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Happy Fourth of July to all our readers!!

Unpaid interns continue to fight for a paycheck, while the tuition and fees alone at most expensive colleges are now close to $50,000.
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Our Voice And Yours
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Lokvani Talks To Razia Mashkoor
Lokvani Talks To Razia Mashkoor

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

Razia Mashkoor, who many know as Razia Boston is getting ready for the annual Eid sale of Vastrelok her clothing store in Burlington. With Ramzan in full swing and in the midst of her fasting, Razia takes time to respond to my questions on her business, her passion and her new venture, Boston Desi Connection.
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In Conversation With Padmini Ravi

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

"The greatest moment in my dance journey was when I was able to remove ego from the dance and dance was no longer about me. It was not about winning awards but for dancing for joy," says Padmini Ravi, the dance maestro who is the choreographer for Samprati, the dance program featuring over 40 local dance teachers and dancers on July 18.
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In Conversation With Padmini Ravi
Bollywood Baatein
Bollywood Baatein

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

Jazbaa, which is being touted as actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's comeback wagon, also stars Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi, Abhimanyu Singh, Atul Kulkarni and Chandan Roy Sanyal.
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Get Involved In Local Politics

(This section is sponsored by Masala Art)

Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) in association with Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL) hosted a special event to discuss with the six Indian-Americans recently elected to Town Meeting in historic Lexington, MA about how they got involved into local politics. Syed Ali Rizvi had this to say...
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Get Involved In Local Politics
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IMANE B. D. Nayak Architects Ekal Vidyala
Young Professional - Kushaan Shah
Young Professional - Kushaan Shah


Kushaan, son of Eshani and Chandu Shah, is currently a consultant with IBM and its Global Business Services division, providing support in the federal sector. He is also an aspiring social entrepreneur working on a start-up project called Social Rise around social media education for the underserved.
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PERFORMING ARTSTOP
Timeless Lens Photography MatScience21 AIF
Jugalbandhi Of Sitarist Mani Akella And Guitarist Priyant Sundas Hold Audience Spellbound


As winter wound down this year and spring began to revive the nature in all its finery, Canton received a special gift from Mother Nature, in the form of the Kala Kendra at Shri Sai Chavadi. Sitarist Mani Akella joined forces with guitarist Priyant Sundas and to the accompaniment of tabla by Pranav Ghatraju.
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Jugalbandhi Of Sitarist Mani Akella And Guitarist Priyant Sundas Hold Audience Spellbound
Poornima Surya Presents Ashtanayika For Spanda
Poornima Surya Presents Ashtanayika For Spanda


by Sangita Raghunathan
Young dance enthusiasts and parents were in for a treat at the special dance demonstration on Ashtanayikas by Smt. Poornima Surya organized by Spanda School of Dance, in which the Ashta Nayikas were associated to Disney characters that the children could relate to.
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ISW Bollywood Grill Rangoli
VHPA Bal Vihar Annual Day 2015


by Asha Shetty
VHPA Bal Vihar of Southborough held its 17th Annual Day celebrations on June 21st. Families and friends of the Bal Vihar assembled at Sadhu Vaswani Center in Dracut, MA for the function. Bal Vihar provides an opportunity for our children to discover their cultural bond with Bharat and develop pride in their Hindu identity.
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VHPA Bal Vihar Annual Day 2015
Indian Association Of New Hampshire (IANH) 2015 Vasanth Utsav
Indian Association Of New Hampshire (IANH) 2015 Vasanth Utsav


by Sarita Vaswani
IANH 2015 Vasant Utsav, held on May 30 and 31, 2015 ushered in a wide range of participants to showcase their talents to an audience with an appetite to appreciate the hard work that goes into each and every performance.
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UIA Health Fair - A Great Success


United India Association of New England (UIANE) hosted a free health fair on June 28th at the Sheraton Needham Hotel, Needham, MA. The event featured a variety of speakers and booths.
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UIA Health Fair - A Great Success
New England Tulu Koota Annual Picnic: A Flavor Of Tulu Nadu At Hopkinton State Park
New England Tulu Koota Annual Picnic: A Flavor Of Tulu Nadu At Hopkinton State Park


by Kavita Shetty
New England Tulu Koota (NETK) Boston USA organized an annual family picnic at Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton, MA. It was June 14th, a lovely, late-spring day when Tulu-speaking people and Tulu aficionados gathered for the second annual get-together and elected Bhaskar Sherigar Mala as the new president.
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Leader Bank Opens Seaport Innovation Branch With Mayor Walsh And Treasurer Goldberg


On June 26, 2015, Leader Bank, N.A. was honored to welcome Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, along with hundreds of community leaders, customers and neighbors, to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Bank’s newest retail branch in the Seaport Innovation District.
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Leader Bank Opens Seaport Innovation Branch With Mayor Walsh And Treasurer Goldberg
Lexington 20/20 Vision Launches Phase 2 Of Demographic Change Study
Lexington  20/20 Vision Launches Phase 2 Of Demographic Change Study


The Lexington 20/20 Vision Committee is launching a study of how other communities around the country with large populations of Asian origin have increased civic participation of Asian residents. To support this initiative, Lexington’s Town Meeting has approved a budget of $15,000.
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How India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Is Shaping Social Change Act


by Mona Mandal
Association for India’s Development (AID) MIT and Boston chapters organized a discussion and lecture by Ajay Kumar on how National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is creating social change in rural India on July 1st, 2015 in MIT with more than 50 attendees.
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How India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Is Shaping Social Change Act
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Amma Soundarya Lahari AID
IAB To Participate In Burlington’s Annual 4th Of July Parade
IAB To Participate In Burlington’s Annual 4th Of July Parade


by Ram Voruganti
IAB, along with other India organizations will be marching in the July 4th parade carrying the IAB banner. We will have a DJ walking with us in the parade playing Bollywood songs. We invite you to walk, sing and dance with us.
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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi To Visit Boston Area


On July 9 and 10, 2015, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also known as Amma, will be returning to New England to once again hug thousands of people who come to meet her.
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Mata Amritanandamayi Devi To Visit Boston Area
Ekal Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Ekal Youth Volunteer Opportunities


Want to get involved with Ekal? Would your child like to join the Ekal Youth Leaders group? Would like a pre-med or general internship in Rural India ?Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of New England will be holding an informational meeting on Sunday, July 12 at 9:30 am at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Come and learn how you can help bring education to the underprivileged.
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Sangita Joshi Hindu Temple of NH S4 Inc.
IAGB Announces Two New Student Awards


IAGB is inviting nominations for “IAGB Community Youth Excellence Awards” and "India Association of Greater Boston Scholars Awards" which will be presented at the India Day Celebrations.
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IAGB Announces Two New Student Awards
Boston's Team Bijli Energy Wins 1st Place At TyE Global Competition
Boston's Team Bijli Energy Wins 1st Place At TyE Global Competition


Bijli Energy, the winning team from TyE-Boston 2015, won first place and $7,500 in prize money at the TyE Global Competition held in Atlanta, GA over the weekend.
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Arjun Sridhar Receives The Congressional Award Gold Medal


Each June, youth from across the nation are honored in the US Capitol for earning Congress’ highest award for youth – the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Arjun Sridhar was one of the 6 young recipients of this award from Massachusetts this year.
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Arjun Sridhar Receives The Congressional Award Gold Medal
Darshan Jain Receives Presidential Award For Excellence In Mathematics And Science Teaching
 Darshan Jain Receives Presidential Award For Excellence In Mathematics And Science Teaching


Darshan Jain, an Indian American teacher is one of the 108 teachers named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
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R Paul Singh Named As The 2015 Global Confederation For Higher Education
Associations For Agriculture And Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize Laureate


Indian-American Professor R Paul Singh is named as the 2015 Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize laureate.
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R Paul Singh Named As The 2015 Global Confederation For Higher Education<br>Associations For Agriculture And Life Sciences World Agriculture Prize Laureate
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Roland Shaadi Bazaar Hurley Shah
How To Create Your College List
How To Create Your College List


There are more than 2,000 four-year colleges in the United States to choose from. When starting the college admissions process, make sure that you research schools with programs that best suit you.
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An LGBT Victory In America Should Pave The Way For India To Follow


by Krishan Jeyarajasingham
I reflected on this past month and also recalled the national referendum in Ireland that called for a similar decision to the US one. Would it be possible for a country like India to follow suit one day? Ancient Indian culture was one of the few in history accepting about different sexual orientations, as evidenced by the multitude of paintings and sculptures of Khajuraho.
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An LGBT Victory In America Should Pave The Way For India To Follow
Hindus Have Highest Retention Rate In USA
Seek Diwali Holiday In New York City Schools
Hindus Have Highest Retention Rate In USA<br>Seek Diwali Holiday In New York City Schools


by Rajan Zed
Hindus have the highest retention rate as compared to any other major religious group in USA, per an analysis posted by Pew Research Center (PRC), "a nonpartisan fact tank" headquartered in Washington DC.
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Shalini Attorney Neil K. Sherring Celestial Minds
Weekend Entertainment


Catch up, register and purchase tickets for the upcoming events and concerts including Sarod: B. Das Gupta and Rabindrasangeet: D. and E. Roy Chaudhury, Comedy with Kapil Sharma, Mera Woh Matlab NahinTha - Hindi Drama, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Padmashree Aruna Sairam, Padmabhushan Sudha Raghunathan, Poornaprajna and Anirbhan Das Gupta, Arshad Ali, Ramakrishna Murthy and Just Duets-Hum Aur Tum.
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Weekend Entertainment
For The Mathematically Inclined
For The Mathematically Inclined


Congratulations to Swati Dave, Prem Kapoor and Saba Lateef, who were winners of the last set of puzzles. Here are two puzzles for one and all!
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Music Review: Top Ten Bollywood Songs Of The Week!

(This section is sponsored by Sounds Of India)

by Priyanka Jain
Top Ten Bollywood Songs of the Week. Tanu Weds Manu Returns still holds the top few songs!
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Music Review: Top Ten Bollywood Songs Of The Week!
Cartoon: Cartoonist And Publisher
Cartoon: Cartoonist And Publisher


Ads? Cartoons?
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Laugh A While


A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. The employer read all his applications and said, "We have an opening for people like you." "Oh, great," he said, "What is it?" "It's called the door!
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Laugh A While
Recipes - Time For The Grill
Recipes - Time For The Grill


Over the years we celebrated the July 4th weekend with American fusion food. Here is a collection of recipes to bring out the grill.
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Picture Of The Fortnight


Double Layered Hollyhocks - Gorgeous colors!
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Picture Of The Fortnight
Thought For The Day
Thought For The Day


We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson.
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