February 2019

Desh Videsh February 2019

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Dr. Kiran Patel: Brand Ambassador of India By Raj Shah

A cardiologist, businessman, philanthropist, loving husband, caring father, and helpful friend, Dr. Kiran Patel (fondly known as Dr. K) is all this, and much more. One of the prestigious awardees of the 2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, Dr. Patel grew up in Zambia, studied in Britain, got his medical degree in India and began his journey as a cardiologist in …


Dr. Kiran Patel Brand Ambassador of India

February 2019 e-Magazine

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Incredible Indians


2019 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees

On January 9, 1915, Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to India. To commemorate his return, the former Prime Minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, choose the same day to celebrate the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in 2003. These awards mark contributions of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India. PBD events are used as an opportunity by …

Incredible Indians

Famous Quotes by Indian Freedom Fighters

Republic Day is celebrated in the remembrance of the day when the Indian Constitution became effective on January 26, 1950. This day is not just about marching parades or singing the National Anthem, but rather one to honor the patriotic sovereignty, integrity and secularist proud of India. Every Indian, no matter where he or she lives, should think about the …

Incredible Indians

2019 Padma Awards: Six Awardees from the United States Win India’s Highest Civilian Honor

The Padma Awards are India’s highest civilian honors and are announced every year on the eve of Republic Day. Conferred on recommendations made by a committee constituted by the Prime Minister of India, these awards are given in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. Instituted in 1954, the Padma Awards recognize people in various fields and …


Mount Soma: A Vedic Community for Ancient Spiritual Wisdom in Modern Life

Mount Soma: A Vedic Community for Ancient Spiritual Wisdom in Modern Life

Mount Soma is a Vastu Vedic community in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Developed by visionary Dr. Michael Mamas in 2011, the 448-acre Vedic community was established with the vision to help humanity evolve by integrating ancient spiritual wisdom with modern life. The mission of Mount Soma is to purify spiritual understanding and enliven each individual’s innate wisdom. It also …


David Frawley More Hindu than Hindus By Raj Shah

David Frawley More Hindu than Hindus By Raj Shah

This issue of Desh-Videsh is a special edition covering Indians living in America. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss an individual who was not born in India, nor was born as a Hindu, but he is more Indian than many Indians I know and even more Hindu than many Hindus I know. The person is none other …


Networking for Hindu Professionals

Networking for Hindu Professionals: South Florida

Networking for Hindu Professionals South Florida (Net HP SFL) was founded this year by a group of passionate young Hindu Professionals, a few advisors and like-minded supporters, all of whom felt South Florida lacked the active presence of youth (ages 25-35) when it came to volunteerism, seva and support of Hindu based causes. The goal is to give members access …

Financial Planning

Happy 2019!

Happy 2019! By Nirali Chokshi

 By Nirali Chokshi Amid the disorder of a government shutdown and an unstable stock market (things that we cannot control), let’s keep focus on things we can control. As people tend to have a mindset of a fresh start in the new year by working out, eating healthy, or following through a goal, it’s also good to do a maintenance …


Must-Read Books

Must Read Book February 2019

Second Chance: A Sister’s Act of Love By Dr M. P. Ravindra Nathan At the age of 47, at the peak of his health and profession, Dr. M. P. Ravindra Nathan, a.k.a. Ravi Nathan developed a serious, incurable kidney disease called IgA Nephropathy that would inexorably progress to kidney failure necessitating a kidney transplant. His initial bewilderment and shock gave …


Bollywood News February 2019

Critics Give Uri: The Surgical Strike Mixed Reviews but Vicky Kaushal Remarkable Bollywood’s first release of the year, Uri: The Surgical Strike starring Vicky Kaushal,released on January 11. Helmed by debutant director Aditya Dhar, the film is a dramatized account of surgical strikes organized by the Indian Army following the 2016 Uri attack. Vicky plays Major Vihaan Singh Sherghil, who …

Desi TV

Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain, Navrangi Re, Naagin 3 on Desi TV

January is a Month of New Shows on Indian Television January is a month of new beginnings and Indian TV channels are taking that quite seriously. Almost every Hindi general entertainment channel has a new show airing this month. Colors TV started the New Year with quite a few fresh shows such as Kesari Nandan, Gath Bandhan, and Khatron Ke …

Community News

Community News

Community News

Florida Daytona Osho Meditation Retreat When: 02/22/2019, 7:00 AM Where: EI Caribe Resort 2125 S Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach,32118 Contact: Sw. Dhyan Saurav 786-373-6746 Host: Osho Meditations Florida Vedanta Mahima When: 02/22/2019, 6:00 PM Where: Palm Beach Hindu Mandir 16060 Okeechobee Blvd, Loxahatchee,33470 Contact: Harry 561-352-7782 Host: Palm Beach Hindu Mandir Inc. Orlando Gujarati Natak When: 02/24/2019, 4:30 PM Where: …


raj shah


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 …