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Second Year for Nepal Day Parade in NYC

Second Year for Nepal Day Parade in NYC

Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian, Traditions May 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

More than 5,000 Nepalese were estimated to have taken part on May 21 in the Nepal Day Parade, only the second year the parade has been held, in NYC.

Some of the offerings at the South Asian Council for Social Services’ food pantry in Flushing. (Photo via News India Times)

The Need for City’s Only South Asian Food Pantry

Food, Queens, Social Services, South Asian May 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Ten months after the South Asian Council for Social Services started the city’s only South Asian food pantry, it is seeing an increasing number every week of people in need, reports Desi Talk.

Preparing for Second Nepal Day Parade

Preparing for Second Nepal Day Parade

Culture, Manhattan, South Asian, Traditions May 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

The Nepalese community is preparing for the May 21 Nepal Day Parade, the second year the community will gather in Manhattan to mark the day, Everest Times and Nepalaya report.

From right): Dr. Azra Raza, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and Ikhlaq Hussain. (Photo by Elena Olivo via News India Times)

Lahore Literary Festival in NYC: A ‘Potent Force’

Culture, New York, South Asian May 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Lahore Literary Festival in New York, with numerous writers, artists and musicians making presentations, drew an appreciative crowd to the Asia Society on May 6, News India Times reports.

A band of Dhol Tasha Lezhim artists performed (Photo via News India Times)

Indian States Celebrated in Times Square

Culture, Manhattan, South Asian May 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Drumming and dance performances, as well as workshops, brought together the cultures of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat at an event in Times Square, report News India Times and The American Bazaar.

A “Man-ologue” – dialogue with men, was staged at the April 22, annual fundraising gala of New Jersey-based women’s support organization Manavi, in Edison, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Manavi via Desi Talk)

Manavi: Helping Indian Victims of Domestic Violence

Metro Area, Social Services, South Asian April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

The New Jersey-based nonprofit Manavi, which recently held its annual fundraising dinner, has served Indian and other South Asian victims of domestic abuse for more than three decades. Desi Talk writes about the services provided by the organization and the progress they have made.

Candlelight vigil at Diversity Plaza. (Photos by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

Remembering Nepal’s Earthquake

Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian April 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

People gathered in Queens to remember the victims of the earthquake which devastated Nepal two years ago.

G. C. Khagendra (Photo via Everest Times)

A New Advisor from the Nepali Diaspora

Immigration, South Asian April 21, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Recognizing the Nepali diaspora, the government has appointed New York-based lawyer Khagendra G.C. as a non-resident Nepali advisor, Everest Times reports.

Volunteers stretch colorful meters of cloth to help tie turbans at Times Square April 15, for Turban Day, organized by Sikhs of New York (Photo by H.P. Singh via Desi Talk)

Turbans in Times Square

Manhattan, Religion, South Asian April 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Organizers of the second annual Turban Day in Times Square tied 8,000 turbans during the event held to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, and spread awareness of the faith, reports Desi Talk.

Hoboken Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla (third from left) at an April 9 fundraiser held in Bergen County, New Jersey. (Photo from Facebook)

Sikh Councilman Seeks Re-Election in Hoboken

Elections 2017, Metro Area, Politics, South Asian April 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Desi Talk speaks to Ravinder Singh Bhalla, “New Jersey’s only Indian-American Sikh councilman,” as he runs for re-election in Hoboken.

Learning Nepali Through Dance

Learning Nepali Through Dance

Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian, Video, Youth April 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm

The founder of a Nepali dance school in Elmhurst insists on teaching in Nepali and that students try to speak Nepali. Parents are delighted.

Siona Benjamin (left) and a painting included in her new show. (Photo courtesy of Siona Benjamin via The Jewish Week)

Indian-Jewish Artist Goes ‘Beyond Borders’

Culture, Jewish, Manhattan, South Asian March 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

Siona Benjamin tells The Jewish Week she aims to “blur the boundaries between cultures” in her exhibition at ACA Galleries in Chelsea, which features a series on refugees and reflects her multicultural background.

(Photo via Bushwick Daily)

‘While in Kathmandu’ to Open in Ridgewood

Brooklyn, Food, South Asian March 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

A new Himalayan restaurant is planned for Ridgewood, reports Bushwick Daily.

Jenifer Rajkumar, Gov. Cuomo’s Director of Immigration Affairs meets an immigrant family in New York. (Photo by Sultan Khan via News India Times))

Rajkumar on New NYS Immigration Affairs Post

Immigration, New York, Politics, South Asian March 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Jenifer Rajkumar has been named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the new director of Immigration Affairs for New York State, News India Times reports.

Dr. Sudhir Parikh speaks on the role of the media in helping reduce hate crimes, as Rampal looks on, along with other panel members. From left: moderator Dr. Kavita Gupta, Hirsh Vardhan Singh, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rampal, Dr. Parikh, Dia Mathews and Woodbridge Councilman Viru Patel.

Indian-American Panel on Fighting Hate Crimes

Crime, Metro Area, South Asian March 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

At a discussion in Edison, New Jersey, panelists called on the community to speak out against hate crimes and emphasized educating the public to prevent such attacks, reports News India Times.