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First Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharma Sabha) in California receives overwhelmingly positive response

August 29, 2010, Shravan Krushna Chaturthi, Kaliyug Varsha 5112, Sunnyvale, California, USA: The first Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharma Sabha) in California concluded successfully on 28 August 2010 (Shravan Krushna Chaturthi 5112 as per the Hindu calendar). The Dharma Sabha was held by the Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) and the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, with the blessings of Hindu Saints worldwide, including His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ravishankar, His Holiness Pande Baba and Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma).

Hindus greet Jains on Paryushana

Hindus have sent greetings to Jain communities worldwide for the upcoming Paryushana festival.

Hindus laud Canada’s Carleton University for program in Religion & Public Life

Hindus have applauded Carleton University of Ottawa for announcing Canada’s reportedly first graduate program in Religion and Public Life.


ছোটো গল্প: এক অভিশপ্ত রাতের কাহিনী - পলাশ দে | Tale of an accursed night - a Bengali short story by Palash Dey

Tale of an accursed night - a Bengali short story by Palash Dey on WBRi Online Bangla Magazine. The following story is in Unicode Bangla font.


মিনিবাস - সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায় | Minibus - A Bengali Poem by Santwana Chatterjee

Minibus - a bengali poem by Santwana Chatterjee in unicode Bangla font.

মিনিবাস

সান্ত্বনা চট্টোপাধ্যায়

ইস্কুলেতে গিয়ে তুই কি করিসরে খোকা ?
চুপ করতো ভাল্লাগেনা কথা বোকা বোকা .
একিরে তুই কেমন ছেলে বোকা বলিস মাকে !
তা নয়তো কি, জান তুমি, সবাই আমায় খোকা বলে ডাকে !
অনেক বড় হয়ে গেছি একাই পারি যেতে
এবার থেকে আমায় তুমি আসবেনা আর নিতে I

Barnali Saha presents a great reading of The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges | WBRi Online Magazine

Barnali Saha, a much valued contributor to Washington Bangla Radio, reads the English translation by Norman Thomas di Giovanni of The Book of Sand - El libro de arena in the original Spanish - the 1975 valedictory short story by Jorge Luis Borges.

According to Mario Vargas Llosa, "Borges was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges's tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction."

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of the twentieth century. Brilliantly translated and marvelously read out by Barnali, these stories combine a direct and at times almost colloquial style coupled with Borges's signature fantastic inventiveness. Barnali successfully showcases Borges's depth of vision and superb image-conjuring power.

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The Glorious Success - a short story - Ratan Lal Basu | WBRi Online Magazine

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Maoist activities in India may not be desirable, but the persons involved in such activities are human beings and citizens of our country. They may be misguided, but instead being blindly hated, they could be treated more humanely as fellow citizens.

Keshab Rao felt hungry and fingered out the biscuits from the small container and started chewing them. They were too dry and he felt he should have brought drinking water along which he had forgotten in haste. The water course was not far off and he could find it after moving about hundred meters through the hilly forest. The water was clean and cool and it relieved his fatigue. He would have to walk three more kilo meters to get at the hiding where the other boys would assemble. They are not likely to come before twelve p.m. and it was now just eight o’clock. So he could take some rest at this place. He fell flat on his back on the mossy ground and felt the soothing coldness of the moist velvety mosses.


Closure of US Consulate Kolkata for Bandh on September 7, 2010

The U.S. Consulate will be closed on September 7 because a general strike (“bandh”) called for on that day threatens to disrupt normal business and transportation and can present an increased security risk for the public.  The U.S. Consulate recommends that U.S.

Election of aboriginal to Australia House of Representatives lauded

Hindus laud election of aboriginal to Australia House of Representatives Hindus have applauded election of first indigenous person to Australia House of Representatives. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although it came very late, “it was a step in the right direction for Australia” and showed that Australians were getting more mature. Ken Wyatt, 57, who won the Hasluck seat in Western Australia, has reportedly received hate mail. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, has asked Australia to create a “bill of rig

Pope commended on environmental stand

Hindus have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for taking a strong stand on environment. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, praised Pope’s powerful statement linking world peace to respecting the environment at Castel Gandolfo near Rome (Italy) on August 29, as reported by Catholic News Service. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also praised Pope’s frequent calls to save the planet and curb environmental degradation. Pope was quoted as saying: People today have a duty to leave the earth in a state in which future gen

Washington Kali Temple (Kali Bari) Shiva Shakti Mandir to celebrate Janmashtami 2010

WASHINGTON KALI TEMPLE SHIVA SHAKTI MANDIR, 16126 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 will celebrate Janmashtami on September 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. September 1, 2010, Wednesda 8:00 PM  PM – KRISHNA JANMASTAMI CELEBRATION Individual Puja Offerings, Arati 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM  HARINAM SANKIRTAN 9::30 PM – Bhog DISTRIBUTION

Arohan (2010) Kolkata Bengali New Movie Review by Aditya

Arijit, a young guy comes down from the U.S to take some snaps and to explore the city of Kolkata.One day at the Maidan, he saves an old man Surya Sekhar Chaudhury from being run over.Surya Sekhar gives him his card and asks Ari to come over to his place one day.Ari goes to his house knowing fully well that Surya Sekhar is his grandfather. His identity is later revealed to Surya Sekhar who accepts him whole heartedly as his grandson though he has no relation with Ari’s parents.Ari’s mother does try to keep in touch Surya Sekhar and his mother and tries to mend ties, but she had never been accepted by Surya Sekhar because she belonged to a different caste and their horoscopes(Ari’s father Alok and his mother) hadn’t been matched before they married.Aloke had never believed in all this and that is why he had left the house more than 25 years and had gone away and severed all ties with his parents.Surya Sekhar is a man of old principles and one of the devout believers of Astrology and thinks everything that an astrologer predicts or says will happen and nothing can ever change that. He is very stubborn and no one can change his ideology.

Watch a video of shooting of 2010 Bengali movie Arohan online free via You Tube.



Rajan Zed presented with “Global Civil Rights Award” in USA

Religious statesman Rajan Zed was bestowed with prestigious “Vishwa Nagarik Adhikar Hindu Shiromani Puraskar” (Global Civil Rights Hindu Jewel Award) in California Hinduism Summit in Sunnyvale on August 28. Zed’s award citation said: For consistently, bravely and selflessly taking up human/civil rights issues worldwide in the spirit of Hinduism. Rajan Zed is a well-known religious statesman who has taken up Hindu, interfaith, religion, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world.

Poetry in Stones.....Ellora Caves (Aurangabad, Maharashtra/India)


Michigan: August 27th, 2010: We were all set to witness the structural grandeur of Verul…more popularly known as the Ellora caves in Aurangabad, a town in the state of Maharashtra, India.


Hinduism Summit to bring prominent Hindu leaders together in California

Prominent Hindu leaders and activists from various parts of USA and Canada will gather in Sunnyvale Hindu Temple in California (USA) on August 28 to discuss current issues facing the worldwide Hind