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Shoma A Chatterji's New Book "Suchitra Sen: The Legend and Enigma" Launched by Moon Moon, Riya and Raima Sen

Sisters Raima Sen and Riya Sen
Raima and Riya Sen

Moon Moon Sen and daughters Raima and Riya Sen launched a book written by prolific journalist, author and film critic Shoma A Chatterji on legendary actress Suchitra Sen.

Bengali Actors Ridhima Ghosh and Shaheb Bhattacherjee Inaugurate Restaurant in Kolkata

Ridhima Ghosh (Bengali Actress)
Ridhima Ghosh

Tollywood’s next-gen actors Shaheb Bhattacherjee and Ridhima Ghosh recently launched a new restaurant at Acropolis Mall in Kolkata. The two actors were last seen together in the laugh-riot comedy film Half-Serious and are considered the most groomed and stylish among current generation of actors in Bengali film Industry. They were spotted checking out the different cocktails and food platters available.

Louisiana Ball Apologizes for Parading of Hindu Gods

Helen Solar, Captain of the Krewe of Galatea, in an email to distinguished  Hindu statesman Rajan Zed today, wrote: “If you or any member of the Hindu religion or any Indian are offended at our “Travel to India,” we assure you that nothing we presented was intended to offend and do apologize if we led anyone to that interpretation.”

A Thousand Unspoken Words: Novel by Paulami Dutta Gupta Launched by Designer Agnimitra Paul and Director Subrata Sen

Paulami Dutta Gupta - A Thousand Unspoken Words (A Novel)

Designer Agnimitra Paul and critically acclaimed filmaker Subrata Sen recently came together to launch ‘A Thousand Unspoken Words’,  the debut novel of Paulami Dutta Gupta.

Hindu Gods Parade at Louisiana Ball Dismays Hindu Group

Reports suggested that at this event Lakshmi was escorted by Krishna, Parvati was escorted by Murugan, Kali was escorted by Hanuman and Saraswati was on Surya’s arm—which were inconsistent of Hindu scriptures and were highly improper, Rajan Zed pointed out.

"Absurd" - Hindu Group on Denmark’s Seizure of Refugee Asset Law

English: Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Ch...

Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark Dansk: Den danske Salmebog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hindu group has strongly criticized Denmark’s proposal backed by its parliament to confiscate refugees’ possessions; calling it inhumane, despicable and absurd.

Mumbai Media Champs College Festival Creates A Stir

Students of  Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies (DGMCMS)

Mumbai Media Champs’ – the lively three-day inter-collegiate festival of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies (DGMCMS), Malad (W), Mumbai got off to a spectacular start amidst thunderous cheers & glitter on 25th January 2016, with well-known film director Bejoy Nambiar, who was the Chief Guest, and popular actor Samir Soni, who was the Guest of Honor, releasing balloons and declaring the event open.

Film Studious Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union Celebrates 32nd Annual Function in at Goregaon, Mumbai

Raza Murad and Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav
Raza Murad and Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav

The event featured a special conversational series with the Union’s Chairman and BJP MLA Ram Kadam , General Secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastava (Sanju), Dinesh Chaturvedi (Daddu), Ashok Dubey, Vijay Khadechkar, Treasures Bhagwati Prasad Shukla, Senior Vice Chairman – Sharaffudin Mohammed, Vice Chairman – Tej Bahadur Yadav, Joint Secretary Rakesh Mourya (Munna) and Other guests who graced the occasion were actors Raza Murad, Ali Khan, Shivkumar Tiwari, Teena Ghai, Spiritual Guruji Kumaran Swami and others.

Kickstarter Campaign Launched to Create Line of Presidential Bobbleheads

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum

Limited Edition Presidential bobbleheads featuring Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and others are now available exclusively through a Kickstarter Campaign from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Neeraj Maskara Brings Global Dance Festival Bailamos to Mumbai

Neeraj Maskara
Neeraj Maskara

Internationally acclaimed Salsa dancer Neeraj Maskara won the 1st annual lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Salsa Congress in Berlin. One of the most sought after Jazz Ballet and Salsa dancers in Europe, Neeraj Maskara is also the founder of a global level dance platform ‘Bailamos’. This festival will take place in Mumbai for the first time in the month of April 2016. Neeraj will be joined by a veteran in the field of dance, Terence Lewis who is also the event’s brand ambassador.

Hindu Group Seeks Diwali Holiday in Massachusetts’ Chelmsford Public Schools

The sparklers in Diwali Celebrations 2010

Sparklers in Diwali Celebrations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CPS has over 5,000 students, including over 12% Asian. Its Chelmsford High School was included on Newsweek's 2015 list of the Top Public High Schools in the country. Dr. Jay Lang is CPS’s Superintendent of Schools, while Al Thomas is Chairman of Chelmsford School Committee.

Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple Sydney launches "Goshala Project", to adopt cow and calf for worship

English: Hindu temple at Helensburgh

English: Hindu temple at Helensburgh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sri Venkateswara Temple (SVT) in Helensburgh (near Sydney, Australia) is reportedly adopting a cow (and a calf) for worshiping and using its milk for sprinkling on temple deities in a religious ritual.

Canadian-Bengali Mother-Daughter Duo Juthika Barua Jyoti-Indira Barua Release "Mon Moyuri" Bengali Modern Songs Album

Indira and Juthika Barua - Mon Moyuri Bengali Modern Songs AlbumIndira and Juthika Barua - Mon Moyuri Bengali Modern Songs Album

Shweta Subram Covers "Soch Na Sake" Hindi Film Song from AIRLIFT (2016) with Raashi Kulkarni

 Soch Na Sake (Airlift) Acoustic Cover by Raashi & Shweta Subram

You have surely already heard Arijit Singh's popular Hindi film song "Soch Na Sake" from Airlift starring Akshay Kumar.

This song and the meaning behind it touched North America's Bollywood singing sensation Shweta Subram so much that she had to sing it herself. "I would like thank Raashi for the wonderful production and the soul that she brought with her piano," says Shweta. Watch the music video via WBRi.

Republic Day Musings: A 1947 without Lord Mountbatten – History Revisited | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi also has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.

At this time of personal and collective reflection, the true spirit of the Republic Day is well summed up in the immortal number of one of my all time favourites, Yesudas.

Tere aane se saj gayee humaree yeh tutee phutee naav
…..Goree yeh duwaaye karna jarur, maajhi se naiya ho nahi dur

Sabko kinare pahunchaayega, maajhi toh kinara tabhi paayega

Truly without democracy and the republic spirit, India would not have been as beautiful as it is today.