February 2017

Desh Videsh February 2017

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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is the highest award given to Indians who have established their base abroad and are recognized for their achievements in respective fields. This award mainly recognizes these Indians and is honored by the President of India. Organized every year since 2003, this event recognizes Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) for their contributions in different fields such as charitable …

Incredible Indians

2017 Padma Awards

2017 Padma Awards

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities, such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded …

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Amruta Houde

Get to Know: Amruta Houde, Public Health Advocate

Indians and Indian Americans have long been known for their success across a wide range of fields in the United States. Amruta Houde and Niraj Antani are two young Indian Americans making a mark and paving the way for others to join them in their quest to serve and positively impact their community. Learn more about what drives these impressive …

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Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative

Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative

Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group   At the age of 23, Niraj Antani became the youngest serving member in the Ohio House of Representatives. Born and raised in Miami Township, Ohio, Antani remained in state and earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Now 25, Antani (R – Ohio …

Book Review

Books on Hinduism

Books on Hinduism

In honor of Hindu Heritage Month (as celebrated in the state of Florida), this issue presents readers with a listing of varied titles to inform, engage, and enlighten the spiritual mind! The Nay Science by Vishwa Adluri and Joydeep Bagchee The Nay Science offers a new perspective on the problem of scientific method in the human sciences. Taking German Indological …


Priyanka Chopra

Bollywood Today

Priyanka Chopra rocks the red carpet at the Golden Globes Priyanka Chopra is definitely on the ride of her life. Her career has taken off as she takes both Bollywood and Hollywood by storm. Know both in the East and the West, Priyanka is undoubtedly the face of India on a global platform. Priyanka has represented India so well in …

Community News

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Arrives in US

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Arrives in US Taj Express, an Internationally acclaimed musical based out of Mumbai, India, will be coming to the United States in early 2017. Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for …


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 …

Community News

Community News February 2017

Florida Daytona Beach Meditation Retreat Date: 02/02/2017 Time: 7:00 PM Where: Ocean Breeze Club Hotel, 640 N Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, 32118 2017 Holi Celebration Date: 03/12/2017 Time: 11:00 AM Where: Turkey Lake Park, 3401 S. Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, 32835 Contact: 407-460-2020 Host: Gujarati Society Central Florida Orlando Keerthana – Indian American Youth Orchestra Date: 02/4/2017 Time: 4:30 PM Where: …