July 2016

Desh Videsh July 2016 – Cover Story
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

Author by Jasbina Ahluwalia 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 …

Get to Know

Get to Know: Scott Haas, Psychologist and Author

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 …

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 …