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President Barack Obama made history this week and nominated Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma as US Ambassador to India. If approved by the Congress, Verma will become the first Indian-American to serve as US Ambassador to India. The appointment of Mr. Verma, a former State Department official, comes ahead of an important visit by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 29-30.

If Mr. Verma is confirmed by the US Congress, he will replace Ambassador Nancy Powell, who resigned earlier this year after a row over the treatment of India's Deputy Counsel General in New York, Devyani Khobragade.

Khobragade was accused by US authorities of visa fraud and underpaying a domestic worker. She was arrested last year and sent back to India. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is currently headed by a charge d' Affairs, Kathleen Stephens.
By Bonie Bagchi Williamson
On Saturday, Sept. 27, men, women and children will gather at the Burlington Council of Aging, 61 Center Street, Burlington, MA, for a 5K walk to spotlight Domestic Violence month in October. Registration begins at 9 am. The Walk begins at 10 am. The walk is organized by Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Families to empower, educate, and raise awareness to prevent domestic violence and violence against women. 
BOSTON—The epitome of an American success story, Dover Rug & Home which was founded in 1989 from very humble beginnings and with a small selection of quality rugs by Mahmud Jafri recently opened a new store in Boston. (To watch a live interview with Dover Rug & Home founder Mr. Jafri, please click on the link.)
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) 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. 
Saheli Boston, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting South Asian women and their families in New England, held its first ever Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Awareness Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 14, and was attended by over 200 people.
WESTON, MA— More than 400 seats have been already booked for this Saturday's Meghadootam, a spectacular musical operatic ballet based on Kalidasa's ageless saga of a cloud messenger sent by an exiled and pining lover to his far-away beloved. Meghadootam or the Cloud Messanger: A Grand Operatic Ballet will be staged at 4:45 pm on Saturday, Sept. 20th, at Regis College in Weston, MA.
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Triveni School of Dance is presenting its 38th annual dance recital, featuring 250 dancers on Sunday, Sept. 21st, at MIT Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA. The event is free. The 250 dancers will showcase three of the most popular styles of Indian classical dance: Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi. 
Indian-American songstress Zoya Mohan has teamed up with Rolling Stone India to launch the exclusive premiere of her latest single, "Lunar Eclipsed". Featuring Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A's drummer Kiran Gandhi on hand percussion, the driving folk ballad exemplifies her signature sound of "folk fusion", drawing influence from American pop/rock as well as classical Hindustani tradition.
Vasundhra Ganju
WELLESLEY, MA--SETU-Stage ensemble theatre, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build bridges between Indian and Western cultures through the medium of theater, stole the heart of audience when it beautifully portrayed manhood and domestic violence at Saheli Boston's Emotional Well-Being & Mental Health Awareness Symposium on Sunday in Wellesley, MA. 
By Yazhini Ramesh
The true sound of music is not something that can easily be achieved, even by a musician. The term "music" itself can easily be misinterpreted. Many people are inclined to believe that one who plays an instrument can always be called a musician. However, music requires an important component that extends beyond the notes and the rhythms, and that is the musicality within the music. 
Indian Singer-Songwriter Dilpreet Bhatia is the Grand Prize winner in the World Music category of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original song "Tere Bin Dil". It is for the first time that any Indian has won this one of the most prestigious International contest.

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I never set out to be a “survivor.” My life's aspirations were pretty basic: become successful professionally, marry my soul mate, have two beautiful children and perhaps even retire early. Getting cancer certainly wasn’t on the list. But there I was, lying on the operating table the day of my surgery, shivering - not knowing how much longer I actually had to live and hoping that, when I opened my eyes, I would awaken from the nightmare.
CAMBRIDGE, MA--IIT Entrepreneurship Conclave Boston 2014, which is aimed at celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship in the New England area, is geared to bring the current and aspiring entrepreneurs, in the area, under one roof on Sept. 27 at Cambridge Marriott in Cambridge, MA.
GAINESVILLE, Florida—The University of Florida (UF) College of Engineering's future innovation will add to its list of distinguished underwriters Subroto and Susmita Bagchi, who have announced a $1M gift to UF. Their gift will be used to support the Engineering Innovation Nexus Building, a new facility to be located at the heart of UF, directly across from a newly remodeled Reitz Union.
NEW YORK—The Global Citizen Festival announced that over a dozen world leaders including, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal...
U. S. businesses are increasingly looking to emerging markets for export growth in both the short and long term, according to the latest U.S. HSBC Global Connections Trade Forecast. Even though U.S. exports are expected to grow by about six percent per year through 2030 and advanced economies will continue to play a dominant role in U.S. trade, the forecast predicts that China and India present the best trade prospects, with U.S. export growth to average nine percent a year to each country through 2030.

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9/15/2014
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!

9/10/2014
Please join us for this half hour discourse followed by a 45 minute consideration of an article in the magazine - प्रहरीदुर्ग (Watchtower)

9/10/2014
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.

8/19/2014
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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