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The Mangalsutra: A Sacred Symbol of Marital Union

The Mangalsutra: A Sacred Symbol of Marital Union

The word ‘mangalsutra’ comprises of two Sanskrit words, Mangal and Sutra. Mangal means sacred or auspicious, while Sutra means cord. Thus, mangalsutra is a sacred thread that is tied around a woman’s neck during the wedding ceremony by her amidst holy chants, thereby giving her the status of his wife and mate for life. The black beads and the pendant …

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The Significance of Sindoor

The Significance of Sindoor

India is a land of varied cultures. Indians from a wide range of backgrounds co-exist despite different traditions, rituals and customs. The world is an ardent lover and admirer of the heritage and culture that is presented by India. In spite of large-scale changes in the industrial and technology fields, Indians maintain a strong belief in the culture and traditions …

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Interview with Shaina Rashid

Interview with Shaina Rashid

Recently, Desh-Videsh sat down with Shaina Rashid, a Bangladeshi-American who was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, Shaina is a college sophomore. Her love for music was fostered at a young age, and Shaina has now been singing for over 10 years. Besides signing, Shaina studies, helps with the family business, and designs clothing. Please tell us about …

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Ritu Linhart's Vanyatra

Ritu Linhart’s Vanyatra

Author by Ritu Linhart I attended the 2012 Ekal Global Learning (EGL) Tour in Raipur with a group of about twelve people in February 2012 and am jumping out of my skin to share my wonderful experience. We were heartily welcomed with garlands and bouquets by the Raipur Ekal chapter as soon as we arrived at the Raipur airport and …

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Trends in Indian Weddings by Rina Shah

Trends in Indian Weddings

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group Colorful, lively, and Festive. Extravagant yet elegant. A compilation of centuries old rituals and traditions set against a modern backdrop of thoughtfully designed place settings and memorable favors. Intricate details come together in a lush, breathtaking picture. If you have ever attended an Indian wedding, you have likely walked away reeling from the …

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New Hopes and Promises for the New Year

New Hopes and Promises for the New Year

As 2011 draws to a close, we look back at the events that have transpired over the year. This time of year allows us to review the good and bad, blessings and misfortunes, and things we might have wanted to change. Most importantly, we can give thought to how we want the coming year unfold. It is these thoughts that …

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Western Fire, Eastern Wood - By Faren Rajkumar

Western Fire, Eastern Wood

Author by Faren Rajkumar To be a true American is to be patriotic and persevering. A good American citizen understands the constitution and is aware of and protects their rights to free speech, press and religion. “If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,” said George Washington. …

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Through the Eyes of a CHYK

Through the Eyes of a CHYK

Chinmaya Mission of Orlando held a spiritual family camp at the Wyndham Orlando Resort form June 21st through June 26th, 2011. Over 350 attendees from all over the country attended the camp where lectures, study groups and discussion sessions were held for adults as well as children. The overall theme of the camp was “Meditation”. Swami Tejomayananda, the head of …

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Parenting Q & A

Parenting Q & A

Author by Dr. Kondoor V. Abraham I am a mother to two little children. I would like to know what kind of toys I should buy for my children. There are all kinds of toys on the market. Toys that are of educational and social value are definitely of utmost importance. Toys that can improve eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills, …

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I went to sleep at the…zzz

I went to sleep at the…zzz

Author by Shruti Patel When initially brain-storming for this article, I started with ideas about fitness and eating well. I then came across an epidemic that deserves to be acknowledged: sleep deprivation. In this context, an epidemic is simply a factor that affects many people in a population; specifically, I am looking at the teen student population. Many other students …

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