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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Semifinalist in Essay Contest

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know how excited I am to be chosen as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Films essay contest on "Why I Dream of Going to India". I didn't win the grand prize but I did have the honor of making it to the semi-finals and winning $100 for my entry. Here is the email I just received:

Dear semi-finalist,

After much deliberation, we have finally chosen our contest winner and wish to thank you for your participation and your wonderful, heartfelt essay. As we mentioned before, you are already a winner in your right, and you will be in receipt of a $100 cash prize.

Thank you again and all the best,

Emerging Pictures



My Entry:

India ... an alluring and iridescent land far-away. My dream to visit this exquisite corner of the world has eluded me for far too long. It calls out, beckoning me to experience ...

An array of vibrant colors contrasting beautiful brown skin

Succulent mangoes, exploding with flavorful nectar

Trains, music, dance, laughter, diversity, architecture, wildlife, cinema,

Supple earth, an all-embracing banyan tree, mountains, beaches

Drenching rains, steamy haze

Pungent, crispy bel puri and sweet, soft gulab jamun

Sandalwood, chamomile, massage

I desire to drink in the essence and exotic beauty of INDIA ... a longing waiting to finally be fulfilled

Thursday, November 29, 2007

My Interview with Arun Krishnan

After going through Arun Krishan's podcasts on Learn Hindi Through Bollywood Movies, I had to write and try to set up a personal interview with him. SUCCESS!

The interview was awesome and I wanted to share it with all of you. So, if you don't mind traveling over to my website I Crave Bollywood, you can read it there and hopefully come back to let me know what you thought about it. Thanks!

My Interview with Arun Krishnan

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Fun New Way To Learn Hindi

In the recent past (only a few posts ago actually) we spoke about programs to help you learn Hindi and other Indian languages. However, there's a non-traditional way to learn Hindi and its more fun than "a barrel of monkeys" as we say in America. I wonder what the saying would be in India. Any help here?????

Anyway, I found a new way to learn Hindi from a post on my friend Aswin's Blog. It's called Cutting Chai. The creator Arun Krishnan designs podcasts so that we can "Learn Hindi from Bollywood Movies".

Besides listening to the podcasts, you can follow along with the written dialogues that he has meticulously written as well. Along with metaphors, similies and sarcasm, Arun takes learning Hindi to a new and hilarious level.

If you want a fun way to learn Hindi, please give Arun's site a try. He'll take you through all kinds of situations that you may encounter on your journey through India and how to deal with them. For instance, you may find yourself in the "Garden of Love" which often happens in Bollywood, or you may accidently dash your car into another's on the chaotic roads of India. What would you do or say to remedy the matter without much provocation? Have you had less than perfect dealings with a rickshaw driver? Arun has it all figured out for you. You'll be speaking Hindi in no time and surprising not only yourself but your family and friends too.

As they say in many a Bollywood film ... Sada sukhi raho aur jeeti raho (Be happy forever and live for a long time)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Learning An Indian Language

Whether you want to start learning a new language, improve on one you already know, or teach your little one, there are two great places to start. The first is Baby Hindustani. The second is The Rosetta Stone.

Both programs are amazing and you'll be speaking fluntly in no time. Try them out today.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

From woods beyond, Indian films reach U.S. Audience

My nephew Bradley and I, along with several others were interviewed by Meera Rajagoplan at India New England Newspaper for this article. It focuses on the topic of how the mainstream is mesmerized by multi-star masala movies. Have a look
here.

Don't forget to come back here and leave your thoughts and comments on it. Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Feed an Orphan in India for a Month

The Literacy Site is involved in the charity to Feed an Orphan in India for a Month and you can help.

Just click on the link above or the icon in our sidebar, and for $22 you will be providing "a child in an Indian orphanage with one month of nourishing meals -- rice, lentils, milk, vegetables, bread, noodles, and even such children's delights as fruit, peanut butter, jelly, and small glucose cookies."

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Rane honors Global Goan Children Art Competition winners

Rane honors Global Goan Children Art Competition winners


Four young Goan artists, Siddharth Kerkar, Tejan N Karmali, Girija SS Dempo and Shrinjan Ghosh took a stand on Environment and Cultural preservation of Goa at the Global Goan Children Art Competition organised jointly by Friends of Goa and Gallery Attic.


45 young Goan artists in the age group of 7 to 14 years, competed at the `GLOBAL GOAN CHILDREN ART COMPETITION 2007' organized jointly in collaboration with Friends of Goa and Gallery Attic to commemorate World Goa Day celebrated worldwide on August 20.

The art competition, a first-of-its- kind art event held simultaneously in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Africa, Macau, Portugal, Brazil, Pakistan and India was an effort to assimilate and create awareness for young global Goans towards environment and cultural preservation of Goa. The art competitions were held and coordinated in each country by Goan Associations on the theme: Environment and Culture Preservation of Goa. Launching the competition in Goa in August, the competition received 45 entries from all over Goa.

Says Ethel Da Costa, organizer and global co-ordinator of the competition, "The art competition was a platform for young Goan artists to encourage free-style interpretation of the theme in mixed media formats. We were greatly surprised and encouraged by the enthusiasm and response of parents to have their children compete here. Some of the young participants from Margao, Saligao, Vasco, Panjim, Calangute have displayed so much talent, creativity and understanding of issues threatening Goa's natural and cultural ethos, that we could all learn lessons from them."

A panel of eminent judges comprising artists Harshada Kerkar, Deviprasad Rao and art critic Swatee Nair judged the entries after long deliberations. Four young winners stood apart for their creativity, application of thought to the theme and artistic aesthetics.

Winners of the Global Goan Children Art Competition 2007 are: 10-year-old Siddharth Kerkar (1st Prize) from Lourdes Convent High School, Saligao; 10-year-old Tejan N Karmali (2nd Prize) from M&N English H School, Comba-Margao; 7-year-old Girija SS Dempo (3 rd Prize) from Sharada Mandir School, Miramar; and 7-year-old Shrinjan Ghosh (3rd Prize) also from Sharada Mandir School, Miramar.


Felicitating winners on the occasion as Chief Guest, Shri Pratapsing Rane commended the vision of the young artists in understanding the cultural and environmental heritage of Goa, while appreciating art platforms for the display of their creativity and growth of their talent. "We look forward to seeing them bloom into upcoming artists of Goa," he concluded.

An exhibition of all entries will be on display at the Gallery Attic till Oct 13.

Photos

Courtesy of Goanet-News

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Making Traditional Indian Jewellery

I found this brief video on an expert jewellery maker preparing clay bangles in the traditional Indian method, very interesting.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mukesh Asopa aka King Asopa

There's a new star awaiting his big day in tinsletown and his name is Mukesh Asopa, or as he likes to be refered to - King Asopa.

I had the pleasure of interviewing this young man for Bollyvista and finding out what films he's been in so far and what it was like for him. To read the exclusive interview, please follow this link

You can also visit his NEW Official website!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MAGAZINES: South Asian Covers, Anyone?

Here is an amazing slideshow and request from SAJA.


"SAJAforum is attempting to assemble the largest collection of cover images from major U.S. magazine featuring South Asia, South Asians and South Asian themes. The prelimnary results of our ongoing, multi-month search can now be revealed.

We have created a collage/slideshow of the covers we found - 75+ at this time. This not a comprehensive list and we need your help to make it better. If you know of a cover image we missed, please let us know in the comments section. Better yet, include the URL of the image. Or e-mail us at saja@columbia.edu - subject line = "South Asian covers." We will keep adding to this slideshow as you help us find more covers."

Slideshow

Monday, July 09, 2007

Ghazals and Jaswinder Singh

Ghazal - The word originates from arabic, meaning, "way or mannerism of talking to or talking about women." It is in fact an expression of love! Thus Ghazal is the most romantic form of poetry, which has soft and soothing melodies that can touch the soul.

Here is a video from my friend Jaswinder Singh, who has an stunning voice, which lends itself perfectly to the singing of these beautifully, romantic works of art. See for yourself. You'll actually see him singing in the video several times too!

The song is called Dil Ko Thaaman and it is from Jas' album titled, Dilkash.




To learn more about Jaswinder and sample more of his amazing musical talents, please visit Jaswinder's Ryze Page.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Driving In India or Organized Chaos

I just found this post on my fellow blogger Sajid Azmi's post and couldn't resist putting it here. But please go to Sajid's blog as well, because he has some great things to share with you also. Thanks.




As Sajid says, "That's how we drive in India..lots of courage...lots of anticipation..lots of risk :)"

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Biz Asia

If you want all the latest breaking Asian media news 24/7, then you need to visit Biz Asia. And just what is Biz Asia?


Biz Asia is the UK's first ever website providing you with the latest from the world of Asian media. Biz Asia follows the success of MB Asia, which was available as part of the Media Bullet Network. MB Asia launched on Monday 5th April 2004, replacing Media Bullet's longest running website ZEE UK Unofficial.

Biz Asia's aim is to bring you the latest from Asian media news including information on TV and radio. Biz Asia will be bringing you the absolute latest from the world of UK Asian media, directly from the channels themselves. We will continue with Media 247's trend of being the first in breaking news, before anyone else.


Courtesy Biz Asia


So visit soon and get your fill of all the latest news and don't forget to sign up for their newsletter.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Decorating Your House in India Style

I have decorated my home over the past few years with different items from India. Wanting to add more of the style of India, I recently purchased the book titled just that - 'India Style' by Alexandra Bonfante-Warren and can't wait to start incorporating the ideas given within it.

For anyone who wants to add a little culture to their home based on the concepts from India, this is the book to get. You'll love it!


Here is the book's description, which is given on Amazon.com:

"From the Taj Mahal to modest dwellings made of mud or wood, India is a world rich in color, texture, and style--and these dazzling full-color images of the country's architecture and interior design elements focus on just those aspects easily adaptable to Western homes. Every photo provides a wealth of inspiration for totally redoing your house or simply giving a room an Indian flair. Tour traditional and contemporary Indian homes to see how their extraordinarily vivid palettes--bright baby blues and pinks enhanced with favorite images, sophisticated combinations such as the saffron and plum of Buddhist monks, or the sober, rich hue of deep, pure indigo--can infuse your walls, furnishings, shutters, or doorways with India style. Feel the power and excitement of the carved wooden furniture, hammered brass bowls, Mughal miniatures, magnificent silk textiles, and time-ripened antique rugs. Then bring the passion and diversity of India to bear on your own exotic retreat."

As I add the ideas in the book, I'll be sure to upload the pics here for you to see.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Journey through Indian Music

Sometime back, I wrote about my first experience with live Indian music. It was at a local multicultural center and featured the ace percussionist Shri Nitin Mitta on tabla.

The concert was titled - Journey through Indian Music and the article I wrote about it was called Indian Night in Providence, RI

I enjoyed all of the performances immensely, but watching Nitin on the tabla was simply, nothing short of amazing. I had never seen or heard anything like it. He was in Providence again last weekend, along with Shri Puspen Dey on the sarod, but with a heavy heart and great disappointment, I regret to say that I was not able to attend.

Besides the audio and video clips on Nitin's site, here are the two clips I have found on the Web, as he accompanied the famous sitar player Pt. Nayan Ghosh last year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.




Breaking the Wall of Ignorance

Mr. Ashish Bhatia, a fellow member on one of my writing groups has created and directed a documentary titled Breaking the Wall of Ignorance. It is about a special school for mentally handicapped children in India. It is a very touching, as well as an informative film that brings the awareness of this important subject to the fore.

THIS FILM WON BEST FILM AWARD IN MUMBAI 2007.

Please watch it and leave him your comments there and here also, if you wish.

Thx.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Creative Online Invitations

I came across the following site, which I thought was really cool. Let me know what you think.


If you want a different, creative and free way to invite your family and friends to your next celebration, then check out eBulawa .

Bulawa is Urdu for invitation. So eBulawa means e-invitations.

It only takes 5 minutes and you'll be sending everyone creative invitations to your Bollywood concert, local cricket game, or even to your shaadi (wedding).

Have fun making your very own online invitations, impressing all who find themselves receiving them.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sabras Radio's Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund

"The 2001 Gujarat earthquake was the most devastating earthquake in India in recent history. It began on January 26, 2001 at 8:46 in the morning, centered near Bhuj in Gujarat, India. Rated at 6.9 on the Richter scale, the quake killed upwards of 30,000 people and injured at least as many throughout Gujarat and parts of Eastern Pakistan.

Following this tragic event, it was decided by Sabras Radio to set up the Sabras Earthquake Releif Fund (SERF) as a way of channelling the donations of its listeners and supporters and identifying specific causes to which to donate the funds it raised. In the year February 2001 to March 2002, SERF collected just over £170,000 from its listeners and organisations in the local community." *

*Courtesy of Sabras Radio

To read the whole article and see how you can help, please go to the Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund Page. And thank you in advance.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The effect of the VTech tragedy on future Indian students

According to a US counsellor, "the massacre won't discourage Indian students," reports IANS.

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The massacre at Virginia Tech that claimed 33 lives, including that of two Indians, will not jeopardise campus life in American universities nor should it stop Indian students from pursuing higher education there, a US embassy official said here Wednesday.

Describing Monday's massacre as an 'aberration', Satish Kulkarni, Counsellor Science, Technology, Environment and Health Affairs at the embassy, told reporters: 'What maybe happening is not what campus life is about.


To read the complete article, please go here

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Desi Professor Among Virginia Tech Victims

I just received the following article from SAJA. What a sad day for Prof. Loganathan, his family and all the students and their friends and families as well. This horrific school massacre is the worse in US history.

G.V. Loganathan, a 51-year-old Civil and Environmental Engineering professor from India is among the 33 victims in the biggest U.S. massacre - the killings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.


Entire SAJA Article


Other articles include: Virginia shooting: Prof's family to attend last rites

Video from CNN-IBN


The article also mentioned that there was another Indian victim, a student named Minal Panchal from Mumbai (Bombay). She attended Central Florida University and was a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering.


Official Virginia Tech Website

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dramatic statistics about India

Here are some interesting stats on India, thanks to Mira Kamdar's new book, "Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy is Transforming America and the World
(you'll find them on the back cover)


India is the world's fourth-largest economy.

By 2034, India will be the most populous country on Earth, with 1.6 billion people.

India's middle class is already larger than the entire population of the United States.

One out of three of the world's malnourished children live in India.

India is home to the biggest youth population on earth: 600 million people are under the age of 25.

72,000,000 cell phones will be sold in India in 2007.

India just edged past the United States to become the second-most-preferred destination for foreign direct investment after China.

In 1991, Indians purchased 150,000 automobiles; in 2007, they are expected to purchase 10 million.

By 2008, India's total pool of qualified graduates will be more than twice as large as China's.

By 2015, an estimated 3.5 million white-collar U.S. jobs will be offshored.
India is the largest arms importer in the developing world.

American corporations expect to earn $20 to $40 billion from the civilian nuclear agreement with India.

In 2007, there are 2.2 million Indian Americans, a number expected to double every decade.

Twenty-nine percent of India's population speaks English - that's 350 million people.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Room To Read on Oprah

I just received this wonderful news from my friends at Room To Read. I'm sure you'll agree with me that this is a great step forward in helping to educate children in India and the world over.


Dear Friends of Room to Read,

We are incredibly excited to announce that John Wood, our Founder and CEO, will be a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 3rd. The episode will feature individuals who are truly making a difference in the world. This is an amazing opportunity for us to reach a wide audience and share John's story and the mission of Room to Read. But wait, the news gets even better... She will be issuing a challenge to her audience to support our work through a book drive through Oprah.com, which will raise funds for new local language books and libraries!

We would love for you to help get the word out, so please consider:

1. Hosting a viewing party so more of your friends can learn about Room to Read!

2. Getting a few copies of John's book, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, into the hands of your friends who might want to support Room to Read's work. The book also will be featured on the show.

Thank you again for all of your continued support as we reach new heights! This is a momentous occasion for Room to Read and we hope you will tune in on Tuesday, April 3rd (check local listings for program information)! If the show and the book drive are a big success, it could mean the opportunity to bring the lifelong gift of education to hundreds of thousands of children across the developing world.

Warmest regards,
The Room to Read Team




So please join us in not only watching the show, but also in taking part in Oprah's challenge! Thank you in advance!

Room To Read

Thursday, March 29, 2007

UP, UP AND AWAY

A recent article on Sunita Williams, tells us that "what goes up, may not always come down", at least not when planned anyway. See Astronaut Stuck In Space

Sunita Lyn "Suni" Williams, born September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, is a NASA astronaut. She is currently assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14.

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Williams is the second woman of Indian heritage to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Kalpana Chawla. She holds the records for number of space walks and total time spent on spacewalks by a woman: four space walks for a total of 29 hours and 17 minutes.

Facts courtesy of Wikipedia on Sunita Williams


Kalpana Chawla (July 1, 1961 – 1 February 2003), you may remember, was an Indian-born American astronaut and a space shuttle mission specialist.


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She was, unfortunately, one of seven crew members lost aboard Space Shuttle Columbia during mission STS-107, when the shuttle disintegrated upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.


Facts courtesy of Wikipedia on Kalpana Williams

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Another Beautiful Hindi Film

If you haven't seen Vivah (marriage) yet, you should do so. It's a beautiful story about the journey from engagement to the sacred, pure and eternal institution of marriage for Poonam (Amrita Rao), a middle class girl who lives in the small town of Madhupur, to Prem (Shahid Kapoor), the son of Mr. Harishchandra (Anupam Kher), a renowned businessman from New Delhi.

Although from two different worlds, so to speak, the match is "made in heaven" as they say. Vivah is a heartwarming tale of unconditional love … even through the trial by fire that the two come up against.

Here is one of the songs that is absolutely one of my very favorite - Mujhe Haq Hai. Enjoy!







Lyrics/Translation

"Mujhe Haq Hai"
Movie: Vivah
Music & Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Translation Courtesy of Rajshri Productions
Singers: Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal

Prem:
Mujhe haq hai (I have the right)
Tujhko ji bhar ke main dekhoon, (I have the right to this liberty of beholding your beauty to my heart's content)
Mujhe haq hai
Bas yun hi dekh tha jaaon, (Of gazing upon you in endless love)
Mujhe haq hai

Poonam:
Piya, piya, piya, piya, bole mera jiya (My love, my love calls out in answer)
Tumhe haq hai (You have the right)
Tumhe haq hai
Tumhe haq hai

Dhal rahi pighal rahi, yeh raat dheere dheere (Darkening, melting, the night is slowly deepening)

Prem:
Bhar rahi hai pyaar ki, baat dheere dheere (Giving in to love's music, a romance slowly blossoming)

Poonam:
Chudiyan, gun gunna ke, kya kahe sajna (In the music of my bangles, what is the lyric, my love?)
Yeh chudiyan, gun gunaa ke, kya kahe sajna (What message does the language of my bangles speak?)

Prem:
Raat ki raat jagaaon, mujhe haq hai (To keep you awake all night, I have the right)
Chand poonam ka churaaon, mujhe haq hai (To steal upon your beauty, I have the right

Poonam:
Piya, Piya, Piya, Piya, Bole Mera Jiya
Tumhe Haq Hai
Tumhe Haq Hai
Tumhe Haq Hai

Prem:
Kal subaah, tujhse main, door chala jaaonga (Tomorrow, time will distance us )
Ek pal ko bhi tujhe, bhool nahin paaonga (But not for a moment will I be able to forget you)
Yeh chehra, yeh muskaan, aankhon mein bharke (My eyes will be filled with your face, your smile)
Yeh chehra, yeh muskaan, aankhon mein bharke (In memories of your beautiful face, your endearing smile)
Main Teri Yaad Mein Tarpoon, mujhe haq hai (To suffer in your absence, I have the right)
Gusse milne ko main tarsoon, mujhe haq hai (To yearn to meet you, I have the right)

Poonam:
Piya, Piya, Piya, Piya, Bole Mera Jiya
Tumhe Haq Hai
Tumhe Haq Hai
Tumhe Haq Hai

Prem:
Mujhe haq hai

Poonam:
Tumhe Haq Hai

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

And then there's cricket

My Everything Indian blog wouldn't be complete without a post/tribute to the game of cricket. I'm just getting to know the game and think the following clip, complete with a Punjabi song is the bomb.

Below the clip is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the game along with the link to the entire entry.

What I do know is the list of players on the Indian team for the 2007 World Cup, which is currently in full swing (yes, the pun was intended).

Rahul Dravid - Captain
Sachin Tendulkar
Irfan Pathan
Sourav Ganguly
Harbhajan Singh
Munaf Patel
Zaheer Khan
Anil Kumble
M S Dhoni
Ajit Agarkar
Yuraj Singh
Virender Sehwag
S Sreesanth
Dinesh Karthik
Robin Uthappa







Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Cricket is a bat and ball sport played between two teams, usually of eleven players each. A cricket match is played on a grass field (which is usually roughly oval), in the centre of which is a flat strip of ground 22 yards (20.12 m) long, called a pitch. At each end of the pitch is a set of three parallel wooden stakes (known as stumps) driven into the ground, with two small crosspieces (known as bails) laid on top of them. This wooden structure is called a wicket. A player from the fielding team (the bowler) bowls a hard, fist-sized cork-centred leather ball from one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching a player from the opposing team (the batsman), who defends the wicket from the ball with a wooden cricket bat. The batsman, if he or she does not get out, may then run between the wickets, exchanging ends with the other batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been standing in an inactive role near the bowler's wicket, to score runs. The other members of the bowler's team stand in various positions around the field as fielders. The match is won by the team that scores more runs.

For entire entry, please go here

ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 - Official Website

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Warm Up With Some Delicious Chai

We're back in the cold weather here in the Northeast. So to warm up, nothing beats a deliciously warm cup of Indian Chai (tea). There are several variations and here are some great recipes for you to try tonight.

ENJOY and stay warm!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Will the next American Idol be Indian?

India has its Indian Idol, mirrored after American Idol, but what would it be like to have the next American Idol be Indian? It could just be what will happen as we watch Sanjaya Malakar perform and make it through the weeks ahead.

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At just 17 years old Sanjaya and his sister Shyamali, who is 19 auditioned back-to-back and both made it in. Unfortunately, Shyamali didn't make it as far as her brother has, since she was cut during the Hollywood Week.

Half Italian and half Indian, their father was a classic East Indian musician, so coming from a musical background has helped tremendously.

Here are some clips and links to Sanjaya.

Sanjaya's American Idol Audition



Sanjaya's Biography

Sanjaya's Fan Club Site



Sanjaya Malakar

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blogging in Hindi

After seeing my last post about blogging in Gujarati, my friend Farrukh wrote and let me know that we can blog in Hindi as well.

Please stop by and check out his blog called, "Who Wrote That?", which talks about it and tell him Simran sent you. ;-)

Monday, March 05, 2007

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Linguistic Trivia and Other Fun Facts

Did you know that ...

The word Anaconda comes from the Tamil phrase aana-kolra which means ‘elephant killing’?

Or that ... the word Serpent comes from Sanskrit word “Sarpam” meaning snake or any creature that hisses or stings?

Maybe you've heard that ...

The state of Punjab means "Land of Five Rivers" and gets its name from the five rivers Jhelum, Sutlej, Ravi, Chenab, and Beas which originally flowed in the region, making it one of the most fertile areas in the world.

Or even ...

The state of Meghalaya gets its name from “megha” meaning clouds and “alaya”, meaning abode. The name therefore means, “The Abode of the Clouds”.



For more linguistic trivia and fun facts on India, please visit Bhasha India's Trivia Page and maybe even learn something new.

Hindi Words in English

I thought the following article on how much of an influence Indian languages have had on the English language was very interesting.

Here is an excerpt:

"English is one of the most widely spoken languages of the world. It is also has a rich vocabulary with Oxford dictionary listing more than 600,000 words. The reason behind the extensive vocabulary is very simple. English has evolved by incorporating words from various languages from all over the world. Many Indian words have made it to the regular English vocabulary. Most of them were added during the British imperialistic rule over India from spanning from 16th to 20th century. More than five hundred words of Indian origin were absorbed into English during that period and it has grown ever since. Currently the Oxford English Dictionary lists over 700 words of Indian origin."


To read the entire article, please go here.

Something Fun

Kemcho

How would you like to learn to blog in Gujarati? Well now you can, thanks to a web site called just that - How To Blog In Gujarati


The fonts and all the instructions are nicely and concisely presented so anyone can become a Gujarati blogger, here on Blogger or with INDIC ME.


I'm setting up my system too, so I can add a Gujarati blog to my three existing blogs here on Blogger.


I hope you find this information as helpful as I did and that you too will be blogging in Gujarati in no time.


See you on my Gujarati Blog real soon. Until then ... aavjo

Beat The Winter Blues

For those of us not in the warm climate of India, but rather in the colder/snow filled areas of the world, this post is for us. Just because we're not enjoying the warmth of the sun on sand-covered beaches with the sparkling clear water lapping at our bare feet, doesn't mean we can't dream that we're there doing just that.

To help us visualize this, travel with me over to the beaches of Goa and we'll begin to feel warmer all over, just by looking at these gorgeous pictures and imagining ourselves there.


See you there.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Naaree.com Celebrates the New Indian Woman

Naaree.com Celebrates the New Indian Woman

In the midst of a flurry of dotcom launches in India, comes Naaree.com, India's new portal and online magazine for the new Indian women.

Mumbai, Maharastra (PRWeb) February 14, 2007 -- In the midst of a flurry of dotcom launches in India, comes Naaree.com, India's new portal and online magazine for the new Indian women.

Promoted by Priya Florence Shah, an entrepreneur, online marketing consultant and active blogger, it features inspiring and insightful articles and tips, written by experienced writers with a first-hand knowledge of what the modern Indian woman desires most.

As women, we have many roles to play. We are the nurturers, mothers, wives, lovers, career-women, daughters, friends. When we feel good about ourselves we can give our best to our families, children and careers.

In the process of multi-tasking and giving to others in our lives, stress takes its toll - on us, as well as our families. The new Indian woman is learning to live life on her own terms, and to value her own needs as much as her partner's. Naaree.com aims to inspire women to transform themselves beyond their wildest dreams.

"Naaree.com does not have a feminist agenda. Our goal is solely to help the Indian woman break free of limitations, and disempowering thinking," says Ms. Shah, adding "Both, family and society, benefit when a women learns to take care of her own needs, because she is then better able to care for her family and loved ones."

"Indian women need more role models to inspire them. Besides a few well-known names like Preity Zinta, Sania Mirza, Kiran Mazumdar and Indra Nooyi, we know precious little about the thousands of women in our society who have silently and courageously overcome the limitations imposed on them by archaic attitudes and challenging circumstances," states Ms. Shah.

Naaree.com invites you to send in profiles of woman achievers, successful women entrepreneurs and women who have overcome obstacles or demonstrated courage to rise above their circumstances and get where they are today. They will be interviewed and their stories published in a monthly "Naaree of the Month" feature.

Naaree.com aims to help the new Indian woman get in touch with her own needs, become self-actualised, and achieve balance and harmony in all areas of her life. "We want to help women nurture themselves, in body, mind and spirit. Visit us for the content. Stay for the community," invites Ms. Shah.

Check out Naaree for the latest articles and updates.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Great Recipe for Dhokla

Want to try a delicious Gujarati dish? Then you will really enjoy making and eating Dhokla. Thanks to Swapna's TASTES FROM MY KITCHEN blogspot, you can make this and so many other wonderful Indian meals. So please visit susarlas kitchen and get started today.

And for more Gujarati recipes, please visit Swapna's other site - Trupti's little chef's in the kitchen

Now,you'll have to excuse me while I go make some dhokla.

Feed a Hungry Child

Now you can help feed a hungry child by contributing to the cookbook titled - You Can Cook, in which all the proceeds will go to the 'Feed a Hungry Child Campaign'

To participate, please go to the blogspot, My Dhaba and read the idea behind the program and the guidelines posted in Nucleus of an Idea...

They are looking to collect 365 traditional/heirloom recipes. At this point in time, they have 165. 200 more to go! Let's make it possible.

Hope to see you there.

FAHC : Feed A Hungry Child Campaign

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Shilpa Shetty live on Sabras Radio

Shilpa Shetty live on Sabras

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty will be visiting the UK’s most popular Asian radio station Sabras Radio tomorrow (Wednesday 7th February).

Since leaving the Celebrity Big Brother house, Shilpa has been inundated with offers from the media around the world. She will now be giving one of her first radio interviews to Sabras Radio.

Sabras Radio’s Drivetime show with Raj Baddhan will be covering the event with a live interview.



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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Room To Read welcomes Dhir Jhingran

Room To Read is an organization, which "partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructure. We seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education is a lifelong gift that empowers people to ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries, and future generations. Through the opportunities that only an education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time."

Founder and CEO John Wood and the entire RTR staff welcomes Dhir Jhingran.

"Dhir Jhingran joins us in the newly created role of Asia Regional Director. Dhir is a prominent leader and facilitator of educational programs at local, state and national levels in India. With over 15 years of professional experience in primary education, Dhir most recently served as Director of Elementary Education for the Ministry of Human Resource Development, responsible for guiding and supervising the implementation of the Education For All program, a national campaign to universalize elementary education in India. He has supervised programs in reading comprehension, computer education, classroom construction and language development, and is the author of two books that focus on the access of education for disadvantaged children. He served as an informal advisor to the Room to Read India team for two years before joining us in his current role as Asia Regional Director, with all country teams in Asia reporting up to him. We are excited to build out a larger regional team based in Delhi with Dhir."

Room To Read in India

Room To Read stories from India


You can help Room to Read by your donations and/or by volunteering your time to help them further their goals. Please visit their Website and contact them to see how you can help.

Children Walking Tall and the Mango House

Children Walking Tall is an organization, which helps children worldwide to break the cycle of poverty and give them a happier, brighter, more productive future, through education, support and friendship. Their ultimate goal ... allowing the children to walk tall!

Here is what they are doing for the children who are suffering in Goa, India.

Excerpt:

"There are hundreds of children living on the streets in Goa alone for a number of different reasons. A large number of the children on the streets originate from other regions of India but make the long journey to Goa by train, sweeping the carriages, trying to earn money as they go. The children want to get to Goa because they believe the tourists will provide them with everything they need, but this is not true. Street children can often be found roaming the streets begging for money or sleeping under bridges and in bus stations at night. They are frequently in trouble with the locals who don't want them around because they have a bad effect on business. Some of the children try to earn money by rag or bottle picking, or selling plastic bags in the fish markets, working up to 13 hours a day, but ending up with only a few rupees in their pocket. We felt that the best way we could help would be by starting a charity to provide shelter and food for these children. Allowing us to give the children something they may not have had before, a chance of a childhood worth remembering."


Children Walking Tall is committed to helping them in all ways possible and Mango House, is one of those ways in which they accomplish this goal.

The Mango house is a 100+ year old Portuguese house that had been left empty for 20 years. It has now regained some of it's previous glory through lots of hard work.


Future Plans

Apna Ghar
We have been given permission to visit the state run childrens' detention centre called Apna Ghar. Children are placed there who have had a 'run in' with the law or who have been abandoned in the streets.

Mumbai Visit
In January we hope to make another visit to Mumbai. Shermina and a few of the volunteers hope to give out over 600 sets of clothes, fruit and sweets to the children living in the slums and on the roadside.

Activity Day for the Children
We have been contacted by an adventure sports company who wish to sponsor a day events for 50 children in the next month. This will be a great day out and will give the children to have something to look forward to.

You can read more and help out the Children Walking Tall, either by donations or by volunteering. Please visit their Website today to find out how you can make a difference.

Contact Us
Children Walking Tall
'The Mango House'
H.No 148/3
Near Vrundavan Hospital
Karaswada, Mapusa
Bardez, Goa

Children Walking Tall

You can also vote for Children Walking Tall.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Top Chef

I love food, both cooking and eating it. Although I'm not crazy about reality shows, Top Chef is one of my favorite cooking shows. The Indian connection (for this blogspot) is of course the beautiful Padma Lakshmi, who is the host of the show.

The competition has been fierce throughout and the dishes very interesting to say the least, given the themes and settings in which the chefs have been handed. It's wonderful that you can also get the recipes and relive some of the highlights through the official Top Chef site.

I really can't believe though that Sam and Elia were the ones to "pack their knives and go" home. Clearly the judges must have had a little too much to drink before they made this insane decision.

It's down to the last two chefs, Ilan and Marcel. Although I wanted it to be between Sam and Elia, (and it really should have been, since they were the two best (IMHO) throughout, especially Sam) The judges really made a very bad decision this week for sure and the comments from viewers on the blog show it!

I won't be watching the final challenge between Ilan and Marcel because the producers will probably chose Marcel just because of all the drama he created the entire series. It's so unfair. I know ratings are important but not at the expense of the contestants. Shame on Bravo!

I loved both Elia and Sam, but without a doubt, Sam would have come out of it all as Top Chef!

Forget about having me as a viewer for 'Top Chef' "part 3" of the ratings game as well!

You can check out the finale photos and comments along with the Official site with all of the episodes and interviews, along with Chef Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmon's blogs.


Official Top Chef Site on Bravo TV

Friday, January 26, 2007

Good News/Bad News For Goa

New Konkani TV Station launched 21st January,2007

Goa 24/7 was launched yesterday and you can see it on Channel 21 or 31 in South Goa and North Goa will be connected in a month or so.

The Konkani movie 'Nirmon' was shown and 'Alisa' was shown the next morning.

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'The Death of Goa', written by Rajen Parrikar really saddened me. It is impossible to believe that the beautiful paradise known as Goa could soon be no more. It is a travesty that this may indeed be her fate.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

NEW Additions to Amy's Kitchen

Speaking of food, I just stopped by Amy's Kitchen and discovered that she's added two new Indian dishes to her line of healthy food products. I'm looking forward to trying them both. I've already tried and eaten her other Indian dishes many times. They are sooooooo delicious. Get some and try them today!

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Paneer Tikka


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Spinach Tofu Wrap

Tea time snack

Winter is definitely here in the US. Today I found a great little fluffy snack to have with the garam chai (spicy Indian tea) that is needed to warm us up on this cold night.

They're called Goli Baje and they are just the perfect little tea time snack.

They're easy to make and even more fun to eat. Enjoy some today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Looking at the Unseen Face of our Planet

Please check out this amazing and sometimes sobering website and let me know what you think. Thank You. Looking At The Unseen Face of Our Planet