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Our Voice And Yours
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Lokvani Talks To Amit Dixit, Founder And Executive Director, SAAC
Lokvani Talks To Amit Dixit, Founder And Executive Director, SAAC

(This section is sponsored by Attorney Trupti Patel)

The term ‘activism and community engagement’ may assume a new dimension as Amit Dixit’s vision for the South Asian Arts Council takes shape. In 2007, Amit officially launched and became the Executive Director of South Asian Arts Council, a Boston based nonprofit responsible for bringing South Asian innovative arts programming to the various mainstream communities.
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In Conversation With Kasthuri Gopalaratnam

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

Kasthuri Gopalaratnam is the founder and principal instructor at Matscience21. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University, with a focus on leveraging technology to bring innovation to education.
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In Conversation With Kasthuri Gopalaratnam
Bollywood Baatein
Bollywood Baatein

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

Recent rumors about Ranbir and Kat suggests that the duo have now chalked out a vacation plan to spend some quality time with each other, and this time their destination is going to be Saint-Tropez, another beautiful and aesthetically opulent place on the French Riviera.
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Dancer’s Pledge - Boston Dancers Deliver

(This section is sponsored by Masala Art)

Madurai R. Muraliadharan’s Sivagamiyin Shabadam - translated as Dancer’s Pledge, presented under the auspices of Vision AID was a spectacular production that brought to life the timeless classic created by Amarar Kalki. Featuring over 60 performers, the event was almost Broadway like where Boston dancers put their finest foot forward while raising funds for Vision AID.
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Dancer’s Pledge - Boston Dancers Deliver
On ‘Human Excellence’ Dr. Chinmay Pandya Strike A Chord With Boston Audience
On ‘Human Excellence’ Dr. Chinmay Pandya Strike A Chord With Boston Audience

(This section is sponsored by Kanan Sachdeva)

“The World is getting ready for a big Change. Will You Participate?” exhorted Dr. Chinmay Pandya as he delivered a powerful motivational speech at Shri Dwarkmai Vidyapeeth on the evening of July 22nd.
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WOMEN OF INFLUENCE TOP
Richard Costa American Visitor Ins BrahmaKumaris
Women Of Influence - Radha Jalan


Radha Jalan exemplifies the strength of spirit that shields you in sudden misfortune. In her life, this has stood her good stead. For when it comes to times of great stress or adversity, she has faced plentiful since she took over as President and CEO of ElectroChem Inc., after her husband’s sudden death in 1997. “I have always been a fighter, whether it is for a social cause or for my own survival and it always paid off in the long run”.
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Women Of Influence - Radha Jalan
PERFORMING ARTS TOP
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Veena Arangetram: Suhasini Aravinthan
Veena Arangetram: Suhasini Aravinthan


On July 12th, a wonderful veena arangetram by Suhasini Aravinthan took place at Medway High School. This three-hour-plus long arangetram can be described in one sentence as an event that showed beauty and elegance of the instrument, and was filled with melodious and flawless music.
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Arangetram: Muvva Vangapalli


July 6th was a day that had a feast in store for a lot of dance lovers in the form of Muvva Vangapalli’s Bharatanatyam Arangetram at the Rogers Performing Arts Center at North Andover, MA.
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Arangetram: Muvva Vangapalli
Arangetram: Varshini Athipathy
Arangetram: Varshini Athipathy


On June 29, 2014, Varshini Athipathy, student of Guru Smt. Sapna Krishna, had her maiden dance performance which was captivating, bold, and graceful.
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LOCAL HAPPENINGS TOP
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Elegance Indian Boutique Opens In Burlington


On July 20th, the Indian boutique Elegance, opened its doors in Burlington MA. Owners Divya and Roshni have acquired an exclusive set of designer clothing and jewelry.
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Elegance Indian Boutique Opens In Burlington
Kavin Krishnan Raises Funds For Ekal
Kavin Krishnan Raises Funds For Ekal


Kavin Krishnan, who is a rising senior at the Advanced Math & Science Academy in Marlborough, organized a fund raising event for Ekal Vidyalaya on July 19, 2014 at the Ashland Farmers Market.
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Documentary Screening Of India Untouched In MIT Touches A Chord


India Untouched, a documentary directed by Stalin Kurup, was screened in the MIT Campus on July 25th evening as a way to highlight and open the discussion on caste and the continuing oppression faced by the dalit and other community that have faced marginalization over time in India.
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Documentary Screening Of India Untouched In MIT Touches A Chord
2014 MassChallenge Finalist Startup Showcase
2014 MassChallenge Finalist Startup Showcase


Drinkwell, Jisto, Oncolinx, PegaSense, PhishingGuardian, PikMoments, Saathi, TFC Biosscience and Varada Innovations, were among the 128 highest-impact startup companies featured in the MassChallenge Startup Showcase on July 30th.
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Manipuri Diaspora Launches Knowledge Exchange Network


Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri O. Ibobi Singh, addressed an international convention of NRIs from Manipur held in Westborough, MA on July 27, 2014 and engaged in a conversation on the development of Manipur.
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Manipuri Diaspora Launches Knowledge Exchange Network
Bhai Bhai - Shaheen XI Vs SCC
Bhai Bhai - Shaheen XI Vs SCC


What do Ian and Greg Chappell, Subash and Baloo Gupte, Hanif and Mushtaq Mohammad, Najeeb and Faheem Syed have in common - you guessed it they are all diehards of cricket and real brothers, playing for Australia, India, Pakistan and Shaheen XI, respectively.
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UPCOMING EVENTS TOP
PEM Hindu Temple of NH NESSP
IITSINE To Host Annual Picnic


Indian Institutes of Technology Society in New England (IITSINE) will hold its annual picnic on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, at the Cochituate State Park, Natick, MA.
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IITSINE To Host Annual Picnic
Audition Now For Hindi Manch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa!!!!
Audition Now For Hindi Manch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa!!!!


Your stage debut awaits you. It is your chance to hone your auditioning skills in front of New England. Audition now for Hindi Manch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa!!!!
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Saheli At Janamashtami Celebrations In Braj Mandir


Janamashtami is celebrated amongst the Hindu’s around the world with much enthusiasm and decoration on the streets and valleys to recreate the story of Krishna’s birth. This year at Braj Mandir in Holbrook the communities will gather to recreate the gala construction of a flower palace, made out of real flowers for the deities, while Saheli will reach out to families for pledge against violence to women.
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Saheli At Janamashtami Celebrations In Braj Mandir
Pure Souls: The Jain Path To Perfection
Pure Souls: The Jain Path To Perfection


Paintings made for followers of Jainism, a religion that emerged alongside Buddhism in the sixth century B.C., are among the most visually striking of all Indian art. The exhibition will be held Aug 9- Nov 30 at the Asian Paintings Gallery at the MFA.
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IAGB To Celebrate India Day 2014 At The Hatch Shell


IAGB will celebrate India's 68th Independence Day (India Day) at the Hatch Shell in Boston, MA on August 17, 2014 from 4 pm to 8 pm. Buy Raffle Tickets to win two round-trip New York - India tickets on Air India.
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IAGB To Celebrate India Day 2014 At The Hatch Shell
Exciting Kite Flying Event - Hosted By AIF Boston And NetSAP
Exciting Kite Flying Event - Hosted By AIF Boston And NetSAP


The American India Foundation (AIF) and the Network of South Asian Professionals (NetSAP) Boston invite you to join us for the Annual Kite Flying Event. This is our summer outdoor event/ picnic session where you can enjoy flying kites and making new friends on August 23, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm as we fill the sky with kites and the air with laughter on Spectacle Island.
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PEOPLE TOP
Minuteman Group Celestial Minds Timeless Lens Photography
Arun Jagjivan Wins 2014 Boston MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee


Arun Jagjivan from West Hartford, CT was the regional champ, Arushi Kalpande from Bellerica, MA was first runner up while Anirudh Iyer from Shrewsbury, MA was second runner up at the 2014 Boston MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee.
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Arun Jagjivan Wins 2014 Boston MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee
CONTRIBUTIONS TOP
Deepti Navaratna Hurley Shah Anju Pathak
Extracurricular Activities And College Admissions
Extracurricular Activities And College Admissions


Over the summer, high school students should look to the future and ask themselves a few questions: What will college admissions officers think about my application? How will I be viewed in their eyes?
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Your Debts Die When You Do... But The Complications Can Live On


What happens to your debts when you die? Do lenders just take the loss, or can they compel surviving family members to pay the outstanding balances? The answers to these questions vary according to the type of obligation, the participants in the borrowing agreement, and even one’s state of residence.
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Your Debts Die  When You Do...  But   The Complications   Can Live On
Air India Joins Star Alliance
Air India Joins Star Alliance


Air India is the new star in the sky and is now a proud new member of the Star Alliance.
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US Census Bureau Hiring In Massachusetts


This September the U.S. Census Bureau will start recruiting in different counties within Massachusetts for the American Housing Survey, which is conducted by the US Census Bureau and sponsored by HUD. This is a temporary survey that will be conducted in 2015.
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US Census Bureau Hiring In Massachusetts
LIFESTYLE TOP
Shalini Bollywood Grill Alankar
Weekend Entertainment
Weekend Entertainment


Catch up, register and purchase tickets for the upcoming events and concerts including IAGB Raffle and Love for Humanity Music Night.
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For The Mathematically Inclined


Congratulations to Kishore Balsara, Saroj Gandhi, Saba Lateef and Eshana Rao, who were the winners of the last set of puzzles. Here are two puzzles for one and all!
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For The Mathematically Inclined
Cartoon: Rich Doctor Poor Patient
Cartoon: Rich Doctor Poor Patient


It was kind of a rich doctor - poor patient relationship.
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Movie Review: Queen

(This section is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

Yes, even for a die-hard Bollywood fan like myself, I admit I went too long without watching this movie.
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Movie Review: Queen
Laugh A While
Laugh A While


Geeky Internet jokes -Tech Support: "Do you have any windows open right now?"
Customer: "Are you crazy woman, it's twenty below outside!"
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Recipes - Salsas With A Twist


With so many fresh fruits and summer vegetable, we went on pinterst to scout some salsas with a twist.... Send in your favorite to editors@lokvani.com and win a chance to be featured our next recipe column.
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Recipes - Salsas With A Twist
Photo Of The Fortnight
Photo Of The Fortnight


Guests at a friends garden. Living peacefully with nature.
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Thought For The Day


One of the principal challenges of our world to the individual is that he must not only achieve a fairly high degree of specialization to make him a useful member of society, but at the same time achieve enough general knowledge to enable him to look with sympathy and understanding on what is going on about him.
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Thought For The Day
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