July 2019

Desh Videsh July 2019

Cover Story

Indian-Americans Dominate the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee

Indian-Americans Dominate the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee

Do you know what the common link is for these individuals – Rohan Raja, Karthik Nemmani, Ananya Vinay, Jairam Hathwar, Gokul Venkatachalam, and Sukanya Roy? All are names of Indian-origin, but there is an even greater commonality. Each of these are young students who have won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee competition over the years. Indian-American students have been …

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e-Magazine

Indian American Students Rise to the Top

July 2019 e-Magazine

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Incredible Indians

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champions

Rishik Gandhasri School Name: Chaboya Middle School City/State: San Jose, CA Grade: 7 Age: 13 Accomplishments: Rishik has played 3 different instruments, but his favorite one is the saxophone. He is an active participant in his school band. Sponsering Organization: Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee Bio: My favorite subjects are math, science, reading and STEAM. I love building LEGOs and …

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Education

Class of 2019 Valedictorians and salutatorians

Indian Americans in the list of 2019 Valedictorians and salutatorians

Indian American students continue to earn high marks in high school with several on the growing list of Valedictorians/Salutatorians. Here is our Q and A with some local students. Pooja Ghay – Valedictorian School Name: Olympia High School City/State: Windermere, FL GPA: 5.55 College: University of Florida. Parents: Neetu Ghay Sudheer Ghay Academic Awards: Received the Super Scholars Award for …

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Education

Nihar Janga: 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Champion

Nihar Janga: 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Champion

Nihar Janga, an 8th grader at Canyon Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas, earned top honors at the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee National Championship. The annual geography contest was held on May 22, 2019, at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The competition saw the best of young talent answering intense questions based on world knowledge and ideas. Nihar …

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NRI News

Florida’s Kaylan Patel Places in Top 10 at 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Florida’s Kaylan Patel Places in Top 10 at 2019 National Geographic GeoBee

Florida State Geography Bee Kaylan Patel National Geographic GeoBee Indians student National Geographic organizes annual competitions Indian-American scholarships championships national level 2019 marks the 2nd year in a row that Kaylan Patel has earned the title of being one of the best minds at the Florida State Geography Bee. As a first place winner, Patel, a 7th grader from Windermere …

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Incredible Indians

Gandhi’s Greatest Guru of Nonviolence: His Wife Kasturba

Gandhi’s Greatest Guru of Nonviolence: His Wife Kasturba

By Doug McGetchin, Associate Professor of History, Florida Atlantic University As promised earlier this year, in honor of the 150th birth anniversary of our beloved Father of Nation and my mentor, Mahatma Gandhi ji, we will feature one article about him in every issue. Given this month is the Education issue, it is only fitting we discuss Gandhi’s greatest guru …

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Incredible Indians

Virat Kohli’s Record 11,000 runs in ODI Cricket

Virat Kohli’s Record 11,000 runs in ODI Cricket

India’s heartthrob batsman Virat Kohli created history by scoring the fastest 11,000 ODI runs in the cricket world, beating Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of 11,000 runs in 276 innings. Kohli achieved this hit-mark in less than 11 years of his ODI debut, beating Tendulkar’s record of more than 12 years to reach the same. Kohli’s record 11,000 runs came in …

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Health

The World goes Yogamay on International Yoga Day's 5th Anniversary

The World goes Yogamay on International Yoga Day’s 5th Anniversary

On yet another June 21, the world has again observed the power of Yoga! The 5th annual International Yoga Day was celebrated with even more people worldwide. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as World Yoga Day on December 11, 2014.  June 21st marks the birthday of India’s most decorated Maharishi, Patanjali. …

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Poem

Poems by Vanaja Raju

Poems by Vanaja Raju

If you are a student age 21 or younger, we want to hear from you! To submit a poem for inclusion in the next issue, please email us at editor@deshvidesh.com. – This month’s poems are by Vanaja Raju School Friends Friends make it fun for everyone to get their schoolwork done. They talk and talk and walk and walk, they …

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Religion

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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Bollywood

Review of Movie Bharat starring Salman Khan

Review of Movie Bharat starring Salman Khan

Salman Khan stars in Bharat, a film about a man and a nation. In the film, through Salman Khan’s character (Bharat), we see a nation’s journey through some of its best and worst phases after the partition all the way to the present day. Director Ali Abbas Zafar makes good use of two and a half hours to show us …

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Desi TV

Rising Star Season 3 & Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs Winners Announced

Rising Star Season 3 & Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs Winners Announced

Two of the most popular singing reality shows came to an end this month with their grand finale’s revealing the winners. Color TV’s Rising Star Season 3 found its winner in Faridkot Punjab’s Aftab Singh. The trophy of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs was claimed by Sugandha Date. 12-year-old Aftab impressed viewers with his melodious performance over three …

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Community News

Community News

Community News

Florida Jacksonville Musical Night with Surabhi When: 06/23/2019, 4:00 PM Where: The Bolles School 2264 Bartram Rd, Jacksonville,32207 Contact: Kris Pandit 904-728-2656 Host:Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida Tampa Yoga with Swami Mukundananda When:06/08/2019, 5:00 PM Where: Hindu Temple of Florida 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa,33624 Contact: Dale 727-432-1020 Host: Hindu Temple of Florida Orlando Bollywood Karaoke Night When: 06/08/2019, 5:30 …

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Editorial

Raj Shah, Managing Editor of Desh Videsh Media Group

Editorial

Dear Readers, Once again, it’s time for celebrations and proud moments for all Indian Americans. It’s summer, that time of year when we report about the success of Indian Americans kids across the United States. These hard working kids are achieving new heights every year. For the first time in the 94-year history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, …

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