Raj Shah

Raj Shah

About the Author :

Raj ShahA software engineer by profession, Indian culture enthusiast, ardent promoter of Hinduism, and a cancer survivor, Raj Shah is a managing editor of Desh-Videsh Magazine and co-founder of Desh Videsh Media Group. Promoting the rich culture and heritage of India and Hinduism has been his motto ever since he arrived in the US.

He has been instrumental in starting and promoting several community organizations such as the Indian Religious and Cultural Center and Hindu University of America South Florida Chapter. He serves as a chairman of Board of International Hindu University. Raj has written two books on Hinduism titled Chronology of Hinduism in which he has documented the rich history of the world’s oldest religion, and Understanding Hinduism – The Basic Facts about Hinduism and Frequently Asked Questions. He has also written three children books, We love Diwali, Holi Hai and The Complete Ramayan in 100 Tweets.

Two Most Important, Essential Rituals in Hindu Weddings By Raj Shah

Two Most Important, Essential Rituals in Hindu Weddings By Raj Shah

In earlier wedding special issues of Desh-Videsh, I have discussed the importance of wedding rituals in Hindu weddings. A wedding for a Hindu family is not just a party and celebration, but it also fulfills one of the nine sanskars of life. In other words, Marriage, for every Hindu, is not merely pleasure, or romantic love, but an act of …

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 Dear Readers, It is my pleasure to present our third Wedding Resources special edition of the year. Before I tell you more about this issue, let me first thank several readers and especially brides to be for making suggestions to include more wedding related articles, trends and tips. As they say, “Your wish is our command.” So, this issue includes …

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Words to Live By...

Words to Live By…

Compiled by RajShah Inspiring Commencement Speeches What better time to discuss commencement speeches than in the Desh-Videsh Education special edition. Enjoy these quotable quotes from a few timeless commencement speeches by notable Indians to help you define your own success. Raghuram Rajan 23rd Reserve Bank of India Governor “You are rarely happy simply because you are successful, but you are …

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Editorial

Dear Readers, The month of January brings many new and exciting things. To start, it is the beginning of a new year, new hopes, new resolutions, and new goals. But the most exciting for me is when the Indian government recognizes individuals who have contributed for years to promote India, Indian culture, and Indian heritage. As an Indian living outside …

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Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st Death Anniversary By Raj Shah

Today is the 71st death anniversary of our beloved leader Mahatma Gandhi ji. He was killed on January 30, 1948 by  a Hindu-fanatic. A simple question comes to everybody’s mind, why did Godse kill Gandhi? A question that intrigues, confuses and makes the whole world upset. How can someone so viciously kill a harmless and unselfish man like Gandhi, who …

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Dear Readers, Shubham karoti kalyaanam Aarogyam dhanasampadah Shatrubuddhivinaashaaya Deepajyotir namostute I prostrate to the light which brings brilliance, auspiciousness, health and wealth for the destruction of evil thoughts This message is from the Hindu Scriptures and is very timely for upcoming Hindu Festivals, Navratri and Diwali. It is that time of the year – the time to celebrate, enjoy family, …

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The Spiritual Significance of Diwali thus

The Spiritual Significance of Diwali

For an oil lamp to burn, the wick has to be partially immersed in the oil. If the wick is completely drowned in oil, it cannot bring light. Life is like the wick of the lamp, you have to be in the world and yet remain untouched by it. If you are drowned in the materialism of the world, you …

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Divali Nagar, City of Lights in Trinidad and Tobago

Divali Nagar, City of Lights in Trinidad and Tobago

Divali Nagar, City of Lights is an annual exposition of Hindu culture, and it is associated with the celebration of Diwali in Trinidad and Tobago. The idea of Divali Nagar was born in 1986 out of a concept enunciated by Hans Hanoomansingh, then President of the National Council of Indian Culture and was organized by a team of dedicated individuals

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Love Poems by Rabindranath Tagore Compiled by Raj Shah

Love Poems by Rabindranath Tagore Compiled by Raj Shah You are about to get married. No doubt, you have many things on your mind, and expressing endearing words about your soulmate may be hard. Whether for your invitation, wedding programs, or special vows, you might need some inspiration! Often, a great quote about true love, few lines of dialogue, love …

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Editorial

Dear Readers, Shubham karoti kalyaanam Aarogyam dhanasampadah Shatrubuddhivinaashaaya Deepajyotir namostute I prostrate to the light which brings brilliance, auspiciousness, health and wealth for the destruction of evil thoughts This message is from the Hindu Scriptures and is very timely for upcoming Hindu Festivals, Navratri and Diwali. It is that time of the year – the time to celebrate, enjoy family, …

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Words to Live by Compiled by Raj Shah

Ahimsa is not a policy for the seizure of power. It is a way of transforming relationships so as to bring about a peaceful transfer of power, effected freely and without compulsion by all concerned, because all have come to recognize it as right. — Thomas Merton If thou shouldst say, “It is enough, I have reached perfection,” all is …

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Dear Readers, The August issue is a Fashion Issue, and if there is one thing I do not know about, it’s fashion. So if I do not know what to write in this column, and my thoughts go all over the place then forgive me. First, let me welcome our newest writer, Siddhi Desai, a multi-talented energetic young lady who …

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My India, My Love

My India, My Love By Raj Shah “Where Ganges, woods, Himalayan caves, and men dream God –I am hallowed; my body touched that sod.” These were the last words uttered by Paramahansa Yogananda during a banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles with the Indian Ambassador to America on March 7, 1952. Immediately after that, he went into Maha …

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Dear Readers, Scientist and former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam once said, “Learning gives creativity, creativity leads to thinking, thinking provides knowledge, and knowledge makes you great.” It is truly our pleasure to showcase such great Indian American kids who have, once again showed the entire world their creativity and knowledge by winning in variety of fields. These remarkable kids …

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Indian Wedding Resources Summer 2018

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Dear Readers, It was 25 years ago that Desh-Videsh magazine first hit newsstands, and 12 years ago in May was when our first wedding special issue came out. So it is with great pleasure that we present our latest wedding special edition. Everything you need from the moment you say “yes” to “I do” or take your four mangal pheras …

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Immigration Reform

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Dear Readers, In 1958, in his book A Nation of Immigrants, President John F. Kennedy wrote “America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland.” He also said, “In 1797 a member of Congress argued that, while a …

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Dear Readers, Health and fitness expert Richard Simmons once said in an interview, “You can’t buy it, you can’t rent it. You have to earn it. My formula has always been love yourself, move your body, watch your portions.” It says it all. A healthy life is not a commodity that anybody can buy. You have to work at it. …

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Editor’s View

Dear Readers, Bahaar, Basant, Vasant, Spring. The loveliest of all seasons is here. One of the greatest poets in classical Sanskrit literature Kalidasa calls it the king of seasons. I am not sure about you, but every spring brings me feelings of freshness. There is something about the spring that makes the world feel like it’s starting anew, there is …

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Dear Readers, Can you believe Desh Videsh Media Group has been involved in the community for 25 years! What an exciting journey it has been. As I said before, this is just the beginning. At the 2017 Desh-Videsh Media Group Community Award Gala Banquet, I took a moment to thank all of our supporters. Once again, on behalf of Aruna, …

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Editorial

Dear Readers, Goodbye 2017 and Welcome 2018! 2017 was a very exciting year for Desh Videsh Media Group, and we know that 2018 will be just as exciting! On behalf of the entire Desh Videsh Media Group team, I want to wish a Happy New Year and extend a heartfelt thanks to our readers, advertisers and supporters. May God Almighty …

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Editorial December 2017

Dear Readers, Do you know one of the best things for us living in the US? We enjoy the best of both the worlds, either good food, festivals or holidays. For many, the festive season began in September with the start of Navratri, followed by Diwali, and the just-passed Thanksgiving. Still up – Christmas and finishing out the year with …

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Travel Edition

Editorial November 2017

Dear Readers, Well, fall is approaching and busy celebrations continue. Diwali has just passed, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. For many, this is a time of travel and a chance to plan longer get togethers. Road trips can seem daunting and stressful – the traffic, bored kids, and more are reasons why people often prefer air travel. …

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Editorial October 2017

Dear Readers, First of all let me wish Happy Diwali to all of you and to all our Gujarati brothers sisters, Happy New year too! It’s that time of the year of Festivals, Family, and Food. Don’t forget the sweets – no festival is complete without these treats! For the last few years, Aruna and I have been inviting all …

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To Register or Not? Wedding Registries for Indian Weddings

To Register or Not? Wedding Registries for Indian Weddings by Raj Shah

In 1988, the Oldsmobile car company launched an ad campaign “Not your father’s Oldsmobile.” This successful campaign told car buyers that a completely new car was on the market that all generations could love it. The campaign was effective several other companies copied the same concept for their ads. Why am I am telling you this when I am supposed …

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Editorial September 2017

Dear Readers, For many of us, the summer was filled with wonderful events, engagements and weddings included. Attending these festive occasions reminds us of the joy in finding a partner and starting life’s journey together. Congratulations to all the newlyweds and newly engaged couples out there! This month as with all weddings issues, we bring you real wedding stories filled …

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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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Dear Readers, Congrats to this year’s graduates! For those moving on to college or starting new jobs, we hope the journey is filled with adventure and success. In this issue, we present our annual round-up of this year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorians. Learn more about what inspires these young graduates. Also in this month’s issue are articles to ensure parents are …

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Dear Readers, Every wedding issue, we bring readers real wedding stories that are meant to inspire, and more than anything, show couples that all the planning does end in celebration and joyous moments all around! This month, the real wedding stories show us just the spectrum of themes be it traditional, modern, or a combination of both. From exciting entrances …

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Dear Readers, Every year, our May issue is about Immigration, which is especially timely given that immigration has been a very controversial topic. During the last two years, many politicians including President Trump, have made statements about immigrants, especially illegal immigrants, building wall against US- Mexico border, and sanctuary cities. Reform of immigrations laws and policy has been at the …

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Dear Readers, Friends, if there’s one thing we should pay attention to, it’s our health. I know, we are all aware of the need to eat healthy and exercise, but putting it into practice is quite another thing! Schedules are packed, and spare time is scarce, but we must do what we can! In this issue, staff writer Faren Rajkumar …

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Editorial March 2017

Dear Readers, As all our readers know, I love the wedding issues – the trends, the couple’s stories, the memorable images. This month, I’m even more so touched having just come back from a family wedding in India. Aruna and I had a wonderful time celebrating with family in a festive spirit that can only be experienced in India. Though …

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Editorial February 2017

Dear Readers, February is always a fun month for us (I realize I say this every month!). Like last year, we are proud to highlight the NRIs across the Indian diaspora, particularly those from our own communities in the United States. The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and Padma awards (Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri), announced every January, recognize …

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Editorial December 2016

Dear Readers, The New Year is coming soon, and what better way to end the year than through inspiring and touching wedding stories! Our final wedding edition for this year includes many interesting wedding stories from couple’s in our region. As in all our wedding resource issues, we highlight a few real weddings in this month’s issue. Reading through the …

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Editorial November 2016

Dear Readers, We hope everyone in our community enjoyed the many fun and engaging festivals in October with their loved ones and friends. With all the dancing, company of friends, and good foods, what is not to enjoy! Now your attention likely turns to the holidays coming up, and if you’re like us, you might be planning some travel during …

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Editorial October 2016

Dear Readers, Happy Festival Season! This is our favorite time of year, and how can it not be?! The dancing, delicious foods, and great company of family and friends! Even more so, it’s a time for reflection on the year past, and the one ahead. Many of you no doubt have fond memories of how you celebrated this time in …

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Editorial September 2016

Dear Readers, We hope all of our readers had an eventful summer! The team at Desh Videsh Media Group certainly did, and we’re especially thrilled to be able to share experiences with our community. The recent cricket matches in South Florida were a definite highlight! And, how could I forget the incredible weddings we Aruna and I attended. We are …

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Editorial September 2016

Dear Cricket Fans, Cricket is a religion for most of Indians, Pakistanis and Indo- Caribbeans. For some of us who have grown up with the sport back home in our daily life, watching Captain Nari Contractor, Captain Sunil Gavaskar, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar or another cricket legend Brian Lara, the India vs. West Indies T20 Tournament hosted in our own …

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Editorial August 2016

Dear Readers, Summer is coming to an end, and many of community’s youngest are preparing for the start of school. For some, this fall will mark the beginning of a new journey as they begin college and pursue careers. We wish them all the best of luck as they continue learning and experiencing all life has to offer! In this …

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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 …

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Editorial April 2016

Dear Readers, By now, many of us may have abandoned those ambitious New Year’s resolutions to stay fit and eat healthy. That said, it’s the perfect time to revisit those goals and remind ourselves that we live only one life! This month, we feature articles that help us all get back on track. Regular fitness and health contributor Nisha Jani …

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2016 Padma Awards

Editorial February 2016

Dear Readers, First and foremost, let me wish all our Indian readers a Happy 67th Republic Day! India is 67 years young this month. It is a very proud moment for every Indian living anywhere in the world. 67 years may seem like a long time, but for nation building it is only just yesterday. We have come a long …

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Editorial March 2016

Dear Readers, It is that time of year again when we talk about love, honeymoons, and a commitment to cherish one another for a lifetime. Yes, I am talking about wedding and newlyweds. It is our pleasure to present our first wedding issue of 2016. The year comes with lot of new innovative ideas, and new trends in South Asian …

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Editorial January 2015

Dear Readers, New Year, New Hopes, New Exciting Moments! On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh Media Group, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! With all your support and encouragement, we are ready to embark upon 2015. As an Indian American and especially a South Floridian, I am very proud our own Dr. Vivek Murthy was …

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Editorial January 2016

January 2016 Dear Readers, Happy New Year! We hope you had a festive and merry holiday with friends and family. Now that it’s January once again, we thought it appropriate to focus on finance! Exciting, right? I imagine you’re groaning as you read this as the thought of taxes, life insurance, and college funding are not at the top of …

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Editorial December 2015

December 2015 Dear Readers, We are ending 2015 with our Wedding Resources issue, one that will inspire not only young couples, but also all of us, to embrace love and friendship in year ahead. The stories always warm my heart as there is nothing better than two people celebrating life and love with each other and their families. This issue, …

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Editorial November 2015

November 2015 Dear Readers, In the way a parent feels very proud when their kid takes a first step or utters their first word, we at Desh-Videsh Media Group are very proud of our latest milestone. Recently, we hosted our first-ever Community Leader Awards Banquet in South Florida, where we recognized fifteen amazing individuals with a special community leader award. …

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Editorial October 2015

October 2015 Dear Readers, At one time, professional Indians leaving India to seek opportunities in other countries were considered to be a “Brain Drain” for India. On September 27, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a crowd of over 30,000, which included Indians and Indian Americans, in San Jose, California. He said that “no one ever thought that brain drain …

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Editorial September 2015

September 2015 Dear Readers, I know I’ve said it before, but the wedding issues are some of my favorites. Who am I kidding? All issues are my favorites! Joking aside, we can all be inspired by love stories from young couples in our very own communities. This issue, we feature three real wedding stories, all with different decor and elements …

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Editorial August 2015

August 2015 Dear Readers, It just happened that we cover two subjects in this issue which are very important to every Indian and every Hindu, a tribute to President Dr Kalam, and Vedic or Hindu science. First, let’s talk about former Indian President Dr. Kalam. While paying last respects to the former president, Honorable Prime Minister Modi rightly stated, “Bharat …

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Editorial July 2015

July 2015 Dear Readers, This is one of my favorite issues of the year. I know it seems like I say that a lot, but really, this is one of my favorite issues! This time of year, we celebrate the many accomplishments of our youth. Young South Asians, whether in grade school, college, or part of the working world, are …

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Editorial May 2015

May 2015 Dear Readers, May is a wonderful month when children eagerly await the last days of school, we honor the women in our lives, and look forward to quality family time over the summer. Having just made it through tax season, it can also be a good time to review your financial plan. Planning for your family’s financial future …

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Editorial April 2015

April 2015 Dear Readers, While health-related topics are always in the news, we may not always be inclined to pay much attention. From new diets to mandates on what you should and should not eat, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the best of intentions to stay active and eat healthy, but actually putting good habits into …

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Editorial February 2015

Dear Readers, Many of you know that I am a big fan of Prime Minister Modi and his plans for the future of India. When Prime Minister Modi visited the United States back in September, I was thrilled to get the chance to see him address crowds of fans. That visit no doubt laid the groundwork for President Obama’s recent …

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Editorial October 2014

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Dear Readers, A few days ago, we had the honor to be a part of the press contingency covering Prime Minister Modi’s address at Madison Square Garden in New York City. One US reporter correctly stated that Modi rocked Madison Square Garden, and that is should have been known as Modison Square Garden that day! In a venue where rock …

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Editorial January 2014

January 2014 Dear Readers, Happy New Year! This time of year is wonderful because it gives us the chance to make a fresh start and truly reflect on everything we do, whether is our work, schooling, or family life. While many of our readers may be making resolutions to become more fit or broaden their horizons, we too at Desh-Videsh …

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2016 Padma Awards

Editorial

Dear Readers, First and foremost, let me wish all our Indian readers a Happy 67th Republic Day! India is 67 years young this month. It is a very proud moment for every Indian living anywhere in the world. 67 years may seem like a long time, but for nation building it is only just yesterday. We have come a long …

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Editorial April 2013

Dear Readers, “Heath is Wealth.” We have been told this so many times. We’ve even written about it and have read so many articles stating this very fact. Unfortunately, most of us ignore this simple statement. When it comes to diet and exercise, most of not likely to practice the two. As one more reminder of its importance, Desh-Videsh dedicates …

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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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2016 Padma Awards

Editorial

February 2016 Dear Readers, First and foremost, let me wish all our Indian readers a Happy 67th Republic Day! India is 67 years young this month. It is a very proud moment for every Indian living anywhere in the world. 67 years may seem like a long time, but for nation building it is only just yesterday. We have come …

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Editorial

January 2013 Dear Readers, First, let me start by wishing all of our readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year. On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I wish you all wonderful and exciting moments ahead in 2013. We start this year with a look back at the many legends we lost in 2012. One of the most notable includes …

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Editorial December 2012

December 2012 Dear Readers, We are in the midst of the holiday season! I hope all of our readers had a joyous Diwali and a glutinous Thanksgiving. With Christmas and the New Year approaching, there is no end in sight when it comes to merriment and family gatherings. The holiday season is good for many things – eating all your …

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Editorial

December 2012 Dear Readers, We are in the midst of the holiday season! I hope all of our readers had a joyous Diwali and a glutinous Thanksgiving. With Christmas and the New Year approaching, there is no end in sight when it comes to merriment and family gatherings. The holiday season is good for many things – eating all your …

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Editorial November 2012

November 2012 Dear Readers, As we approach another Diwali, let me first discuss a subject that is near and dear to my heart. This month’s lead article, “Gandhi Conquers Yet Another Land in America,” goes beyond the title indicates. Gandhiji captures the hearts of thousands of non-Indian men, women and children in America. When Joy Kutiyani, President of Kerala Samaj, …

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Editorial November 2012

November 2012 Dear Readers, As we approach another Diwali, let me first discuss a subject that is near and dear to my heart. This month’s lead article, “Gandhi Conquers Yet Another Land in America,” goes beyond the title indicates. Gandhiji captures the hearts of thousands of non-Indian men, women and children in America. When Joy Kutiyani, President of Kerala Samaj, …

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Editorial October 2012

October 2012 Dear Readers, This is the best part of the year – attending upcoming festivals and planning a trip to India. Like everything else, India has come long way in tourism. All this time when we think of travel to India, we never thought about beaches, wildlife, mountain climbing, or hiking. The Indian government, with its Incredible India campaign, …

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Editorial October 2012

October 2012 Dear Readers, This is the best part of the year – attending upcoming festivals and planning a trip to India. Like everything else, India has come long way in tourism. All this time when we think of travel to India, we never thought about beaches, wildlife, mountain climbing, or hiking. The Indian government, with its Incredible India campaign, …

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Editorial September 2012

September 2012 Dear Readers, Congratulations on your engagement! You’ve found the love of your life, and now the excitement of planning what may be the most important day of your life is upon you. During this time of anticipation and expectation, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks involved with planning your wedding. Let’s face it, …

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Editorial September 2012

September 2012 Dear Readers, Congratulations on your engagement! You’ve found the love of your life, and now the excitement of planning what may be the most important day of your life is upon you. During this time of anticipation and expectation, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks involved with planning your wedding. Let’s face it, …

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Editorial August 2012

August 2012 Dear Readers, Once again in this issue, we will highlight the accomplishments of our children. This time, we will share a long list of high school valedictorians and salautorians, all of whose parents are from Indian subcontinents. It is very refreshing to see that the hard work Indian parents have put into educating their children in this country …

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Editorial August 2012

August 2012 Dear Readers, Once again in this issue, we will highlight the accomplishments of our children. This time, we will share a long list of high school valedictorians and salautorians, all of whose parents are from Indian subcontinents. It is very refreshing to see that the hard work Indian parents have put into educating their children in this country …

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Editorial July 2012

July 2012 Dear Readers, I’m pleased to present one of my favorite subjects in this issue – Indian kids excelling in the United States due to their hard work (and their parents!). While doing research for this issue of Desh-Videsh, I have been reading many blogs, which include comments from Indians and non-Indians. Unfortunately, many of them do not want …

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Editorial July 2012

July 2012 Dear Readers, I’m pleased to present one of my favorite subjects in this issue – Indian kids excelling in the United States due to their hard work (and their parents!). While doing research for this issue of Desh-Videsh, I have been reading many blogs, which include comments from Indians and non-Indians. Unfortunately, many of them do not want …

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Editorial June 2012

June 2012 Dear Readers, It is happy time again – it is time for weddings! I have mentioned time and again in this column that weddings are very exciting for me. It is not just a time for extravagant celebrations and all night parties, but rather, weddings signify new beginnings, new hopes, and commitments for a longer, happy married life. …

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Editorial June 2012

June 2012 Dear Readers, It is happy time again – it is time for weddings! I have mentioned time and again in this column that weddings are very exciting for me. It is not just a time for extravagant celebrations and all night parties, but rather, weddings signify new beginnings, new hopes, and commitments for a longer, happy married life. …

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Editorial May 2012

May 2012 Dear Readers, In this issue of Desh-Videsh, we are proud to present a collection of articles on family life. As you know a happy, healthy family life doesn’t just happen, and you’re not just born with it. Like any great relationship, it requires effort. A happy, healthy family is more likely to succeed if everyone is on-board playing …

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Editorial May 2012

May 2012 Dear Readers, In this issue of Desh-Videsh, we are proud to present a collection of articles on family life. As you know a happy, healthy family life doesn’t just happen, and you’re not just born with it. Like any great relationship, it requires effort. A happy, healthy family is more likely to succeed if everyone is on-board playing …

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Editorial April 2012

April 2012 Dear Readers, Life is beautiful again. Regardless of how positive a thinker you are, the word “cancer” is sure to get you down. A few issues ago, I mentioned that my family was going through a tough time. At the time, I did not elaborate, but allow me to do so now. A few months ago, I was …

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Editorial April 2012

April 2012 Dear Readers, Life is beautiful again. Regardless of how positive a thinker you are, the word “cancer” is sure to get you down. A few issues ago, I mentioned that my family was going through a tough time. At the time, I did not elaborate, but allow me to do so now. A few months ago, I was …

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Editorial March 2012

March 2012 Dear Readers, Before I begin discussing this month’s wedding issue, let me share our personal joy with all of you as our extended family members. We now have one more addition in our family. My son and daughter-in-law welcomed a baby girl to the family on February, 21. Aruna and I cannot express our happiness. She and our …

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Editorial March 2012

March 2012 Dear Readers, Before I begin discussing this month’s wedding issue, let me share our personal joy with all of you as our extended family members. We now have one more addition in our family. My son and daughter-in-law welcomed a baby girl to the family on February, 21. Aruna and I cannot express our happiness. She and our …

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Editorial February 2012

February 2012 Dear Readers, Do you ever wonder why the Indian government holds the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awards January 7-9? The dates were not picked arbitrarily. India’s history changed on January 9, 1915, as this was the day Gandhiji returned from South Africa. A hero’s welcome awaited Gandhi when he landed at the Apollo Bunder in Bombay. I commend the …

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Editorial February 2012

February 2012 Dear Readers, Do you ever wonder why the Indian government holds the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awards January 7-9? The dates were not picked arbitrarily. India’s history changed on January 9, 1915, as this was the day Gandhiji returned from South Africa. A hero’s welcome awaited Gandhi when he landed at the Apollo Bunder in Bombay. I commend the …

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Editorial January 2012

January 2012 Dear Readers, First, let me begin this column with an apology. Last Issue, I did not give you my usual personal antidotes. I will not go into the details of why, but last month was not one of the best months for our family. But with blessings from God and well wishes from family members and extended family …

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Editorial November 2011

November 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. Once again, we are very excited to present our Desh-Videsh winter wedding resource special edition, which discusses newlyweds and their weddings and excitement about a new beginning as a couple. Every month, several newlyweds …

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Editorial October 2011

October 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. First, I would like to wish you all a Happy Diwali! To my Gujarati friends, I also extend greetings for a Happy and Prosperous New Year. In this issue, we present two articles about …

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Editorial September 2011

September 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. India, one of my most favorite places to visit, is the cover story for this issue. Though we have published several articles on travel to India in the past, our writers always manage to …

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Editorial August 2011

August 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. India, one of my most favorite places to visit, is the cover story for this issue. Though we have published several articles on travel to India in the past, our writers always manage to …

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Editorial July 2011

July 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming weddings! What an exciting time in your and your family’s life, and we are thrilled to be part of your wedding planning experience through the Desh-Videsh wedding special …

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Editorial May 2011

May 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. As a lifelong admirer of Gandhiji, I feel very proud to know that his philosophy recently termed “Gandhigiri” is still alive. It is especially very refreshing to know that it is alive in India …

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Editorial April 2011

April 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, let me thank all of you from bottom of my heart for all the compliments you have given to us regarding the March wedding issue. It is …

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Editorial April 2011

April 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, let me thank all of you from bottom of my heart for all the compliments you have given to us regarding the March wedding issue. It is …

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Editorial March 2011

March 2011 Dear Readers As I discussed this wedding issue with my better half Aruna, I remember one television show we used to watch back in Chicago named the “Newlywed Show.” I am sure those of you about to get married or even those who are newlyweds weren’t even born at that time. To play the show, one spouse of …

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Editorial February 2011

February 2011 Dear Readers The beginning of the New Year always brings new hope, excite-ment, and also challenges. For me, the month of January gives me triple the excitement! Three of my family members, two grandsons and one daughter-in-law celebrate their birthdays during this month. Recently, Aruna and I went to Washington, DC for a triple birthday celebration. Yes, in …

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Editorial January 2011

January 2011 Dear Readers, On behalf of the entire Desh-Videsh team, I would like to wish everyone a Happy, and more importantly, a Healthy New Year. This month’s Desh-Videsh stays true to the tradition of providing more value to our readers. And so, we are very proud to present an 88-page magazine rather than our standard 80 pages. This means …

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Editorial May 2009

May 2009 Dear Readers, Once again, we are very pleased to bring you a special edition of Desh-Videsh – this month we focus on Education, a very important issue for all South Asians living in this country. As South Asians, we have made name for ourselves in this country as well as in other western countries, when it comes to …

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Editorial April 2009

April 2009 Dear Readers, Thanks to all who made last month’s Wedding Resources issue a resounding success! Many readers have e-mailed positive comments as well as suggestions. As always, we encourage reader feedback. If there is a special issue you would like to see covered in a future issue, let us know. We welcome suggestions, so send an e-mail with …

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Editorial March 2009

March 2009 Dear Readers, With an ailing economy and so many struggling to make ends meet, there is one thing that always prevails love! Weddings abound despite these trying times we find ourselves in. Brides and grooms can share their big day with loved ones without putting a strain on their wallet! By planning in advance and negotiating with vendors, …

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Editorial February 2009

February 2009 Dear Readers, Recently, Indian culture has been much touted in the news. The BBC documentary on PBS about India was watched by many, and it went a long way towards further informing new audiences about our nation. In addition, the film, Slumdog Millionaire, is wowing audiences around the world. The film has achieved international fame due to its …

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Editorial January 2009

January 2009 Dear Readers, Happy New Year! Everyone here at Desh-Videsh hopes you and your family brought the New Year in with much joy and love. In the coming year, we pledge to continue to bring you timely information about topics of interest to you. We start 2009 off with an issue about something everyone worries about – staying healthy! …

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Editorial December 2008

December 2008 Dear Readers, The end of the year is upon us, and that means many things – family time together during the holiday vacations, festive celebrations, and a time to reflect about the year we leave behind. As we plan for the year ahead, many of us also have finances on our minds. Particularly in this time of uncertainty …

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