March 2013

Desh Videsh March 2013 – Cover Story
Anjali Weds Anil

Anjali Weds Anil

Even despite the rigors of medical school, Cupid can manage to work his magic. Anjali Shetty and Anil Ladhani met on the first day of medical school and grew close when they realized the numerous common interests they shared. They became study buddies and love slowly crept its way to them as they spent numerous hours together at the library. …

Real Wedding
Ankita weds Dhimant

Ankita weds Dhimant

Meeting online, falling in love and actually getting married sounds like a perfect 21st century fairy tale that begins with “once upon a time” and ends with “happily ever after.” For Ankita Mithaiwala and Dhimant Doshi, theirs is a real life love story. Ankita and Dhimant met online at shaadi.com, a popular matrimonial website. After a romantic courting period of …

Real Wedding
Priyesh weds Nikisha

Priyesh weds Nikisha

Love was not exactly in the air when Priyesh and Nikisha first met during garba in 2005. They did become good friends though and friendship gradually matured into love. In 2008, the two realized that they were meant to be soul mates. After three more years and a series of love letters later, Nikisha told Priyesh that he was her …

Real Wedding
Parita weds Rajdeep

Parita weds Rajdeep

Can two people from different parts of the world find one another? Hard to believe, but it is possible. Parita Gohil lived in New Zealand with her parents when Rajdeep Parmar was in the US on a student visa studying pharmacy. The couple and their families belong to BAPS Swaminarayan, and through santos, biodatas were exchanged. With all the details …

Real Wedding
Rinita weds Pablo

Rinita weds Pablo

Sometimes, life change can occur during the simple act of enjoying a cup of coffee together. For Pablo and Rinita, this was certainly the case when they met at a local coffee shop in Orlando, Florida. Sparks flew, and their romance blossomed. Six years later, they made a lifelong promise to share the rest of their lives together as husband …

Real Wedding
Wedding Garland: The Ritual of Varmala

Wedding Garland: The Ritual of Varmala

Marriage is a reality clothed in the magical attire of fantasy. It is a fairy tale that has its charming tentacles all over our minds and matter. Most often parents live to see this auspicious occasion in their young one’s lives. Sons and daughters wait to receive blessings from their elder generation on this day. This is the day when …

Get to Know
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 …

Religion, Community News
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Boynton Beach is pleased to open its newly inaugurated facility to the community. Located behind the main mandir, the hall offers a performance stage, professional-quality audio equipment, and a 13,000 square-feet area to accommodate all your guests. Access to a newly built kitchen area can be arranged, in addition to catering options provided by …

Relationship
Thoughts on Developing a Mature Marriage

Thoughts on Developing a Mature Marriage

For those starting out on the wonderful journey of marriage, here’s a perspective of depth that may help. Following are excerpts from an interview with Sadhguru Vasudev, one of the world’s most prominent spiritual leaders and a highly sought-after international speaker who has been named as one of India’s 50 most influential people. Interviewing him on the topic of marriage …

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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 …

Immigration
Immigration Q & A

Immigration Q & A March 2013

Author by Edward Boreth I have been in the US for 6 years. I entered with a tourist visa, but never renewed it. Will the government pass immigration reform this year and will it help me get legal status? Both the President and a group of Senators have made proposals to allow undocumented immigrants stay legally in the US. At …

Editorial
Editorial

Editorial

March 2013 Dear Readers, At Desh-Videsh, March does not bring “March Madness” in the same way as does the NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Championship. Instead, this month brings celebration, weddings and joy. Once again, it is our pleasure to present several new wedding stories in our spring wedding issue. The stories are filled with love and excitement. A few days …

 

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