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Kerala writers forum started in Houston
On July 19, Kerala Writers Forum was inaugurated in Houston, Tex. The picture shows some of the people who participated.

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Various religions gathered to honor Rajan Zed
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, northern Nevada clergy accorded reception to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed in Reno on July 22 evening to honor his recent opening of United States House of Representatives in Washington DC with a prayer.

Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Baha'is, Jains and Zoroastrians joined to celebrate various achievements of Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism.

Organized by Nevada Clergy Association (NCA) and hosted by Saint Anthony ... Read More

Heady Summer, Fateful Fall for Dinesh D’Souza, a Conservative Firebrand
Nobody wants the summer to end, but especially not Dinesh D’Souza.

In June, he published, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” which spent a week as the No. 1 book on Amazon, and is currently No. 2 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

In July, he released a companion film, which has grossed more than $12 million, already roughly the same as the total of such well-known documentaries as “Hoop Dreams” and “Roger ... Read More

Indo-American Students Work to Break the Poverty Cycle in Indian Cities
Aarti Virani, Uplift Humanity
Anish Patel believes that the best people to help teenagers are other teenagers.

Mr. Patel, 20, is the founder of Uplift Humanity, a New Jersey-based nonprofit that works with orphans and imprisoned youth in India. It’s an organization he founded four years ago, following a series of annual family vacations to Gujarat. “My yearly trips to India gave me a new understanding of how luck defines the circumstances you are put in,” ... Read More

A former Sikh temple leader in Surrey, BC accused in the fatal beating of his wife.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Narinder Kaur Kalsi was taken off life support Sunday afternoon, with her family at her hospital bedside.

It comes a week after she was found critically injured in her Surrey, B.C., home.

Narinder Kaur Kalsi was taken off life support one week after being rushed to hospital with critical injuries.

Her husband, Baldev Singh Kalsi, president of the Gurdwara Sahib Brookside temple in Surrey was originally charged with attempted murder but ... Read More

Children’s 4th Annual Gita Camp concludes at the Hare Krishna Dham
Teachers with children who attended the Children’s 4th Annual Gita Camp from July 7th - 13th, 2014.
Teachers with children who attended the Children’s 4th Annual Gita Camp from July 7th – 13th, 2014.
by Vrajesvari devi dasi
HOUSTON – In this day and age, our lives are busy, and we are all running around with the urgency to fulfill various needs. If we have any more time left in between, we are bombarded with electronic stimulation in ... Read More

Nevada Governor commends Hindu statesman Rajan Zed
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has commended distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed “for performing the opening prayer before the United States House of Representatives”.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, opened the US House of Representatives in Washington DC with a Hindu prayer on June 19. Earlier, he read the first Hindu invocation of United States Senate in 2007.

Sandoval, in his signed letter to Rajan Zed titled “GREETINGS FROM THE GOVERNOR”, wrote: “I am ... Read More

Free Outdoor Film Screening
"Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869 - 1948"
1533 Sul Ross Street
Houston, Texas 77006
A prelude to the major fall exhibition,
Experiments with Truth:
Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence

Friday, August 1, 2014
8:30 p.m.

Following Gandhi's assassination in 1948, a group of India's leaders created the Gandhi Films Committee, launching an international appeal for any film for any film footage of the Mahatma ('great soul").

The global response was enormous and overwhelming, resulting in a broad range of ... Read More
New Jersey to have majestic 162-acre Hindu temple
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville (New Jersey, USA), currently under construction, will reportedly be spread over 162 acres and be ready in 2017 with an estimated cost of over $150 million.

“Mandir Mahotsav”, a series of celebrations and ceremonies to inaugurate this intricate hand-carved temple, also known as Akshardham Mahamandir, will be held on August 10 in the presence of Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami, Sadguru Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami and Sadguru Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami.

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Hindus object Holi commercialization
Hindus have strongly objected to the commercialization of Holi, Hindu “festival of color”.

Ticketed Holi celebrations are reportedly being held in various cities of United Kingdom and Germany in July and August and a ticket can sometimes cost about $56. Such celebrations are usually held from 12:00 to 22:00, sometimes followed by an after party in a local club in the surrounding area.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed that ... Read More
National meeting of all Gurudwaras in Washington
National Sikh Campaign will host a national meeting of all gurdwaras here in Washington to engage the community to join in a major push towards changing perception of Sikhs and Sikhism in USA.
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'The Book of Life' takes No. 1 spot on U.S. bestsellers list
(Reuters) - "The Book of Life," the final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday.

Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United States is used to compile the list.

Hardcover Fiction Last Week

1. "The Book of Life" by Deborah Harkness

(Viking, $28.95) -

2. "The Heist" by Daniel Silva

(Harper, $27.99) -

3. "Invisible" by James Patterson and

David Ellis (Little, ... Read More
Hindus urge equal treatment under Ohio religious course bill
Hindus want Hinduism on equal footing with other religions when religious course bill is implemented in Ohio (USA).

Under this bill public school pupils could obtain school credit for religious coursework taken off campus during regular school hours.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that religious and moral grounding of students was a good idea, but instead of teaching one religion to students, Ohio schools should be directed to come ... Read More
Montreal Foundation to help South Asians
The Bharat Bhavan Foundation (BBF) is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to the Indo-Canadian community-pro-bono-for several decades.

Bharat Bhavan Foundation, a secular non-profit charity, was founded in 1984 to promote social, economic, educational, cultural, and spiritual development of its members and community at large. Seeking out inspiration from the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, the foundation has dedicated itself to service the less fortunate people of the society, particularly the new immigrants.

The ... Read More
58 more Indian nurses rescued from war-hit Iraq
Source : ANI
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has confirmed the rescue of 58 more Indian nurses from violence-hit Iraq.

MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said that the nurses had been rescued in an "extremely difficult" operation, days after rescuing 46 Indian nurses in Tikrit.

Akbaruddin said the 58 nurses were "brought out through the land route" in batches over the last three weeks.
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Hindus laud “Yoga Gate” launch at Helsinki Airport
Hindus have applauded launching of “Yoga Gate” at Helsinki Airport in Finland, calling it a “step in right direction”.

At this recently launched “Yoga Gate”, located in “harmonious Kainuu space” open round-the-clock near gate 30, passengers could take part in instructed yoga classes, using instructions provided in the space. Yoga mats were also provided and “Jet Lag Yoga” instructed classes were recently held here. It is part of Helsinki Airport’s preparation to serve 20 million passengers ... Read More
Many Americans Hold Negative Impressions of Hindu Americans
Washington D.C. (July 23, 2014) - Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed concern that much of the American public holds negative views of Hindus, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute. The poll, which asked participants to rate religious groups on a "feeling thermometer" from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating warmer feelings, found that Americans as a whole know little about Hinduism, and those who do hold ... Read More
Bringing to Light Yoga's Hindu Roots
HAF's (Hindu American Foundation) Take Back Yoga campaign truly went national on November 27-28, 2010 when the New York Times ran a piece entitled "Hindu Group Stirs a Debate over Yoga's Soul" on the front page of its Sunday print edition and online (registration with the New York Times may be required to access the story). The Times piece has catapulted the Foundation's campaign to new levels and has resulted in a flurry of ... Read More
Scholarships available for business reporting seminar [US]
Journalists interested in improving their business reporting skills can apply for a scholarship.
The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists are organizing a seminar on Oct. 13-16 in Philadelphia.
Each year, the National Press Foundation offers two all-expense-paid fellowships to U.S.-based print or broadcast journalists for the annual October Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The seminars offer participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of business by attending courses conducted ... Read More


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The Journal was established in 1970 to publish high quality research in cross cultural family studies. It promotes a better understanding of inter-ethnic family interaction that is essential for all multicultural societies. It draws articles from social science researchers around the world and contains invaluable material for Sociologists, Anthropologists, Family Counselors, and Social Psychologists.

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Titles of some past Articles

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