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Salman Khan and his All Star Friends to perform Live in Concert at Surat

Salman Khan

Superstar Salman Khan is all set to enthrall the audience with a sizzling live performance in Surat, Gujarat. Touted as the biggest entertainment show ever, the Salman Live in Concert marks the actor’s first ever live act after a long time. He will be performing alongside the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangada Singh, Elli Avram and Lauren Gottlieb to his chart topping numbers. The show will be hosted by the witty and hilarious Manish Paul.


Watch: Meherbani - Nisha Rawal | Valentine's Week Special Music Video

Nisha Rawal

Speaking on her latest musical offering, Nisha said, “I love both these songs to the core. It was during our brain storming sessions that I was humming these songs and suddenly it struck us how will it be if we mash up these two songs. I had never imagined that the songs will be this good together. I immediately reached out to my mentor, Meet bros duo and they loved the idea, which off course boosted my confidence. Both the songs have a similar message but the route of expressing differs. Together they create a perfect harmony”.



Final Originals of R K Laxman to be put up for Rahul Bose’s Charity Auction

R K Laxman - Final Cartoon Original

On Feb 19, 2016, Rahul Bose and his NGO The Foundation are all set to host their annual auction called "The Idea of India" that will feature 12 iconic pieces of memorabilia from noteworthy donors globally who personify and epitomize the soul of art and culture across the world.



JAZBAA to Premiere on Television in India on Friday | Ashwairya Rai Bachchan - Irrfan Khan

JAZBAA Official Film Poster

The story of Jazbaa revolves around Anuradha Verma, played by Ashwairya Rai Bachchan, who is a prominent criminal lawyer and a single mother. She has never lost a case. One day her daughter Sanaya is kidnapped and no ransom is demanded, but instead the kidnapper contacts her and tells her that she has to defend a convicted felon to get her daughter back. Thus the struggle in Anuradha’s life begins.



Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj honored in Houston for Lifelong contribution in Indian Classical Arts

Pandit Jasraj - Houston - India House

Pandit Jasraj is the 1st Asian in whose name scholarship is given in any North American University  to deserving young musician pursuing Indian Music. Toronto University gives Pandit Jasraj scholarship annually. Pandit Jasraj’s musical journey is an inspiration to every person who resonates with music more so because vocal music is the most direct medium of connecting with the soul. He has been passionately loyal to his soil, while his music has scaled ethereal heights all over the planet.




Indian Economy: Governance Model - and If I were Narendra Modi | Nirendra Dev

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference

English: Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I were Narendra Modi! A Weird idea?

Well this blog entry is being written with a peculiar intent. Hence the entire work is imaginative and also sarcastic. Hence it may be out of tune with modern times. This piece may be even called communal, anti-reservation etc. But finally the blog-piece has evolved in the manner it has because of the weight of the material. Some of these materials have to do with the emergence of ‘Moditva phenomenon’ in Indian politics, partly my admiration for a man – who apparently is not a run-of-the-mill variety. Modi is not being sentimental just crying out – playing the game safely as even Atal Behari Vajpayee did trying to fit into Nehruvian legacy.

As noted writer Orhan Pamuk, a Nobel laureate, once spoke about himself, Narendra Modi too does not seem to cry that the streets of his childhood has been destroyed. He probably wants to identify with the new comers. But will Indian politics allow this?

Hence the imaginative ‘musings’ on behalf of the Indian Prime Minister, Namo!

Read on.



"Faith in Birmingham" Gallery Opens Showcasing Hindu Deities Vishnu and Ganesh

English: The Round Room at Birmingham Museum &...

English: The Round Room at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Source - FlickR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BMAG, a part of Birmingham Museums launched in 1885 and known for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, has over 40 galleries. Birmingham Museums, owned by Birmingham City Council and governed/managed by registered charity Birmingham Museums Trust, contains around 800,000 objects, displayed/stored in its nine venues, attracting over one million visitors annually. Ellen McAdam is Trust Director and Steve Freer is Trustees Chairman of Birmingham Museums, which held a Rangoli (Hindu artform) Demonstration in November and has a 19-20th century carved wood figure of Kurma, second avatar of Lord Vishnu, in its collections. Raymond Hassall, John Clancy and Mark Rogers are Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Council Leader and Council Chief Executive respectively.



Hindus Elated at 37 Million Yoga Practitioners in the USA

Yoga Class at a Gym

Yoga Class at a Gym (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus are highly pleased with the fast and tremendous growth of yoga in the United States of America; with yoga practitioners reaching to about 37 million according to a recently released “2016 Yoga in America Study” conducted by Yoga Journal & Yoga Alliance.



Kenya’s Withdrawal of Proposed Religious Regulations Welcomed by Hindu Group

English: Uhuru Kenyatta, cropped from: Helen C...

English: Uhuru Kenyatta, cropped from: Helen Clark with Minister for Justice Mutula Kilonzo (2nd left), Minister for Planning Development and Vision 2030 Wycliffe Oparanya (3rd left), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta (5th right), UNDP Resident Representative Aeneas Chuma (4th right), Chief of Staff Abdoulaye Mar Dieye (3rd right), UNDP Kenya Country Director Tomoko Nishimoto (2nd right) following their meeting at the Prime Minister's office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hindu group has welcomed the Kenya government’s reported decision to withdraw the proposal of regulating the religious organizations.



Hindu Group Seeks Diwali Holiday in Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, New Jersey

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township highlighted in ...

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PTHSD, which reportedly has reportedly substantial number of Hindu students, serves about 7250 students in 14 schools, besides an adult education center, in a middle and upper-middle income “ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse” community. Parsippany is 28 miles west of New York City. Dr. LeRoy Seitz is Interim Superintendent, while Frank Neglia is President of its Board of Education.



Hindu Community Centre planned in Preston England

English: The coat of arms of Preston City Coun...

English: The coat of arms of Preston City Council, the local authority for the City of Preston, in Lancashire, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hindu Community Centre has been planned in the city of Preston in England.

Preston, the administrative center of Lancashire on River Ribble houses the main campus of the University of Central Lancashire and was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Prestune" in 1086. Prominent people associated with it include one of USA’s founding fathers Benjamin Franklin; footballers Clarke Carlisle, Tom Finney and Phil Jones; wrestler Stu Bennett; cricketer Andrew Flintoff; animator Nick Park and poet Robert Service. Constance Margaret McManus is the Mayor, while Peter Rankin is Leader of Preston City Council.




Europe’s largest Hindu temple plans to expand

English: The Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple ...

English: The Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple in Tividale, West Midlands, England. Photographed by me 28 June 2007. Oosoom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple of UK in Tividale village (England), claimed to be the “largest Hindu temple of its kind in Europe”, is planning to expand.

This Temple also helps one “find a suitable marriage partner” and “free of charge” through its Matrimonial Service.




Nevada’s Sparks City Council starts day with ancient Hindu mantras

English: An airplane suspended in Scheels in S...

English: An airplane suspended in Scheels in Sparks, Nevada, the largest all sports store in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sparks, whose city slogan is "It's Happening Here", is a custom-made town, tailored ordered by the Southern Pacific Railway Company. Steve Driscoll is the City Manager. Notable people associated with Sparks include: actress Jena Malone, political pundit Karl Rove, swimmer Brian Retterer, and cartoonist Brian Crane.



Duke University opens two interfaith prayer rooms

English: The Fuqua School of Business - Breede...

English: The Fuqua School of Business - Breeden Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Created in 1924, seventh wealthiest private university in America and a prominent research institute, DU boasts of ten Nobel laureates and former US President Richard Nixon and Apple CEO Timothy Cook as its alumni. Spread in 8,547 acres with about 14,950 students, it runs one of the nation's top 10 private research library systems. Richard H. Brodhead and David M. Rubenstein are its President and Trustees Chair respectively.




COLDPLAY Signed Guitar Charity Auction to be Hosted by Rahul Bose

English: Rahul Bose at the premiere for Tahaan.

English: Rahul Bose at the premiere for Tahaan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sana Topiwala, Everymedia

Mumbai, February 8 - India seems to have caught Coldplay's fancy on a whole other level. From meeting the Prime Minister and Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi with Freida Pinto for her women's empowerment initiative to having a Holi creative as his album cover to now contributing to a very special cause helmed by Rahul Bose. Chris Martin and the entire Coldplay band have signed and donated a very special guitar for the charity auction hosted by actor Rahul Bose - The Idea of India.