Category Archive for: ‘Get to Know’

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Get to Know Sailaja Joshi

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group Like many young Asian American parents, Sailaja Joshi wanted to share stories about her Indian culture with her own children. Fond memories of Amar Chitra Kathas and stories told to her by her grandfather formed her expectations. As a new mom in 2013, Joshi went in search of books that would share her …

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Get to Know: Tulika Mehrotra, Author/Journalist By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group

Get to Know: Tulika Mehrotra, Author/Journalist

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group Born in Lucknow, India, but raised in the Midwest, Tulika Mehrotra’s diverse personal experiences have inspired her varied careers. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance, Mehrotra earned a graduate degree in Art from the prestigious Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. After spending some time …

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Get to Know: Shalini Vadhera, Author and Global Beauty Expert

Get to Know: Shalini Vadhera, Author and Global Beauty Expert

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group Shalini Vadhera, author of Passport to Beauty, has a unique background that transformed her into a world-renowned and award-winning beauty expert. Raised in San Diego, California, Vadhera also spent quite a bit of time visiting family all around the world. Winner of the Game Changer of the Decade Award in Beauty in 2013, …

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Get to Know: Jacob Rajan, Actor and Playwright

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group On March 28-29, 2014, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, Florida) will host performances of Guru of Chai, a one-man play written and acted by Jacob Rajan. Recently, we had the chance to connect with and learn more about Rajan, an accomplished and award-winning actor and playwright. Please tell …

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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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