December 2009

Desh Videsh December 2009- Cover Story
Democracies Unite

Democracies Unite

During a week when Americans gave thanks, President Obama hosted Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for an official state visit, the highlight of which was the administration’s first state dinner. Prime Minister Singh and a delegation of government officials and business leaders arrived in Washington D.C. the week of Thanksgiving for a five day trip prepared to discuss Afghanistan, climate …

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Community News
The Indo-Caribbean Diaspora in North America

The Indo-Caribbean Diaspora in North America

In the twentieth century, many Indo-Caribbean people migrated to North America to escape the poverty, lack of equal opportunity and political abandonment that they experienced in the Caribbean nations. Coming to North America was a difficult decision because the Caribbean is, and perhaps always will be, home. As Indo-Caribbean communities established themselves in the North American landscape, certain defining features …

Community News, Religion
Christ the Messenger by Swami Vivekananda

Christ the Messenger by Swami Vivekananda

The wave rises on the ocean, and there is a hollow. Again another wave rises, perhaps bigger than the former, to fall down again, similarly, again to rise–driving onward. In the march of events, we notice the rise and fall, and we generally look towards the rise, forgetting the fall. But both are necessary, and both are great. This is …

Financial Planning
It's Your Money

It’s Your Money

Planning Investments for Tax Advantages (1) Reducing the amount of taxable income (2) Reducing the tax rate (3) Controlling the time when the tax must be paid (4) Claiming any available tax credit Tax-Favored Investments: Capital gains and qualified dividends are taxed at lower rates. Tax Avoidance: Tax avoidance is the legal planning of transactions to take full advantage of …

Community News
Words to live by

Words to live by

Valunteer in India Right outside my window, I could hear the waves crashing against Chowpatty Beach and the bells ringing at Maha Laxmi temple. I sat in a room with no air-conditioning, tying knots onto the ends of rope pieces as the students I was working with strung beads and passed them to me. At a table across the room, …

Bollywood
Bollywood Today

Bollywood Today

Raj Kundra plans to ride chariot on wedding day Finally, the sensuous and gorgeous Shilpa Shetty has decided to tie the knot with her beau – Britain-based businessman Raj Kundra. The event will take place at her friend Kiran Bawa’s Khandala bungalow on November 22. The wedding reception will be held in a Mumbai hotel on November 24. The wedding …

Editorial
Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Hello Desh–Videsh, It was good to read about Indians who have gotten into US politics. After reading the article, I explained to my eight-year-old girl that there is no such thing as an impossible task. If we set our minds to something, we can do anything. Thank you for focusing on the many successes of Indians. They serve as wonderful …