September 2016

Desh Videsh – Cover Story

Richa Weds Neal

Richa weds Neal

Richa and Neal began as college sweethearts, after being lucky enough to end up at the same party one night. The two found they had much in common, and went on to date beyond college, for over six years, before Neal surprised Richa with a romantic proposal. Neal secretly invited their family and friends to Stone Mountain in Atlanta, where …

Real Wedding

Julie weds Manreet

Julie weds Manreet Destination Wedding Photographed by Viridian Images Photography

A mutual love of traveling and adventure brought Julie and Manreet together when they met through common friends in Midtown Atlanta. As true adventurous spirits, they helped each discover new passions; Reet introduced Julie to mountain biking, and Julie taught him to snowboard. During their eight years of dating, they traveled all over the world, including Reet’s Indian homeland and …

Real Wedding

Meera Weds Nehal

Meera weds Nehal

Meera and Nehal’s consider their romance to be a “city girl meets country boy” kind of love story. The two met in 2014, and began a dating tradition of having spontaneous adventures across Florida, Meera’s home state. A mid-westerner, Nehal experienced places like Cocoa Beach, Universal Studios, and St. Augustine with Meera, and he chose to incorporate their tradition into …

Real Wedding

Narissa weds Nirmal

Narissa weds Nirmal

Narissa and Nirmal were friends for several years as University of Central Florida students, while Narissa was also working at a nearby bank. Nirmal cleverly came in to open an account one day, giving him a reason to see Narissa regularly and work up the courage to ask her on a date. Narissa’s “yes” turned into a beautiful romance that …

Wedding Planning

Designing the Ultimate Wedding Cake

Designing the Ultimate Wedding Cake

By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group That moment where the silver lining on the wedding planning cloud has finally arrived – the “design wedding cake” item on your wedding-to-do list! The venue has been selected, and contracts have been signed. You have met with every wedding vendor possible from photographers to wedding planners and décor professionals to hair and makeup …

Bridal Beauty

Makeup Trends at Indian Weddings

Makeup Trends at Indian Weddings

Makeup Trends at Indian Weddings Every wedding season gives us some new trends when it comes to the decor, clothing, food and makeup…let’s take a look at the makeup trends at Indian weddings this time around. By Taniya Talukdar Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and why not? It’s once in a lifetime event. Even …


2016’s Top Bollywood Weddings

2016’s Top Bollywood Weddings

Anything in Bollywood draws attention and more so if there’s a wedding involved. We take a look at some of the weddings that made headlines this year. By Taniya Talukdar The year 2016 hasn’t been the best for relationships in Bollywood, with many celebrity couples breaking up. On the other hand, there were quite a few weddings that saw couples …


Green-lighting a Guy - 5 Reasons Smiling's Just Not Enough

Green-lighting a Guy – 5 Reasons Smiling’s Just Not Enough

Author by Jasbina Ahluwalia Send your relationship questions to by Jasbina Ahluwalia, Intersections Match Green-lighting a Guy – 5 Reasons Smiling’s Just Not Enough We are often told to smile — for the camera, for a date, and for a job interview. Yet how important is this element of body language? According to numerous research studies, plenty. Researchers tracked …


Editorial September 2016

Dear Cricket Fans, Cricket is a religion for most of Indians, Pakistanis and Indo- Caribbeans. For some of us who have grown up with the sport back home in our daily life, watching Captain Nari Contractor, Captain Sunil Gavaskar, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar or another cricket legend Brian Lara, the India vs. West Indies T20 Tournament hosted in our own …

2016 Community Leader Awards Gala Banquet

Community News

2016 Desh Videsh Media Group Community Leader Awards

Master of Ceremony: Fareida Rajkumar On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Desh Videsh Media Group hosted the 2nd Annual Community Leader Awards at the Sawgrass Inn & Conference Center. The local community came together for an evening of speeches, dinner, and music creating an atmosphere that was both festive and Over 23 years ago, Desh-Videsh began with a simple idea. Our …


Incridible Indians

Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya

Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya is an active supporter of the local community and an education professional with 30 years of experience in South Florida. As an Florida Atlantic Universityengineering professor and administrator, he has mentored several prominent young professionals of Indian heritage. As a clinical researcher, he has served the local community through clinical trials,and along with his clinician partners,he has …

Incridible Indians

Dr. Vinod Patel

Dr. Vinod Patel graduated from the Seth G S Medical College, University of Mumbai, India in 1970 and started his career in the US at the Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He moved to Florida and started his Fellowship at University of Miami. Dr. Patel found that his successful career and family motivated him to ensure his children …

Incridible Indians

Ramola Motwani

Ramola Motwani is the Chairwoman and CEO of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment and development company with interests around the US and India. She was born and raised in India where she received her law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai, India. Mrs. Motwani began her business career in the US with an import/export business she …

Incridible India

Somy Ali

An immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan, Somy Ali and her mom and brother came to the U.S. in 1987 to escape an unstable home and pursue higher education. She eventually moved to India to work as model and Bollywood actress, where she worked on many modeling assignments and appeared in ten feature films. After this part of her career ended, Somy …

Incridible Indians

Vijay Persad

Vijay Persad has been the Chairman of the Board and President of the Shiva Mandir for several years, where he and his family have been active leaders and volunteers since 1991. As an immigrant from Trinidad, Vijay has worked closely with the Caribbean Hindu community and is motivated by the dedication of the Shiva Mandir members to improve his own …

Incridible Indians

Mohammad Shakir

Mohammad Shakirwas born in Pakistan and has been a professional, peace activist, and active volunteer in South Florida for the past 47 years. Presently, he is the Executive Director of the Asian American Advisory Board in Miami Dade, founder of the NUR Center for Asian women and children in distress, and co-founder of the women’s support organization SAHARA. Previously, he …