December 2017

Desh Videsh December 2017

Desh Videsh – Cover Story

Niketa and Ishan

Photographer: FengLong Photography When Ishan Patel, 29, product manager, and Niketa Agarwal, 27, a registered nurse,  first met for coffee, they felt a connection immediately. Their first date night was nothing short of interesting with them sneaking into Piedmont Park after midnight to talk for hours. It was a moonlit night and the pair danced to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand …

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Nikita and Mayur

Photographer: Peter Togel Photography Nikita Patel, 27, a pharmacist and Mayur Patel, 28, a graphic designer, took their vows in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 26. The duo met through a mutual friend. Mayur was once chatting with his friend on Facebook when he was then asked some awkward questions. He later came to find out it was Niki using his …

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Katherine and Sameer

Photographer: Castaldo Studios LLC Doctors Katherine Bautista, 34, and Sameer Draviam, 34, tied the knot on November 4 in Orlando, Florida. The couple dated for two years, before getting engaged and getting hitched this fall. Katherine, an OBGYN Resident Physician met Sameer, an Emergency Medicine Physician (EMR) while working at the Osceola Regional Medical Center. Katherine is from Colorado Springs, …

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Bridal Beauty

Top Beauty Products

Top Beauty Products Every Bride Needs With so many details to plan for on your wedding day, taking care of yourself does not always take priority. Take a few steps now to protect and nourish your skin and hair to glow on your big day. If you’ve ever stepped inside a beauty store like Sephora, you’ve either felt overwhelmed or …

Bridal Beauty

Pre-Wedding Beauty

Pre-Wedding Beauty Timeline for Brides-To-Be Once the date of your wedding is fixed, it is time to concentrate on your looks – to be sure your skin and hair to look picture perfect! Get an early start on your prewedding beauty plan for healthy, glowing skin. Here’s a timeline for an ideal beauty routine ahead of the big day. Six …


Preserving Your Wedding Day

Memories Are Made of This: Preserving Your Wedding Day Bursting with vivid and bold hues, opulent décor and intricate but elegant designs very well describe Indian weddings. Also known as Shaadi or Shadi, Indian weddings are best known for their grandeur, traditions, grace, colors and almost carnival-type celebration. Unique photographs taken at an Indian wedding are made up of warm …

Wedding Decor

2018 Wedding Color Trends

2018 Wedding Color Trends Whether your style is bold and vibrant or subdued and classic, weddings are a time to let personality shine. From invitations and flowers to bridesmaids outfits and table settings, there are ample opportunities to use color to shape your wedding theme. Need some color inspiration? These color trends are sure to shine all year long.  

Disc Jockey

DJ Play That Song:

DJ Play That Song: Choosing an Entertainment Vendor for Your Wedding By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Factors to Consider Selecting an entertainment provider for your wedding or events is much like choosing a venue or caterer. Price is certainly a factor, but so are the firm’s reputation, work ethics, and music selection. Firoz Dudha, owner/DJ of Dudha Productions also …


Relationship Corner

3 Secrets to Setting Good Boundaries

3 Secrets to Setting Good Boundaries in a Relationship (And Why They Matter) Ever wondered what “boundaries” are in a relationship, and why they’re so important? Here’s the deal: With good boundaries, intimate partners enjoy respect, honesty, and open communication. Each partner feels a healthy sense of independence and wholeness that is separate from their loved one. On the other …


Desi Inspired Signature Cocktails

Desi Inspired Signature Cocktails At your next event, serve drinks your guests will remember fondly! Perfect for holiday parties or as a signature drink at wedding receptions, these drink ideas are a unique twist on some traditional favorites. Spiced Simple Syrup Use this simple syrup to sweeten and add a bit of spice to your cocktails. Ingredients 1 cup water …


Bollywood Weddings

There’s never a dull moment in tinsel town. Whether it is romance, date night, or a break up, movie buffs follow the lives of their favorite celebs very closely. When a Bollywood wedding takes place, the story dominates headlines. Several Bollywood celebrities have taken their relationship to the next level this year by taking their vows. Desh-Videsh takes a look …

Community Events

Community Events

IRCC Diwali Festival of Lights 2017 Photos By Raj Shah, Desh Videsh Media Group Sindhi Association Diwali Bash 2017 India Festival Tampa 2017.


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 …