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Raksha Bandhan
The Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan was born over 6000 years ago, and as time has drifted on the significance has remained untouched, though the way it is celebrated has metamorphosed with the changing times. Rakhi day is a day to seek the blessing and protection given by brothers and respected brotherly relations alike.
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Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation to Raised Record $5 Million...
when the Hon. Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in his first maiden speech to the Indian Parliament talked about ‘issue-centric focused activities like Education to eradicate poverty,’ it was as if he was referring Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF) mission. For past 25 years, Ekal USA has been dispensing Literacy,
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Janmashtami: Time for a Rebirth of a Divine Form
On August 17, states across India will come alive with celebrations. People will form human pyramids to crack a pot hanging high in the air. Women dressed in colorful lehenga-cholis will dance in joy around a blue-colored man holding a flute and wearing a peacock feather in his head.
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India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People by Robert Arnett
For Robert Arnett, capturing the essence of India and its varied terrains and people was a journey he took to heart. The sixth edition of India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People takes readers on a visual journey of India much as earlier editions did; however, with its larger format and expanded sections, the latest edition not only delights
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Back to School Checklist
Believe it or not, summer vacation is coming to an end and the new school year is just around the corner. Television ads are being aired and sale papers with back to school deals have been distributed. It is always tough to get back to routine - for both students and parents. Here is a quick back-to-school list that will
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Bollywood Today
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan hugged last year at a Ramzan Iftar party and made news. This year, they repeated the gesture at MLA Baba Siddique’s Iftar party. The party was hosted at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai. Shah Rukh arrived at the partyShah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan hugged last year at a Ramzan Iftar party and made news. This year, they repeated the gesture at MLA Baba Siddique’s
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Desi TV Duniya
One of the most acclaimed shows on television, Devon ke Dev Mahadev, has reached another major landmark in its journey. The popular show has completed 700 episodes. The lead actor, Mohit Rana, has been doing an excellent job portraying the job of Lord Shiva. He tweeted that the success of the show must be attributed to the 200 people who work day and night to make the show possible. Throughout the 700 episodes, the show has presented numerous characters
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Independence Of India
“WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA” – this is how the preamble of our Indian constitution begins. Yes, we are the people of India who feel proud as being Indians. And August 15 is a day when we proudly admire ourselves as Indian citizens as on this very day in 1947 we achieved freedom from British rule.
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Back Issue
The Buzz about Indian Americans and Spelling Bees
Do Indian-Americans have a special gene that makes them excel at spelling? If you take a look at the list of top spellers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee over the last decade, you can’t help but wonder. This year, two Indian-Americans tied for the top spot. Is it Since 2008, every Scripps National Spelling Bee champion has been of Indian origin.
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Celebrating Ramadan
Another Ramadan is upon us this mid-summer. This auspicious month gives Muslims the opportunity to truly reflect on the past year, earn extra blessings, and turn towards Allah more so than any other month. During this time, Muslims forgo that which is most important - food and drink -in an effort to control negative urges and channel positive urges into making us better human beings. e who are not regular practitioners of Islam to take notice.
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My Vision

was in the third grade when I got my first pair of glasses. I used to hate the way my lenses would sit menacingly on top of my nose, never failing to leave a mark. At first, these glasses changed the familiar appearance of my world. They turned what I believed to be a haven of beautiful green sky into a forest with pines, maples, and woodland creatures. The snow that I assumed to be a thick white blanket became defined as small and unique ice crystals.
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Hema Malini as Durga - A Review By Anita Rao
The dance drama adopted from Devi Bhagavatam and other Puranic lore comprised of three major episodes: Sati and Shiva; Sati reborn as Parvati; and later, the manifestation of Durga to demon Mahishasura. The ballet is very picturesque with the backdrops lending a depth to the scenes as they changed from the Himalayas to the kingdom of the demon, to Durga seated on the lion, the lotus formation with props. Throughout, the entire presentation was very exciting.
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Students are under more academic pressure now than ever before. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards this upcoming fall, students will be thrown into a new rigorous curriculum that they may not be prepared for. MathWizard knew that Common Core would be a vast adjustment for students, and decided to proactively help students prepare. We have aligned all of our curriculum topics with the Common Core Standards. The concepts
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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2014
was recently speaking with Iha Kaul, who is graduating from college soon. She shared a note of her experiences during her school years that she had written just before her graduation from high school. I requested her permission to share that note with the readers of Shehjar and she allowed it, as she agreed that it might be helpful to other kids who are now in the transition phase of life, between high school and college. Her note titled “My Vision” is an inspiring read,
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Indian Americans Dominate Four Academic Super Bowls
Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached” – Swami Vivekananda said, and Dr. Ratnam Chitturi took it to heart and initiated a journey to provide financial help towards the college education of economically backward students in India. To achieve this goal, North South Foundation (NSF) was founded and later became a platform for more than one hundred thousand children of Indian origin to compete in different areas of academics in more than 85
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So You Don’t Want to Be a Doctor? Other Options in the Medical Field
When one thinks of professions in the medical field, a physician is usually what comes to mind.However, in today’s growing economy and with the rapid onset of new and emerging diseases, there is a growing need for a variety of medical professionals. These professionals provide a diverse skillset that
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Class of 2014 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
Desh-Videsh congratulates all 2014 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
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Wedding Issue
Purva weds Amit
Amit and Purva met and fell in love while they were studying to be medical professionals. After spending much time staring into microscopes, Amit took Purva out to dinner at their favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The next day morning, he left pink roses at her doorstep, and this was their first outing together! After three years of dating, the
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Risha weds Stefen
Risha Krystal Permanan and Stefen Mohammad had a chance meeting. They began dating, and then eight years later Stefen proposed – and he did it in style. On their way to his father and brother’s joint birthday party, Stefen took Risha on a short detour to an undisclosed location. Doors flung open upon their arrival, and they were welcomed by a walkway of
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Avani weds Sandesh

From being classmates to becoming partners in life, the journey for Avani and Sandesh was a beautiful one. It was at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Maryland where love first blossomed between the two. After dating for three years, Sandesh proposed to Avani on the boardwalk at Fells Point, Maryland, a quaint neighborhood frequented by the couple
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Prachi weds Hardik
After bumping into each other several times (their parents lived in the same city), Hardik finally asked Prachi out on a date, marking the beginning of a lovely relationship. Hardik, an entrepreneur, worked in Atlanta, while Prachi pursued a career in Virginia. On a June weekend, when they were both planning to be in Florida
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2014 Desh-Videsh Photo Shoot Participants
In April 2014, Desh-Videsh coordinated a photo shoot with prominent players in the South Asian wedding industry. As a leader in hosting and organizing the popular MyShadi Bridal Expo, working with such professionals was
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2014 Bridal Wear Trends by Suhani Patel
For any bride, choosing not only a look appropriate for the occasion, but also one that showcases your personality, can seem like a daunting task. You “oooh” and “aaah” over glamorous shots in glossy magazines, but reality is there lurking
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How to: Word Thank You Notes
You’ve just returned from your honeymoon – two weeks of pure bliss and relaxation with your significant other. The harried days of wedding planning are behind you, leaving you time to focus on your future together as a couple. Right after you open wedding gifts, and write those thank you notes, of course!
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2014 Atlanta MyShadi Bridal Expo Mehndi Competition
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Atlanta MyShadi Bridal Expo Mehendi Competition, Manisha Panjwani of Manisha’s Mehendi Designs! Learn more about Manisha, her winning design, and the services her company offers.
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2014 South Florida MyShadi Bridal Expo Mehndi Competition
Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Fort Lauderdale MyShadi Bridal Expo Mehndi Competition, Farah Mansuri! Learn more about Farah, her winning design, and the services her company offers.
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Top 3 Beach Wedding Destinations in India

Beach weddings are fun, casual and romantic. Maybe you have always dreamed of a beach wedding, but are also trying to plan a wedding in India to accommodate family requests. Not to worry, even India has many of beach options, thanks to nearly 5,000 miles of coastline surrounding the country.
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How to: Get Gorgeous, Expressive Eyes
When it comes to Indian weddings, everyone knows that grandeur and boldness are everything. As a bride, when you consider different types of makeup for your eyes, you should lean towards slightly heavier styles. Light or nude makeup does not usually complement bright and glittery Indian bridal wear.
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Immigration Q & A

I filed for my green card through marriage. My wife and I had an interview 8 months ago, but we still have not received an answer. When I check the case number online at the immigration website, it says the case is still processing. How long after the interview will I get my green card
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MyShadi Bridal Expo

MyShadi Bridal Expo

Just get engaged? Overwhelmed by thought of planning a wedding?
Mark the My Shadi Bridal Expo on your calendar! It’s the place to be for answers to all of your event planning questions in just one afternoon!

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Hilton Orlando
Sunday, September 7, 2014
12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando,
FL 32819

Bridal Expo Participants Receive:

  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Personal Wedding Websites
  • Free Goody Bags ($25 value)

Win Two FREE Tickets to India

Brides & Grooms
Families & Visitors
All are eligible to win
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The Largest Event of its Kind! Expo showcases products essential for Hindu, Muslim,Christian, and Sikh weddings

Fashion Show Opportunity Available
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• Cake Decoration    • Flower Decoration    • Mehndi   
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