February 2021

Desh-Videsh February 2021

Cover Story

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Indian American US Vice President

Kamala Harris Makes History as First Indian American US Vice President

A culture that worships goddesses produces strong women. – Shyamala Gopalan The very sound of the word Kamala, another name for the goddess Laxmi, throned on a lotus flower, reminds us of nothing but India and Indian heritage. And Kamala Devi Harris particularly accentuated this throughout her career even in her recent election campaigns. It is always her pride to …

Digital Magazine

Kamala Harris First Indian American US Vice President

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Incredible Indian

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The daughter of immigrants and civil rights activists, Vice President Kamala Harris was raised in a California community that cared deeply about social justice. As she rose to prominence as a political leader, her experiences would become her guiding light as she grappled with an array of complex issues and learned to bring a voice to the voiceless. Now, in …

Editorial

Raj Shah Managing Editor of Desh Videsh Media Group

Editorial February 2021

Dear Readers, Let me start with some good news! COVID cases are declining and thanks to President Trump’s warp speed vaccine development project we have two CDC approved vaccines in the US. We were administering close to one million vaccines per day in President Trump’s last week in office, and we have started feeling sigh of relief. Let me talk …

NRI NEWS

Petals of Padma: Acknowledging Excellence

Petals of Padma: Acknowledging Excellence

Petals of Padma: Acknowledging Excellence “Be the servant while leading. Be unselfish. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.” ― Swami Vivekananda Padma, the Sanskrit name for lotus, carries great significance in Indian culture and heritage. The Padma, or lotus, emerges from muddy water and blooms into an exquisite flower. The emergence of brilliance and beauty out of the darkness …

Investment Planning

copper bitcoin

Bitcoin- An Impressive Bullish Performance

Bitcoin has recorded an impressive bullish performance this year and the cryptocurrency doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Bitcoin has more than doubled its price in the year-to-date period; it is currently trading up around $35,000, a price that is exponentially higher than the trading price of gold. In the early days of Bitcoin, traditional financial institutions and many Wall …

Incredible Indian

Kasturba Gandhi, the force behind Mahatma Gandhi

Kasturba Gandhi, the force behind Mahatma Gandhi

By Tanvi Dubey Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi’s evolution from a lawyer, to becoming the face of India’s non-violent struggle for independence as the Mahatma, has been written about at great length. In this journey of a man who is regarded as the father of the nation, an integral companion was his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. Kasturba Gandhi’s name is often lost …

Must Read Books

Must Read Books February 2021

Must Read Books February 2021

Want to share a great read? Email your suggestions to info@deshvidesh.com Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life By Amish and Bhavna Roy Stories can be both entertaining and educative. They can also be insightful and illuminating, especially when they have travelled down the generations, through the centuries, taking on and eluding new meanings with each retelling. In this …

Word to live by

Words to Live By Raj Shah

Words to Live By…

Hindu scripture consists of volumes of books written over thousands of years. Among these written works are the Bhagavad Gita, four Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda, and Upanishads, all of which are the most read and quoted when discussing Hindu scriptures. In this month’s Word to Live By column, I would like to highlight a Hindu Scripture that is full …

Financial Planning

Five Simple Yet Smart Money Habits

Five Simple Yet Smart Money Habits

By Supal Vora, Private Wealth Advisor There’s no denying that it can take some work to create good habits. Becoming more disciplined about your finances is no different. Yet smart money habits can pay off over time, helping you increase your bank account and help you create a more stable financial life. Consider these five tips to help you improve …

INDIA NEWS

PM Narendra Modi Ranked Most Popular Among World Leaders

PM Narendra Modi Ranked Most Popular Among World Leaders

Notwithstanding anything and everything, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reigns supreme. Despite demonetization, GST, COVID-19, Article 370, CAA, Love Jihad and the farm laws, Modi makes his mark. The timeline shows his popularity graph rising. Detractors just do not have enough mud to sling and none of it will stick. Jair Bolsanaro, Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, …

NRI NEWS

Indian Americans in Biden’s Administration

Indian Americans Fill Key Positions in President Biden’s Administration

Indian Americans in the United States make for nearly 1% in the total population and 5.9% in the total foreign born population. With President Joe Biden taking office, Indian Americans will hold some of the most prestigious offices in the nation’s administration. Joining the administration will be 20 Indian Americans, 13 of whom are women and 7 men, and 17 …

Education

Reading to Your Child: The Difference it Makes

Reading to Your Child: The Difference it Makes

By Peggy Albers If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If so, what …

Book Review

Book Review of From the Beginning of Time By Maria Wirth

Book Review of From the Beginning of Time

By Maria Wirth It hardly ever happened in recent times that I read a book from cover to cover within a few days, due to the huge daily influx of information via the internet. But it happened after I received From the Beginning of Time – Modern Science and the Puranas by Ganesh Swaminathan. The Puranas fascinate me ever since …

Hinduism

Hinduism is inherently discriminatory says The State of California

Hinduism is inherently discriminatory says The State of California

The lawsuit, filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing in June 2020, alleged that Cisco “engaged in unlawful employment practices on the basis of religion, ancestry, national origin/ethnicity and race/color” against the engineer, who was not named in the complaint. The lawsuit names as co-defendants two supervisors of the engineer’s team, Sundar Iyer and Ramana Kompella. According to …

Community News

Community News February 2021

Community News February 2021

Srimad Bhagavad Geeta When: 02/01/2021, 7:30 PM Contact: Chandra Brahmasandra, 407-376-9564 Email: office@chinmayaorlando.org Host: Chinmaya Mission Orlando A Bollywood Musical When: 02/13/2021, 8:00 PM Contact: 832-231-3086 Host: Society for Indo-American Arts Sarva Vedanta Siddhanta When: 02/01/2021, 6:15 AM Contact: Chandra Brahmasandra, 407-376-9564 Email: office@chinmayaorlando.org Host: Chinmaya Mission Orlando Pongal Celebrations When: 02/13/2021 Contact: 904-631-7581 Email: admin@jaxtamilmandram.org Host: Jacksonville Tamil Mandram …

Bollywood

Sanjana Sanghvi begins filming for Om

Sanjana Sanghvi begins filming for Om

Sanjana Sanghvi wooed the world with her impressive portrayal as the love struck girl with a deadly disease in the cinematic adaptation of the smash hit book by John Greene, Fault in our Stars. The film Dil Bechara was also co-star Sushant Singh Rajput’s last movie, earning good results at the box office. Currently, the actress is working on a …

Bollywood

Taapsee Pannu’s stunning new hairstyle

Taapsee Pannu’s stunning new hairstyle

Taapsee Pannu’s new hairstyle is creating flutters on Instagram. The actress was spotted sporting a completely revamped look with perfect tightly-woven curls for her new movie Rashmi Rocket. Taapsee was wearing a light grey t-shirt with jeans and broad black belt – her look is completely new and bronzed! The still is from her new movie Rashmi Rocket that is …

Desi TV

Big Boss

Bigg Boss 14 food waste controversy

No, it is not just Rubina Dilaik, even Nikki Tamboli joins her to slam Sonali Phogat’s habit of throwing food into the garbage showing that actions are open to criticism on the show.  The camera pans to the kitchen where viewers see Arshi busy cooking food and Sonali as she munches on breakfast. Arshi tells Sonali that food is limited, …