September 2008

Desh Videsh Septeber 2008 – Cover Story

Garba Going Global

Garba Going Global

Famous garba song writer Avinash Vyas, famous garba singer Diwaliben Bhil, and other garba-raas lovers will have mixed feelings if they see young kids in the United States playing garba. Most of them will be pleased because these kids are keeping the flame of their age-old passion going. Some, who want to keep the originality at its core, will be …

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Golden India in The Olympics: The Wait is Finally Over

Golden India in The Olympics : The Wait is Finally Over

The wait for an inordinately long 112 years is finally over. The prayers of many Indians have finally been answered. The dream of a sports-crazed nation deprived of any glorious success is ultimately cherished. Yes, the once thought to be impossible has finally taken place. India can now boast of an Olympic gold medal in an individual event – thanks …

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Indian Art & Artists

Indian Art & Artists

As I dig into my earliest memories, it is difficult for me to think about the days of Navratri (nine days of worship and dance) without associating it with garba and raas. Garbas show up in weddings too. It has grown in popularity beyond the Gujarat region where it originated. Although the majority of garba songs are still sung in …

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Gandhi Maharaj

National Gandhi Day of Service

National Gandhi Day of Service is an annual event that brings together college students of all different backgrounds to provide service to their community in the name of Mahatma Gandhi ‘s values of compassion and equality. The event was first held at the University of Michigan in 1997. After drawing hundreds of volunteers to a variety of community service projects, …

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Religion

Ramadan: May Peace Prevail Everywhere

Ramadan: May Peace Prevail Everywhere

The time has come for the Muslims around the world to observe the month-long period of extreme abstinence, discipline, and self-control – Ramadan. The absence of food and drink and other pleasures provides a perfect opportunity to concentrate on prayer and worship. Not having the luxuries of life on hand makes it easier to reflect on life, start afresh, and …

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Religion

Swami Ramdev Baba

Swami Ramdev Baba

Baba Ramdev is a renowned Yoga teacher. Through the medium of television, he has taken the art of yoga to each and every household far and wide. He is the host of a yoga based program named Divya Yog which has people from different parts of the country glued to their television sets, practicing yoga from the comforts of their …

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Book Review

Book Review

Book Review

Author by Mataji Devi Vanamali and Deborah Heiligman Shakti: Realm of the Divine Mother by Vanamali (Hindus all over the world will be celebrating Navratri in the month of September. The book review in this issue on the Divine Mother is very timely.) Shakti is synonymous with the Devi, the Divine Mother, or divine power that manifests, sustains, and transforms …

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