationship
5 Ways Men Can Get Over Fear of Rejection

5 Ways Men Can Get Over Fear of Rejection

Send your relationship questions to info@deshvidesh.com by Jasbina Ahluwalia, Intersections Match No one likes feeling rejected by another person, it creates feelings of anxiety and sadness within all of us. For men, rejection can be even worse, affecting how they feel about themselves as men and even questioning their self-confidence. Therefore, many times men refuse to approach a woman they …

Get to Know
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Get to Know: Scott Haas, Psychologist and Author By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group

Five years ago, clinical psychologist Scott Haas began interviewing Indian Americans and Indians living in the United States. Raised in both an immigrant family and a heavily immigrant community in Plainfield, New Jersey, Haas has a clear understanding of the challenges faced by individuals seeking both opportunity and the desire to assimilate in their newly adopted homelands. Haas became interested …

Wedding Decor
Blending Passion with a Cause

Blending Passion with a Cause By Aarohi Talati

I am filled with a fiery passion for my culture. I love every aspect about it. One thing in particular that I adore about my roots is the form of art called mehndi in India, but henna in America. This is an all-natural herbal dye that when put on skin, needs only but a little time to dry and scrape …

Book Review
Must Read Books

Must Read Books

Those Immigrants! Indians in America:A Psychological Exploration of Achievement Scott Haas 30 individuals. 1 country. And a zeal to make it to the top. This is the resounding tale of immigrants who journeyed to America and settled for nothing but the best. Stories of hope, belief, dreams, and an indefatigable spirit. Right from those who immigrated in the sixties, post …

NRI News
Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year 2016, Revathi Balakrishnan, is happy to make the Indian American community proud! By Taniya Talukdar Revathi Balakrishnan is a talented and gifted specialist at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Austin, Texas. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year, representing 330,000 teachers at the national level. Revathi believes in rigor and …

Bollywood
Bollywood Today

Bolly News

Day 2 Udta Punjab box office collections reach 213 million Directed by Abhishek Chaubey Udta Punjab released mid June amidst controversies, debates and even news of leaked online prints. Overcoming all, the film managed to make an impact on audiences. The film collected about 105 million on opening day and with a growth of 11.94% on the second day, its …

Editorial
Editorial

Editorial July 2016

Dear Readers, It seems like I say this every issue, but really this is one of my favorites of the year. Education is undoubtedly an important part of our community, and without it, we would not be as successful and entrepreneurial as we are. In this issue, we take a look at this year’s National Scripps Spelling Bee winners! Once …

Community Spotlight
Dr Anantha Krishna Pillai

Community Spotlight

Tampa Resident Earns 63rd Indian National Film Award Long time Tampa resident, Dr. A.K.Pillai, won the prestigious 63rd Indian National Film Award in the category “Environment Conservation/ Preservation” for the movie Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds with Large Wings). He received this honor from the Honorable Indian President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a star-studded function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on …

News
GST Bill: Jaitley reaches out to parties
GST Bill: Jaitley reaches out to parties
To ensure smooth passage of GST Bill in Parliament,Finance Minister Arun Jaitely met leaders of various political parties. Union Cabinet, on Wednesday, approved key amendments in GST Bill; dropped one percent additional tax clause on inter-state sales. The Bill...
Political crisis in Nepal: PM KP Oli resigns
Political crisis in Nepal: PM KP Oli resigns
Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli submits his resignation ahead of no-confidence vote; political crisis erupts in Nepal after two alliance partners withdrew support from the ruling coalition, accusing PM Oli of not honouring power-sharing deal. Oli, who became...
Teresa May officially appointed UK Prime Minister
Teresa May officially appointed UK Prime Minister
Teresa May officially appointed UK Prime Minister after resignation of David Cameron on Wednesday; May elected leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party after David Cameron decided to step down following Brexit vote. This ends three weeks of leadership turmoil...
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...
Words to Live by
Words to Live by
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far! : By Swami Vivekananda India has often been blessed with great visionaries, whose life and works...
Words to Live by
Words to Live by
“Arise, Awake……and Stop not till the goal is reached!” – Swami Vivekananda A great visionary of his time and the patriot saint of modern India, Swami Vivekananda had been a premier inspirer of the country’s dormant national consciousness. Through his...
India Unveiled
India Unveiled
by Robert Arnett The following article is an expert from Robert Arnett’s magnificent book India Unveiled, an incredible journey through India with words and pictures. See our Book Review Section for more information. For those unfamiliar with India and...
Entertainment
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....
Health
Chikungunya: Causes and Symptoms
Chikungunya: Causes and Symptoms
Chikungunya has been known to cause havoc across the country in the recent years and it usually takes peak during the monsoon season. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected Aedes mosquito. Symptoms usually begin within...
Colorectal cancer: Causes & Treatment
Colorectal cancer: Causes & Treatment
Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, rectal cancer, or bowel cancer is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum. It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread...
Sports
Narsingh Yadav case: NADA defers decision
Narsingh Yadav case: NADA defers decision
The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s Olympic participation was today prolonged further after the National Anti-Doping Agency deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal surrounding him to Saturday or Monday at the end of a two-day hearing here....
More Russians banned in mounting Rio toll
More Russians banned in mounting Rio toll
Ninteen more Russian rowers were banned from the Olympics, taking the toll of the nation’s athletes suspended from Rio to 108 after explosive revelations of state-run doping across Russian sport. As the list of supsended Russians grew, the International...
Roger Federer to miss Rio 2016 Olympics
Roger Federer to miss Rio 2016 Olympics
Star tennis player, Switzerland’s Roger Federer has announced that he will not compete at the Rio Olympics and miss the rest of 2016 in order to treat an injury. 34-year-old Federer reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon, where he lost...
NADA to decide fate of Narsingh Yadav today
NADA to decide fate of Narsingh Yadav today
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has lodged an FIR against the cook who allegedly spiked Narsingh Yadav’s food at the training camp in Sonipat. Narsingh Yadav had failed the dope test two days ago. National Doping Agency (NADA) will hear today...