March 2021

Desh-Videsh March 2021

Cover Story

Real Wedding: Meghavi and Ketul, New Jersey

Meghavi Parekh and Ketul Shah’s love story is one that is full of surprises and romantic gestures. Though the two both lived in Parsippany, New Jersey, they first met during a video conference with mutual friends in 2011. Recognizing a special connection at that virtual meeting, Ketul instantly sent a Facebook friend request to Meghavi that she accepted. The virtual …

Digital Magazine

Past Digital Magazine

Real Wedding

Real Wedding: Pooja and Robert, North Carolina

Little did Pooja Makam, dentist, and Robert Weston, lawyer, know that a college friendship would blossom into much more. Though both are from Raleigh, North Carolina, the two did not meet until they were introduced by a mutual friend while students at the University of North Carolina. At the time, their relationship was just a friendship with no cupid in …

Real Wedding

Real Wedding: Aklima and Mark, Florida

    Aklima and Mark’s wedding shone with vibrant green and gave off true organic vibes as a memorable beginning to the rest of their life together. The Covid pandemic forced the couple to reschedule their original wedding four times. The couple finally decided to plan an intimate ceremony in the backyard garden of their home in Orlando, Florida, in …

Real Wedding

Real Wedding: Puja and Raj, Florida

    For Puja Solanki and Raj Gone, the airport is a magical place. Their story begins with a chance encounter at Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD), where the two were flying through on the way back to Florida from India. Raj noticed Puja was wearing a USF sweatshirt, the university both attended at the time. They struck up a conversation …

Real Wedding

Real Wedding: Shivani and Kunal, Florida

    Shivani and Kunal discovered their compatibility from the beginning. The two met each other virtually through dating app, Dil Mil, and theirs was a long-distance relationship where the couple would connect further by vacationing together. Kunal’s love for dogs and the outdoors attracted Shivani so much that within a year she decided to move from South Carolina to …

Bollywood Wedding

Bollywood Wedding: Natasha Dalal and Varun Dhawan

Natasha Dalal and Varun Dhawan are two childhood sweethearts that tied the knot in the hopes of growing old together while still staying young at heart.  The couple grew up together as classmates and their deep bond made them the best of friends. Theirs was not a love at first sight. Rather, their love bloomed from friendship during a later …

Photography

Must Have Photo Moments

It is our pleasure to present inspiring and unique Indian wedding decorations using fresh flowers by Nikun Events. Flowers are symbols of a new beginning, beauty, joy, prosperity and auspicious blessings of love. Since flowers represent the natural within us, they are central to any Indian wedding defining the mood, sensibility, and theme of the wedding.  According to Indian traditions, …

Financial Planning

Financial Resolutions for the New Year

Buy or Rent? That’s A Great Question

Owning a home is an important life goal for many Americans. Yet buying a home is not always the best financial decision for everyone. In some life situations, renting is a more prudent choice. If you or your loved ones are contemplating the buy-or-rent decision, consider these questions to inform your next move. How likely are you to stay in …

Community News

Community News February 2021

Community News February 2021

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Editorial

Raj Shah Managing Editor of Desh Videsh Media Group

Editorial March 2021

Dear Readers, Spring is my most favorite season of the year. Not because it is the season for rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth nor is it because it is the favorite season of 36% of Americans (per Gallup poll results). It is not even because spring brings the best weather in Florida. But really, it is my favorite season …