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In an exclusive video interview with INDIA New England News, Hindi Manch team talks about its upcoming flagship event SaReGaMaPa singing competition, its participants, organization's mission and vision and about celebrity Bollywood singer and competition judge Suresh Wadkar. The grand finale will be held at the Collins Center in Andover, MA, on October 4, 2014.

Wadkar, who will be the main judge of the competition, will also perform some of his timeless songs with live music. Thirty semifinalists have already been selected from the auditions in various categories and will contest in the grand finale on Oct. 4.Click here to watch the video interview.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) recently announced its first class of E3! Ambassadors, 32 young leaders from across the nation committed to improving the quality of life and opportunity for young AAPIs. Sonia Sujanani of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court-Boston, is one of them.
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Vanita Shastri, TiE Boston's executive director for six years, abruptly quit the leading organization of local entrepreneurs on Friday. She left for India and could not be reached for comment on why she abruptly quit the second largest TiE Chapter in the world. Gaugarin Oliver, president of TiE Boston, said Shastri was a key player in TiE Boston activities.
United India Association of New England, which was founded in 1984 to preserve, promote and nurture the values of Indian heritage by planning, developing and executing community events, has elected Neela Gandhi as its new president and a new executive committee, whose two-year term starts on January 1.
WELLESLEY, MA—Babson College has released a new study on venture capital funding for women entrepreneurs, identifying enormous, untapped opportunity for venture capitalists to drive new growth and innovation by investing in women entrepreneurs. Lakshmi Balachandra is one of the authors of the study.
MEDFORD, MA--There are currently 2.9 billion Internet users in the world. While a staggering number, businesses and governments have an opportunity to expand their reach by bringing the remaining 60 percent of the global population online. Successfully supporting those consumers will depend on knowing which countries are leading digital growth.
By Tahir Ali
HOPKINTON, MA--So what do Homaira Naseem, Naushad Anwar, Yasmeen Ansari and Dr. Shameem Ahmed have in common? They are activist and believe in meaningful get-togethers like the one they helped organize an •interfaith picnic' event in Hopkinton Park recently. The ladies worked closely together with the Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM), which is an interfaith, community-based organization.
BOSTON--Ameeta Soni has joined Chief Outsiders, LLC, one of the nation's leading strategic marketing firms comprised solely of C-level marketing executives focused on addressing the growth challenges of mid-sized companies. Based in Boston, Soni will work with CEOs in New England and throughout the U.S. to address their business issues and take their companies to the next level of business performance.
By Anu Chitrapu
INDIA New England News Columnist

Summer is gone and we are all in the middle of back-to-school blues. Those lovely mornings where you could sneak in some extra sleep because there was no need to make and pack lunch are now gone. Like all homes (or maybe I am just hoping here), our home was a complete mess on the opening day of school. In spite of good planning, okay maybe not so good planning, we were missing essentials, which I swear were lying around the family room all summer and then disappeared the day we needed them most.
WASHINGTON, DC--As India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi readies for his first encounter with President Barack Obama next week, the Indian pharmaceutical industry, U.S. health care providers and life sciences companies, think tanks and policy experts, academic and research institutions, U.S. insurance companies and pension funds, NGOs and Trade Associations, have launched today a website for their Coalition for Affordable Care.
ASHLAND, MA--Shri Dwarkamai Sai Temple, which organized a successful musical extravaganza Chand Ahhen Bharega last year that was themed after romance and moon , is back again this year with Chhora Ganga Kinare Wala, celebrating an evening of songs and dialogues of living legend and one of the Bollywood's biggest superstars: Amitabh Bachhan.

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The U.S. White House issued the following vision statement for the US-India Partnership: “Chalein Saath Saath, forward together we go. As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths, we share a vision for a partnership in which the United States and India work together, not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world.
NEW DELHI—The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is sure to keep its word on making India the first country in South Asia to become a cruelty-free cosmetics zone, despite industry pressure, says Humane Society International/India’s BeCrueltyFree campaign. Since May, when the government announced a prohibition on animal testing for cosmetics in India and proposed a ban on the import of animal-tested cosmetics from abroad...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass--Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half — and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.
Foreign Direct Investment into India more than doubled to $3.5 billion in July, according to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, up from the July 2013 total of $1.7 billion. During April-July of this year, the foreign inflows grew by 52 percent to $10.7 billion as compared to $7.1 billion in the same period last year.
WASHINGTON, DC – With scams, frauds, and cons as prevalent as ever, a new report authored by Global Witness, with support from the FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition and others, thrusts anonymous American companies into the spotlight and demonstrates how crooks and the corrupt use them to rip people off.

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It seems like criticism is a part of every win. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri had to face racist tweets and comments last year and this year- the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev is being criticized for her talent. In my opinion- her singing is better than what many can do, she was confident on stage, interacting with audience, and her performance had ability to make her stand out in the crowd. The world watches to see if their favorite wins, if not, follows the critism. Be a winner anyways!

Please join us for this half hour discourse followed by a 45 minute consideration of an article in the magazine - प्रहरीदुर्ग (Watchtower)

Hosseini shows us, an Afghanistan unsullied by war. The book opens a window into Afghanistan’s soul - the people, their nature, their habits and customs. The reader’s heart goes out to Amir, yearning for the Afghanisthan of his childhood, fully knowing that he would never get it back. ‘ I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lived had become.

Written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine.

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