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Happy Pongal! Happy Sankranthi! May the year 2015 be filled with great good for all. Starting this issue, Lokvani is delighted to feature successful young professionals who are accomplishing great things at a young age. We are delighted to feature our columnist, Priyanka Jain, DPT who is a resident at Brigham and Women's.
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Our Voice And Yours
LEAD FEATURES TOP
Lokvani Talks To Neena Mohanka
Lokvani Talks To Neena Mohanka

(This section is sponsored by New England Shirdi Sai Temple)

Neena Kedia Mohanka is now the President of the Indian American Forum for Political Education. She talked to Lokvani about the Forum and its plan for the year 2015.
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In Conversation With Anurag Kashyap Director Gangs Of Wasseypur

(This section is sponsored by Stephen Campbell, Mortgage Master)

I have bizarre, stubborn philosophies on life. I don't like making life comfortable for new filmmakers. I want him to struggle to make his film. I'll illogically slash their budget to half the amount and ask them to do it for that. And every time they'll pull it off. I'm interested in filmmakers who break boundaries - Anurag Kashyap, Gangs of Wasseypur.
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In Conversation With Anurag Kashyap Director Gangs Of Wasseypur
Bollywood Baatein
Bollywood Baatein

(This section is sponsored by Monique Kornfeld, Esq.)

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan said he is playing the character of a 'frustrated man' in his upcoming film 'Shamitabh'.
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Shri Sai Chavadi Temple In Canton Rings In The New Year With Vaikuntha Ekadasi Celebrations

(This section is sponsored by Masala Art)

Sri Sai Chavadi temple celebrated its first New Year’s day on Jan. 1, 2015 with the participation of hundreds of devotees after its grand opening in Canton, MA. The occurrence of Vaikunta Ekadasi on the same day made this day even more special for the devotees.
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Shri Sai Chavadi Temple In Canton Rings In The New Year With Vaikuntha Ekadasi Celebrations
NESSP Celebrates “Bhogi Pandlu” And Sankranthi With The Community
NESSP Celebrates “Bhogi Pandlu”  And Sankranthi With The Community

(This section is sponsored by New England Shirdi Sai Temple)

NESSP Celebrated “Bhogi Pandlu”, a special ritual performed on Bhogi day many devotees queued up along with their children to celebrate this event in the presence of Beloved Sadguru Sai Baba.
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS TOP
Ratan Singhvi Boston Bhangra Srilatha Kodali
Young Professional: Priyanka Jain


Priyanka Jain has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is currently a resident at Brigham and Women's hospital. She shares insights into her field and talks about her hobbies. She is also a columnist for Lokvani.
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Young Professional: Priyanka Jain
PERFORMING ARTS TOP
MIT Chamak Sangita Joshi Timeless Lens Photography
Kultar's Mime: The Journey So Far
Kultar's Mime: The Journey So Far


On January 30th, Mehr Kaur's play will come back to Boston again after its 25th performance. The play is about the violence that shook Delhi after the assassination of Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, almost thirty years earlier. The play has had 25 performances including one in the house of Lords in England.
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LOCAL HAPPENINGS TOP
Sree Vijaya Durga Temple Raju Matta PEM
America’s Largest Sai Temple To Be Built In Groton, Massachusetts


New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP, purchased 28 acres of land in Groton, MA for constructing Shirdi Sai Temple. When completed it will be a 2-story, 40,000-square-foot temple and we believe, it will become the largest Sai temple in the United States.
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America’s Largest Sai Temple To Be Built In Groton, Massachusetts
New York To Have $9 Million Hindu Temple In 2016
New York To Have $9 Million Hindu Temple In 2016


Melville in New York (USA) will reportedly have a majestic Hindu temple in 2016.
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UPCOMING EVENTS TOP
Sri Lakshmi Temple Attorney Neil K. Sherring Elegance
South Asian Showdown 2015


If you like South Asian Dance and want to see some of the most competitive dance teams in North America, don’t miss South Asian Showdown 2015! The last five years have sold out and this year will be no different!!!
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South Asian Showdown 2015
PEOPLE TOP
Math Master Deepti Navaratna AIF
Meghana Kancharla: Runner-up In The Kasparov's Scholastic Chess Championships
Meghana Kancharla: Runner-up In The Kasparov's Scholastic Chess Championships


Meghana Kancharla (3rd Grader from Hills Garrison School - Hudson, NH) was the Runner-up in the Kasparov's Scholastic Chess championships - New York 2015 in the Primary section (U-1000) held on January 10th at New York Marriott, Brooklyn, NY.
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Four Indian Americans From MA Named 2015 Intel Semifinalists


Congratulations to Tejasv Arya (Philips Academy), Kavish Gandhi (Newton North High School), Ayush Kumar (Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science) and Abhinav Sai Venigalla (Phillips Academy), who were named 2015 Intel Semifinalists.
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Four Indian Americans From MA Named 2015 Intel Semifinalists
IAFPE Announces 21st Cycle Of Its Flagship Fellowship Program
IAFPE Announces 21st Cycle Of Its Flagship Fellowship Program


IAFPE invites Indian American youth to apply for annual political Summer Fellowship Program by February 15, 2015.
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Obama Names Two Indian-Americans To Key Posts


President Barack Obama has nominated Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri and Deven J. Parekh to key posts of Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, respectively.
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Obama Names Two Indian-Americans To Key Posts
CONTRIBUTIONS TOP
Shalini NRIs Helpdesk Learnquest
Preparing For College Admissions Interviews
Preparing For College Admissions Interviews


Most colleges don’t have interviews anymore – there are far too many applicants. But smaller colleges (typically, liberal arts) will often have an optional interview. Should you take them up on this option?
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The Economics Of Today’s College Education


If you are a parent of a child anticipating college, the financial logistics of obtaining a college education can be summarized in two questions: How will we pay for it? And will it be worth the cost?
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The Economics Of Today’s College Education
Microsoft Releases Diversity Stats
Microsoft Releases Diversity Stats


While Microsoft has diversity in its highest ranks, including an African-American board chairman, an Indian CEO and a female CFO, overall the company is 60.6% white and 71% male, according to its EEO-1 form.
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Daily Open Enrollment For Affordable Care Act


The affordable care act statistics indicate very positive numbers for the enrollment.
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Daily Open Enrollment For Affordable Care Act
LIFESTYLE TOP
Hindu Temple of NH Pratham Printing and Graphic Services
For The Mathematically Inclined
For The Mathematically Inclined


Congratulations to Prem Kapoor, RK Sambangi and Annie Shah, who were winners of the last set of puzzles. Here are two puzzles for one and all!
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Weekend Entertainment


Catch up, register and purchase tickets for the upcoming events and concerts including DAWAT 2015.
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Weekend Entertainment
Music Review: Wedding Songs
Music Review: Wedding Songs

(This section is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Wedding season is just around the corner. Many of you may be in the middle of planning your friend, sister, brother, child’s wedding – or maybe this year is all about YOUR big day. No worries - I have compiled a list of song ideas for group dances,
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Laugh A While


Management Humor!
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Laugh A While
Cartoon: Canal Street
Cartoon: Canal Street


Color and Canal!
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Recipes - Harvest Festival


Sankranti, Pongal, Lohri - recipes with the special ingredients.
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Recipes - Harvest Festival
Picture Of The Fortnight
Picture Of The Fortnight


Decorative cattle during sankranti
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Thought For The Day


Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination. – Roy M. Goodman.
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Thought For The Day
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