August 2017

Community Leader Awards 2017

Community Leader Awards

2017 Community Leader Awards

Master of Ceremony: Fareida Rajkumar On Saturday, August 26, 2017, Desh Videsh Media Group hosted the 3rd Annual Community Leader Awards at the Sawgrass Inn & Conference Center. The local community came together for an evening of speeches, dinner, and music creating an atmosphere that was both festive and Over 24 years ago, Desh-Videsh began with a simple idea. Our …

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Welcome Community Awards 2017

It is our pleasure to welcome you the 3rd Annual Desh Videsh Media Group Community Leader Awards. Over 24 years ago, Desh-Videsh began with a simple idea. We believed in a professional, inclusive magazine for Indians, Pakistanis, and Indo-Caribbeans that would offer insight into our culture and guidance for our youth and focus on the positives of our community. A …

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Celebrating 24 Years of Desh-Videsh

This year, 2017, will mark 24 years that Desh-Videsh has been in print – what an exciting and fun-loving journey. Some of you have witnessed Desh-Videsh grow from a 24-page black and white magazine to a 148-page full color magazine with a glossy cover. Twenty four years may seem like a long time, but when you are having fun and …

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Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness

Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness

Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness Recently named Legacy Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, and South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Elected Official of the Year, Commissioner Holness’ political record is well documented in his many years of public service as a Lauderhill City Commissioner & Vice-Mayor (2007, 2010) plus his terms from November 2010 to …

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Shashi Jagadish

Shashi Jagadish Dr. Shashi Jagadish is a licensed mental health counselor who has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health services. She was born in India where she received her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Mysore. Dr. Jagadish has provided services in the private sector well as public sectors of Miami Dade …

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Sajan Kurian

Sajan Kurian

Sajan Kurian Sajan Kurian has served as a dedicated member of the community on a range of issues and in a variety of capacities. He lives by his mantra to continually work to better oneself and those around him. Kurian was born in Vaddem, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa, India. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Madurai Kamaraj University, Chennai. …

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Joy Kuttiyani

Joy Kuttiyani

Joy Kuttiyani As member of many sociocultural organizations in South Florida, Joy Kuttiyani has been an active and dedicated volunteer for the Indian American community with regards to cultural, political, and humanitarian issues. Kuttiyani earned a Master’s degree in Law from St. Thomas Law School Miami Gardens, Florida, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s …

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Khalid Mirza & Diana Mirza

Khalid Mirza

Khalid Mirza Born in Punjab, Pakistan, Khalid Mirza’s early life was heavily shaped by his father, who protected and served his community as Chief of Police. Following in his father’s footsteps, Mirza serves his community by promoting peace through volunteerism and community service.  Mirza earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (affiliated with the …

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Abha Narang

Abha Narang

Abha Narang Born in New Delhi, India, Abha Narang is an active volunteer who works with a wide range of organizations in the community like Ekal Vidyalaya, Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, HSS, Param Shakti Peeth, Hindu American Foundation, South Florida Hindu Temple, Broward Outreach and Jubilee Pantry. Narang earned a Master’s in English Literature from Lady Shree Ram College …

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Jitendra Patel

Jitendra Patel

Jitendra Patel Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, Jitendrabhai Patel – lovingly known as Jitubhai – has been a pillar of the South Florida Indian community for over 30 years. Mr. Patel moved to the United States in 1986 where he has become an active volunteer and member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha community in Florida. Mr. Patel lived …

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Jayant C. Shah

Jayant C. Shah

Jayant C. Shah Born in North Gujarat, India, Jayant (Jayu) C. Shah is currently the founder and president of Hi-Tech Import Export Corporation. Even as a young man in India, Shah was an active volunteer. Here in the United States, Shah is a member of the IRCC (India Religious & Cultural Center), and later served as its president. He is …

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Tayyaba Tanveer

Tayyaba Tanveer

Tayyaba Tanveer Tayyaba Tanveer was a social worker who aided the international community for over 27 years through her work in Pakistan, Canada, and the United States. After earning a Master’s in Education and Social Work, Tanveer began her career at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) as a women’s program officer for a Domestic Violence prevention project …

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Desh Videsh August 2017

Desh Videsh – Cover Story

Wellness: The Ultimate Luxury Trend

Wellness: The Ultimate Luxury Trend

Wellness: The Ultimate Luxury Trend By Nisha Jani On a recent flight to Las Vegas, I found myself mindlessly flipping through an in-flight magazine. My gaze landed upon an article about the benefits of a newly designed floating aerobic cycling class – taking place on a boat, which uses the power generated from the stationary cycles aboard to move down …

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Books

Desi News

Gandhi’s Gift : A Documentary

Gandhi’s Gift, the first major documentary about Mahatma Gandhi made in the U.S., asks the question: Were Gandhi’s final years his finest? The film reveals details about the most beloved political figure of all time that before now were known only to scholars and based upon rare, historical interviews of more than 25 Gandhi experts, some of whom actually knew …

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Books

Must Read Books

Must Read Books

For Seven Lifetimes: An East–West Journey to a Spiritually Fulfilling and Sustainable Marriage By Vatsala Sperling and Ehud Sperling Defying the norms of her culture and tradition, a highly educated Tamil Brahmin woman decides to arrange her own marriage. Simultaneously, an American book publisher–disillusioned with love in the Western world–looks to India to find a wife by placing an ad …

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Rajesh Bhandari

Get to Know: Rajesh Bhandari, Musician

Get to Know: Rajesh Bhandari, Musician By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Rajesh Bhandari first discovered the lyrical beauty of Indian classical music at a young age on a trip to Delhi, India. Bhandari and his father returned to the United States along with a harmonium and tabla beginning the young percussionist’s musical journey. Born in Queens, New York, Bhandari …

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Bollywood News

Grievances of the Indian American

Grievances of the Indian American By Ishani Mehta Every race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, etc. has faced the challenges institutions inherently will be forced to face. I aim to illustrate some of my frustrations as an Indian American. A lot of these are really specific, but my main message is to encourage people to educate themselves to the best of their …

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Relationship

Relationship Corner

5 Conversation Starters You Might Not Have Thought Of

5 Conversation Starters You Might Not Have Thought Of “ Breaking the ice” can be one of the most daunting steps in meeting a new woman. You can use a cheesy pickup line, but this overused approach has a high risk of falling flat. Instead, try these five unique conversation starters for meeting women: The “Thinking Out Loud” Technique This …

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Incredible Indians

Violin Player Sanjana Chandran

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana By Sunitha Raj When I planned to attend Sanjana Chandran’s Violin Arangetram, I already knew she was a gifted young talent from South Florida. Little did I know just how enthralling the evening was going to turn out! The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University was packed on …

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Bollywood

Indian Movie

The Oscars of Bollywood: Fashion Extravaganza at IIFA 2017

THE OSCARS OF BOLLYWOOD: FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA AT IIFA 2017 The Oscars of Bollywood: Fashion Extravaganza at IIFA 2017 The Indian Oscars is one of the world’s most-watched entertainment shows, with audiences around totalling over 8 million people worldwide. The green carpet is very much a part of what makes IIFA special. Celebrities love to save their best looks for their …

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Editorial

Editorial August 2017

Dear Readers, Like many of you this summer, Aruna and I have had a wonderful time catching up with friends and vacationing with family. We’re feeling refreshed and ready for the fall – one of our favorite season’s, namely because of upcoming Indian festivals! For many, the IIFA Awards are nearly as exciting as celebrating our cultural and religious holidays! …

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